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I saved this book for when I was on vacation – a book just for my enjoyment, one that I could read while in total relaxation mode. I thought that this was a great idea, but now I’m not so sure. My biggest regret is not reading it sooner!
The characters and the story was unique, gripping and absolutely fantastic! Archer Hale is a tortured soul. He is a gorgeous man who is trapped in a reclusive lifestyle. Deemed by the community residents as “not quite right” or slow, he lives in solitude and in overwhelming loneliness. Archer was a victim of a horrific event that scarred him far beyond his physical impairment.
Bree is on a road trip, at least that’s the way she explains it. She is trying to find some semblance of peace in her life. Having recently lost her father in a heinous crime and almost being a victim herself, she is grieving and suffering and looking for a fresh start. Her trip leads her to a small lakeside community in Maine, where she remembers vacationing with her parents years ago. She decides to settle in for a while and soak up the memories and quietude.
In one of her visits into town, Bree meets Archer. She feels an inexplicable connection to him. She is drawn to this mysterious man. Archer is used to keeping to himself, but when he happens upon Bree and offers her a simple act of kindness, life as he knows it is about to change.
I don’t want to go into too many details and spoil this book for anyone. You really should read it for yourself – you will be glad you did! Trust me! There is so much that happens in this book that will shock you, make you smile, break your heart, make you cry, and make you swoon.
The relationship that develops between Archer and Bree can only be described as a beautiful slow burn. They bring each other the happiness, comfort, and security that they’ve both longed for. Life has not been easy for either of them and there are a multitude of obstacles that they need to break through and overcome in order for their relationship to grow and survive.
Archer and Bree both bear heavy burdens and guilt for the life altering situations from their pasts. They have both experienced the unthinkable and their pain is ever present and often seems unbearable. This book is another great example that sometimes something good can be born of tragedy.
And sometimes, that’s all it takes- one person who’s willing to listen to your heart, to the sound no one else has ever tried to hear.
I absolutely loved this book! It was emotional and heartbreaking, yet I found it to be a hopeful story of love, acceptance, and forgiveness.