When the Crows Fly Low
by V.J. Patterson
About the Book: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.
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.
***My Personal Review***
The themes of love/hate, life/death and good/evil run strong throughout this novel. Will goes through his life by feeling almost dead inside, he uses women and alcohol to dull his senses and pain. His life was shattered when he witnessed his fathers murder as a young boy and ever since the only feelings he seems to have are knowing when a storm is coming. But little does he know that the biggest storm he will face is about to come ... in the form of Sarah Doyle. There is a strange magnetism between them and it isn't long before Will realizes he is in love - for real this time. Sarah isn't like his usual conquests, they fall quick and hard. But in the end one of them has to lose. I love the way the story is told through flashbacks and although it is through letters from Will to Sarah many years after his death, her voice and POV still come through and oh the feels! This book kind of reminded me of the movie "The Bridges of Madison County" in a lot of ways, very emotional and you see the protagonist open up and start to rebuild his life. Definitely a great read with a lot of love and emotion and will also be a tearjerker for a lot of people. But somehow through these kinds of books as hard as the stories may be to read, you can find your own redemption and perhaps find some help with your own inner demons. Because these characters are all of us, each of us has something in our past we wish we regret and wish we could change, and we also all deserve that one true love that will save us. 5 stars!