The Silent Waters (Elements, #3)
Moments.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.Of moments.(Book Three in the Elements Series. Complete Standalone. Coming Fall 2016.)

The Silent Waters (Elements, #3) Details

TitleThe Silent Waters (Elements, #3)
Author
ReleaseSep 22nd, 2016
PublisherBCherry Books Publishing
Rating
GenreRomance, New Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

The Silent Waters (Elements, #3) Review

  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    “The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist.” No one can write a book quite like Brittainy C. Cherry. Her stories are moving. Her story-telling abilities are off the charts amazing and her books are always epic for me. Whenever I start a new book by her, I just know it will be exceptionally good. The Silent Waters is my 5th book by Brittainy, and I have to say- I think it’s my favorite one so far. That is a HUGE deal because she has written some of my favorite books ever. When you “The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist.” 
No one can write a book quite like Brittainy C. Cherry. Her stories are moving. Her story-telling abilities are off the charts amazing and her books are always epic for me. Whenever I start a new book by her, I just know it will be exceptionally good. The Silent Waters is my 5th book by Brittainy, and I have to say- I think it’s my favorite one so far. That is a HUGE deal because she has written some of my favorite books ever. When you start this book, be prepared to be feel, to love, to be inspired, to have an unforgettable story engraved on your soul. And I’ll repeat BE PREPARED TO FEEL. Moments. When it comes down to it, that’s what all our lives are made of. A collection of moments. And a single moment can forever change your life… The Silent Waters is the story of Maggie Riley and Brooks Griffin’s moments. All the important moments in their lives, the other was a part of. It started when they were kids. A childhood romance turned into a lifelong friendship, turned into so much more. Oh, my. The things I could say about this story. The things I want to say about this story. But you know what the best part of this story is? The way you will FEEL when reading. I don’t want to take that experience away from anyone so the actual story… yeah. Not talking about it at all. My lips are sealed. Experience the book. Feel the story. I am a reader who reads to feel. All of my favorite books have this in common- they have strong emotion and really dig deep and make me feel so much. This story has that quality in spades. Even though I’m not going to speak about the story, I will talk about the characters some. Maggie Mae Riley is a special person. And so is Brooks Tyler Griffin. Maggie is someone I liked from the moment I met her. The more time I spent with her, the more I liked her. I felt for her. I understood her. Brooks and Maggie are two characters that belong together. I truly believe that. Brooks is a pretty incredible hero. One of my favorite things about a B Cherry book is that ALL of her characters are wonderful, not just the main ones. They all have a purpose to the story and depth to them. Maggie’s father, Cheryl, Mrs. Boone, Calvin, Katie, the list could go on and on. They are all great in their own right. Even the ones that I hated for a moment or two. Even the ones the frustrated me at times. I still loved them all. In this story, there are heartbreaking moments. There are moments my heart soared. Moments that tore me apart, and moments that pieced me back together. Every moment of this book was special. Every single moment had an impact on me. When I read a book by B. Cherry, I know it won’t be the same old same old romance story. I know it will be special. I know it will be beautiful. I know it will speak to my heart. Brittainy is one of the only authors that has that quality for me. No matter what she writes, it touches my soul and hits every single one of my love buttons. “Five minutes?” Five minutes. We stood there, staring at one another. Five minutes to erase any fears. Five minutes to remember who we were. Five minutes to find our own way, our own story. This is a book that will stay with you. I can say with absolute certainty I will never forget reading this book. I will never forget the characters, I will never forget the words, and I will never forget how I felt when I read it. The tears that streamed down my face during those moments in the story… It’s a tale that will stay forever etched on my heart. The Silent Waters is a truly exceptional read. Brittainy’s words are magical and the story was perfect for me. Don’t be surprised if you see this at #1 on my 2016 favorites list. I give it all the stars! Sometimes the rain was more pleasing than the sun. Sometimes the hurt was more fulfilling than the healing. And sometimes the pieces of the puzzle were more beautiful when scattered apart.
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  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
    'The Silent Waters' is another wonderfully written story by Brittainy C. Cherry that I totally fell in love with. This author never ceases to amaze me with her amount of talent she possesses, with her amazing storytelling or with her unforgettable love stories that always are so unforgettable. This third book in the series was emotional, powerful, though-provoking, intense and like the other stories I’ve read by this author it made me feel so much. "The world keeps spinning because your heartb 'The Silent Waters' is another wonderfully written story by Brittainy C. Cherry that I totally fell in love with. This author never ceases to amaze me with her amount of talent she possesses, with her amazing storytelling or with her unforgettable love stories that always are so unforgettable. This third book in the series was emotional, powerful, though-provoking, intense and like the other stories I’ve read by this author it made me feel so much. "The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist." Maggie’s life changes completely when her single father meets Katie. Practically over the night Maggie seems to have everything a little girl wants and needs – a caring mother, a beautiful home and two new siblings she’s eager to know better. From the moment little Maggie meets Brooks, his new brother’ best friend, she’s smitten beyond words. Even if Maggie is just a little girl she knows he’s IT for her and she knows that someday he will become her groom. Years later when Maggie is just then years old something tragic happens. She loses herself, she loses her voice, a piece of her being stolen from her forever. “I hadn’t known you could hear someone’s voice so clearly in the silent moments.” Maggie has a hard time moving on with her life. From that night that changes her life irrevocably, Maggie in some way stops living. She lives in silence, her pain and her demons being too much at times. The only one who seems to hear her, to hear her silence being her anchor over the years is Brooks, the boy who wants nothing more to fix the girl who means so much to him, the boy who constantly remembers her that she matters, that her voice matters. “With each touch, I fell more for his spirit. With each kiss, I tasted a part of his soul. In my mind, I whispered back to him, time and time again. With every tear and every heartbeat, I spoke to him. So quiet, yet so loud.” 'The Silent Waters' was a fantastic read from beginning until the end and it touched me more than I can say. Maggie and Brooks’s journey to happiness was intense, tumultuous and not very easy to read at times. However, I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed every minute of it and I honestly experienced everything these two characters experienced as the story unfolded. Their love story was epic, beautiful and it made me feel so much. I loved Maggie and Brooks individually and I loved them together. These characters were wonderful developed and so endearing. I liked Maggie’s character from the moment she was introduced. I liked her as a little girl and I liked her as a woman. My heart broke for her and for how much she lost over the years. Her pain, her fears, her insecurities were wonderful portrayed. I felt them all as the story progressed, but I also felt her love for her family, her love for music and books and her love for Brooks. Her voice was powerful through the pages even if she didn’t have a voice and the chapters written from her point-of-view were honestly so hard to read at times, so emotional. Brooks was as amazing hero. He was sweet, caring, thoughtful, considerate and so much more. I don't have enough words to tell you how much I loved his character. But what I loved the most was the way he loved Maggie -unconditionally, how over the years he became her anchor, how he never gave up on her. “Five minutes?” Five minutes. We stood there, staring at one another. Five minutes to erase any fears. Five minutes to remember who we were. Five minutes to find our own way, our own story. Maggie and Brooks’s friendship was beautiful. I simply loved the way they were with each other – their honesty, how easily they communicate with each other and I honestly loved all the sweet, heartwarming, but also heartbreaking moments between them. I never doubted these two characters are meant to be together because I felt how much they loved each other more and more with every single chapter. As always, Brittainy C. Cherry’s supporting characters were fantastically portrayed and endearing in some way or another. All of them played a role in Maggie and Brooks’s story and all of them had so much depth. The supporting character I loved the most was Maggie’s father. The relationship between Maggie and her father was pure and simple wonderful. He was such a great father, so loving and so caring. I have to mention the author’s note in the end. It was short, simple, yet so powerful. Make sure you read it as soon as you finish Maggie and Brooks's story. All in all, 'The Silent Waters' was another wonderful story by Brittainy C. Cherry. It was beautiful, it was special and it will make you feel so much from the beginning until the end. "She was right about me, and her, and us. She’d be the one girl I’d love forever. No matter how life tried to change us." Find me on:
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  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.comI've now read several of Brittainy C. Cherry's books and she never ceases to amaze me with how emotional and heartfelt her stories are. I know that when I pick up one of her books I am going to be a mess before it is over. She breaks my heart into tiny pieces and then slowly puts me back together from the wreckage. It's a very love/hate relationship that I have with her work.'The Silent Waters' was no exception. I fell in love with the chara Check out more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.comI've now read several of Brittainy C. Cherry's books and she never ceases to amaze me with how emotional and heartfelt her stories are. I know that when I pick up one of her books I am going to be a mess before it is over. She breaks my heart into tiny pieces and then slowly puts me back together from the wreckage. It's a very love/hate relationship that I have with her work.'The Silent Waters' was no exception. I fell in love with the characters and the beautiful, yet tragic, story. It made me fall in love. It gutted me. It broke my heart. It gave me hope. This is one book that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride.We first meet Maggie as a young girl. Her father has remarried and she moves into her new home with her new family. Early on, she attaches herself to her slightly older step-brother and his best-friend, Brooks. She is the cute little girl that tags along everywhere that they go, crushing on Brooks and planning their wedding. Initially, Brooks is irritated by Maggie and her girlish crush, until they kiss one day. From that point forward, the two are inseparable. Brooks and Maggie are the quintessential picture of childhood love.On the day that Maggie and Brooks are supposed to have their "wedding" in the forest Brooks is late. A ten year-old Maggie goes into the forest that day, but is never the same again. What happened in the forest leaves her traumatized and her fear imprisons her.The events of that day will have a ripple effect on everyone in Maggie's life. Guilt and "what-ifs" slowly eat away at the people Maggie cares about the most, damaging relationships and fostering resentment. Yet, Brooks' dedication to her is steadfast.Over the years, life takes different characters down different paths. The dynamics of relationships change. Some grow stronger, some fade away. Old ghosts still linger, until the truth comes out so many years later.I am being intentionally vague, because I don't want to spoil this beautiful story for anyone. This is a book that should be experienced. It is sentimental and emotional, but so worth it. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a heartfelt, well-developed, slow-burn romance. This story is fantastic!
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  • Brittainy Cherry
    January 1, 1970
    ~*~Official Blurb for The Silent Waters~*~Moments.Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday's hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow's promise.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 eight-years-old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person wh ~*~Official Blurb for The Silent Waters~*~Moments.Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday's hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow's promise.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 eight-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.Of moments.
