Welcome to Monday again. Mondays are always easier in the summer don't you think? It is hard to be in a bad mood when the sun is shining so brightly. I love summer, and there is nothing I love more than curling up with a good book. Today, I have something a bit different for you all. I am hosting a spot on The When the Crows Fly Low Tour courtesy of Candace's Book Blog and Promotions. This book is a hauntingly beautiful love story that tells the tale of a lost love. It is a sweet yet sad story for those who love a good love story. So let's get to the review:
When the Crows Fly Low by V.J. Patterson
When the crows fly low…rain is coming.
At eleven-years-old, Will Lawson discovers that Hell isn’t just a place for demons. It exists on earth in an act so evil it rips away a part of his innocent soul. In its place; bitterness, hate and a vow for revenge.
Consumed by darkness, Will descends into a life of reckless living; booze and women the outlet for his guilt and despair. But meeting Sarah a beautiful young woman running from her own ghosts, changes everything. Finding his salvation in her, Will wades into the unfamiliar waters of love. Just when happiness is within his grasp, a familiar face returns to Will’s hometown of Doyle, Tennessee. A wicked twist of fate forces Will to decide between the girl he loves and his need for revenge. Is love enough to save Will from the darkness that endeavors to unravel his sanity?
In this debut romantic drama, When the Crows Fly Low weaves a story full of suspense, loss, and love. It is sure to stay with the reader long after the final page.
Three stars: A hauntingly beautiful story all about love and loss.
Will Lawson refuses to believe that anything good could happen to him. He is consumed with darkness, and unwillingly to accept that anyone could love him since the day witnessed the murder of his father when he was eleven. Now as an old dying man, he reaches back through time to recount to the one love of his life, his heartache and his regret over a life spent loving from a far. What happened to Will and Sarah? Why did Will lose the love of his life?
What I Liked:
- When Crows Fly Low was a different type of romance. It is a beautiful story that takes you through the highs of falling in love, and the pain of loss, but through it all, love can still shines through, and it made me pause as I reflected on the beauty of the romance, even though it was fraught with pain and sorrow, it still withstood the test of time. Yet, it ends with a bright spot, and I liked that. This is a book for those who have endured there own loss of a great love.
- The heart of the story centers around Will Lawson, who at eleven, witnessed the murder of his beloved father. Since that day, Will has been consumed with darkness and hatred, as he feels that he should have been able to save his father, thus, he believes he doesn't deserve anything good in his life. When Sarah enters the picture, Will is immediately smitten. It is a romance with instant chemistry, and it is all about healing. I loved watching Will and Sarah come together, and I especially enjoyed Will's transformation. The reader knows from the onset that the romance isn't meant to be, so it was bittersweet as I was anxiously awaiting for the moment when it would break. Still after it was all said and done, I liked that it ended on a beautiful note.
- Sarah was the highlight of the book. She is a young girl who has gumption and determination not to mention courage. She was born to wealth and privilege but never felt loved by her parents. Sarah, in an act of defiance, she sets out on her own to teach school in a small town. I loved her spirit, and I especially liked the way she always saw the good in others. She is kind and beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with her.
- The ending is bittersweet, I won't go into detail, but in the end, I closed the book smile satisfied. For those of you who love achingly beautiful and haunting romances, this is a read for you.
And The Not So Much:
- I didn't like the way the story was presented. It starts out with Sarah receiving a letter from Will after his death. Sarah is supposedly reading Will's point of view of how things went down in the past, but it didn't read like that since the book was told mostly in third person narrative. There were instances in the book that were in first person when a character was thinking in their head, but other than that it was third person narrative. I think the book would have been so much better in first person. Not to mention, it never felt like a narrative from Will. That was a big fail in my opinion.
- The pacing was a bit slow. The book spends a lot of time building the romance and then the big pivotal event happens, and the pace moves into hyperdrive. I didn't like that some of the more exciting parts of the book were in the last couple of chapters and that they were so rapid fire. I would have loved more coverage with Will during the war. I also didn't like that there was no discussion of what happened to Will or how he spent his life after his last meeting with Sarah. I wanted so much more.
- I was also disappointed that there wasn't more with Sam. He is an important character in the book, yet I hardly got to know him. I really liked him, he was truly a good guy, and I wished there was more regarding him, especially his romance and so forth.
When The Crows Fly Low is a romance for those who like a bit of tragedy and heartache in their reads. Never fear, this isn't and overly sad book. It is bittersweet and haunting and beautiful. If you are in the mood for something a bit deeper and sad, give this book a try.
I received a copy of this book from the tour promoter in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
About the author:
V.J Patterson lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children. She grew up listening to her grandfather’s stories, one of which inspired her first novel, When the Crows Fly Low.
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