“Bad things don’t happen to people because they deserve for them to happen. It just doesn’t work that way. It’s just… life. And no matter who we are, we have to take the hand we’re dealt, crappy though it may be, and try our very best to move forward anyway, to love anyway, to have hope anyway… to have faith that there’s a purpose to the journey we’re on.” (Bree Prescott, Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan)
I am a lover of romance novels, but I have to admit that every single time I try to start on a contemporary novel, I am awash with deep anxiety and concern. Except for Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ and Jude Deveraux’ contemporary romance novels with witty banters and a great dose of TRUE LOVE, I am not easy to trust writers of contemporary who romanticize sexual intimacy with love and who tries to find normalcy in infidelities. Maybe I was looking in the wrong direction, I do not know. But this…
This was an epiphany.
Archer Hale lost his voice to an incident that occurred years ago- an incident that made him a totally different person. He was deemed weird, not right in the head, and stupid by the people in the small, wonderful town in Maine. He could not ask for help. He could not trust anyone. He was simply alone.
Until he met Bree Prescott.
Bree was not a resident of the small town, but she chose to stay in this magical paradise to heal her wounds from one nightmare she cannot seem to let go. Soon, she was to find out that it was not only her wounds that were about to heal but a heart that was broken, a past that was tarnished, and a voice unheard.
The author, Mia Sheridan, used the simplest of words in writing this novel, and yet these words seemed to seep out from the pages of the book, enveloping the reader to a tight embrace that made one want to shut off the world from one’s system and just drown in to the abyss and the heart of the book. I was exhilarated. Having the opportunity of reading this book among thousands, millions of books I would have found, was indeed fate working on the seams. The words were ambrosia, an aurora to an avid reader’s soul.
However, I would have to admit that I was fearful to ride on this adventure that the author seemed to tempt me with. I was broken by a lot of books in the past that literally changed my perspective on how society is trying to shape our minds today. Take infidelity for example. That and the many novels on heavy erotica without actually going anywhere. Yes. The society is trying to strangle us without our knowing by adding perfume to the wounds it inflicted, leading us to think that what is wrong is actually right when everyone does it. And so I was fearful.
But, and this is the truth, riding on this adventure is the greatest decision I have ever made.
The novel is soothing to the soul, a balm to a restless, hopeless search for true peace, true love, and true faith on finding the one true missing piece from a dark past: Archer’s Voice.
P.S. “Only you, only ever you.” Picture above is not by The Little Bonnie Lass. Find the photo’s owner on Instagram! jodi_bibliophile_x
P.S.S. Here is a fan-made trailer of Archer’s Voice by Becca Manuel. Enjoy!