Series: Elements #3
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Release date: September 22, 2016
Main characters: Maggie – once full of life and mischievous – after childhood trauma is silent and withdrawn. Brooks, her best friend and confidante, the only person who has ever fully understood her.
Plot: As a child, Maggie May Riley knew what she wanted. To be happy, she needed to marry Brooks Tyler, her stepbrother’s best friend. It didn’t matter that he was going through his ‘girls are yucky’ phase, she knew he loved her too. One afternoon, while waiting for him to meet her, an event took place that not only robbed her of her voice, but of her innocence.
Years later, Maggie is silent and suffers from agoraphobia. With a family that is struggling with the stress of her situation (and their own bitter resentments), she relies on Brooks. He seems to see into her soul and life is good when they’re together.
It is clear that the pair love each other madly – but what kind of life can they have unless Maggie exorcises her demons? Brooks is a talented musician with a career about to hit the stratosphere. Should she make him stay with her in her small life, or let him fly and realise his own dreams?
Why you should read it: I love, love, loved this book! I read it last night and have no idea why I didn’t pick it up sooner! Brittainy C. Cherry is so talented. I have read most of her other books and they are all high-quality and high drama (but not in a bad way) reads. It was an emotional roller-coaster of a story, starting from childhood into adulthood. I enjoyed the dynamic between Brooks and Maggie when they were younger, and then as they matured. What really came across was Maggie’s personality – she didn’t speak aloud, but from her point of view, you really got a sense of her struggle.
What you may not like: I don’t know – if you read it and don’t like it, let me know why because I adored it. A lot of things happen in the book, but at no point did it feel too much. It spans quite a long time so it felt right.
Rating: Easily a 5/5 for a spectacular read. I just want to re-read it now. Slower, so that I can enjoy every word.