Published by Amazon Digital Services on 2015-07-14
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My final thoughts:
When Cicadas Cry is a book that will wrap its pages around you and take hold with its tender and sweet romance, the down to earth characters, and the uncomplicated setting of small-town warmth. My head and heart just won’t let go of this charming narrative.
Before I could truly put my thoughts together for When Cicadas Cry, I was singing its praises on social media and the telephone to a blogger friend of mine, urging her to read it upon release. This is my favorite Laura Miller book, yet, and my head and heart are having a hard time letting go of the characters and story. They are my characters, this is my story, or at least I wish it were so. The story alternates between past and present, which, in this case, is the perfect and only way to experience Rem and Ashley’s story. If you’ve ever been in love or infatuated to the point of being so excited that your heart feels as if it will burst and you find yourself screaming those silent screams of happiness, this is what you will feel with this novel.
“Why does it have to hurt so much?” I ask.
Her smile fades a little. “It’s not supposed to be painless, Rem. It’s supposed to be worth it.”
Laura Miller has a way of creating characters whose personification is represented by everything good and right in the world. They are honest, tender, and always leaving the reader wishing they are real. That is how I feel about Remington, Ashley, and even Jack as a strong secondary character. There is an immediate connection to these characters that captivates the reader. It’s the honesty, closeness, and compassion they feel for one another that will seize your heart while the story becomes ingrained in you. The prose is authentic to the setting, and the epilogue is perfection, adding a harmonious and deeper meaning to Rem and Ashley’s story as a whole.
Miller brings the small town rumor mill to life in this book with its simplistic and natural comforts of home. You will want to cuddle this book only to find the book is cuddling you, wrapping itself around you and holding you close. There is a secret connection to be revealed, and while the author alludes to a secret connection early on and leads the reader to believe they already know the outcome, Miller is really giving a false sense of prediction, surprising you later with an unforeseen connection. You won’t find a high intensity or drama for the sake of shock value. You will find a gentle tranquility that makes this book very memorable.
He’s a surprising human really. And I thought I’d met Forever in the past, but it turns out, Forever was waiting for me all along in a little town called Ava.
Miller has delivered a flawless novel with a meaningful plot, endearing and well-developed characters, and a book that will take you home again. When Cicadas Cry has a quiet tenderness that will leave you feeling good about the time you spend with Remington and Ashley, a book to be experienced and with a high re-readability factor. You won’t be able to keep from feeling blessed by that special and emotional “case of the feels,” and I recommend this book to everyone who has ever had or dreamed of having a first love who was honest, unpretentious, and pure.
“Real love bleeds, you know?”