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  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
    January 1, 1970
    *****FIVE+++++++++++++++ STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}(BR with Mel and Dee)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.” Just reading that one of so many quotes I loved in this book, gave me the chills. THE SILENT WATERS is nothing short of a MASTERPIECE. If you’ve ever read anything by Brittainy C Cherry, then you are already awar *****FIVE+++++++++++++++ STARS*****{ARC Generously Provided by Author}(BR with Mel and Dee)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.” Just reading that one of so many quotes I loved in this book, gave me the chills. THE SILENT WATERS is nothing short of a MASTERPIECE. If you’ve ever read anything by Brittainy C Cherry, then you are already aware of the amazing gift this woman has for storytelling. It was apparent from the very beginning of this book that it had the makings to be one of the ”Best of 2016”!!! The author is going to make you experience a gamut of emotions during this journey with Maggie May and Brooks. Having read several of Brittainy’s books in the past, my heart was prepared for an emotional rollercoaster ride and I was more than ready to take the plunge! Maggie May and Brooks Tyler have been childhood friends ever since she moved to Wisconsin with her father who had recently married a woman with two kids of her own. The cute letters back and forth between young Maggie and Brooks had me laughing so hard that my tummy ached. Oh but the laughter soon will die along with the adorable and exuberant voice of little Maggie May. Fast forward a few years, a ten-year-old Maggie has plans to wed her one and only true love, Brooks, out in the woods on the outskirts of their neighborhood. It is in these woods that Maggie goes through a traumatic experience that leaves a devastating psychological effect on her. Maggie has lost her ability to speak. But even through her darkest of times, there is a bright shining light that brings joy to her life in the form of a beautiful boy—Brooks!Brooks' and Maggie May’s friendship was very much the pinnacle of the story for me. Even though Maggie has lost her ability to express herself vocally, the two communicate as if they were two halves of a whole. Their love of music and reading deepens the bond between them and during some particularly trying times it also soothes them. I fell so hard for Brooks. It is virtually impossible not to. His love for Maggie May knows no bounds, and really how could you not love a guy who would read his girl’s favorite books and then mail them to her with tons of post-it notes with his thoughts included??!! Seriously swoon-worthy to the millionth degree!!There are several amazing secondary characters, one who deserves special mention is Mrs. Boone. The feisty old lady and Maggie have a truly special friendship. I got a kick out of her snarky attitude. What I love about this story is that it made me realize that I am too quick to judge people for their faults. There were a couple of characters that I immediately despised and I was not even willing to question what might be causing them to act out the way that they were. As the story develops we learn what drove those characters’ actions and it enabled me to forgive them. This story is hard at times to endure and it had me bawling my eyes out one minute and then screaming in frustration the next. My advice to those of you who have not read this yet is to have a friend buddy read it with you. You are going to need someone to talk you down from throwing your kindle or iPAD across the room!! That is another thing that makes this story so fantastic – it really turned me into an emotional wreck. I felt so passionate about these characters and the heartbreak that transpires almost annihilated me!!Do yourselves a favor and don’t wait even a minute to one-click and start reading this beautiful story! Whether or not you are a Brittainy C Cherry fan, I honestly don’t think you will be disappointed with this book!! For me, THE SILENT WATERS is going to be categorized as THE BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME!! It is one I will surely be re-reading over and over again for many years to come. Make sure you read the author’s note at the end. If you didn’t love her before, that note will definitely turn you into an instant fangirl. I have even more respect for this amazing woman.US: http://amzn.to/2cIZzKM UK: http://amzn.to/2cJ0bAj
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  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 STARSI’m not going to lie. I feel terrible...First of all, I would like to point out three things:1. Brittainy C. Cherry is my favorite author. I’ve read all of her books and I loved them all. Well, all except this one.2. I still believe Brittainy C. Cherry is one of the most talented contemporary romance authors.3. Since I bought and read this book, I feel kind of entitled to express my personal feelings freely and openly.This book started off beautifully and I loved every second of i 2.5 STARSI’m not going to lie. I feel terrible...First of all, I would like to point out three things:1. Brittainy C. Cherry is my favorite author. I’ve read all of her books and I loved them all. Well, all except this one.2. I still believe Brittainy C. Cherry is one of the most talented contemporary romance authors.3. Since I bought and read this book, I feel kind of entitled to express my personal feelings freely and openly.This book started off beautifully and I loved every second of it. Right until the tragic event. After that everything went downhill for me.Reasons?1. I had a problem with the plot . The whole situation with the heroine pissed me off. I felt like everybody around her accepted her illness/trauma too easily and took it for granted. I think her parents didn’t do enough. I don’t understand why her loving and educated father, a university professor no less, didn’t try harder. Maybe the whole thing could have been avoided?2. My feelings . This book is beautifully written. Although being tragic and profound, at times it felt too sappy and cheesy to me, borderline unbelievable. I missed that rawness, grittiness and realness that can be found in this author’s previous books. I simply couldn’t relate to the characters or the story. 3. The flow of the story . The leaps from one period to another felt too sudden and sharp. The ending felt a little bit implausible. Is it possible (from the medical point of view) for a person to start speaking again just like that after such a long period? Also, some parts of this book were really frustrating and boring for me.Despite the above reasons, I feel like I should stress that the writing and the characterization are brilliant and deserve 5 stars. Finally, if you haven’t read this book yet, do it. Brittainy C. Cherry is an amazing writer. A lot of readers loved this book, maybe I just chose to read it at the wrong time.QUICK REVIEW:Enjoyment:: 2.5/5Writing style: 5/5Storyline: 3/5Hero: 4/5Heroine: 3/5Secondary characters: 5/5 Hotness/chemistry: 2/5 Romance: 4/5 Angst: 4/5Darkness level: 3/5Humor: 3/5 Depth of the book: 4/5POV: dual, 1st person Triggers: (view spoiler)[murder, PTSD (hide spoiler)]
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    NOW LIVE!*Amazon US*Amazon UK*♫Audible listened to for a re-read 11/30/17♫4.5 StarsThis book quickly became my favorite by Brittainy C. Cherry and I just want to forget all about reading it so that I can read it again and experience it all as if it's the first time. It's definitely the kind of book that will stick with me for years to come. Brittainy wrote this story in such a way that it was as if she was speaking directly to me and telling me this beautifully heartbreaking story. This book was NOW LIVE!*Amazon US*Amazon UK*♫Audible listened to for a re-read 11/30/17♫4.5 StarsThis book quickly became my favorite by Brittainy C. Cherry and I just want to forget all about reading it so that I can read it again and experience it all as if it's the first time. It's definitely the kind of book that will stick with me for years to come. Brittainy wrote this story in such a way that it was as if she was speaking directly to me and telling me this beautifully heartbreaking story. This book was extra special from her and it honestly felt like she had somehow found out my deepest thoughts and put them into this story. Sounds crazy, but I honestly thinks that's how most people will feel once they read this. I easily immersed myself into the world of Maggie and Brooks, and silence. You know when you read a book and the characters emotions become yours, and it's like you become them. That's how this book was for me. I didn't speak the entire time I was reading it, I didn't even listen to music which is a big deal because I have music playing at every possible second. I just read this incredible story of hurt, and loss, and guilt, and fear and felt everything along with these characters. I don't even think I have the words to describe how much I loved the journey Brooks and Maggie took me on honestly. Brooks and Maggie had the kind of love that lasted through the pain, the tears, and the the moment that defines us all. I'm not talking about the happiest day of your life. I'm talking about the worst one, the day that broke us as humans, tore us apart and laughed in our face when we tried to put ourselves back together. That is the moment that will define you based on how you react to it. Brooks and Maggie had their moments years apart, and they both reacted differently to them, but the thing that didn't change was that they were there for one another. That is what made them the perfect couple. I wanted to give this book five stars, I really really did. But there were parts in the beginning that had a little too much immaturity for me and it got to be a tad annoying, which is where the .5 got taken from my 5 star rating. Even with those times, though, I never stopped loving the characters.I could probably go on and rant for even longer than I already have, but I'll stop here and just let you know that this is not a book you want to miss out on. It's something special and it needs to be read. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Arabella ~♡AB♡~
    January 1, 1970
    ★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★It's been a while since I have been moved by a book as much as this one, I spent a good portion of my Saturday night crying, and the emotions that I felt whilst reading The Silent Waters were very intense and real.Such a beautiful story of two childhood friends who love each other deeply, but where the timing is never quite right, and the circumstances of their lives keep them from achieving true happiness. "I need you to know that even if you decide to never speak again, you’ ★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★It's been a while since I have been moved by a book as much as this one, I spent a good portion of my Saturday night crying, and the emotions that I felt whilst reading The Silent Waters were very intense and real.Such a beautiful story of two childhood friends who love each other deeply, but where the timing is never quite right, and the circumstances of their lives keep them from achieving true happiness. "I need you to know that even if you decide to never speak again, you’ll always have someone around to hear you, Maggie. All right? I’ll always be there to listen to your silence." Maggie Riley and Brooks Griffin's story touched me so deeply, their journey is not an easy one, but the pain and the tears are outweighed by their wonderful friendship and their amazing moments together, and there were so many beautiful moments.Maggie is an intelligent and loving woman, who is crippled by fear. She is surrounded by love, her father, her step-siblings, her step-mother, Brooks, they all love her, but nobody can help her to overcome her greatest worries, they can only do their best and be there for her and give her strength by being a strong family unit.Brooks is Maggie's brothers' bandmate, and vows to always be there for her, sharing his love of music with her, whilst she shares with him her of books.Brittainy Cherry has the ability to really pull me into a story, I felt like I was living it, and even though it hurt, the painful parts were what made the good parts sweeter. I could not put this book down, and I urge anyone who loves to read an epic love story that puts you through the paces, to pick up this truly inspiring book. "You have a voice, Maggie May. You always have. Now it’s just time for the rest of the world to hear it. " Straight onto the Top 2016 shelf...I simply loved it <3The Silent Waters is a standalone contemporary romance, told from dual POV'sARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest reviewImages featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites. [image error]
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  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    January 1, 1970
    "Do you promise me the same type of love I’ve read about in my books?He shook his head, yawning. His arms wrapped around me, pulling me closer as I became engulfed by his warmth. “No, Maggie May. I promise you so much more.”*swoooooon* Brooks Tyler, I'm deeply, madly, irrevocably in love with you. I know you're not real but still a girl can dream huh? <3What can I say more? Well, actually I'm speechless right now. This book literally took my breath away. I LOVED it so much. :) Please do yours "Do you promise me the same type of love I’ve read about in my books?He shook his head, yawning. His arms wrapped around me, pulling me closer as I became engulfed by his warmth. “No, Maggie May. I promise you so much more.”*swoooooon* Brooks Tyler, I'm deeply, madly, irrevocably in love with you. I know you're not real but still a girl can dream huh? <3What can I say more? Well, actually I'm speechless right now. This book literally took my breath away. I LOVED it so much. :) Please do yourself a favor and read it ASAP! :)"Not all broken things need to be fixed. Sometimes they just need to be loved. It would be a shame if only people who were whole were deserving of love.”
