This book gripped me from the opening page and didn't let up until the end. In fact, I was loathe to let these characters, who had stolen into my heart, go. There were points in the book when I cried, points when I was so worried about the characters I was tempted to peek ahead just to reassure myself that all would be well :) Sounds like a rollarcoaster of emotion, doesn't it? It was...but it was so worth it! Why? Because Amy Lane writes...honestly. What I mean is, she doesn't shy away from raw emotion nor are her characters perfect. They are...imperfectly human and thus emmentely relatable. At their heart, her books are about finding those souls that complete you, whether they be family, friends or lovers...or even all three. The best description of Amy Lane's books IMHO was written by the author herself, as part of a recent post on GoodReads entitled Redemption:
Chemistry may be a bolt from the blue, friendships may spring up in an instant, but love, real love, comes from existing side by side, seeing the best and the worst and maintaining that slow, strong burn that can sustain both parties if one of you is brought low.As this coming weekend will be a long one, I thought I would have an Amy Lane weekend and read some of her books that have been tantilizing me for so long :) Talker is definitely on the list, as is Truth in the Dark.
Dating is always the best of things, putting on your best clothes, leaving behind the unpleasant realities in order to make a good impression.What happens in Talker and Talker's Redemption is sort of the exact opposite. It's loving each other through the worst of things. It's finding the best of yourself for your lover when you couldn't find it for yourself. It's courage where you didn't think you'd find any, and humor when you have very little to laugh at and optimism when the only thing you have to wake up to is your lover, and that's more than enough.
So, have you read an Amy Lane book and, if so, which one was your favourite? And please feel free to join me in reading one of Amy Lane's marvellous books this weekend!