The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C Cherry is the beautiful and heartbreaking story of Tristan and Elizabeth. It is an emotional journey of healing, learning to let go of the past, and finding the ability to love again.
It’s also a truly unforgettable and mesmerizing story, and I was enthralled from the very first page.
One reason you won’t be able to forget this story is the writing.
It is so gorgeous and profound. There are these amazing little sparkling gems of wisdom and beauty scattered throughout the book. It is truly touching and I honestly went through the entire spectrum of emotions from the very first chapter.
Another reason is the strong and well-developed characters.
Both Elizabeth and Tristan have suffered immeasurable loss, and they are each trying to survive and recover after losing their loved ones. While Elizabeth has her daughter, Emma, to take care of, Tristan is a loner and considered the town a$hole. He is closed off, reclusive, and doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
To me, they feel like characters in a modern Beauty and the Beast fairytale. Elizabeth looks past the prickly exterior and finds the broken man beneath, recognizing a kindred spirit. Tristan is the only person who understands the depth of the loss Elizabeth has endured.
Honestly, I loved both Tristan and Elizabeth. Initially, they help each other cope, then they begin healing, and finally, they begin to look forward to the future again. Meanwhile, they contend with the town’s judgment, gossip, and uninformed views on love.
I also enjoyed Elizabeth’s daughter, Emma. She’s cute and precocious, and her white feathers killed me. Then there’s Elizabeth’s best friend, Faye. She provides comic relief and keeps the story from feeling too heavy. Every woman needs a Faye in her life!
Thank you for the advanced copy of THE AIR HE BREATHES by Brittainy C. Cherry. All opinions are my own.
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date published : September 25, 2015
pages : 308
audiobook narrators: Brian Pallino, Erin Mallon
audiobook length: 8 hrs, 27 min
I was warned about Tristan Cole.
“Stay away from him,” people said.
It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.
But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.
We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.
Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.
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