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  • Mo
    January 1, 1970
    I am crying tears alright but not for the reasons you might think. Tears 'cos I spent all day reading this book and it did nothing for me. Nada! The only good thing about the book for me was the cover.Saw all the five star reviews yesterday and decided to one-click. Not going to say anything more. Don't want to spoil it for anyone and if I went on a rant, I probably would.ARCs? I dunno! I'm wary of them and I will be in future, unless it is from an author that I am truly sure of.It felt clichéd I am crying tears alright but not for the reasons you might think. Tears 'cos I spent all day reading this book and it did nothing for me. Nada! The only good thing about the book for me was the cover.Saw all the five star reviews yesterday and decided to one-click. Not going to say anything more. Don't want to spoil it for anyone and if I went on a rant, I probably would.ARCs? I dunno! I'm wary of them and I will be in future, unless it is from an author that I am truly sure of.It felt clichéd and banal to me. Sorry to be a party pooper here. Hope you enjoy it if you do read it. I was bored out of my tree.
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS ”I loved how he could see me when the rest of the world forgot I existed.” Brittainy C. Cherry delivers yet another novel that will tug at your emotions the entire read. With her unique and endearing sense of humor, truly unforgettable quotes, and heart racing plot, this book made for a good great read. The heroine and hero are introduced as young children and their banter was fabulous! ”Maggie May makes me sick. The thought of her gives me nightmares.” “You say that because you love 4.5 STARS ”I loved how he could see me when the rest of the world forgot I existed.” Brittainy C. Cherry delivers yet another novel that will tug at your emotions the entire read. With her unique and endearing sense of humor, truly unforgettable quotes, and heart racing plot, this book made for a good great read. The heroine and hero are introduced as young children and their banter was fabulous! ”Maggie May makes me sick. The thought of her gives me nightmares.” “You say that because you love her,” Jamie mocked me.” Brooks Griffin’s childhood marriage proposals from Maggie Riley are so ADORABLE! The flow of the story is great and I was smiling happily when all of the sudden all the characters and a reader will be left sideswiped. Our once bubbly, carefree, confident, heroine has now become a shut-in and a mute ever since the events of one night. As time goes on and her family grows she remains with her novels (loved all the book references) and Brooks as her anchor. ”I’ll be your anchor. I’ll help you stay grounded when you feel like you’re drifting away.” The story is told in three parts as the characters grow the story spans years. I do wonder with the amount of therapy and concern that her family shows does Maggie not even discuss the events ever? Not even journaling? Just what did therapy consist of? I have to admit I got VERY antsy waiting for the heroine to address her situation instead of letting it run her. Has Bob not taught us anything?Anyway, years go by as Brooks is still tethered to Maggie and her to him, yet things are happening for his band and so she makes some big decisions. ”Tell me to stay, and I’ll stay,” he begged. “Tell me to go, and I’ll go, but don’t keep me here in limbo, Maggie May. Don’t let me leave, not knowing. Don’t make me swim in unknown waters, because I’m certain the unknown is where I’ll drown.” The story takes some twists and turns with some good reveals as a reader hopes that Maggie will find her voice and be strong enough to step outside. The secondary characters in this story were terrific. I must give a shout out to her father, her stepsiblings, and of course Mrs. Boone!The writing is wonderful and the story very sweet yet I have to implore readers to read “A Note from the Author” because that was one kick ass piece of writing. That was so heartfelt and real and that for me should have been this story just expanded. Hoping in the future as a mother of a child who has faced bullying and a speech impediment that Brittainy make’s it happen! ”She was right about me, and her, and us. She’d be the one girl I’d love forever. No matter how life tried to change us.”
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Silent WatersSeries: Elements #3Author: Brittainy C. CherryRelease date: September 22, 2016Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]There are very few times throughout the year I can say that I have a book hangover, and that's what this book has me nursing right now. I have a pile of ARCs to start reading, and I just can't move past this hauntingly beautiful story. These characters are truly a feast for every starving reader out there. They satisfy that craving for a book Title: The Silent WatersSeries: Elements #3Author: Brittainy C. CherryRelease date: September 22, 2016Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]There are very few times throughout the year I can say that I have a book hangover, and that's what this book has me nursing right now. I have a pile of ARCs to start reading, and I just can't move past this hauntingly beautiful story. These characters are truly a feast for every starving reader out there. They satisfy that craving for a book that will bring you to your knees. Tall words, I know. But truth, nonetheless.Powerful, impactful, memorable. That is what you get with The Silent Waters. You slip into this book's shores gently, and get covered in a wave of emotion before you can blink. Maggie and her father are drifting after her mother leaves, never staying in one place too long. But when he meets Katie everything changes. They have a new home, a new family, and a chance at happiness again. She settles into her life there and flourishes. As a child, Maggie has a light about her that shines and blinds everyone in her path. Most of all, her father. They have the type of relationship and bond that will melt you into a gooey puddle. The unconditional love that they have between them was absolutely beautiful. It not only grew in the happier times, but held solid in the darker days. They made my heart so happy."The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist." He'd said those words to me every single day, as long as I could remember.Brooks is her brother's Calvin's best friend and though he tries to hate her, her charm was irresistible. The beginning of their story is just about the cutest thing I've read. Their letters to one another made me feel warm all over, and I fell so easily into how they begin to connect.One moment in ten-year old Maggie's day is the turning point in her life. Her bright light is dimmed and nothing will ever be the same again.Shh....Maybe I'd fallen so deep into the back of my mind that I'd never have to remember what it was like to feel, to hurt, to break, to breathe.Maggie's pain and inner demons will cut you deep. Her daily battle to fight back the fear and anxiety that plagues her is difficult enough. But the effects on everyone around her are large and staggering. Like a fissure in the strong foundation of their family, they slowly started to crack under the strain. One constant through it all, through all the aches of her struggle was Brooks. His ability to listen to her, to hear her without words became her comfort and her home. Sharing their love of music and books together, they become inseparable and their time together treasured. Evolving past friendship wasn't the choice you would imagine. It just was. It was a realization more than a choice, these two people accepting what they were. They slipped easily into passion, and Brooks and Maggie were everything you could ask for. But time moves on, and Maggie is frozen in place. I've never read a story like this. One that will make you hurt and happy, then fearful and excited at the same time. My emotions were turning in every direction, leaving me feeling wrung out and limp. Turning the pages becoming like a traumatic relief. You want her to conquer everything that imprisons her, what she holds inside so silently.In my mind, I whispered back to him, time and time again. With every tear and every heartbeat, I spoke to him. So quiet, yet so loud.I love you, too. I love you, too. I love you too...Maggie and Brooks have a love story that's not simple or easy, nor is it convenient. But it's patient, and gentle, and everything right about falling for someone who fits you completely in every corner of yourself. I always come away from a Brittany C. Cherry book feeling overwhelmed with the enormity of what she expresses in her stories. How she manages to wreck you so painfully but make the end point of the journey so unforgettably good never ceases to amaze me. I have high standards when it comes to this author because I know what she can deliver and once again she came through with flying colors. In fact, this is probably sitting in the top spot now as my favorite book by her, which is really saying something. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go shout from the rooftops now to anyone who will listen to give this book a chance. "It's not fair, you know, because every time I tried to move on your love kept pulling me back."FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    LIVE http://amzn.to/2cFxajI5 BEAUTIFUL stars "There's this magnetic pull of friendship between us, Maggie May.You're my magnet."Brittainy has once again proved how talented and brilliant an author she is!The Silent Waters was an original, intense, emotional, beautiful and heartbreaking story. The characters were so well developed that I loved all of them.They felt realistic, they weren't perfect but who is? Even we aren't perfect!Maggie was so sweet and nice, I really loved her and Brooke immedi LIVE http://amzn.to/2cFxajI5 BEAUTIFUL stars "There's this magnetic pull of friendship between us, Maggie May.You're my magnet."Brittainy has once again proved how talented and brilliant an author she is!The Silent Waters was an original, intense, emotional, beautiful and heartbreaking story. The characters were so well developed that I loved all of them.They felt realistic, they weren't perfect but who is? Even we aren't perfect!Maggie was so sweet and nice, I really loved her and Brooke immediately became one of my top book boyfriends! They had the perfect dynamic. They were so sweet and adorable.I highly recommend it to everyone, beautiful stories like this should be read by everyone.    
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  • Dee Montoya
    January 1, 1970
    One Million Beautiful Stars****************(ARC kindly provided by author) (BR with my lovelies, Patty and Mel)Brittainy C. Cherry wrote a book that spoke to my heart; every word consumed me, pained me, and enlighten me. The beauty and power of this novel felt unprecedented to me. An encouraging story that will forever stay engraved in my heart. Maggie May was a girl that was always happy. She fell in love with a boy who gave her light, when she was scared of the darkness. When she was ten year One Million Beautiful Stars****************(ARC kindly provided by author) (BR with my lovelies, Patty and Mel)Brittainy C. Cherry wrote a book that spoke to my heart; every word consumed me, pained me, and enlighten me. The beauty and power of this novel felt unprecedented to me. An encouraging story that will forever stay engraved in my heart. Maggie May was a girl that was always happy. She fell in love with a boy who gave her light, when she was scared of the darkness. When she was ten years old she witness something horrific that took away her voice, her childhood and her faith in the world.Brooks has only ever loved one girl; Maggie May. When they were little he used to get annoyed by her plans of their future wedding, but as they grew up, her smile was the one thing he couldn't live without.Brooks and Maggie had a special bond, they could communicate through a simple look, or with a song. Their mutual love of music was something that solidified their bond through the years. Sharing lyrics and stories, and getting lost together in a world where there was no pain or darkness was the most precious thing they had in the world. Life isn't easy for Maggie, fear always reign over her life. Guilt and pain affected every person around her. Her once easy relationship with her mom and sister is now almost non-existing , thanks to all the demons that live inside their little yellow house. Luckily for Maggie Brooks is always there, also her dad, they are both her constant, the ones that no matter time or distance, no matter how many times she disappoints them by allowing fear to keep her trapped, they are always there, loving her. The center of this book is love; beautiful, patient, loyal love. Through love Maggie will be able to break the shackles that have held her hostage, through love she will be able to give back to her family everything they gave to her, and because of love she will be able to forgive and mend those relationships that have suffered because of the silence. This book was a hard read, but I can also tell you, that I swear I could see the pages of this book glow with a powerful shine, that will blind your eyes and fill your heart with hope and courage. This book is a gift for those who lost their voice, to those who are afraid to speak and are missing out on life because they are scared. A beautiful, romantic, and heartwarming novel full of music, that you are going to want to give to everyone in your life, and you will treasure forever.
