Series: A Sign of Love
Published on January 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Love & Romance
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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.
This was a beautiful story and I’m so glad that I ended up reading it. I’ve been meaning to read Archer’s Voice for months. I was a bit skeptical of all the 5 star reviews, but so many trusted loved it so I still wanted to give it a try . I went in not knowing too much about this story and that really worked for me.
Bree Prescott has had a rough few months and after the tragic death of her father, she decides she needs to get away. She ends up in the small town of Pelion, Maine. Not only is she looking for a fresh start but she’s also running from the haunting flashbacks from that horrible night.
“You are going to be okay, Bree. You are strong and you are going to be happy again. Do you hear me? There’s something good about this place. Do you feel it?”
Her first night in town an odd encounter with a stranger ignites Bree’s curiosity. She finds out that the man she met is Archer Hale, someone only whispered about in their small town. He’s regarded as weird, antisocial, and has no ties to the community he lives in. Bree knows sign language (her father was deaf) and when she finds out he’s mute that only deepens her interest in getting to know this strange man.
“They don’t know who you are, Archer. They have no idea. And they don’t deserve to know. Don’t let their judgment hurt you.”
I absolutely love the way Bree and Archer’s friendship builds. It was right up my alley, kind of a slow build with plenty of anticipation of what was to come.
I didn’t know enough to dream you, Bree, but somehow you came true anyway. How did that happen? He rubbed his nose along mine, pausing and then pulling back again. Who read my mind and knew exactly what I wanted, even when I didn’t?
One of my favorite things about this book was Archer’s backstory. He has had so much loss and pain in his life. He’s completely alone and has been incredibly sheltered. Although it was so sad to think about everything he had gone through, it really added a lot of depth to his characters and made me much more interested in him and everything that had happened. He was such a great character. Definitely not your average hero, very inexperienced and heartbreakingly vulnerable.
How do you teach a man who has lost everything, not to fear it happening again?
While I really did love this book, I did think it was a bit coincidental and convenient how Bree knew sign language and just happens to meet a mute guy in a very small town who has literally never spoken to anyone is years. Because I really loved Archer and Bree, I was able to overlook it and just focus on the fact that I wanted them together. Also, one part near the end didn’t sit right with me, it’s definitely a spoiler so don’t look unless you’ve read this! (view spoiler)
Archer’s Voice really was a beautiful and powerful story. It’s a pretty emotional read, but I enjoyed the different storyline and thought it was really well written. This one definitely makes me want to check out Mia Sheridan’s other books soon!
**Note: Even though this says “Sign of Love” Series, all books in the series can be read as standalones and in any order. They are completely new stories with fresh characters.