Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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.
Brittainy C. Cherry is an author who was recommended to me a couple of years ago by some Goodreads friends. They knew I would like her emotional tales, and I didn’t let them down. I’ve been slowly reading the Elements series since then, and I was super excited to get The Silent Waters when it was on sale recently. I truly enjoyed reading this book.
The Silent Waters starts out in a very adorable way. Maggie and her father are moving in with her father’s new girlfriend and family. Upon moving in, Maggie meets her new stepbrother’s best friend, Brooks. Maggie immediately takes a liking to Brooks and the story is cuteness overload. Then, something horrible happens and everything is suddenly dark in this story. Even when rays of light seep into Maggie’s life, darkness prevails. Maggie’s only light is Brooks. When Brooks sinks into his own darkness, Maggie will have to find a way to be his light.
Maggie was a character I wasn’t sure I was going to like at first. Just like Brooks, I thought she was kind of annoying. It was perfect since she was a little kid, and little kids can be annoying. As she got older, she became a caring young woman with a lot of problems. I loved her then, but I also wondered where the help she desperately needed was. I don’t know how Maggie was allowed to go on with the way things were as long as she was.
Brooks was an amazing guy. He had such patience and tenderness. His connection with Maggie was utter perfection. I loved that he always tried to do what was best for her and them as a couple. He was my favorite character in this book.
My favorite thing about this book (besides Brooks) was the family dynamic. The Silent Waters showed exactly how each member of Maggie’s family was affected after what happened to her. Each responded in a different way. Their personalities and actions changed with time, just how I would expect them to in real life. There was an honesty to what they were all going through. If I had to pick a favorite character (besides Brooks), it would Maggie’s dad. He filled my heart with hope and love each time he said,
“The world keeps spinning because your heartbeat exists.”
I love that saying so much. I want to start saying it to my daughter every night now. It’s beautiful.
This is the third book I’ve read by Brittainy C. Cherry, and it’s the third book by her that I’ve truly enjoyed. She’s a master at creating stories filled with deep emotions. Every page she writes pulls at my heart-strings. If you like moving romances, I highly suggest you check out this book and series.