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    *Spoilers*Unintentionally, I fell into The Gravity of Us (a brilliant book, btw) and with the warm fuzzies still swirling in my heart, I sought out other books by BC. The Silent Waters came up with glowing reviews, so, I hopped onto the train. Part one was too funny for words with both protagonists, Maggie and Brooks, meeting and engaging with each other as very young kids. Too cute.The book takes a dark turn when Maggie witnesses and endures a terrible tragedy. A tragedy which impacted, for 18 *Spoilers*Unintentionally, I fell into The Gravity of Us (a brilliant book, btw) and with the warm fuzzies still swirling in my heart, I sought out other books by BC. The Silent Waters came up with glowing reviews, so, I hopped onto the train. Part one was too funny for words with both protagonists, Maggie and Brooks, meeting and engaging with each other as very young kids. Too cute.The book takes a dark turn when Maggie witnesses and endures a terrible tragedy. A tragedy which impacted, for 18 long years, her life and family. Unlike other reviewers who disliked this plot arc, I had no problem with the believability of Maggie's PTSD. A child's mind simply cannot process trauma in the manner that an adult would have done. It broke my heart.That being said, the duration of her psychological disorder was entirely too long. Add to that the characterization of Maggie's parents, the other "adults", and all I felt was a disconnect with the story as a whole.It seemed entirely too unbelievable that any parent would allow a 10-year-old regress into such a deep state of dissonance, much less one that sustains for 18 years.Then the pace of the story simply ebbed, with little progress made for nearly 50% of the book. I was frustrated by and for Maggie. If she could upload a video to Youtube, why didn't she research her condition? How could she have read in excess of 800 books and not once been interested in seeking help FOR HERSELF?Where there no psychologists that could have made house calls? Additionally, did Maggie ever receive requisite health care? I mean, she was 10 at the time of the incident. Did she never fall ill? Orthodontic care? So many questions.The love story itself was, in fact, uninspired and dare I say, predictable. I simply could not connect with them; moreover, the dialogue was insipid and cliche.Let's not even speak of the resolution. 20 years? And that's how you resolve the issues?I didn't buy it.
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  • Ninoska Goris
    January 1, 1970
    Español – EnglishDe los libros de Brittainy C. Cherry que he leído el que menos me ha gustado. Por partes es una buena historia, por otras es poco creíble. Maggie May es una niña encantadora. Cuando tiene seis años su padre se vuelve a casar con una mujer extraordinaria con dos hijos de edades similares, Calvin y Cheryl con quienes encuentra una familia. Desde que conoce a Brooks, el mejor amigo de Calvin, y a pesar de que son niños se enamora perdidamente de el y cuando tiene diez años decide q Español – EnglishDe los libros de Brittainy C. Cherry que he leído el que menos me ha gustado. Por partes es una buena historia, por otras es poco creíble. Maggie May es una niña encantadora. Cuando tiene seis años su padre se vuelve a casar con una mujer extraordinaria con dos hijos de edades similares, Calvin y Cheryl con quienes encuentra una familia. Desde que conoce a Brooks, el mejor amigo de Calvin, y a pesar de que son niños se enamora perdidamente de el y cuando tiene diez años decide que se van a casar. El día antes de la “boda” es cuando sucede la tragedia que la sumirá en el silencio y agorafobia.Esta es una de las partes poco creíbles. Como es posible que sus padres le permitieran llegar a ese punto? Con toda la ayuda que existe para este tipo de trastorno. Como la dejaron, siendo ellos personas cultas y educadas, su padre incluso profesor universitario? Si ella es una persona muy culta y usa internet, como es posible que no buscara ayuda para sí misma?Y el final? Si fuera más predecible lo pondría en la sinopsis.Aun así me gustó mucho la relación de Maggie y Brooks. Pero por lo que terminé poniéndole cuatro estrellas es por nota de la autora, es desgarradora y alentadora a partes iguales.- - -This is Brittainy C. Cherry's book that I liked the least.By parts it is a good story, by others is little credible.Maggie May is a lovely girl. When she is six years old, his father remarries an extraordinary woman with two children of similar ages, Calvin and Cheryl, with whom she finds a family. Since she meets Brooks, Calvin's best friend, and even though they are children, she falls madly in love with him and when she is ten decides that they will get married. The day before the "wedding" is when the tragedy happens that will plunge her into silence and agoraphobia.This is one of the little credible parts. How is it possible that her parents allowed her to reach that point? With all the help that exists for this type of disorder. How did they leave her, being them cultured and educated people, their father even a university professor? If she is a very cultured person and uses the internet, how could she not seek help for herself?And the end? If it were more predictable it would be in the synopsis.Even so, I liked the relationship of Maggie and Brooks. But for what I ended up ratting it with four stars is by the note of the author, it is heartbreaking and encouraging in equal parts.
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  • Viri
    January 1, 1970
    ¡AL FIN! Lo prometido es deuda, una review más COHERENTE y OBJETIVA ya está en el blog jajajahttp://www.virivillarreal.com/2016/11...Aunque si quieres arriesgarte a leer la cursilería de aquí abajo eres [email protected] dicen que a veces mis reseñas son chistosas jajaja pero esta es más sentimental... 06 DE OCTUBRE DE 2016 – VEINTITRÉS AÑOS DE EDAD.Una nota de la chica con el corazón roto, pero con ilusiones nuevasPor: Viri Villarreal. A ti que me lees o piensas hacerlo,Pasé mucho tiempo pensando y de ¡AL FIN! Lo prometido es deuda, una review más COHERENTE y OBJETIVA ya está en el blog jajajahttp://www.virivillarreal.com/2016/11...Aunque si quieres arriesgarte a leer la cursilería de aquí abajo eres [email protected] dicen que a veces mis reseñas son chistosas jajaja pero esta es más sentimental... 06 DE OCTUBRE DE 2016 – VEINTITRÉS AÑOS DE EDAD.Una nota de la chica con el corazón roto, pero con ilusiones nuevasPor: Viri Villarreal. A ti que me lees o piensas hacerlo,Pasé mucho tiempo pensando y debatiendo conmigo misma sobre si debía postear esta reseña alguna vez. (Lo que significa la noche pasada ahhaha) O si tendría el valor suficiente si quiera de escribirla. Para que me comprendan un poco debo decir primero como soy. Los que me conocen bien, saben que soy la persona más dura y en algunos casos insensible a la hora de leer los libros. Soy muy quisquillosa y aunque hay libros que me conmueven.Solo dos me han hecho llorar. Este es el tercer libro en mi vida.Así que esta nota va a todas las personas que odian la cursilería. Por favor, no leas este intento de reseña si,1. Odias la cursilería (puedes estar seguro que aquí hay de sobra y a veces me pongo en plan súper intensa eh...)2. Quieres leer una reseña (aquí están mis sentimientos. Es así, aún no estoy preparada mentalmente para hacer una reseña coherente y objetiva porque claramente me encantó)3. Si buscas una reseña corta. Sorry, a veces me explayo demasiado.Gracias por leerme.Por siempre y para siempre jamás.Viri.PD. En serio, he leído mi reseña antes de postearla, porque bueno... me expone como demasiado jaja, así que si en alguno de los puntos antes mencionados no concuerdan. NO SIGAN LEYENDO. Por cierto, justo acababa de terminar el libro cuando escribí todo lo que van a leer. Vamos con mi “intento” de reseña pues ahaha. Hay un completo caos en mi mente. Estuve toda la noche pensando en todas las cosas que me gustaron del libro, y en cómo iba a compartirlas. Pero llegue a la conclusión de que era demasiado. Hoy no voy a hablar de cómo fue la narración del libro, (que fue Fresca, conmovedora y emocional) ni de cómo sus personajes fueron HUMANOS y me llegaron al corazón, o de las veces que odié y amé a algunos de ellos al mismo tiempo. Nop. Está es una reseña de sentimientos. De experiencias. Porque eso fue para mí leer "The silent waters" una experiencia. Conmovedora, inexplicable. Compleja. Dura. Desgarradora, pero sobre todo Liberadora.Leer sobre el amor de Maggie May & Brooks fue deliciosamente intenso. Fue algunas veces demasiado para mí pobre corazón dolido pero otras... fue como respirar aire fresco.Amé está historia más de lo que debería.Amé estos personajes más de los que alguna vez pensé.Entendí a todos y cada uno de ellos más de lo que podría ser posible.Me enamoré, reí, lloré y fantaseé con ellos más de lo que quería.Es un libro de momentos, pero también de personajes. Si no conectas con ellos es posible que la historia no te guste tanto como a mí.Siempre he creído que los libros al igual que la vida, son de momentos, los indicados, llegan cuando tienen que enseñarte algo. Leer este libro fue una de las experiencias más tristes y gratificantes de mi vida. Porque me hizo recordar que todos podemos, que igual va a costarnos demasiado ser quienes deseamos ser. Pero es un himno a la osadía guardada en lo profundo de cada uno de nosotros.He llorado más de lo que quisiera admitir, he adorado a los personajes más de lo que debería, he sufrido, reído y explotado en cada página que pasaba. Mi corazón se ahogó en esas aguas profundas que fueron las páginas de este libro.Al principio quise ser egoísta. Si. Porque este es de esos libros en los que te cuesta hablar. De esos libros que te ponen en evidencia. De los que tocan tu alma .Porque yo también fui una Maggie May, y porque estoy segura de que todos en algún momento de nuestras vidas somos, fuimos o seremos un poco como ella. No nos engañemos, vivimos en un mundo de estereotipos y es obvio que alguna vez seremos Maggie May. Por eso amé tanto este libro. Porque, aunque a veces nos cuesta encontrar nuestro camino, nuestra voz. Siempre habrá un mañana.Este, es de esos libros que no quieres que terminen. Que se disfrutan. Se lloran. Se ríen. Se viven. Ni si quiera sé cómo empezar esta reseña, ni siquiera sé si es lo que quiero hacer. Este libro fue diferente... Ha pasado a mi queridísimo y sufrido top 10 de los mejores libros, ni siquiera se a cuál voy a sacar de la lista así que mejor no hablemos de eso jaja.Estos personajes estuvieron tan profundamente planeados que se robaron un cachito de mi corazón. Quizás soy muy dramática. Quizás estoy hablando de más. Pero entiéndame. Es el sentimiento el que pone estas palabras. Porque hablo desde el corazón. Llegue a la conclusión de que no puedo hacer una reseña objetiva. Porque obviamente me encantó el libro. Más que eso de hecho. Lo disfruté como muy pocos. Y es que cuando descubres algo importante quieres compartirlo con todo el mundo, pero este libro fue diferente. Lo quería para mi solita. Estuve TAN devastada que por momentos tenía que parar y controlarme para no explotar totalmente. Porque como lo he dicho antes y lo seguiré repitiendo. Un libro está hecho de personajes y de historias en conjunto. Cuando no logras empatizar con alguno de ellos, por más que sea una buena historia nunca podrás SENTIRLO. Vivirlo. Pero cuando amas tan profundamente a los personajes, te conectas con ellos, los aceptas en ti. Los vives , como yo lo hice... bueno, simplemente vas descubriendo su historia de la mano, junto a ellos.Sé que me estoy pasando, y quizás piensen que estoy loca por toda la cursilería que estoy escribiendo, pero ¿a quién le importa? Esta es mi voz, y si algo aprendí del libro es que las palabras son el arma más poderosa del mundo. Por eso y porque no debo (ubican como me fuerzo a mi misma para postear esta review haha) ser egoísta estoy haciendo esta reseña. Para animarte a leer un libro que podría pellizcar tu corazón justo como lo hizo conmigo. Ok, si, lo acepto. Hubo algunas cosas a las que no les encontré sentido. Pero es que yo viví este libro. Lo hice de la mano de ellos. Y cuando algo te hace sentir tan intensamente como "The silent Waters" lo hizo conmigo... bueno, es el corazón quien manda en la puntuación. NO DIGAS QUE NO TE LO ADVERTÍ. Si ya llegaste y leíste todo, (que valor) me conoces un poquito más, soy así de intensa y cursi a veces ahaha, ahora, solo resta decir que es para mí, un libro inolvidable. PD: NO tiene nada que ver con los anteriores, y a pesar de mi claramente “no objetiva reseña” si debo decir que es el que más me ha gustado de la serie. También quería aclarar que pensé en poner las frases que más me gustaron. Pero cuando me di cuenta, mi kindle estaba repleto de ellas así que no pude escoger. Además... fue una reseña MUYYYYYYYYY LARGA jaja.PD2: Nunca leo las notas de la autora, es una manía que tengo, pero esta vez no se que pasó por mi mente que me hizo hacerlo, quizás estaba tan aferrada que no quería terminar de leer. El caso es que lo hice y fue simplemente ESPECTACULAR. Si leen el libro, no dejen de leer la nota de la autora. Ahora si me voy a llorar al rincón jajaja es broma.
