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.
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Fueled by grief and haunted by flashbacks of the incident that devastated her, Bree flees to Pelion, a small town with a host of interesting characters. There, Bree attempts to begin the slow process of healing. It’s not long before a chance meeting in a parking lot begins the series of events that will not only aid her recovery but lead her into the arms of an equally tormented soul.
Archer Hale is a recluse and the town pariah, only leaving the security of his home when absolutely necessary. Tormented by the loss of everyone he’s ever cared for and still bearing the consequences of the night that shattered his life, Archer is truly alone.
Archer’s voice is quite possibly one of the most beautiful books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The budding friendship between Bree and Archer is absolutely heartwarming. Bree is a kind soul and her character is easy to love. She’s the kind of girl that makes her own mind up about things, despite what others say. She’s smart, caring and loyal and I really found myself deep in her emotions. Archer – oh, where can I start with Archer? He’s been battered, broken and thoroughly destroyed by the events in his life. Despite everything he’s been through his soul remains angelic. He feels undeserving of happiness and has resigned himself to a life completely and utterly alone.
When Bree and Archer meet, at first Archer is guarded and unwilling to accept that anyone would want to befriend him. Bree’s tenacity soon breaks through his resolve and the foundations to their recovery are laid. The pair face many obstacles, however their unrelenting love for each other becomes a fierce weapon, capable of striking down whoever gets in their way. But Archer’s unwillingness to accept that he’s worthy of anyone’s affections threatens to become the biggest problem of all.
“I want to be able to love you more than I fear losing you, and I don’t know how,” he choked. “Teach me Bree. Please teach me. Don’t let me destroy this.”
The inspirational journey of Bree and Archer’s love left me smiling and crying in equal measure. Mia’s writing is exquisite and I felt every moment of joy and pain along with Archer and Bree. Her flawless creation of two equally tortured yet compassionate souls pierced my heart in a way that had me hiding under the duvet in the dark with a box of tissues, desperate to find out what happened next. There is no doubt that this book is an emotional roller-coaster that will, at times, leave you devastated, but the crisp beauty and the soul baring dual points of view provide every incentive to continue following Archer and Bree on their journey. Mia will break your heart, then she’ll put it back together only to break it once more. I don’t include spoilers in my reviews, but trust me, you will want to read every last word and when the time comes for you to say your goodbye’s to the two scarred lovers, you just won’t want to. Mia’s unequivocally stunning writing will seep into your soul and rest there for a long time after you’ve read those two words ‘The End’.
An easy 5/5 rating.