Clay Saxton Author of The Branches Between Us. Is about to meet the books biggest fan. What begins as a business proposal, set's in motion a connection neither can deny in To Whom It May Concern.
"He'd never heard anything like him, he never saw anything like him. Him, surrounded in warm skin, he was a reason to wake up, to breathe, to feel"
A.M. Johnson is an automatic buy author for me. There is just something about her writing that I love. Her stories are so fluid, flowing effortlessly, each character is so well developed and builds a rapport with the readers.
To Whom It May Concern is a sweet, zero angst, hurt/comfort short story.
Clay Saxton is still struggling with bereavement following the death of his parents. Whilst running The End bookshop and struggling with writers block. His life is stilted and mundane. Until he meets the cute, mustard yellow sweater wearing Syrus Albie.
Syrus, introverted and shy. He finds books easier than people and his favourite Author just so happens to be Clay, unbeknownst to the pair what starts as an awkward first meeting, transpires into a soul connecting love like no other. Fate has stepped in and brought this chance pair some light at the end of the tunnel.
"This was Clay, and his words and his long limbs and white teeth and dirty shoes and a smile that made me feel something other than black and white."
I love how A.M. Johnson allows her characters to dictate the pace of a story... Syrus is so introverted and shy, likes to overthink things and needs time to warm to things... and this story unfolds perfectly to allow that to be well represented. I love that they have so much in common and the instant connection radiates off the page, but Clay is patient and waits for Syrus to be ready for each next step...
I also appreciate that this book listens to it's characters in other ways and doesn't push them to cookie-cutter timelines or moulds... As a reader, I was brought into their world and held there with bated breath from start to finish and I wouldn't have it any other way.
If you are ready to sink into a sweet, slow love story with characters who click and can talk books for hours... you'll love To Whom It May Concern by A.M. Johnson.
To Whom It May Concern is part of a series, however it can easily be read as standalone.
Rating: 5 Stars
Let me start off by saying this is a Novella. Short, sweet, and hits those loving spots we are all searching for. I have not read anything else by this author before, so I had no clue what I was diving into (which is the best way to go anyways!) I loved Clay and Syrus.
Rating: 4 Stars