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  • Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    January 1, 1970
    *****5 Stars***** “The world keeps spinning because your heartbeat exists.” What a beautiful and moving story. I honestly can’t remember the last story I read which moved me in such a powerful way. “The Silent Waters” was inspiring, touching, heartbreaking and filled with a deep and profound love. “The Silent Waters” is the third instalment to the “Elements” series, but can be read as a standalone. I have loved all of Brittainy C. Cherry’s books that I have read. They always have the ability to *****5 Stars***** “The world keeps spinning because your heartbeat exists.” What a beautiful and moving story. I honestly can’t remember the last story I read which moved me in such a powerful way. “The Silent Waters” was inspiring, touching, heartbreaking and filled with a deep and profound love. “The Silent Waters” is the third instalment to the “Elements” series, but can be read as a standalone. I have loved all of Brittainy C. Cherry’s books that I have read. They always have the ability to make me feel so many different emotions. This story completely blew me away and I know this is one story that will stay with me forever. Maggie May Riley was such an outgoing child who was full of energy. She always looked on the bright side and let nothing get her down. Her father Eric, had a love for his daughter which was so special; they had such a strong bond. Eric falls in love with a woman and moves the two of them to live with his new love and her two children. This is where she first met her new brother’s best friend, Brooks and he really captured her attention. “This time is forever.” When Maggie May was ten years old, her voice was stolen from her through traumatic circumstances. Imagine being so consumed with fear, that you lose your ability to speak and constantly feel as if you are being choked. Maggie is a character I instantly fell in love with from the beginning when we were first introduced to her at the age of six. I loved reading about her story and the moments she experienced which forever changed her life. “She’d be the one girl I’d love until forever. No matter how life tried to change us.” Brooks is one of the most amazing characters I have ever had the privilege to read. He is sweet, patient, kind and understanding. He shares his love of music with Maggie and vows to show her the world. He’s her best friend and her anchor and he loves her deeply. Maggie and Brooks have the kind of love most people only dream of; they are the reason romance novels were invented. “Someday you’re going to see the whole wide world, Maggie May, and on that day, when you step outside breathe in your first breath, I want you to find me. No matter what, find me because I’m going to be the one to show it to you. I’m going to help you cross things off your to-do list. I’m going to show you the whole wide world.” “The Silent Waters” was such a phenomenal read. Brittainy knows how to draw out absolutely every emotion from me. Her writing is outstanding and quite poetic. Her beautiful words will stay with me forever. There was nothing I didn’t like about this story. It was pure perfection. I urge anyone who has not read this one as yet, to do so especially if you love emotional, heartbreaking, inspirational stories with lovable characters and a deeply profound story. I also urge anyone who reads the book to please take the time to read Brittainy C. Cherry’s authors note at the end of the book, which is truly inspiring. “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 her.”
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  • Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    O.M.G. This book. The Silent Waters has owned my heart since the moment I read the first word. Cherry’s writing is so poetic and uniquely beautiful, I find myself getting lost in her stories. The Silent Waters is the story of Brooks and Maggie and believe me when I tell you their story is one of epic love, my favorite thing. Maggie and Brooks meet when they are five. Maggie’s father marries Katie and Brooks is her son’s best friend. They actually meet on the day Maggie arrives there with her dad O.M.G. This book. The Silent Waters has owned my heart since the moment I read the first word. Cherry’s writing is so poetic and uniquely beautiful, I find myself getting lost in her stories. The Silent Waters is the story of Brooks and Maggie and believe me when I tell you their story is one of epic love, my favorite thing. Maggie and Brooks meet when they are five. Maggie’s father marries Katie and Brooks is her son’s best friend. They actually meet on the day Maggie arrives there with her dad. The boys are playing video games and can barely spare her minute of their time, but as they get older Brooks feelings toward Maggie change. This story follows Maggie and Brooks throughout years of their lives. It shows how over time they come to rely on each other and eventually fall in love. I don’t think there are words to do this story justice, because if you have read this book you know this story is about so much more than two kids growing up and falling in love. It’s about loss, it’s about love, it’s about hope, it’s about friendship, it’s about perseverance and sacrifice. This is an honest story of how life isn’t always fair, but true love always wins. When I first read The Silent Waters my heart felt like it had been ripped open. My heart was broken for how unjust life is and how I wanted to rescue these two fictional characters. That’s how you know a book is epic. You finish the story, go to bed, only to wake up thinking about two fictional characters that you cannot be convinced are not real. They stay with you long after you finish the last page because their story came to life for you. In my opinion, there are two parts of what make a story unforgettable, an unforgettable plot and a beautifully written story, Cherry delivered on both accounts. First, I fell in love with Brooks and Maggie's story, because like I said it’s epic. Then came the unforgettable plot that left me broken and healed at the same time. That’s what Brittainy’s writing does, she tells an emotional heartfelt story that leaves you broken and whole at the same time. Her writing makes you stop and think and reread, not for clarification, but you so you can allow the words to really marinate, so you can feel every emotion. I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s real and heartfelt. It’s about strength and finding your voice. This book made me feel on so many levels and made me fell that high that only awesome books can deliver. I should absolutely warn you, though, this book will cause a HUGE book hangover, but no worries it will be worth it. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • warhawke
    January 1, 1970
    Genre: Contemporary RomanceType: Standalone Book 1 from Elements seriesPOV: First Person - DualRating: Maggie May Riley was a precocious young girl. Her happy and bubbly personality captured the hearts of people around her. But a traumatic experience took away her voice and locked her up in her personal prison and forever changed the course of her life and her loved ones.Brooks Tyler Griffin was the boy that captured Maggie's innocent young heart. He went from incredibly annoyed to utterly smitt Genre: Contemporary RomanceType: Standalone Book 1 from Elements seriesPOV: First Person - DualRating: Maggie May Riley was a precocious young girl. Her happy and bubbly personality captured the hearts of people around her. But a traumatic experience took away her voice and locked her up in her personal prison and forever changed the course of her life and her loved ones.Brooks Tyler Griffin was the boy that captured Maggie's innocent young heart. He went from incredibly annoyed to utterly smitten by her tenacity. When she was sinking, he was there to keep her from drowning. But sometimes a rogue wave could crash by and pull you even deeper under.Once in a while I came across books that punched me in the heart and left a lasting beautiful ache. This book is one of them. I loved how he could see me when the rest of the world forgot I existed. Maggie was such an adorable kid. So young and innocent, and to see that bright light dimmed away really hurt. I could relate to her on every level and I understand her coping mechanism. Why couldn’t I fix her ? Why couldn’t I take her pain and make it my own? Brooks was someone anyone could use as a friend. He was kind, loyal and patient. I love how much selfless he was, even if it hurt him to do so.These two latched to my heart since the very beginning. Their letters both as kids and adults did things to my heart haha! I understand the actions of every single characters in this book no matter heroes or villains. And, oh I adore Mrs. Boone! Being in love with someone didn’t mean you only loved them during the sunbeams. It meant you stood by their side during the cloudy nights, too. I really like the story and how it turned around, but I wasn't fond of the last 10% or so. It was too much too soon. I would prefer if it was wrapped up with a little more layers to make it more realistic. That night I realized a few things about life. Sometimes the rain was more pleasing than the sun. Sometimes the hurt was more fulfilling than the healing. And sometimes the pieces of a puzzle were more beautiful when scattered apart. Silent Waters is a beautiful story of hurt and healing which reminds us no matter how strong we are, we could always use an anchor to secure us from drifting away.Note:I very rarely use music in my review but this song wouldn't leave my head while I read this. So I decided to include it. The lyrics is perfect for the story.I Will Be by Leona Lewishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8q6f... I will be, all that you wantAnd get myself togetherCause you keep me from falling apartAll my life, I'll be with you foreverTo get you through the dayAnd make everything OK Standalone books in the series: ✨ ♔ ✨ . . . (F)BR With Loyda . . . ✨ ♔ ✨Copy won from Amazon giveawayFor more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
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  • KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
    January 1, 1970
