Review: Saint by Sierra Simone (Priest #3)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
Sierra Simone is one of those authors who doesn't shy away from controversial subject matters when it comes to the stories that she shares with her readers. Priest, the first in her series by the same name, is proof of that. The same goes for the novella and novel that followed it, Midnight Mass and Sinner, respectively, with the latter being one of my top reads for 2018. So, it goes without saying that expectations were astronomically high when Simone announced that she would be releasing the third full-length novel--and fourth book all-around--in the series this year. Saying Saint is one of 2021's most anticipated reads would be an understatement. The Bells have yet to disappoint, and Aiden Bell? He had me a-ring-a-ling-a-linging.
Nearly five years ago, Aiden Bell turned his back on everything he knew. From his life of luxury, he now spends his days in a monastery. He made a choice, one that involved walking away from the man he loved and walking towards a life as a monk. At thirty-six, he lives with those choices, pushing aside whatever regrets he may have had because he knows this is what he needs. Then his past comes calling, and at forty-one, Elijah Iverson still has a way of stealing and holding his attention. Aiden broke Elijah's heart--the same heart that now belongs to someone else. Elijah is engaged and will commit the rest of his life to his fiancé; Aiden has pledged his to God. Will one road trip together and several stolen moments change anything between them?
This book turned out to be nothing like I thought it would be; rather it was everything that I didn't know I needed. I love it when an author catches me off-guard and gives me a story and characters that are different from how I pictured them. Sierra Simone has a way with words, and those words broke my heart only to mend those pieces back together again. Aiden and Elijah's story is one that I could easily empathize with. How many of us have looked back on our lives and gone through the myriad of what-ifs? This wasn't "just" about their love story, but it was also about Aiden's journey towards self-awareness and continued mental and emotional healing. Simone has shown the beauty in faith and love and amidst any pain. Five stars go to Saint.
Release Date: 07 September 2021
Date Read: 05 September 2021
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