“Sometimes an understanding silence was better than a bunch of meaningless words.”
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.
OK. Let me start out by saying that the tbr shelf is overflowing with good intentions. Seriously, everyone keeps saying, “You gotta read..” and then I buy it and it gets lost in the shuffle. Well, when Archer’s Voice came out, I was just about to start Leo and then Leo’s Chance. It’s the forth book in the Sign of Love series, but it can be a standalone. I knew I needed to grab Stinger before I even thought of Archer. But everyone kept telling me to skip it and read Archer first, then go back to it. But my OCD didn’t wanna let me do it. After much grumbling, I decided to not listen to myself and listen to my friends, and let me tell you, I made a wise choice. WOW. This book is just…wow.
The emotions that were pulled out of this book, were all over the map. It was another perfect book. There is just something about the silence of Archer that draws you in. He was totally misunderstood. When Bree decides to be friends with Archer, she goes full-bore. They both suffered great pain, in the past, and that pain is what makes them so similar. As I read what he went through, as a boy, I was crushed, devastated, angry and so very sad. All of his suffering was unnecessary.
“I’m afraid to love you. I’m afraid that you’ll leave and that I’ll go back to being alone again. Only it will be a hundred times worse because I’ll know what I’m missing. I can’t…” He sucked in a shaky breath. “I want to be able to love you more than I fear losing you, and I don’t know how. Teach me, Bree. Please teach me. Don’t let me destroy this.”
Sweet silent Archer. Being alone for so long, he was so very childlike in many aspects of his life. It was so sweet to watch Bree teach him things. Some of the things were quite saucy, but it was still very sweet. It was nice to see someone so protective over him. He hasn’t had that in such a long time. He needed Bree, more than he ever thought.
“I stand by my logic though. I think love is a concept, and each person has an individual word for what sums it up for them. My word for love is Bree.”
This book made me cry, made me mad, made me gasp in shock, and made me sit back and remember that everyone is worthy of love.