I give this book a good solid 4 stars.
The storyline is a second chance romance for both the lead characters.
Gwen has moved to Cat’s Valley after the tragic death of her husband and childhood sweetheart, his death has caused her daughter to go mute, except for her prayers each night to God, which gives the book its title:
Her whispered prayers break her…
Gwen’s young son Daniel has to deal with losing his dad, and his sister turning from a big sister who played with him to the quiet girl who spends all her time doing crosswords or studying.
The emotional content is a lot to take but although it is a sad set of circumstances the author has not made it too morose.
One day Gwen meets Alexander, the recluse who lives out of town, his tale is more tragic than Gwen’s as at least she has her children to keep her going.
‘Scars mar his body. Pain has left him in pieces…’
– this is an apt description and who wouldn’t feel like this if they lost everything they loved in one night
Once snowy afternoon change’s everything for both of them. Gwen and the kids need his help, and the snowstorm that follows brings Alexander a choice… to continue to live in the grip of his pain or to look forward and give Gwen and the kids a chance.
So the story was, on the one hand, predictable, but only in the sense of that, the storyline runs true to the second chance genre trope. But the emotional content is there, you can’t help to get swept up in both characters pain and emotional journey towards starting again.
Overall I enjoyed the story, the writing is good, as I said the author created some very emotional moments, there is the HEA I wanted for the pair.
I must say when Alexander’s tragedy is told I was choked up at the thought of having to live with that, and the scene of the anniversary of their death had me reading with a lump in my throat. BUT I wasn’t a mess reading it, which I was surprised, or maybe because I knew both were going to have sad stories to tell that prepared me to be stronger? I am not sure, but I was surprised that I didn’t cry more.
Although I knew that the story needed a ‘shock moment’ to jump start the ending of the story it was a tad predictable for me. And I am left wondering what happened to Pepper the dog?
And this is purely my personal opinion, the sex scenes – I wish they had been less descriptive.
I appreciated that the pair had been alone for a while and when they finally got hot and bothered, the scene was appropriate but when they ‘did the deed’ it was just a tad over done. I guess this is why I prefer Young Adult as I can use my imagination.
I enjoyed reading this book and I will check out more of the author’s books in the future.
If you want a book that will give you all the emotions you want in a read without making you into a bag of snot I think this book will be a sure fire choice.
*** I voluntarily reviewed this book, I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book, these are my honest ramblings and I hope you enjoy reading them – kat***
Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!You can sign up for Alex’s newsletter HERE.