I’ve been in love with him forever.
But to him, I’ve always been off-limits. Until the night that changed everything.
Maybe it was the alcohol. Maybe it was the secrets we shared. Maybe he finally opened his eyes and saw me.
By the time the sun rose, I’d lost him again, my heart shattering on his parting words: “It was a mistake.” So I ran. Ran until I was thousands of miles away, in a country I didn’t know, surrounded by people who only made me miss him more.
I never expected him to follow me … or to pry more secrets from my soul. In exchange, he gave me more of his secrets too.
The more he let me into his heart, the more I loved him, but I’m afraid that some secrets may be too big to overcome.
***This is a standalone novel about unrequited love..***
Genre: Romance – Unrequited love
Stand Alone: Yes
Part of Series: ?? The secondary characters in this book are featured in The Weight of Life but I’m not sure if there is a series name. And you don’t have to read The Weight of Life to enjoy The Sounds of Secretes (but I feel like I want to)
POV: Lotte and Sam
Steam Level: Slow burn
The Sounds of Secrets was brilliantly written. It is a gripping look into grief and anxiety. About the journey to find yourself. And the secrets that we keep. After finishing this book (which I whipped through) I needed a bit to process and digest it before leaving my review without giving away the secrets of this book. I found myself highlighting little passages that stood out to me throughout. I could feel Lotte’s grief, her anxiety, her compulsions, and her relief. I could feel Sam’s self-loathing and his battles with his demons. Both are relatable, because I’ve felt them myself. And I think that that is what makes this book fantastic – the realistic thoughts and actions of these characters. That together they are stronger, still fighting but on the same team. There was little to no BS drama and whining – Sam and Lotte fell separately and got back up together. I loved it and would love to see more of these characters in the future.
- There was a fine line between safety and imprisonment.
- Love is a gift, not an obligation.
- Sometimes we need somebody else to tell us what our hearts already know.
- What was it about feeling romantic love that made all the other loves you felt much brighter, more poignant?
- My secrets had turned to weeds, and they were thriving.
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