Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone or Series: Standalone
Published on: July 13, 2017
POV: Dual first person POV
Rating: 4 STARS
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Atheists Who Kneel and Pray has been one of the big surprises for me this month. I hadn’t heard of it before it was released. Can you imagine how I felt when I heard that there was a new book just went live from Tarryn Fisher? She has been one of my favorite authors whose books I’ve always anticipated, therefore, I was ecstatic when I found out about this book and put aside whatever I was reading at the moment.
What is the story about?
It follows a young girl from London named Yara who is determined to live her life unattached–the life without commitments, frustration, and baggage–always going from one city to another, new places every few months, and never looking back. That is until she meets a young musician who is trying to make a good living with his passion for music.
“My drug was wanderlust. I got high by starting over. We always had a drug. We could replace one with another, but humans were addicts.
David is a very talented musician. With his talent in vocal and songwriting, he and his band have made a decent living in Seattle. However, as an artist, inspiration is important yet doesn’t always come. When he meets Yara, it inspires him to write and do something more. She inspires him to dream of the kind of life he has always wanted—a house, a wife, children, and normality.
Despite the fact that they have nothing in common, they fall in love. The believer and the nonbeliever; a total opposite of one another. She then finds herself do the things she believes she has never wanted. The things that consume and suffocate her. The things she used to fear and run away from. In a brilliant, unforgettable way, Tarryn Fisher delivers a unique, consuming, and addicting romance.
I am a huge fan of Tarryn Fisher’s writing. She could write a story as simple as a mouse crosses a road and I would still be in awe. I fell in love with her writing style—the way she breathes a life into the characters, the way she made me fall in love with the unconventional characters that I would have normally had problems with, and the way she made a believer out of me to the love story that was far from perfect. She has a way to make you suddenly unable to put down a book even though the story does bother you. I call it the power of Tarryn Fisher.
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have loved you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you,” he says.
I sling my arms around his neck and he bends down till our noses are touching.
“I’m your style, English,” he says, kissing the corner of my mouth and then my lips. His kiss lingers for too long and I hit him on the chest with my fist.
“Oh my God, David. Now’s not the time to write a bloody song!”
I loved the unpredictability in the dialogs. Every scene had something that surprised me and every little thing felt special. Every conversation was real, genuine, raw, honest, and full of emotions. They didn’t only speak to me but had me feeling as if I were the one who was saying and experiencing it. The dialogs made me connect with the heroine even though I didn’t agree with her at times. This was a new feeling for me since I always have a hard time connecting with the characters that annoy the hell out of me.
Moreover, David is one of my favorite heroes. You can feel his love for her in every little thing that seemed not special. His actions spoke louder than any words could have ever been said. The level of his acceptance and understanding for her was AWESOME. He loves her with all her flaws even though she doesn’t make it easy for him most of the time.
“You don’t have to be enough for me or anyone. I love you as you are. I don’t want you to ever feel pressured to be something for me. That takes the ease out of real love.”
The writing itself is, hands down, a five star for me. There were no competition or something to compare with whatsoever. However, despite my obsession with the writing, some things did bother me.
I was not impressed with the characters during their separation. I understood the reasons behind the acts, but I thought the characters could have chosen to do things differently. There were more reasonable choices to take that would have saved the heartaches they were feeling, the difficult situation they were in, and the level of my frustration. The second part of the story was, honestly, very exhausting to read. The feelings they still said they still had to each other sometimes didn’t match the choices they made. The length of their separation and the things that had since happened shouldn’t have happened had, at least, one of them done something for it. I appreciated the angst but wasn’t wowed by it. It left me feeling sad and a little bit unsatisfied at the end.
The last but not least was that I would have liked the ending to be longer. There was not enough time for me to reconnect with them as a couple since the ending was too rushed. While I loved that it covered the important issue the heroine had had for years and finally gave room for her to grow, I was missing the connection the main characters had used to have. I wanted to feel it after the roller coaster they both had been riding for a long time.
Overall, despite my issues, this is still an unputdownable love story with fantastic writing and unique characters every romance junkie should not miss. If you are a fan of Tarryn Fisher’s writing, you must know what I mean. However, if you aren’t familiar with hers yet, please grab this book now! 😀
“I’ve loved you for five years and out of those five years we’ve had maybe six months of uninterrupted happiness. The rest has been me loving you from a distance. I can and will keep doing that if you don’t give me a choice. I am committed to loving you. I’m just a simple man who fell in love with a complex woman.”