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.
This book and I had a serious love/hate relationship. I loved it because it has to be the most achingly beautiful love story I've read since I took a chance on The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I hated it because I knew right from the beginning that the story wasn't going to end the way I wanted it to, and that I would fall in love with two characters who would not get the happily ever after I was so desperate for them to have. I would read a few pages and then set it down, knowing the emotional roller coaster ride I was in for if I truly committed myself to the story, but I could never stay away from it for too long, and once I read past the part about Will losing his father, I simply had to accept the fact that I was fully invested in this book, and so I grabbed a box of tissues and settled in for the long haul, cursing V.J. Patterson while doing so simply because she'd already made me fall in love with Will.
The writing is absolutely astounding. The author excels in setting the mood and describing her characters' emotional state through descriptive words that allow us to visualize and feel the pain, sorrow, joy or fear each character experiences. It's heart wrenching to feel that dark side of Will, that crazed drive to end what Joe Cannon started so many years ago, especially when Will was on the brink of so much happiness.
Sarah is determined, courageous and one hundred percent committed to healing the broken places within Will's heart. I loved her for this. I loved her willingness to live her life the way she saw fit, and found her to be a different kind of beautiful tragedy, one who made lemonade from lemons and faced the heartache in her life by living it to the fullest instead of merely existing as Will chose to do.
There are a few missing words here and there, and a few times the author head jumps a bit, going from one point of view to the other within the same scene, but it wasn't enough to distract me from the message of the story or pull me from the book.
Their love story was engrossing. The way Sarah fought for Will was admirable, and in the end, even though I already knew the outcome, I still held out for that happily ever after that I'm such a sucker for. I don't normally read books like this because I like to immerse myself in everything happy and worry free. Cotton candy romances, I guess you could say, but it's important to read those love stories that represent the frailties of humans and the many messy mistakes that being in love can produce. This love story wasn't meant to be written any other way and never would have held the same message or meaning if it had. I'm so glad the author had the guts and the fortitude to write from a place of honesty and vulnerability.
Fans of The Notebook and The Fault In Our Stars will fall in love with Will and Sarah's poignant story. Just don't forget the box of tissues.
I gave this book five cherry blossoms!
In one quick motion, Will smashed the mirror with his right fist. Most of the mirror fragments managed to stay within the frame. Blood from his knuckles, seeped into the varied cracks and spread making the mirror a kaleidoscope. His bloody image was now multiple images, twisted, muted versions of himself.
There, he thought. That’s more like it.
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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