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Summary

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 10 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.

©2016 Brittainy C. Cherry (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 16-12-16

A TRAGIC ROAD LEADS TO A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY

Wow.. I wasn't expecting quite such a moving, heartbreaking, beautiful, profound, powerful and breathtaking story as this as an innocent 10 year old Maggie May humorously plans her wedding to her brother's unwilling 11 year old best friend Brooks with hilarious letters, quick-witted banter and amusing inner thoughts. But before the naive "I do's" tragedy strikes which will sentance Maggie May to 18 years of terror provoked silence, 18 years of loneliness tethered to her house by a child's fear of one very real demon, 18 years of a household under immense strain that'll eventually split loving parents up.. and 18 frustrating years where both joy and heartache will be felt over loving and losing Brooks.

And Brooks grew up being a good friend to Maggie, her anchor, a shoulder for her to cry on and her rock. Over the years that friendship turned into an unconditional beautiful love - but Brooks destiny was to become a successful Rock Musician.. and Fate wasn't finished with throwing obstacles in this couples way - and then it would be Brooks that would be drowning and need saving.

This book was a deep and emotionally draining listen and I was riveted to every word wondering what the next chapter would reveal. Brittainy C. Cherry has written an epic tale of a little girl's fear and anxiety after witnessing something horrific and her ongoing debilitating psychological daily battle will touch many lives and have far reaching consequences. It's not an easy feel good listen.. but it is totally addictive, unpredictable and an unforgettable one where pain will eventually be replaced by pleasure and tears will eventually be replaced by a wonderful friendship, a passionate love.. and a fairy book ending. All the secondary characters had a part to play in this love story and all of Brittainy's characters were awesome. Great dual POV narration.

Worth A Credit? Absolutely it's amazing. And all I can finally add is experience its awesomeness for yourselves, be touched by a beautiful love story that'll tear you apart and then stitch you together again, immerse yourselves as tender feelings turn into romantic declarations and fall in love with these loveable characters.. they're waiting.

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  • I HATE THIS NEW LOOK
  • 22-12-16

I COULD NOT FINISH BUT ITS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I can tell from the first half of the book that it is excellent but I just can not handle sad books. The book is narrated superbly and the story is great. I will go back and finish but there is enough sadness in the world I'll keep my books hot dirty and sexy. If you like a tear jerker you will love it

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 05-02-17

Stunning!

If I could give this audiobook more than 5 stars I would! This story is of a girl who was severely traumatized by witnessing a murder when she was ten, causing her to not speak for almost 20 years. The boy she has loved since she was five years old becomes her anchor and supports her throughout these years, even though she never leaves the house or talks. The beauty of this story had me tearful at times and the way the story ended is so perfect. The narration was excellent and this is now one of my favorite books of all time. Can't say enough good things about it. Love conquers even the most tragic things that can happen.

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  • Paula DeBoer
  • 03-01-17

Beautiful heartfelt story

This audio had me laughing and then crying throughout this story. Ever read a book that you know you will never forget that opens your eyes and you truly will look at people a different way? This is that book. Maggie a typical little girl having a crush on the neighbor boy until one day Maggie sees something that changes her life forever. Brooks won't give up on Maggie through everything he sticks by his promise until one day something horrible happens to him. With determination Maggie and Brooks need the strength to discover the world . "The world keeps spinning because your heartbeat exist" "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 off your to-do list." Beautiful, heart beating story that will always make you remember you have a voice. 5/5 stars

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  • A.Fro
  • 01-01-17

Have the tissue ready.

This book took my breath away. I couldn't control the tears that came several times during the story. Maggie and Brooks. The forever kind of love. Loved the characters. This book really touched me.
Narration is really good. Mallon does such an amazing job.

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  • Cyndi
  • 10-09-17

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

Another great book from this author. While this one isn't my favorite, I still found it really touching and emotional and while the drama was a little drawn out for me, I loved the characters. Brooks was such a true to himself kind of guy, he didn't do things to please others, He just did what he wanted no matter what would have been easier for him. Maggie is a tragic character for me, an event from her childhood changed her life for way too long. The ending was great.

Great narration! Both Joe Arden & Erin Mallon are favorites of mine!

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  • Laura
  • 14-12-16

A great story with ALL THE FEELS!!!

I stayed up all night listening to this masterpiece of a book. It's nearing the end of 2016, and Ms. Cherry's wonderful new book has made it onto my short list of favourites for the year. What an exquisite story of two childhood friends who fall in love from the start but must surmount unbelievable challenges to find happiness.

