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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 17, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R5331MY
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This story is so remarkable and powerful because Archer learns that he isn't so different, and the citizens learn that they were more crippling to Archer than his handicap. Sometimes a person will act in a particular manner because that is the role that has been defined for him/her. As much joy and happiness that Bree's love brings, it also brings fear and insecurity to Archer. "I'm afraid that you'll leave and that I'll go back to being alone again. Only it will be a hundred times worse because I'll know what I'm missing. I can't...." He sucked in a shaky breath. "I want to be able to love you more than I fear losing you, and I don't know how. Teach me, Bree. Please teach me. Don't let me destroy this."
This story teaches us that the strongest people don't have to be alpha males or the most educated, it's the ones with the purest intentions and the drive to overcome obstacles. We just need to give them acceptance and not define them by their differences. "Bad things don't happen to people because they deserve for them to happen. It just doesn't work that way. It's just... life. And no matter who we are, we have to take the hand we're dealt, crappy though it may be, and try our very best to move forward anyway, to love anyway, to have hope anyway... to have faith that there's a purpose to the journey we're on."
I’ve been in a bit of a book funk lately. I’ve read some really good books lately, like REALLY GOOD. But something inside me just wasn’t triggered like it has been in the past. That true love of the story was just … missing for me. This book has been on my TBR for ages & a friend MADE me try it out (Thank you Sophie, btw). This book had so much heart & it truly made me feel.
Archer Hale has lived in his small town since he was a boy. Isolated after an accident, he becomes a strange anomaly to the townsfolk. Everyone has an opinion about what’s wrong with him, how “crazy” he is, or what his intentions are. Nobody has ever gotten close to the man who doesn’t speak. He’s an outcast. When Bree Prescott comes to town, she isn’t hindered by the past of rumors spread throughout the town, and when she meets Archer by chance, she sees him as just … a person.
As the story, and their relationship, develops, we begin to see what is hidden beneath both Bree & Archer. Each have a past riddled with secrets and pain that neither of them deserved. Let me just say that the heart hidden within Archer is so painfully beautiful. “I didn’t know enough to dream you, Bree, but somehow you came true anyway. How did that happen? … Who read my mind and knew exactly what I wanted, even when I didn’t?” Really?! Who says this AND MEANS IT?! Archer Hale, that’s who. He works his way toward love in the most beautiful way. And Bree? She may not have as many flowery quotes to share, but the way she defends Archer, believes in him, and never ceases to see all the beauty within him. She is a woman who, although makes mistakes, has the strength of love I’ve always wanted to have.
If you haven’t tried Mia yet, please do. She paints an exquisite picture of imperfect love that is made perfect by the people who share it.
“And her love slips quietly around me, holding me, anchoring me, reminding me that the loudest words are the ones we live.“
Anyhow, the unlikable characters (who were supposed to be unlikable) were wholly unlikable to me. Which made the likable characters that much more likable for me. I liked that it didn't get too blurry there for most of the book. It gave me someone to cheer for and be curious about.
I probably fell in love with Bree during the tampon incident because who hasn't done that at least once? And she handled it with about as much grace as all the rest of us. That level of human made me really like her. She didn't come off as pretentious or needy or whiney like some of the girls in these books can be. She was just simply human.
And where I thought I would get real sick of staring at the wood fence with her. I really didn't and I can't even explain why I didn't. In theory that could have been a part of the book that went entirely too slow but for me it seemed to glide right by nicely.
As I got into the story and toward the end I felt like things moved fast but it was probably because I was reading this all in one sitting by that point (thanks to a rainy Sunday).
And then that moment... talk about hitting a wall and going through like 500 emotions at one time. I would have been so mad if that's where the book ended by the way. Thank you for not doing that cliff hanger thing and taking the higher road writing an entire story and putting it one book. I wish there was some way for me to give you extra stars for that.