Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.
I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.
I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.
This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.
(Book Three in the Elements Series. Complete Standalone.)
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I have so many words I want to say about this book, but I’m not going to. This is a book that has to be experienced. You have to go into it with your own life experiences, your own traumas, and then apply them to Maggie’s story.
Maggie was frustrating for me at times, mainly at the very beginning. I’ve gotta say, I didn’t blame Brooks for one second when he found her irritating. Then IT happened and Maggie became this person I could identify with in a way I hadn’t thought I would. The way she internalized her pain was very personal to me. I’ve never been the type of person who easily shared the pain I’ve encountered and I saw this part of myself in Maggie. Her reaction seemed perfectly logical to me, though it may have seemed insane to others. There were a million other reasons I loved Maggie, a thousand ways she seemed so like myself, I found myself completely swept up in her.
Brooks was one of those people whose goodness knows no bounds, even when he was in the darkest moments of his life, there was never a question that he was trying to protect the people he loved most deeply. Even when he was hurting them. Even as he grew, and experienced life in ways that most people never will, he never wavered from the beautiful soul he’d always been. I was in love with the way he cared for Maggie in the only way she was able to accept.
While not as tragically beautiful as The Air He Breathes, The Silent Waters was still heart-rending and stick with me in ways I can not fully comprehend at this moment. It is one of those stories that opens your eyes to the suffering that people live with every day, that they often hide from everyone, even those closest to them. Brittainy C. Cherry has blown other authors out of the water with this book, and I look forward to reading her words for years to come.
I was warned about Tristan Cole.
“Stay away from him,” people said.
It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.
But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.
We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.
Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.
There once was a boy, and I loved him.
Logan Francis Silverstone was the complete opposite of me. I danced while he stood still. He was quiet, and I was always running my mouth. He struggled to find a smile while I refused to frown.
The night I saw the darkness that truly lived inside of him, I couldn’t look away.
We were broken together, yet somehow whole. We were wrong together, but always right. We were the stars that burned across the night sky, searching for a wish, praying for better tomorrows.
Until the day I lost him. He threw us away with one hasty decision—a decision that changed us forever.
There once was a boy, and I loved him.
And for a few breaths, a few whispers, a few moments, I think he loved me, too.
Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing–poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.