    TITLE: The Silent Waters SERIES: (Elements, #3) AUTHOR: Brittainy C. Cherry GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCECHAPTERS: Prologue | 45 | Epilogue RELEASE DATE: 23rd, September 2016MY RATING: 4 STARS BUDDY READ WITH -❥Chatterbooks book blog ❥ THE SILENT WATERS: Even though it states that this is part of a series it can be read as a complete standalone. Spoken in Dual Perspectives Brooks & Maggie May In the 'Prologue' we meet young Maggie, in the year 2004 at six years old, her little family which TITLE: The Silent Waters SERIES: (Elements, #3) AUTHOR: Brittainy C. Cherry GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCECHAPTERS: Prologue | 45 | Epilogue RELEASE DATE: 23rd, September 2016MY RATING: 4 STARS BUDDY READ WITH -❥Chatterbooks book blog ❥ THE SILENT WATERS: Even though it states that this is part of a series it can be read as a complete standalone. Spoken in Dual Perspectives Brooks & Maggie May In the 'Prologue' we meet young Maggie, in the year 2004 at six years old, her little family which consists of herself and her father are moving in with Katie her father's new fiancee, the first night she wakes up her new brother's best friend who was sleeping over, Brooks who lives right across the road, he comes into her room to see if she's ok and once he hears that she's scared of the dark, he goes and gets a night light for her, which is shaped like a rocket ship. Moments.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 felt protected by a rocket ship given to me by a boy I've just met. It all started with a rocket ship night light and a boy who didn't know her who came to her rescue. A little girls imagination ran wild, in 2008 ten year old Maggie declared her love for Brooks and claimed him as hers, even going as far as organising the wedding of the century. What to you think about the colours purple and pink for the ceremony? We should probably move in together, but I'm too young to have a mortgage.Maybe we can stay with your parents until you get a steady job to support me and our pets. I think the author has captured the true essence of a young girls first crush perfectly. Poor Brooks didn't know what hit him, he had nowhere to run, like a deer caught in the headlights he just went along with her hair brained ideas even though he declared he didn't like her one bit. We are not getting marriedWe are not having pets.We aren't even friends.I HATE YOU MAGGIE MAY The day where the ceremony was to take place was the day she lost her voice, lost her will to speak, lost the true essence of her innocence. From that day onwards she became to scared to leave the house and was home schooled from that day onwards by her step mother. I was about to marry a boy who didn't know it yet, but was going to be my best friend once we made it to our ten year anniversary.He probably needed those ten years to realize he did indeed want to be my husband.and we'd obviously live happily ever after. This progresses through the ages until Maggie is Twenty-Eight, from the age of ten to now nothing really changed in her life, until one traumatic event made her take the steps to break the chains binding her to the house where she'd imprisoned herself to for a lifetime. If you decide to never speak again.You'll always have someone around to hear you Maggie.I'll always be there to listen to your silence. I crazy loved the early stages of Brooks and Maggie's friendship, her crazy railroading antics to claim this man to her were hilarious. I fell for these two characters hard. What was so refreshing with this book was for the fact that Brooks wasn't a broken down hero where she strived to fix him which made this even more unique. There is no better feeling in the world than to pick up a book to find yourself transported to a world of feels. And this book delivers that tenfold. I've only been a relatively new follower of this authors due to this series. Her penmanship is outstanding, she brings all her characters to life with how the storyline flows effortlessly. Each book is beyond unique, if you haven't read this authors works before I urge you to take that leap, you won't be disappointed, she may even become one of your most favourite authors to follow like she fast became mine.If I were to claim a #BOOKBOYFRIEND it would be Brooks, damn that guy just had the patience of a saint, a heart of gold, he pretty much had everything going for him, he stole my heart and hasn't given it back. Loved his character. * TEASERS USED ARE OFF THE AUTHORS FB PAGE *
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  • Jeannine Allison
    January 1, 1970
    First things first, I'm OBSESSED with these quotes <3 Normally I save this for later, but these are some of my favorite words ever!! :) "The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist." What if I wasn't broken? What if this was just me? "Not all broken things need to be fixed. Sometimes they just need to be loved. It would be a shame if only people who were whole were deserving of love." Her heartbeats were made for me, and mine for hers. Sometimes I wondered if there was anything First things first, I'm OBSESSED with these quotes <3 Normally I save this for later, but these are some of my favorite words ever!! :) "The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist." What if I wasn't broken? What if this was just me? "Not all broken things need to be fixed. Sometimes they just need to be loved. It would be a shame if only people who were whole were deserving of love." Her heartbeats were made for me, and mine for hers. Sometimes I wondered if there was anything to truly figure out, or if we were all walking around looking for a reason when no reason truly existed. I mean, SERIOUSLY, this author is the reason I love words <3 Okay, so this will be very similar to my review for The Air He Breathes. I finished this in a day, becoming hooked from the very beginning. The first part of this book was adorable. I loved seeing the younger versions of them. Maggie broke my heart... "You know, I've always wanted another daughter," she said, brushing my hair. I didn't say it, but I had always wanted a mama, too. But she was also really funny! I think that's stupid stupid, but I also know that my mama says all men are stupid, so it's not your fault. It's in your DNA. Cheryl and squirrels had a few things in common. For example, squirrels liked nuts, and Cheryl was completely nuts if she thought for a second Brooks would like her before me. I was smiling so big in the first 10% on this book. And I loved how she connected everything about Brooks and Maggie together. I hated Maggie May. I wished there were a bigger word to describe my feelings for the annoying, loud-mouthed girl who had been following me around lately, but hate seemed to be the only thing that came to mind whenever she stood near me. I loved Brooks Tyler. I wished there were a bigger word to describe my feelings for the handsome, rude boy who had been kissing me lately, but love seemed to be the only thing that came to mind whenever he stood near me. I just thought this was the most precious thing, even though Brooks says he "hates" her. And we realize just how much he cares for Maggie when tragedy befalls her. Honestly I was swooning SO freaking hard, which felt a little creepy since he was ten-years-old... but he was just so sweet!! I'd do anything to bring her beautiful ugly smiles back to the world. I missed the one thing that had annoyed me for so long. I missed her voice. "I want you to smile again. I want you to have the things you always wanted, and I'm gonna work hard to make sure you get them, too, even if it's a dog named Skippy and a cat named Jam. I want you to know… I need you to know that even if you decide to never speak again, you'll always have someone around to hear you, Maggie. All right? I'll always be there to listen to your silence." Overall I liked the two of them. There were some actions (of Brooks) at the end that I didn't love, but they didn't really make sense to me so I kind of overlooked them in terms of what they meant for his character.Other random things I loved:Cheryl's developmentShe is one of my favorite side characters ever! She pissed me off at times for sure, but I'm always craving dimensional characters. Ones I'll love and be pissed off at in equal measures, and she delivered! I seriously loved her and wouldn't mind reading about her again. "I want to fight for you, for people like you. I want to fight for those who don't have a voice, but are screaming to be heard." All the reading quotes "But you're only mad because you know I'm right... You can't just read these books and think that means you're living. It's their story, not yours, and it's heartbreaking to watch someone so young toss away their chance at writing their own story." Reading was both a gift and a curse for me. Those books made me able to escape into a world I'd never experienced, but at the same time, they reminded me of all the things I'd been missing. Dozens and dozens of adventures I hoped to one day experience were ruined, and I couldn’t help but to burst into tears. I knew it seemed dramatic, but those books, those characters— they were my friends, my safe haven, my protection. That list was my promise of tomorrow. And now I had nothing. "All this time I thought you were reading to escape the world, but now I know, you didn't read to escape it; you read to discover it." Things I didn't understand:Brook's other relationshipsThis is minor, like REALLY minor, so I don't want to scare anyone. There's no cheating and most of the mentions are just in passing. But I guess that's why I didn't understand it. It didn't really add anything to the story. And whenever I read "I've loved you since childhood" stories, I'm always thrown when they're with other people. Like, at the end of part one, Brooks thinks... 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. I know I'm probably being harsh/unrealistic. I know Maggie, being a mute and recluse, doesn't make for prime girlfriend material. And Brooks is a teenage boy. I know. I get it. But I just always have a problem with the characters knowing they're "meant to be" but still seeing others :/ If you're old enough to know that you want to be with this person forever, you're old enough to take responsibility for it. I'm not an avid safety ganger and I definitely didn't think less of Brooks, so this wasn't a big issue at all. But I'm always confused by it and just thought I'd mention it.Maggie's "healing"I will never pretend to understand how another person experiences a mental illness. Even with a mental illness myself, I know how varied these illnesses are. They're very tricky. That being said, I didn't buy how fast her recovery came.(view spoiler)[She'd been going through this for TWENTY years, and suddenly she decides she can get over it all? For Brooks? Maggie convinces herself to leave for Brooks and uses his love as her guide.Remembering that our love was louder than my past moments.It's a nice thought. That love can overcome anything, but it's unrealistic and I don't like the message it sends. Maggie should have taken that step for herself.*I would also imagine there would be some damage since she didn't use her vocal chords for twenty years, no? I really have no clue... but even if there wasn't damage, I can't imagine she'd talk so much/so freely so soon. (hide spoiler)]The OTT drama at the endI had the same problem in the other two, and probably will in the fourth as well. Everything is going great and then at 80% there's some crazy drama thrown in that seems completely unnecessary. (view spoiler)[Everything from the separation to Brooks accident was hard for me to swallow. They're separated for ten years and yet they come together very quickly, almost as if no time has passed. I understand her wanting to let him go for his career, but I think ten years was far too long. Especially given how fast they reunited.Then there's his accident. Brooks is injured in a boating accident and injures his hand (the one he uses for playing). His misplace guilty, minor binge with alcohol, and rude behavior toward Maggie really didn't work for me. I thought his accident was blown out of proportion. He wasn't doing drugs and trashed a hotel room or something. He was drinking and having a good time, and an accident happened. I didn't really believe that so many people would bash on him and I didn't understand why he was so hard on himself. And how he treated Maggie? I hated it, and it was so out of character :(He'd stumble home sloppy drunk so many times, and come my way, telling me how pathetic I was, and how I should’ve moved on with my life, because we’d never be together. We'd never have a future. "Stop embarrassing yourself, Magnet. This isn't going to happen. Don't you have some kind of list to get to?" He snickered and fell backward against the wall. "Or are you too afraid to do anything on your own?"I just thought this all happened way too quickly to ever develop into something I could believe. (hide spoiler)]Even though I had some niggles, I really did enjoy this! The beginning was just perfection and the writing was breathtaking as always. I'm excited to start the fourth one soon <3Safety: (view spoiler)[No OM and minimal OW drama. Brooks has a couple girlfriends when he knows her as a teen, and one (mentioned) long-term girlfriend during their ten-year separation. The latter girlfriend has a brief conversation with Maggie, but it wasn't heated or catty. (hide spoiler)]Closure: (view spoiler)[A cute epilogue ten years later where they are married with children <3 (hide spoiler)]
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  • Wil Loves Books!
