Transcendence by Shay Savage (Review)

May 8, 2014 Book Reviews 3 ★★★★½

Transcendence by Shay Savage (Review)Transcendence by Shay Savage
Published by Independent on Feb 13 2014
Pages: 312
Format: ebook
Source: Loaned
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It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

I didn’t expect to like this book; I won’t lie, I thought I would hate it when I read the blurb. A caveman romance with a modern girl? Come on! Puh-leeze! How would that even work? Slowly, however I saw trusted reviewers rave about the story, the emotion, THE FEELS and I thought “huh”…so I gave it a try.

My heart…

My black heart has melted into a puddle of goo. This was such an amazing, sweet, beautiful romance, I can barely put into words how wonderful it was but I shall try!

Ehd lives alone, a caveman without a tribe. Intelligent and strong, he longs for companionship to help face the long winters and hard work. One day he hears a strange screaming coming from one of his hunting pits. There lies a young woman in unfamiliar clothing, making garbled sounds and crying. Ehd is delighted, he has found a mate to take care of, to work with and have children with. His new “mate” however is terrified, she can’t figure out why she is in this strange place and the more she talks to Ehd, the more confused he becomes at her strange sounds. Despite the lack of understanding, Ehd and his new mate “Beh” must learn to work together to survive and slowly they discover that communication can happen in more ways than one.

After reading so many New Adult books filled with “heroes” who sleep around, are borderline abusive, play mind games; to meet a man like Ehd…I swooned and swooned hard. Kind, hard-working, his only thought to provide for his mate, to love her, raise children with her and protect her from harm from a welcome change.

This is a story about love, trust and humanity at its most primal level. As Ehd and Beh slowly get to know each other, as Beh teaches Ehd how to treat her with the care and respect she needs to be safe, as he teaches her how to survive, we see how two people from different worlds, different customs, backgrounds can strip away their preconceptions and transcend them to become truly equal and connected on every level.

A book with little to no dialogue and yet in spite of this we know every emotion that is conveyed, every conversation and action that is shared between this unlikely couple. Shay Savage does a wonderful job of ensuring the reader is right there with Ehd and Beh and we slowly but surely fall in love with their unique relationship just as they do with each other.

I loved how their story of love and hope developed and the message of what is at the heart of human relationships and communication when all the trappings of modernity, social media, Google and three day texting rules are stripped away.

A book filled with love, heart, and emotion that is truly memorable, Transcendence is very special and I highly recommend.

 

Danielle

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