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Published by Forever
Released on June 12, 2018
A broken boy and a mostly broken girl were best friends until they lost each other, only to find each other again when they are all grown up. This is the story of what happens when they meet again and find how drastically things can change in ten years. This is also their incredible love story.
Jessica was just eleven when she meets twelve year old Callen. They are from different sides of town, and only met because they both climbed into the same abandoned boxcar. Callen has been beaten once again and Jessica just wants Callen to be her prince. The two become fast friends and one day she introduces him to her music for her piano lessons. He takes to it like a duck to water. Then he pretty much disappears, although Jessica waits for him. They meet again in Paris, both in their twenties, and Callen doesn’t even know who she is. At this point, he’s a famous music composer and a notorious playboy. Jessica is the waitress in the bar where he’s drinking with a woman draped over him. Most of the story happens from this point on.
Jessica was the good girl from the good family. Only it’s not so good as her father was a womanizer and pretty much abandons the family for his other women. She attended a French school in her town and dreamed of living and working in Paris someday. Callen lived in a run down house on the wrong side of town. His father belittled him constantly and beat him regularly. While Jessica is actively pursuing her dream, Callen already has his. At least that’s what it looks like. Callen has a secret, one that he fears the most. He also drinks too much and is in a slump when it comes to his composing. He’s surrounded himself with not so good people, with the exception of his friend Nick. Nick was a great character and the only one that doesn’t coddle Callen.
When I listened to my first Mia Sheridan book a few months ago, I honestly didn’t know what the fuss was all about. I expected a five star read and I didn’t experience that. But, people encouraged me to read Archer’s Voice. And wow, just wow. I loved it. So when I saw this book on Net Galley, I jumped at the chance to read it. I am so happy I did. I found this book to be pretty perfectly written with a good pace. At times, the author takes the reader back in time so that we can see what happened in both children’s lives. And what happens when they become best friends. We also see how heartbroken Jessica is when they lose touch with each other. We get both main characters perspectives, more so with Jessica, but still enough of Callen to add to the overall story. I liked that-so many times you wonder what the other character’s thinking or what his/her motives are for things. Not so here, so that was a plus as well.
Another thing I really loved about this book was the inclusion of another story dating back to the 1400’s during the time of Joan of Arc. Jessica gets a job as a translator of ancient French writings and her work centered around a young woman’s diary of her time spent living with Joan of Arc during the war she led and after the war as well. It was fascinating.
So yes, I loved this one almost as much as I did Archer’s Voice. I can honestly say that I am now a fan of Ms. Sheridan’s work. I highly recommend this book and this author to adult contemporary romance fans and historical romance fans might enjoy it as well.