Holy Cow! Everyone needs to read this book. NOW. It is absolutely fantastic. This is the best in the Sign of Love Series, by Mia Sheridan.
I was deeply touched and brought to tears, anger and happiness. I was calm and I was wired. I read slowly and I read quickly.
“What are your dreams, Archer?”
He brought his hands up and said, “I didn’t know enough to dream you, Bree, but somehow you came true anyway. How did that happen?” He rubbed his nose along mine, pausing and then pulling back again. “Who read my mind and knew exactly what I wanted, even when I didn’t?”
Avery/Bree Prescott left her home town, Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where she witnessed an unspeakable tragedy, in search of peace. She hoped she found it when she arrived in the small quaint vacation town in Maine. She found a cottage to rent on the other side of the lake she used to visit with her family as a kid.
“I left the room to sign the papers for the place I would call home-at least for the next little while-hoping against hope that this was where I’d finally find some peace.”
Archer Hale had been a witness and victim of tragedy too. And he was a victim of “no one wants to get involved”. He was left to be raised by his mentally unstable war veteran of an uncle. He wasn’t abused, but his emotional needs were neglected – affection, social integration, knowledge about the world, and the knowledge that he was worthy of others simply for being him. Living in isolation the majority of his life, Archer had to deal alone with the pain and grief of the violence he’d endured at such a young age. The town ignored him and when they did give him attention, they made him feel “guilty, damaged, and ugly”.
“I was a freak. I was out here alone and isolated for a reason – I was to blame for so much tragedy, so much pain. I was worthless.”
Bree and Archer are perfect for each other. She sees through his barricades. She doesn’t see him as the weak, naive, incapable, and inept communicator he sees when he looks in the mirror.
Instead, she sees eyes that are “deep and whiskey-colored, framed by long, dark lashes”. She saw a man with “well-defined naked chest, smoothed-skinned muscles and rippled abs”. And smiles that made her heart speed up.
“They were like a rare gift that he gave out. I snatched it up and stored it somewhere inside of me.”
Simply put, she sees HIM. Archer Hale. She has enough faith in him for the both of them if he could just believe it too.
“Wanna know the first thing I thought about when we first met, other than how beautiful you were?
You acted embarrassed in front of me, bashful-you even blushed-about all those candy bars.” He smiled and leaned down and kissed my forehead. My heart picked up speed. He continued, “It was the first time in my life anyone had acted embarrassed in front of me. People had acted embarrassed for me, but never embarrassed because of something they’d done in front of me. It made me feel like a real person, Bree. It made me feel like something about me mattered.”
But, therein lies the problem. Archer is wounded. And not just physically. His love for Bree is terrifying because he doesn’t know what to do with it. He doesn’t know how to maneuver in a relationship. And he is so in love with her it hurts. She has brought light back to his life. He is no longer alone and he never wants to experience that again and he is terrified.
“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.”
Watching their journey had my heart wrenching at times and so romantic that it had me swooning too. Their journey was not easy. It was painful. They both had to overcome so much in their personal lives just to be able to be with each other.
“There’s nothing to find out. What I know, is that you walked through my gate that day and I lost my heart. But not because it could have been any girl-because it was you. I lost my heart to you. And, Bree, in case you’re wondering, I don’t ever want it back.”
Oh my gosh! See what I mean — melting! It’s fantastic, simply fantastic a must read!!!