Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
I picked this book up because of its title and yes it’s pretty self-explanatory: ‘Archer’s Voice’. I enjoy reading stories that go beyond the usual categorisation of a man. I’m all for the hunky, confident man who has girls running all around him but I prefer reading about people who fall more towards the category of uncertainty towards themselves, people who don’t really have everything going for them. You know people who you can consider as being more of in real life. I then enjoy progressing with them throughout the story and watching them figure it all out for themselves because in my opinion each and every story we read is somehow related to a person finally being able to figure out life for them.
Bree Prescott has had a tragedy to deal with which causes her to leave her home and everything she’s known to spend some time finding solace and peace in a small town; Pelion. There she happens to meet Archer; this isolated, strange but sweet man who slowly becomes her reason for being able to find the serenity she so desperately seeks. But it is a small town and small towns have their stories… Two people trying to find peace together, to find purpose and compassion.
WHAT I LIKED:
I have to admit I fell utterly for Archer. He’s a picture of innocence so pure it’s hard not to be appreciative of a character shown in such a light. There’s not a single thing about that man that doesn’t scream purity and I can guarantee everyone will end up in admiration of him. Like I said earlier, I’m so used to reading about men who aren’t so innocent but Archer was this pleasant change that I loved reading about. It’s easy to feel sorry for such a man who’s suffered alone all his life, when he probably least deserves it but life is life and there’s no one to provide him any comfort. It’s heart breaking. He’s unaware of things that come as second nature to most people and he’s like a child learning everything for the first time. It was beautiful to witness him coming onto his own, even if that progression was slow but at least he had someone there for him eventually. I admired Bree’s action to take it upon herself to befriend such a person that no one else acknowledge up until her. It’s not that she feels sorry for him but she just sees him for what he really is; an actual person.
“I’m here for you. I’m here because of you. I’m here because you saw me, not just with your eyes, but with your heart. I’m here because you wanted to know what I had to say and because you were right…everyone does need friends.”
I loved the little things this story brought out in the open. How everyone was ok judging and ignoring Archer without having any direct experience with him and Bree was the only one who reached out to him. How everyone in the town, chose not to speak or do anything. People just sit in the background and act sorry but to me if you’re not going to take action you’re just as guilty as approaching Archer and being pointedly mean.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
I admit I sometimes felt Bree to be a little too endearing and thought that in her mission to help him achieve and learn she in fact says things that would make me feel small if I was Archer. Such as how she constantly makes it known that he doesn’t know much, which he doesn’t but to voice it all the time and treat him like a child…I wouldn’t want that kind of treatment if I was Archer. Just a personal opinion though. And her repetition of ‘silent man’ irks me. That felt like labeling to me, she doesn’t have to keep repeating about his inability to speak, we all know that. I think in finding her character somewhat annoying ended up making this book a little less pleasant for me.
Overall I think this was a sweet book that holds an ability to touch you deeply due to what it’s about. But there was something lacking in it for me (again personal opinion) and I could not feel the chemistry as much as I would have liked. Hence why 3.5 stars. But there are many people out there who very much loved this book and I think I’m part of the minority. But one thing i definitely liked; the way it shows how people must never be judged due to things that makes them a little different to everyone else, is a statement you cannot ignore. I’m so big on my dislike stereotypes and when stories bring those issues to life I always appreciate it. So I thank the author for being able to bring to light such a subject.
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.