Home from college for the summer, Shay Williams has many plans. Crossing paths with her childhood crush was not on the list. Yet when Daniel Rogers, a young mute man, reappears in her life, the friendship that once blossomed between them is rekindled.
Daniel is mesmerized by this sweet girl who has a heart for deaf and mute children. But is it wrong of him to want to know her better, considering his inability? The last thing he wants to become is another charity case.
Follow these two young people through a summer of discovery as they learn valuable truths about friendship and love – a love that speaks not from the lips but from the heart.
Title: Love Needs No Words
Series (if applicable): N/A, short story
Author: Faith Potts
Publisher (if applicable): N/A, independently published (indie author)
Genre(s): Romance, Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Short Story, Fiction
Recommended Age: 12+, for romance with not-at-all detailed kisses.
I was really excited to discover Faith’s Love Needs No Words. I rarely come across any book that actually has ASL in it. Honestly I would never have read it, if not for the ASL factor, since I try to avoid books solely focused on romance. I feel like this book was different though, as it focused on the dead and the mute more.
So, some backstory for me. My dad is deaf, so I’ve grown up around the deaf community and went with dad to multiple events for the deaf including Greg Laurie’s Harvest event in Anaheim, California, as well as some church events and deaf pizza nights. I’ve probably made it obvious that I know American Sign Language to a certain point, although I’m certainly not the best interpreter ever since my shyness comes into play quite often.
I think I partially mislead myself, assuming this book would be about a deaf person but instead about a mute. I still was very impressed with the way the book was written, and I became fond of Daniel quickly. He was just this sweet guy who was attracted to Shay, but still dealing with his past emotionally. His struggles with his limitations certainly made this book more realistic, and not just some sugar-coated happy story.
Shay was a wonderful character. I was so glad she was so accepting of Daniel, and was there to support him. I’m sure some people would think that a seven year old is not likely to have a crush at “such an early age”. Think again, since they certainly can. I have no experience with this whatsoever, but I had a minor – only lasted for few days – type of crush when I was nine or ten. Although there’s some significant age difference there, I was merely a few years older than Shay when she had her crush on Daniel. I really loved how she had a soft spot for the deaf and the mute. There’s just not enough of that around, from what I’ve seen, as the focus always seems to be on some issues that I would deem less important in the world.
The story had a great pace, but I would’ve loved to see some of their moments with the children at the camp more and maybe some more closure on Stewart? I’m sure he was still being the same old pill he normally is. I also would’ve liked to see what Shay had mentioned, her mother and brother becoming more accepting of Daniel. It felt a little rushed there, but otherwise I enjoyed this story.
I think this would be a worthwhile read, even if you are not as fond of romance. The ASL aspect was intriguing!
Content Warnings: Romance (some kisses that were barely detailed, hugs, etc); some violence (getting beat up)
I received a copy of this ebook from the author (thank you so much Faith!) in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to provide a positive one. This review was written in my own words and opinions. Check out my Amazon Afflilate Link and Reviewer Disclaimer pages.