The Spire will leave you saying WOW!
Commenté aux États-Unis 🇺🇸 le 16 décembre 2016
DISCLAIMER: This book can be read as a standalone, however it’s also book 6 of an intricately intense family series that might be best understood and appreciated if read in order.
Not too often does a book leave me breathless, nor leave me saying “Holy ****!” after just reading the prologue. And not too often does a book leave me in the messiest and most beautiful loss of words for DAYS after reading it. So much so that needed this time to give it justice in the form of a review. Kate Canterbary’s “The Spire” has done all of those things, and more.
In “The Spire,” we meet Erin Walsh, the youngest of six siblings that has elusively made appearances here and there in the previous five books of The Walsh Series. Erin feels like an outcast from her family, always has and maybe always will. Stuff happened during their childhood that leaves her feeling like the black sheep and she deals with her emotions the only way she sees fit--by moving to a different continent and keeping all of her siblings at arm’s length, only giving a select few real insights into her second-doctorate earning, volcano researching, ocean salinity level measuring, iceberg traipsing life.
There have been insights over the course of the series, very few insights, as to a feud that erupted between Erin and her sister Shannon years ago, and in “The Spire” we finally learn about the original cause of this never-to-be-mentioned wedge. Both Erin and Shannon know how to hold a grudge like their lives depend on it, even though both women are desperate for it to end butwill never utter those precious words.
Erin is full of passion, even if it’s sometimes misunderstood or misguided. Then, when she’s home for the marriage of Matthew Walsh, her brother, she meets Someone Special (who will now be referred to as SS for the remainder of this review). SS can’t take his eyes off Erin. He’s intrigued by her, almost immediately falling into a love-at-first-sight obsession with her. With an offer she can’t refuse to escape the enormity of the upcoming wedding and the pressure she’s feeling from being in such close proximity to all of her siblings, she goes away with SS so she can breathe.
It turns into a night neither Erin nor SS will ever forget.
Erin Walsh is a like an onion, with many different layers of complexity, emotion, attitude, personality, and vulnerability. SS is able to peel back her layers, over quite some length of time, the modern convenience of the internet, and thousands of frequent-flier miles, to reveal to Erin that she is, in fact, quite worthy of receiving wholesome (and maybe even some naughty) love and being adored and cherished. Even though Erin fights at accepting these things, she eventually comes to realize that life might just be more about surviving--it’s about living.
There is no disappointment in “The Spire.” It’s got everything a reader can ask for in this genre of books. There’s romance (oh, the romance! SS is a “Book Boyfriend of the Year” candidate!), there’s steam, there are emotions that ooze from so many different directions that one is liable to get whiplash if not properly prepared, there’s enough sarcasm to make even the driest of humors blush, and there’s a crazy ride on a lobster boat that will only make sense if you read the book. Fair warning: there are glimpses into the past that might awaken some ghosts, there are hints about the future that scare the bejeezus out of me, and there’s one scene inparticular that had me ugly-crying like a freakin’ baby.
Hands down, this is Kate Canterbary’s finest work. Like wine, her books get better with age (aka = each installment) and the endings never leave me disappointed. The amount of love that gets poured into her writing is admirable, from the level of research on all topics, to the seamless intertwining of multiple plotlines throughout several books, to the absoluteness of each characters personalities/quirks/faults. That’s the appeal with The Walsh Series, though. This family is so real, so flawed, so painstakingly beautiful that it’s hard not to love them. Do yourself a favor: love them.
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