Book Review: Quiet Angel

Quiet Angel by Prescott Lane: We all have that someone we can’t forget, the summer it all began, and the sleepless nights wondering what went wrong.

For Gage Montgomery, that someone is Layla Baxter. When he was 18, he took one look at the chocolate-haired bookworm with porcelain skin and knew his life would never be the same. But it all came crashing down when Layla suddenly and mysteriously disappeared from St. Simons Island -- leaving him with nothing but her angel wing pendent around his neck. For 12 long years, Gage couldn’t shake what happened, if he’s the one to blame, wondering where Layla might be. When their paths finally cross, he’s determined to get the answers he’s spent his life searching for -- and to get the girl, too. Quiet Angel is a story of hope, survival, and lost love made new again.

“I missed you, too, but you were never far.” Gage touched his shirt with the wings inside. “You were always there.”

Julie's thoughts: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Quiet Angel is the third book by Prescott Lane and the second I've read. This is a standalone, second chance, contemporary romance.

The story of Gage and Layla started off perfectly. I immediately fell in love with 18-year-old Gage and liked 16-year-old Layla well enough, until she left without a word, breaking Gage's heart. Fast-forward 20 years to the rest (and majority) of the story. I ended up liking Layla a lot and tolerating Gage. Turns out, Layla had a good reason for leaving, and although I'd have rather seen her talk to Gage's parents and get help, I understand why she didn't and felt it was believable. Layla grew into a strong heroine by the end of the book. Gage on the other hand? Yes, he had his sweet moments, but that was one thick-skulled man! How many times can someone be forgiven for the same mistake before he is given up on (apparently more than 3 or 4)? This is a pretty good story, but by the end I just didn't like Gage. Layla didn’t need to be saved or protected; she had already saved herself.

I enjoy Ms. Lane's writing style. She is well written and easy to follow. She allows the story to move at a good pace, with no boring parts to bog a reader down. Even though this one wasn't my favorite, I will definitely read other books she writes. I really enjoyed Perfectly Broken and would encourage readers to give it a try.

Although not in any disturbing detail, this book did deal with a difficult issue. Because of that, I wouldn't consider this a light, fun read. I would recommend it for those who enjoy second chance romances that are a little dark because of the subject matter, but again, but too dark. Also, if you enjoy best friend, secondary characters that are all about sex, talking about it and referencing it a lot, you'll enjoy this. Although the best friend could have been toned down a good bit, I loved the interactions between her and Gage's best friend. I would definitely read a second book on those characters.

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