THE SILENT WATERS
by Brittainy C. Cherry
Releasing September 22, 2016!
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Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.
I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.
I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.
This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.
(Book Three in the Elements Series. Complete Standalone.)
6 “BAM” stars!
“The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist.”
Wow. Wow. Wow. Brittainy C. Cherry has once again moved me so completely that I am left utterly speechless. There is just something about this book; its different than what I thought it would be, not that I knew exactly what to expect, but it was so much more. The intense emotion that is portrayed in The Silent Waters rocked my world. It is both heartbreaking and breathtakingly beautiful, and even though this was difficult story to read and the pain felt so real, Brittainy’s gorgeous storytelling healed my heart, made it soar, and filled my soul with love and happiness. The Silent Waters is a magnetic force that pulled me in and refused to let me go. I am still reeling from this story days later. This book was pure magic and I loved every single thing about it!!
I won’t go into the plot because I think it is best to go into this book blind. Just know that there are so many feelings packed in these pages that it is impossible not to be affected by the words. The story was addictive and very hard to put down. It left me with a huge book hangover of the best kind and I can not stop thinking about Brooks and Maggie. Each time I try to move on, I find myself wanting to dive right back in to relive their story over and over again. I smiled, I laughed, I cried, and I loved. My heart beat wildly out of excitement, out of fear, and out of anticipation. There were times when my body shook, my palms sweated, my breath hitched, and when it came to the end, happy tears streamed down my face and my heart was so full. This book truly has all the feels you can want and more.
Brittainy created well-developed and complex characters that touched my heart and will forever have a place it in. They are easily relatable, interesting, unique and oh so lovable. They were perfectly imperfect in every way and I seriously adored them. This story is made up of moments and every single one was important to Brooks and Maggie’s story and who they were together as well as who they were when they are apart – they were wonderful individually, but they were fantastic together. Brittainy captured the beauty of a pure, young, first love, and it gave me goosebumps and had me smiling from ear to ear.
Though they were meant to be together, no matter how hard they tried, it never seemed to be the right time. Brooks and Maggie had to fight for their relationship. They had to be patient and personally grow, and it wasn’t easy on them or the people around them. Eventually decisions needed to be made. Decisions that hurt and broke my heart, decisions that showed me the depth of love.
In that moment, I knew she had been right about everything all along.
She was right about me, and her, and us.
She’d be the one girl I’d love until forever.
No matter how life tried to change us.
Maggie’s character was fantastic and I loved her from the very first page. She was sweet, innocent, optimistic and had a pure soul. Brittainy described Maggie as a child so well and then continued to capture her loving personality into adulthood. There was nothing about her to dislike. She had such a beautiful heart and when a tragedy occurred that changed Maggie’s life forever, her pain and fear broke me. I cried for her and with her. I understood her and her coping methods and what she had to do the survive. She was brave but it still hurt. She was not alone though; Brooks stood by her side.
“I’ll be your anchor. I’ll help you stay grounded when you feel like you are drifting away.”
What can I say about Brooks? He was absolutely amazing and may be my favorite hero of Brittainy’s. His heart was huge, his support unending, his friendship true, and his love everlasting. His feelings for Maggie ran so deep and he always put her first. Brooks was the only one who heard Maggie when she didn’t say a word and I love how he truly knew who she was and what she needed.
“I need you to know that even if you decide to never speak again, you’ll always have someone around to hear you…I’ll always be there there to listen to your silence.”
I loved the drive and persistence Brooks had when doing the things he loved. I loved that Maggie was never far from his mind and he made my heart swell whenever he was around.
When Brooks was faced with his struggles, my heart broke. I understood what he was going through and felt his pain. I loved the support and commitment Maggie showed him; she was there for him just as he was there for her and it was beautiful.
Each one of the wonderful side characters in this book played an important role in Maggie and Brooks’ life and I loved them all. Maggie’s father was loving and supportive. He was a constant in life and never gave up on her. Maggie’s relationships with Cheryl and Calvin were heartwarming and the bandmates made me smile. The support system that each character created proved that love can heal and prevail even when the odds are against you.
I loved the importance of music in the book. Brooks was passionate about music and he shared it with Maggie. Music was Maggie’s escape, and Brooks always knew exactly what to play and had a way of making things better when Maggie felt overwhelmed. I loved the shout out to Romeo’s Quest too. <3
The Silent Waters was simply amazing and this epic romance is easily one of my favorite 2016 reads!!
A person never reads an outstanding book twice and walks away with the same beliefs. An outstanding book always surprises you and awakens you to new ideas, new ways of looking at the world, no matter how many times the words have been read.
*ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
The Elements series
(A series of complete standalone books based on the four elements – AIR, FIRE, WATER, and EARTH.)
About the Author
Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing–poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.