The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Herprince. They became each other’s refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed her—Jessica’s first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen’s music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It’s only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.But they don’t belong in each other’s worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.
More Than Words is my first read by Mia Sheridan and I immediately fell in love with it.
“Fairy tales helped me disappear into worlds where princess were loyal and honest and where princesses were strong and brave.”
Jessie Cresswell and Callen Hayes both deal with childhood demons. Jessie in the form of an unfaithful father, drawn into the world of cheating by a mother who exposes her to his infidelity by dragging her to his various escapades. Callen is raised by an abusive father. He can handle the beatings but the words remain and haunt him.
Jessie and Callen meet as children, and then one day Callen is gone. They meet again as adults, their lives moving in opposite directions, but the spark is still there. There are so many unanswered questions between them and the reality is, they were children when they first met. Is it possible to meet your soul mate when you are only eleven years old?
This is a book that will steal your heart! The writing is fabulous. The author’s descriptions and attention to detail drew me in immediately and did not let me go. The characters are honest and intelligent, the setting is to die for (who wouldn’t want to live in France) and the historical storyline is so interesting. I love the information the author includes about Joan of Arc, weaving historical research into messages about life.
This book starts with fairy tales, but does it have a fairy tale ending? There are no spoilers in this review so you will have to read the book to find out.
4.5 / 5 stars