Saturday, May 2, 2020

REVIEW: Harvest of Sighs by Sierra Simone


  HARVEST OF SIGHS (Thornchapel #3) by Sierra Simone 
Release Date: May 1st   



Harvest of Sighs is an apt title for this novel because it harvested a lot of deep sighs from me. I mean reallllly, Sierra Simone? Really? You must be a sadist--not only are you torturing your characters, you're torturing us. These poor, poor people. None of them are going to remain unscathed from your wicked and inventive tortures, are they? Which means we're all feeling their pain. We're all hurting and curious about what it will take to heal all of these gaping wounds that are their hearts. Yeesh. I have ideas, as I think many of you will when you put this novel down, and I'm very eager to see which ones will come to fruition and which ones will not. I'm eager to see the twisted way that you'll bring Poe, Becket, Delphine, Rebecca, Saint, and Auden to their happily ever afters; I suspect the journey to get there won't be an easy one. 

As with the other novels in this series (which, by the way, you must read first or Harvest of Sighs won't be as meaningful for you), the setting seems to be just as much a character as the characters themselves. It's lush and animated and at times seems to activate emotions of our characters, at times motivate their emotions, and sometimes mimic them. Thornchapel, in particular, seems to be an antagonistic force, that rarely seems to be satisfied by its owners. 

Also, as with the rest of the series, this novel unveils a little bit more of the family and personal histories of the characters which continues to round them out and make their complexities that much more understandable and sympathetic. These novels also delve into their individual points of view--some get more page time than others--which helps us understand their motivations, rationalizations, and deep seated fears and hurts ... and loves. (Also shout out to a character we've seen before in Priest!)

I'll finish this hodgepodge mash up of thoughts with the one that every Sierra Simone readers knows: this novel was impeccably written and impossible to not read with a savage hunger to gulp it down in one sitting, while also trying to savor it like the delicious treat it was. I didn't want to put it down and yet with every paragraph closer to the ending, I found myself trying to slow down so that I would have a little longer with these characters. I'm so glad we'll have one more novel with this crew--I hope it's a long one. 

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  FEAST OF SPARKS (Thornchapel #2) 


  Blurb: The genius and the sunshine girl. As children, we fought bitterly and often, bickering every chance we got. But then we grew up. Then we came back. Delphine Dansey carries her heart on the outside of her body; she’s looking for love and chasing dreams. She’s spoiled and selfish, the kind of beautiful that’s made for money and fame. But somehow she’s ended up in my keeping: a pretty submissive I can’t seem to resist, a lover who obsesses and tempts me. I thought I’d locked my heart away a long time ago, along with all my other weaknesses. But some doors won't stay closed, no matter how hard I fight to keep them shut. She unravels me, just like our friends are unraveling, just like Thornchapel itself is unraveling. All year long, we’ve been sowing lust and jealousy and pain, heedless of the consequences. But a harvest is inevitable, and so now we must reap our sorrows. And our sighs. *Harvest of Sighs is Book Three in the Thornchapel series.*  


  About the Author: Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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