By Mia Sheridan
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.
Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Endearing. Sweet. Romantic. Lovely. Wonderful. I’m sure there are many more words to describe how amazing ARCHER’S VOICE was, but I think I’m suffering from my worst book hangover ever. I finished reading this book 36 hours before writing this review, and I still can’t get the book out of my mind. But how can I write a review when all I want to do is spill my guts about it?
I’ll start with Bree. After surviving an attempted robbery where her father was murdered, she moves to a town that holds happy memories from her childhood. She quickly finds a sense of peace, some new friends and a new job. She also encounters Archer, a man ignored by the town at large. She sees through the ratty clothes, the shaggy hair and great big bushy beard and senses a lost soul not unlike her own. With determination, she wedges her way into Archer’s life and quickly becomes his only friend. And in Archer’s arms, she finds real peace from the nightmares that haunt her daily.
Archer. Oh my god, Archer. I love him. Seriously, I think he has become my ultimate book boyfriend. After everything he endured since childhood, how he ends up being the sweetest and most loving man on the face of the planet is beyond me. He’s survived the loss of his parents, an attack that took away his voice, a vindictive aunt who ensured he never speak again, a cousin who uses his naivety against him to ruin his life, and a town full of people who just don’t know what to think about him or what to do with him, forcing him to live his life in solitude. Until Bree arrives in town. It took a lot of courage for him to trust that she wouldn’t hurt him and to believe that perhaps he could have a normal life just like everybody else.
Bree: It suddenly occurred to me that Archer Hale had taught himself an entire language, but hadn’t had a single person to talk to. Until me.
ARCHER’S VOICE is mainly told from Bree’s POV but does include a couple of chapters in Archer’s POV. It also includes flashbacks to Archer’s childhood so that we learn some of what happened to him. It’s a long read, but the story is so good and moves at a perfect pace that you don’t notice. This was one of those stories that I was still reading at 1.30 in the morning and I really didn’t want to put down to go to sleep. I seriously considered reading through the night because as I laid in bed, the story was replaying in vivid colour in my head. I picked it up again first thing in the morning and family breakfast and toilet breaks could wait because all I wanted to do was get to the end. But at the same time, I didn’t want to get to the end because I didn’t want this amazingly beautiful story to ever finish. And then when I got closer to the end and the story looked like it’s going to end in the cruelest way known to woman, I was debating whether to keep going, because if the author was going to destroy me like this, if she was going to rip out my heart and stomp on it, then I wanted to live in denial for a little while longer. But I kept reading and the author very kindly gave me a very nice HEA. Luckily for her too, because if she had hurt me, I was going to study black magic and put a hex on her. Swear to god. If you haven’t read this book yet, do so as quickly as possible because you are missing out.
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