Title: Archer’s Voice
Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Sign of Love #4
Release Date: January 25, 2014
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.
Every once in a while, a book comes along that marks you. Changes the way you see the world. Archer’s Voice is such a book. Mia Sheridan has gone above and beyond with this breathtaking story of loss, fear, love, and unrelenting hope. I have yet to meet a book couple quite as compelling as Archer and Bree. Their journey broke my heart and put it back together several times over before all was said and done, leaving me feeling irrevocably altered by their inimitable connection and deeply fated love. Mia Sheridan is a literary genius, capturing the incredible power of the human spirit and delivering the kind of written magic that wholeheartedly consumes the reader. I don’t know how she’ll possibly top this phenomenal story, but I’m a faithful fan from this book alone.
“I didn’t know enough to dream you, Bree, but somehow you came true anyway. How did that happen?”
Bree is the kind of heroine that just radiates goodness. Despite everything she had been through and the lingering scars that were left behind, she was unfailingly kind and full of compassion. Her strange friendship with Archer had my heart soaring and made me proud of the kind of person who could so boldly befriend such a unique stranger. Mia Sheridan wrote Bree with a voice that was timeless. She was warm, personable, and wholly relatable, allowing me to forge an immediate and irreparable connection with the character. In true Mia Sheridan fashion, I ached for Bree as her history and loss came to light, feeling deeply for the girl who had lost so much. I loved watching this character come into her own as she spent time in a new town and made friends with the locals. Each of these peripheral relationships helped to paint the stunning picture of who Bree was at her core.
“I want to be able to love you more than I fear losing you, and I don’t know how.”
Archer is definitely in my top five favorite book boyfriends after this novel. I’ve never met a character who was such a mystery and yet so easy to understand all at once. Archer’s limited world made him an enigma, while it also allowed him the powerful ability to understand life in its simplest terms and without the influence of popular opinion to sway his view. As Mia Sheridan allowed us a look into Archer’s past, I felt this character staking his claim on my heart. The heady emotions and gut-wrenching experiences that we got to explore through his point of view absolutely shook me. I felt more deeply for Archer than I have for any other character in a really long time and I loved every heartbreaking second of getting to know this incredible man. Mia Sheridan did an exceptional job at bringing this character to life without the excess verbiage so many characters require. It was Archer’s actions and the things that held importance to him that gave shape to Archer’s true character.
“I think love is a concept, and each person has an individual word for what sums it up for them. My word for love is Bree.”
Archer’s Voice was an effortless read. The story flowed easily, picking up the pace to build tension at all the right moments and slowing down when I needed to really just stop and feel. Mia Sheridan’s careful construction of this storyline made this unconventional journey absolutely sparkle and I had no problem investing myself completely from the very first page. As always, Mia Sheridan writes romance with a social conscience. Archer’s Voice not only highlighted the challenges of living with a disability, but it also spoke to the true nature of trauma and its lasting effects. The author incorporated these two elements in a respectful and genuine way that gave me all the feels and left me wanting more of this unforgettable couple. Mia Sheridan’s poignant prose, heartfelt emotions, and addictive dialogue was utterly captivating, leaving me no choice but to surrender myself to Archer and Bree and ensuring that Archer’s Voice is an absolute must read!
You know when someone tells you to read a book immediately and you laugh it off, stick it on your TBR, and it continues to just fade away on the list? Then, one day, you finally open it up and start beating yourself up because you didn’t listen to your friends? Well, yeah…that’s me right about now. Archer’s Voice lived up to every ounce of hype, and even exceeded it. The feelings and emotions that Mia Sheridan evoked while reading this novel are indescribable and incomparable; so much so, that I don’t even know where to begin.
“Since I had met him, it had occurred to me that it would probably be amazing what we could all see and hear if we would just shut our mouths a little more, and stop trying to constantly hear our own voice.”
Both Archer and Bree had been put through so many obstacles as individuals that when they came together, I couldn’t help but love the recognition they saw in one another. The slow build of their relationship formed butterflies in my tummy and an overall feeling that I can’t pinpoint flowed through my veins. They were hesitant in so many ways and it produced an angst to their relationship, but not in a dramatic fashion. The words on the page weren’t just letters strung together; Sheridan breathed life into these characters and these scenes and that could be felt quite poignantly with every page turned.
“We had each reacted differently in a moment of terror, and yet we both still hurt. Maybe there was no right or wrong, no black or white, only a thousand shades of grey when it came to pain and what we each held ourselves responsible for.”
Though I’ve absolutely adored the previous books in the series, Archer’s Voice is unlike anything Sheridan has produced – or any other author for that matter. It is unique and profound, showing readers the power of love – an emotion that can transcend everything and speaks a language of its own. The characters are unforgettable and the emotions are breathtakingly real. As a reader, my heart ached with Bree and Archer, celebrated alongside them, and fell in love right with them. I couldn’t believe just how much Archer’s Voice touched my heart and honestly, the only thing I can really say is that it’s a must read. To readers who think that all the positive praise can’t possibly be real, trust me – it doesn’t even touch the surface of how fantastic this book is! If you haven’t clicked yet, RUN and do it! You won’t regret it!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Sign of Love series:
Leo (Sign of Love #1)
Leo’s Chance (Sign of Love #2)
Stinger (Sign of Love #3)
Becoming Calder (Sign of Love #5)
Finding Eden (Sign of Love #6)
Kyland (Sign of Love #7)
Grayson’s Vow (Sign of Love #8)
Midnight Lily (Sign of Love #9)
Ramsay (Sign of Love #10)
Preston’s Honor (Sign of Love #11)
Dane’s Storm (Sign of Love #12)