Welcome to my stop in the book review tour for When the Crows Fly Low, by V.J. Patterson.
I couldn’t put this book down! Excellent writing, compelling characters. As good as “The Notebook”. I highly recommend this book. It has everything that makes a classic. This book gets all my page-turner check marks:
✓Writing, ✓Characterization, ✓Premise, ✓Plot and ✓World-building
About the Book
When the crows fly low…rain is coming.
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.
I love when I make “mistakes” that push me out of my comfort zone.
I requested this review copy thinking it was a fantasy book and I’m so glad I did. Historical romance is not my favorite genre, but this is another example where good writing can make you read anything!
V.J’s writing is impeccable! and… provocative, sensual, evocative and atmospheric.
V.J makes every word count toward a very rewarding emotional experience. It has an excellent structure, pace and rhythm and just the right amount of telling to frame the story.
The descriptions… exceptional!
In my review of Sleepless, by Michael Omer I shared my thoughts about world-building in non-fantasy/sci-fi books. The settings in When the Crows Fly Low are so beautifully described! the people, their stories… they all come together to create this charming small-town that captured my heart.
After the writing, the characterization is the best element of this book!
This book has such beautiful arrange of characters! V.J. made them, mundane and rustic but still spiritual and poetic. Together they not only tell a story, but reveal another time and place’s soul and heart. I loved getting to know all the characters, peeling away all the layers of their human nature.
Even though this is the love story between Will and Sarah, the book is centered on Will. Will is a sexy, tough, brave, rough alpha male in a very rural true-to-his-nature kind of way. But I liked that Will actually had a legitimate reason to be a bad boy.
Oh well… What is it about damage heroes that is so irresistible?
Let me share some of my favorite “damage Will” quotes:
“He saw the look of pity in their eyes, which caused the monster that lived in him to rip at his insides. The “monster” was that force within him that he felt he had no control over. He saw it as the evil in him, the thing that was off about him, the scary part of him he didn’t like nor trust”
“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.”
Then the plot, the premise, the story arc… Such a beautiful love story! Tissue-in-the-hand heartbreaking kind of story. There is something in me that smiles when a “bad boy” falls hard.
…I will never forget the first time I saw you. It was like seeing the ocean for the first time. Where, you can sit and stare at if for hours trying to figure out how something so unbelievably beautiful could ever exist. Your mind tells you it can’t be real, but your soul feels connected to it, like some part of you has experienced it before. Like it was there…just waiting for you to see.
“Take you out of that dress.” He wondered if he’d really just said what came out of his mouth. In an attempt to make it better he said, “I mean, take you home and help you out of that dress. Ah shoot…I mean…I mean…”
“He had heard men talk about women being so beautiful it physically hurt. He’d thought it was just a saying until now. Her smile made him feel a pain so deep it felt good.”
There was only one thing that wasn’t perfect for me. Toward the end there is a part of the book that takes place in WWII and, though impeccably written as the rest of the book… it threw me off a little. The “drunken good-for-nothing comes back home as a glorified war hero” to me is an overused path of redemption. I understand WWII was the fate of many men of that time, but I would have liked a more personal story for this character.
Still, I think this book will become a classic.
About the Author
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. Find V.J. Patterson on: Amazon | Facebook | Twitter
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