    January 1, 1970
     “Not all broken things need to be fixed. Sometimes they just need to be loved. It would be a shame if only people who were whole were deserving of love.” This book was simply amazing. Every time I read a Brittainy Cherry book, I fall more and more in love with her writing. She doesn’t just tell you a story, she takes you on an amazing journey. These characters, they’re so raw and real, and so amazingly developed, you can’t help but fall in love with them. Brittainy is a one-click author for me  “Not all broken things need to be fixed. Sometimes they just need to be loved. It would be a shame if only people who were whole were deserving of love.” This book was simply amazing. Every time I read a Brittainy Cherry book, I fall more and more in love with her writing. She doesn’t just tell you a story, she takes you on an amazing journey. These characters, they’re so raw and real, and so amazingly developed, you can’t help but fall in love with them. Brittainy is a one-click author for me, if she writes it, I’ll read it. “The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist.” The Silent Waters is Book 3 on The Element Series, although this is a series of books that revolve around the elements, Book 1 (The Air He Breathes), Book 2 (The Fire Between High and Lo), these books are complete standalones. The books are totally unrelated and the characters do not cross books. So you could skip the previous 2 books, although I strongly suggest you read them all. You will not be disappointed, they’re all amazing.The Silent Waters tells the story of Maggie May and Brooks, neighbors, childhood best friends, and eventually lovers as they go through the best and worst experiences of their lives. From the prologue through the epilogue the story spans a few decades. Now, I’m not sure how much I want to say, I know I must sound like a broken record but sometimes you need to go into some books blind and discover them by yourself. And I definitely thing this is one of those. So, I will try not to spoil major plot points. “I hadn’t known you could hear someone’s voice so clearly in the silent moments.” Maggie May is a beautiful, smart and lively child that experiences a traumatic event that marks it forever. She is such a beautiful and amazingly developed character, I dare you not to fall in love with her. I felt so much for her and her struggles. She was truly remarkable. “I didn’t always feel like smiling, but Brooks? He made me feel as if smiling was all I ever wanted to do.” “He drove me crazy. His hold, his touch, his voice, his words. Everything about his soul lit me on fire, and I was proud to burn beside him.” “I loved him. I wasn’t certain when it had happened. I wasn’t certain if it was a group of moments collected over time or simply the heroic act he’d performed while I was sleeping, but it didn’t matter. It didn’t matter when, or why, or how it had happened. It didn’t matter how many moments gathered together to form the love. It didn’t matter if it was right or wrong.” And Brooks, what can I say about Brooks. He’s amazing and beautiful, patient and understanding. He was Maggie’s anchor, her beacon of light through the darkness. He was hers, completely. I loved everything about Brooks. He also went through a dark time and was able to overcome everything life threw at him. He’s definitely at the top of by Brittainy heroes, along with Logan. “She quietly chuckled and rolled her eyes. I loved that. I loved when she laughed, even though it was so quiet. It was the closest thing I had to her voice.” “It was freeing to feel so much with someone who felt it too. It was during those moments that I felt I learned the most about her. It was in those moments that she learned the most about me.” “I love you, Maggie May,” he whispered, looking into my eyes. “I mean, I keep staring at you, and I can’t help but think, ‘Wow. I’m really loving this girl right now.’ You know? Everything about you, I love. The easy days and the hard ones, too. Maybe I love you even more on the hard days. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to say it yet, because I don’t know if you’re ready, but that’s okay. You take all the time you need, but I wanted to let you know, because when you love someone, I think you gotta scream it, otherwise the love in your chest becomes a bit heavy. It weighs you down, and you start wondering if the other person loves you, too. I’m not worried about that, though. I’m just sitting here, next to you, looking at the small freckles on your face that most people miss, thinkin’ about how much I love you in this moment.” The love between them was definitely my favorite part of the book, it was so pure, so real, so powerful. It’s what kept them both going in difficult times and what kept me hopeful that they totally deserved a happy ending. “Do you promise me the same type of love I’ve read about in my books? He shook his head, yawning. His arms wrapped around me, pulling me closer as I became engulfed by his warmth. “No, Maggie May. I promise you so much more.””   “Maggie May, you’re my favorite song.”   Being in love with someone didn’t mean you only loved them during the sunbeams. It meant you stood by their side during the cloudy nights, too.   “I was thankful for it all, the quiet moments and the painful ones, too. I was thankful for her willingness to allow me to bleed out against her. I was thankful for her bleeding out onto my soul.” I also loved all of the secondary characters, they were all a great addition to the story and made it more complete. I loved Maggie's dad, her brother and sister, the band mates and especially Mrs. Boone. This book, it will hook you from the prologue all the way to the author’s note at the end. I felt a lot while reading this book. Happiness, sadness, fear, frustration, love, anger. It was truly a journey. It was also so moving and inspirational. And beautiful, just beautiful. As you can see, I have so many highlights, it’s not even funny. So much beauty in those words! “That’s what true love meant to me. True love meant you could laugh at mistakes. True love meant you could whisper secrets. True love meant you never had to dance alone.”     “Love didn’t come with guidelines. It flowed into a person with only hope as its current. There wasn’t a list of rules to follow, making sure you cared for it correctly. It didn’t give you instructions to keep it pure. It simply showed up quietly, praying you wouldn’t let it slip away.”    So, needless to say, I absolutely, 100% recommend The Silent Waters. It’s one of my favorite books this year. It has all the feels and you will not be disappointed! And if you haven’t read the other 2 books in this series, do me a favor and pick those up too, they’re amazing.  I can’t wait for the next book in this series.  “What he didn’t know was that he was the biggest adventure of my life. He was my favorite journey, my anchor that always led me home.”     “Moments. Humans always remember the moments. We recall the steps that led us to where we were meant to be. The words that inspired or crushed us. The incidents that scarred us and swallowed us whole. 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 her.”   *An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*  JOIN THE SISTERHOOD! FIND US ON: FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER / BLOG
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  • NMmomof4
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsOverall Opinion: This is a tough one to rate for me. I did think it was one of those stories that you truly feel like these characters were soulmates-- which is what I really look for! I liked both characters, and I felt for their struggles and traumas. And I cried! That also tells me I connected at least on some level to the story! So that's all good...I just had some issues with the reality of it at times. (view spoiler)[I felt like the h's conditions were resolved with a snap of a 3.5 StarsOverall Opinion: This is a tough one to rate for me. I did think it was one of those stories that you truly feel like these characters were soulmates-- which is what I really look for! I liked both characters, and I felt for their struggles and traumas. And I cried! That also tells me I connected at least on some level to the story! So that's all good...I just had some issues with the reality of it at times. (view spoiler)[I felt like the h's conditions were resolved with a snap of a finger! She was experiencing some major PTSD like behavior to the point that she hadn't left her house in over 20 years, but after the H has an accident it was just ok. Now, I understand that sometimes a troubling event can cause agoraphobic people out of their comfort zone -- but for her to just be ok after that to go anywhere?!? Even to the extent of shopping around a new town and traveling with the H later?!? I didn't find that all that believable. Also, when she speaks it's like a switch has been flipped! Not talking for after 20+ years has to do some type of damage to the vocal cords, right?!? I'm nowhere near a doctor, and I am probably just talking out of my ass -- but to go from not talking at all into paragraph-long monologues just felt really unrealistic. (hide spoiler)]. So -- I'm really struggling with my rating on this one because on one hand I loved it, and on the other I didn't...I'm going to go with a 3.5 stars. I just don't think I can rate it any higher because of my issues with the believability.Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Maggie and Brooks' story. Maggie and her Dad move in with her new step-mom (and her son a and daughter) when Maggie is 6. Brooks is her new step-brother's best friend. She is convinced that they will be married and has it all planned. After witnessing a traumatic event, Maggie is no longer the bubbly kid she was before and becomes a mute and agoraphobic. Brooks decides that he will always help her and tells her that he will always be her anchor. As they grow, so does their relationship. There are some events that separate them, but their love for each other never goes away. When they are reunited, they both serve as each other's saviors in getting through their struggles...and get a HEA.POV: This alternated between Maggie and Brooks' POV.Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well.Instalove: No. They've known each other since they were young children.H rating: 4 stars. Brooks. I really liked him. I felt like he did need to allow her to explain herself before their separation more, and I was also disappointed with the OW -- but it WAS 10 years, so I guess I can give him a break ;)h rating: 4 stars. Maggie. LOVED her as a young child at the beginning. I felt like she was pretty strong overall considering her trauma, and I appreciated her loyalty and love for Brooks.Sadness level: Moderate. I was expecting more tears tbh. I did cry some, but it didn't turn into an ugly cry, and I never needed tissues.Push/Pull: Yes (view spoiler)[ The h pushes the H away when his band hits it big, and causes their long separation. The H also pushes the h away after his trauma. They both pursue the relationship at times. (hide spoiler)]Heat level: Low. More about emotional connection rather than the physical act.Descriptive sex: Not really. I wouldn't say it was fade to black, but it had minimal descriptions.Safe sex: Not sure there was any mention of safe sex practices.OW/OM drama: Yes, but mild (view spoiler)[ The H is with OW for a while (not sure it said specifically how long) during the separation with the h. She shows up once after they broke-up and has a conversation with the h, but it was pretty mild drama. (hide spoiler)]Sex scene with OW or OM: NoCheating: NoSeparation: Yes (view spoiler)[They are separated for ~10 years. The H has at least one other long-term partner that we know of, and the h doesn't have any. (hide spoiler)]Possible Triggers: Yes (view spoiler)[ Murder, h is mute after trauma (PTSD type behavior), anxiety/panic attacks, agoraphobia, and alcoholism. (hide spoiler)]Closure: This had good closure with a jump ahead epilogue and a HEA ending. I do wish that we saw them as an actual couple after both of them healed more, seen how they navigated their new realities, or even experienced some of her "to do" list...but that's me being greedy again ;)How I got it: It was part of my kindle unlimited subscription.Safety: I'd call this Safe with exception(view spoiler)[- Does Not have cheating- Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM- Does have both the H and the h pushing away- Does have a ~10 year separation between the h and H- Does Not have abuse- Does Not have OTT sad parts- Does have a HEA ending (hide spoiler)]
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  • Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Fair warning. This review is probably going to suck because there’s nothing I can say that will adequately convey the way The Silent Waters affected me. I admit I was hesitant to read it. I wasn’t sure I was emotionally prepared for a book whose synopsis clearly states that it’s heartbreaking and tragic. However, I have absolutely no regrets about reading this book other than the fact that I’m now left with a massive book hangover. “The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist.” Eve Fair warning. This review is probably going to suck because there’s nothing I can say that will adequately convey the way The Silent Waters affected me. I admit I was hesitant to read it. I wasn’t sure I was emotionally prepared for a book whose synopsis clearly states that it’s heartbreaking and tragic. However, I have absolutely no regrets about reading this book other than the fact that I’m now left with a massive book hangover. “The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist.” Every single character is so well developed I’d swear they are real people. I felt as if they were my father, my best friend, my sister, and my neighbor. The relationships between all characters—even the seemingly minor ones—are explored to their fullest advantage, making them integral to the entire storyline. I guarantee that you will ship Maggie and Brooks hard. Really hard.I’m going to be completely honest. This story wrecked me at times. You may want to have some tissues nearby since there is sorrow, but there are also plenty of moments of laughter, hope, encouragement and, above all, love. I’m telling you this book has all the feels! He deserved to be loved out loud, and my love was a whisper in the wind that obviously only he could hear. Brittainy C. Cherry’s writing is superb, and the plot development is so well constructed that its impact sneaks up on you bit by bit. This is definitely my favorite work of hers I’ve read so far.My advice to would-be readers is to risk your heart. You will be rewarded with a wonderfully inspirational journey. I can say with utmost certainty that The Silent Waters is one of the most devastatingly poignant books I’ve read this year. I will hold the characters and this story in my heart for a long time.Recommended for fans of:Tear jerkersBest friendsSurvivorsRock stars**ARC received in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • Linda Kage
    January 1, 1970
    I finished! And survived. This is going to be one of my favorite books ever! So beautiful. And that author's note... Wow. No wonder why Maggie May felt so relatable to me. Kinds of makes me love Brittainy Cherry even more now. And really made me want to just contact my friends and hug them. For some reason, I find this story comparable to Sweet Gum Tree, even though they don't really have much in common. I guess the way the characters started up young together and had to go through their tragedi I finished! And survived. This is going to be one of my favorite books ever! So beautiful. And that author's note... Wow. No wonder why Maggie May felt so relatable to me. Kinds of makes me love Brittainy Cherry even more now. And really made me want to just contact my friends and hug them. For some reason, I find this story comparable to Sweet Gum Tree, even though they don't really have much in common. I guess the way the characters started up young together and had to go through their tragedies until they could make it together at the end is what made me compare them. Both were so good! My heart is happy yet sad, but fulfilled all at the same time after reading this! It's not just a story; it's an experience. I'm glad I read it. Half-way Through Review : (Sep 24, 2016, 55% finished!)I swear, reading this book is like wading out into the ocean! At first, it was like a nice relaxing, frivolous day on the beach. The scenes of Brooks and Maggie when they're six and ten were so cute and fun and easy to read. Eager for more, I just kept sifting my toes through the sand, page after page and straying farther from the shore until I encountered the shocking drop off moment, when things got more intense and deeper. Wow. Did not see that coming. But it was all still good. My feet could still touch bottom, and the water--I mean, the story, sorry--felt so nice, so I just kept swimming and swimming, unable to put it down, once again flipping page after page until ack, this all feels so deep and kind of like I'm drowning in my own tears from how sad everything is, only to look up and realize I'm out in the middle of the freaking ocean now, no land in sight, and this book is bottomless. Feels like sink or swim time. If this story doesn't kill me, I'm going to be forced to climb out of the Silent Waters at the end a much stronger person. What an experience. PS-and yes, I've been up since 1:30am, reading (it's five now) so I might possibly be talking in crazy lingo. Still an awesome book, though!
