I am breaking with our normal posting format because I am too excited to wait to award pennies to Archer’s Voice. I want to give this book ALL THE PENNIES! That’s right. I’m shouting. I give Archer’s Voice ALL THE SHOUTY PENNIES!!!! Now back to out regularly formatted blog post.
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.
5 Shouty Pennies because that’s as high as we go.
Archer’s Voice is one of those books that gets into your head and your heart. Two people who come together and help each other overcome the great moments of tragedy in their lives is not really a new theme in the romance genre, but the way that Mia Sherian handles this story makes it an absolute standout.
Bree Prescott move to a small town in Maine to distance herself physically and emotionally from a recent traumatic event that shattered her world. Archer Hale has lived in this town his entire life physically and emotionally separated from the people around him following the tragic event that took place when he was a child. All but invisible to those around him, silent as a result of the events that took place wen he was young, Archer is cut off from society and he’s built his life in this isolation.
New to the town and ignorant of the stories surrounding Archer, Bree sees something that one else does. Her persistent attempts to reach out to this silent, lonely man and connect with him are the foundation of the relationship that they both need to move back into the world after suffering great loss.
I loved how the characters developed throughout the story. Their growth wasn’t easy, or trite. Their reactions were realistic and believable. I was so happy that Bree was not a damsel in distress, but strong woman who didn’t fall for the first handsome guy to flash a bright smile. And Archer wasn’t some wild man she had to tame, but a good hearted person who was made to feel inferior partly because of the thoughtless actions of the people around him. Theirs isn’t an easy romance, it’s a good romance. It takes work and communication and learning over time that you can indeed feel safe putting your trust in another person.
For Archer, communication and trust are two things that he just doesn’t have when Bree shows up and becomes determined to get to know this hand who she sees is more the the people in town give him credit for being. Archer Hale has been isolated since he was seven, both by his living circumstances and his inability to speak. He is intelligent and observant, but almost completely ignorant of social conventions. Over the course of the story, though, he finds his “voice” and it is seeing this process, getting to know Archer, that really touched me in this story.
And finally, I have to mention the romance part of this book because along with wonderful characters Mia has written some seriously hot, I may even go so far as to say hawt, scenes. Not to give anything away, but just wait until you get to Archer’s haircut. Have a tall glass of something cool to drink near by because you just may need to take a moment. Archer Hale has claimed a permanent seat in the Pantheon of Book Boyfriends.
Mia Sheridan lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband who is a police officer and her biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). They have four children here on earth and one in heaven. She is an avid reader, and now writer, of romance and erotic novels. When she isn’t writing or reading romance novels, she enjoys anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. In addition to Archer’s Voice, Leo, Leo’s Chance, and Stinger are also part of the Sign of Love series.