There are so many sweet moments in this book. The very start when Brooks and Maggie first meet is just adorable. I found myself chuckling out loud listening to their early letters back and forth - Maggie planning their wedding in the forest and Brooks vehemently insisting she is crazy and that he couldn't marry a girl he hated.

Not far into the book, Maggie experiences a trauma which leaves her housebound and mute. The trials her family goes through in the aftermath of the trauma and Brooks' commitment to being there for this broken girl is so poignant and believable. I loved the secondary characters in this book - especially the mean old bird of a neighbour who never gave up on the damaged girl next door.

You will spend the entire book wishing Maggie could find her voice and tell people what happened to her. You'll hope for the potential catalyst that will finally propel her into the world outside her home.

When I say this book has all the feels, I truly mean it. I laughed and cried. I felt the stabbing pain of jealous betrayal and then the amazing high of loving declaration. There were moments of fear, and finally times to rejoice. I've read all of Brittainy C. Cherry's books, and this one is my favourite by far. Ms. Cherry is an author whose work I will automatically buy every time.

The narration provided by Erin Mallon and Joe Arden is excellent. A five star performance without question. They make a great team and each easily handles the task of convincingly voicing the opposite sex. It would have been perfection had it been more of a duo with Erin handling only the female dialog and Joe reading the male dialog. However, I won't deduct a star from the narration for that reason as few books are recorded in this manner.

My only small gripe with this book came down to sex between the hero and heroine. I love romance books that are heavy on the plot and lightly sprinkled with a few erotic encounters. Silent Waters has plot for days...I just wish the physical relationship was a little more detailed and a bit more steamy. Their first encounter was only beginning and then it was abruptly cut off with a chapter and POV change. It kind of left me feeling cheated - I patiently listened through that angst and sexual tension and when it came time to deliver, I was denied!

Don't even wonder if this story is worth your time and credit. Just buy it, listen, and enjoy!

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  • Sarah Camargo
  • 14-12-16

Amazing!!!

If you could sum up Silent Waters in three words, what would they be?

Wow!! What an amazing story. I'm having the biggest book hangover after reading this beautiful story. There's no way to sum up this book in 3 words. I'm in love. The narrators were great and the story had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. If you nerd s great listen this is the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-02-17

I loved it from start to finish!!

Couldn't stop listening even when I had to. Such an amazing love story! Truly beautiful.

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  • Jacqueline's Reads
  • 24-10-17

I don't think this book worked out for me in Audio

2.5 (SIGH, I KNOW. GAH!) STARS

Yup, I’m the minority! I hate not liking a book everyone loved, but seriously, I TRIED.

First off, I love and hated this book in audio format. I LOVVEEE the audio narrator Erin Mallon, it’s one of the reasons why I purchased the book in audio. She’s one of my top favorite narrators. She has the best voice and I love her character transitions.

HOWEVER, I don’t think this type of booked worked for me in audio.

My hugest complain is all the repetitiveness. I swear if I hear “BLINK” another time, I’m going to shoot my eyes out. The repetitiveness gives a flare to the book but I think it makes it dramatic as you READ it, by listening to it every time, it just makes the book more annoying.

I also don’t like the cover after listening to the book. I loved the cover before, but now, not so much. A majority of the book is when the kids are adolescents, so it gives a different impression (to me) when you see the adult male Brooks on the cover.

The book started out GREAT! It was a five star read for me. I LOVE the relationship between Maggie and Brooks as children. I LOVED that the author didn’t do flash backs and wrote the book in order. I gobbled this stuff up!

The book went downhill for me when Maggie experienced something tragic which caused her to change and the ENTIRE book was about how people felt around her.

I didn’t like the dramatics of the book and that’s usually what I go for. I HATED everyone that was mean to Maggie, including her sister, mom and everyone else. It’s a very down-on-yourself kind of read. I don’t like watching those kind of shows and I don’t enjoy reading those books.

So when characters start redeeming themselves, it’s a little too late in my opinion.

I hate to say this because the author wrote this book based on a personal experience, but I really did wish Maggie would GET OVER IT, sooner. I understand the traumatic experience, but I felt like it went on WAY TOO LONG in my opinion. I basically gave up on Maggie a long time ago.

Overall, I didn’t get the feels for this book as everyone else did. I got annoyed, frustrated and irritated. I also think I had higher expectations because of all of the glowing reviews. I’m just going to say this book was a miss and I’m going to move forward. I still love the author!

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