Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Published January 25th 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I seriously loved this book. It had a wonderful premise, was well written and beautifully told. I will be reading more by Mia Sheridan. Archer's Voice touched me in its constancy and depiction of unconditional, true love.
The story begins with Bree escaping a traumatic event, and the loss of her father. She finds a little lakeside town and begins forming relationships with the friendly locals. The break and quieter setting are exactly what she needs. One local that especially catches her attention is Archer Hale. Archer is mute, and Bree feels connected to him because her father was deaf, and she reaches out to Archer, hoping to strike up a friendship with him. Archer is at first cautious of her, but slowly they begin to spend time together.
And it isn't long before things start to sizzle up. It was wonderful seeing Archer, who was a damaged character, come into his own. Because of Bree, he dared to begin leaving his home and start building a life for himself. And with Bree, Archer begins to heal from a long ago trauma. He also helps Bree move beyond her flashbacks and fears, and to move forward when the investigation into her father's death picks up again. Archer is also forced to make hard decisions about his life with Bree--choices that hurt Bree, but in the end proved that this couple was fated. Considering how broken these characters were, and the ups and downs they face as a couple, this novel might as read as angsty--but it totally didn't. Everything Bree and Archer endured was realistic, and I thought dealt with maturely.
I loved this couple together, and I loved the story. It had some heartbreaking moments, ups and downs, but through it all, Bree and Archer are honest with one another, give each time and space and find their way back to one another despite the odds that seem to be against them. And if you are looking for a sweet hero, you'll be hard pressed to find one sweeter than Archer Hale.