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. My. WOW.My heart was bursting so full of emotions at one point, that I had to stop reading and just feel. The Silent Waters is the story of Maggie and Brooks. They've known each other since they were just young children. They grew up best friends, each other's confidants and seemingly on course for more. But one moment changed the course of Maggie's, and therefore Brooks', life. Yet steadfast support over the years and these two have a relationship that never wavers even if it changes forms Oh. My. WOW.My heart was bursting so full of emotions at one point, that I had to stop reading and just feel. The Silent Waters is the story of Maggie and Brooks. They've known each other since they were just young children. They grew up best friends, each other's confidants and seemingly on course for more. But one moment changed the course of Maggie's, and therefore Brooks', life. Yet steadfast support over the years and these two have a relationship that never wavers even if it changes forms as time moves on. Add in family and friends that create a lifeline and real life problems, Maggie must fight her way through the silence just as Brooks has done nearly her whole life.This story is full of moments: cute, devastating, sexy, funny, breath-stealing moments. It's a story of a life take and given back. The Silent Waters is a story that demands to be read and savored and loved. ARC provided to A is for Alpha B is for Books for honest review.
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  • Ramona
    January 1, 1970
    " Love didn't come with guidelines. It flowed into a person with only hope as its current. There wasn't a list of rules to follow, making sure you cared for it correctly. It didn't give you instructions to keep it pure. It simply showed up quietly, praying you wouldn't let it slip away" This book was heartbreaking. I was overwhelmed from the very beginning, but my excitement to read The Silent Waters was stronger, so I pushed myself although I don't like sad books. This is the story of Maggie a " Love didn't come with guidelines. It flowed into a person with only hope as its current. There wasn't a list of rules to follow, making sure you cared for it correctly. It didn't give you instructions to keep it pure. It simply showed up quietly, praying you wouldn't let it slip away" This book was heartbreaking. I was overwhelmed from the very beginning, but my excitement to read The Silent Waters was stronger, so I pushed myself although I don't like sad books. This is the story of Maggie and Brooks, a young couple that knows each other since childhood, and from there on their feelings progressed. Well, from Maggie point of view for sure, but for Brooks it wasn't love at first sight! From the moment they met she had a huge crush on Brooks, but typical for any boy of his age, the resented her and tried to keep his distance. I liked Maggie from the beginning, so chatty, smart and persistent. Her sweetness and innocence made me want to protect her and be her friend. Brooks on the other hand was rude to her, but his moments of weakness were adorable and you could feel that he was falling in love as well, although he was only 8. At that age a tragic event happens to Maggie , (view spoiler)[ leaving her without her voice (hide spoiler)]. From there on, everything around changes, including the relationship with her family and Brooks. The topic surrounding the book is fantastic and delivers such a strong message that leaves you lingering and wondering, because it so down to earth and unfortunately happens to so many children out there. PTSD is a very well known symptom after a traumatizing experience and parents need a lot of guidance in order to help their kids recover. Every one manifests in his own way and patience and love is needed in order to handle the aftermath. From my point of view Maggie was left to be more time that it was recommended, until nothing could be done. The barriers lifted were too high and it took a lot of years for her to realize how to crack them. The panic and fear overcame her, leaving her without any choice than you stop all connection to the real world. I loved her relationship with her father, it was really unique. They connected without words and I enjoyed the kind of bond that they had. Her relationship with her mother was kind of complicated for me because when guilt is involved, people tend to make a lot of mistakes and don't even realize it. She was so fierce in protecting Maggie that didn't understand that maybe she is not helping her, only lifting her barriers higher.As for Brooks, their connection was on an emotional level, a profound one, that makes you believe in true love and soul mates. After the incident with Maggie, they became best friends and were inseparable since. I enjoyed their development and the peak of their feeling for each other. Once realizing how in love they are, they managed to catch my attention, because their scenes were so intense and sweet. The amount of emotions put in their dialogues was amazing and I really ached for them, because they were so good together, in perfect harmony. They connected without words, only through music and eye contact. You could literary feel their love and I was hoping they get the happy ending they deserve. I related myself to Maggie in the books aspect. Because of her isolation, her only gate to the world were her books. She has so in love with them, being absorbed into that universe, falling in love with the characters, crying and laughing with them. I feel the same way when I'm reading, it is impossible not to relate, feel and be part of the story. The thing that I didn't enjoy was the tragic twist the writer included at the end of the book. I mean, there were so many sad events going on that another sad thing was not necessary from my point of view. But after thinking it better, it had to be included for the characters to have the needed closure, and the happy ending that they truly deserve. A round of applause to Brittainy on her penmanship and the raw emotion she managed to pass on to the reader. I consider it being one of the most realistic and emotional books of 2016. 4 spinning stars for this one!For more reviews please check https://readwithloveblog.wordpress.com
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  • Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-»
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 5+ thunderstorms and sunlight HEARTS!! <3The Silent Waters is an absolutely breath-taking story, penned raw, heart-aching emotions threatening to drown us in their verisimilitude, but the underlying love story woven from the fragile threads of friendship into a stunning tapestry of true love keeping us afloat as its phantom fingers point to hope and a happy ending. True love meant you could laugh at mistakes.True love meant you could whisper secrets.True love meant you never had to RATING: 5+ thunderstorms and sunlight HEARTS!! <3The Silent Waters is an absolutely breath-taking story, penned raw, heart-aching emotions threatening to drown us in their verisimilitude, but the underlying love story woven from the fragile threads of friendship into a stunning tapestry of true love keeping us afloat as its phantom fingers point to hope and a happy ending. True love meant you could laugh at mistakes.True love meant you could whisper secrets.True love meant you never had to dance alone. What makes us fall madly in love with this tale is the animation of mental turmoil, emotional heartbreak, tender passion, and utter joy as a result of Ms. Cherry’s powerful prose, every word our captor, forcing us to experience the gamut of those emotions with the characters every step of the way. “The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist.” Maggie and Brooks are both exquisite characters—individually, with complex dynamics that change and grow throughout the story as they both learn to navigate the best and worst experiences of their lives, yet their coupledom straightforward and natural making it evident right from the onset that they are meant for each other regardless of the multitude of reasons keeping them at a distance. The two of them together are enthralling from first to last page, their relationship—physical and emotional, romantic and platonic—dovetailing beautifully with their individual battles. That night I realized a few things about life. Sometimes the rain was more pleasing than the sun. Sometimes the hurt was more fulfilling than the healing. And sometimes the pieces of a puzzle were more beautiful when scattered apart. Overall, The Silent Waters is a sensational addition to this series, Maggie and Brooks’ story of friendship, hindered love and personal hardships is hard to read in the most gorgeous way, making this story and the two of them a couple hard to forget long after the end. Other Fave Quotes: 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. Those who believed in you when you didn’t believe in yourself were the ones to hold close. “Maggie May, you’re my favorite song.” Being in love with someone didn’t mean you only loved them during the sunbeams. It meant you stood by their side during the cloudy nights, too. What he didn’t know was that he was the biggest adventure of my life. He was my favourite journey, my anchor that always led me home. Posted: August 15, 2017
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  • FMABookReviews
    January 1, 1970
    ❝I'll be your anchor. I'll help you stay grounded when you feel like you're drifting away.❞ With the 3rd book in The Elements Series, Brittainy C. Cherry immerses her readers in so much thought provoking angsty-goodness, that tears are sure to flow, while hearts and minds are being opened.Hands down a favorite of the year, I read this in one sitting. Ignoring all things that needed to be tended to, I dove head first into the characters and story that Cherry created, and didn't come up for air ❝I'll be your anchor. I'll help you stay grounded when you feel like you're drifting away.❞ With the 3rd book in The Elements Series, Brittainy C. Cherry immerses her readers in so much thought provoking angsty-goodness, that tears are sure to flow, while hearts and minds are being opened.Hands down a favorite of the year, I read this in one sitting. Ignoring all things that needed to be tended to, I dove head first into the characters and story that Cherry created, and didn't come up for air until after her author note.❝Do you promise me the same type of love I've read about in my books?❞ He shook his head, yawning. His arms wrapped around me, pulling me closer as I became engulfed by his warmth. ❝No, Maggie May. I promise you so much more.❞Once a gregarious and outgoing girl so full of life that she often annoyed those around her, Maggie Riley suddenly has her voice and security stripped from her. But always at her side, always willing to "listen to her silence", was Brooks Griffin. His patience, love, and friendship help her heal. ❝I loved that about him. I loved how he could see me when the rest of the world forgot I existed.❞ It was this love that pulled her from the shadows and made her fight for him when his own troubles occurred pulling him under. The fierceness of her devotion shocking him into facing his fears.This is a beautiful love story. It is about not taking situations or people at face value. It is about love so fierce, you will do anything to protect it and the one's you love.This author has an unforgettable talent. Her writing is breathtaking, her characters perfectly flawed and her stories are captivating. As with all her books, this story and these characters will stay with me long after I turn the last page. ❝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.❞
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