Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan
Archer's Voice (Sign of Love, Sagittarius)
When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.
Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.
Wow. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Archer's Voice seeing as how I didn't read the synopsis (it was a recommendation so I just downloaded it and read it), but it wasn't this incredibly sweet, innocent, beautiful, heart wrenching story I received.
Bree comes to town trying to find someplace safe to recover and heal from the terrible tragedy that happened 6 months prior. She is still raw and has flashbacks of that horrible day every morning. On her first day in town she awkwardly runs into Archer and there is that instant connection and he intrigues her.
Archer has had a hard time of it. When he was seven his mom, dad and uncle were all killed in the same accident that took his ability to speak. He was then raised by his slightly crazy uncle cut off from everyone. His uncle seemed like a good person and he helped him as much as he could, but he was mentally not all there. Archer never had any friends, and really kept himself removed from everyone. He only ventured out to get things he needed, and even then he tried to be invisible. Until Bree.
Things start of slowly with Bree and Archer, and things can be a bit awkward with them, but man it was so sweet and innocent and just amazing. I couldn't help but sit here reading this story with this silly grin on my face as it is just so unbelievably...I cannot think of a word to express exactly what I feel about this book. Beautiful doesn't seem to be enough, sweet is too simple, it is just amazing. Archer was just so...I loved him so much. There is one scene where he walks through the pouring rain and thunderstorm to see Bree, even though she is upset with him at the time and not speaking to him, just so he can be there for her. Just so that she is not alone. He knows thunderstorms are hard for her, and he was willing to just sit outside, wet and cold, just so that she wouldn't be alone. Man, if I hadn't already loved him that would have done it. The selflessness he has is just....you know he would do absolutely anything for Bree. She is his life, and he hers. It is breathtaking. They both have their issues and hangups they need to work out, but they make each other so much better.
At the same time, about half way through, I was so happy and smiley, but also dreading what would happen in the rest of the book. I was just waiting for something horrible to happen since Archer's aunt and cousin are pretty horrible people. Thankfully it wasn't as bad as I had expected. There were still moments that broke my heart, but I knew they were needed. There were still moments where I almost cried from sadness, but then turned right around and almost cried from joy. It is an amazing story. Archer and Bree are so unbelievable together, and as people themselves. They help each other overcome their pasts and move forward with their lives. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Really an amazing book. Go read it now. Words are not enough to express how much I loved this story, how much I fell in love with the characters. It was like being wrapped up in a big, fuzzy, warm blanket. Amazing.