on February 14th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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ItÔÇÖs 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 doesnÔÇÖt have the ability to comprehend language?
EhdÔÇÖs a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. HeÔÇÖs strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, itÔÇÖs obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesnÔÇÖt know where she came from; sheÔÇÖs wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, heÔÇÖs determined to fulfill his purpose in life ÔÇô provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.
Elizabeth doesnÔÇÖt know where she is or exactly how she got there. SheÔÇÖs confused and distressed by her predicament, and thereÔÇÖs a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. SheÔÇÖs not at all interested in EhdÔÇÖs primitive advances, and she just canÔÇÖt seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant ÔÇô and often hilarious ÔÇô 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’m ruined. Ruined for all future book boyfriends because no one will ever compare to Ehd. And no book will compare to “Transcendence” by Shay Savage as this was by far the sweetest, most romantic book I’ve ever read. It was funny, original beyond words, heart-warming and sexy. This story was like a warm, fuzzy blanket for the heart and soul. A love story of epic proportions.
Never before did I wish so badly to live in a story and even days later I’m still not over it.
I’ve never read anything that made me smile and swoon so much.
I feel like I should go back and reevaluate all my former ratings, because this set the new standard.
Honestly, when I first heard about this book I couldn’t imagine liking it.
A story about a caveman who finds a young woman and they have to find a way to get along didn’t seem all that appealing. But I like trying new things, reading things outside of my usual genres. Boy, am I glad I read this one.
Because there is so much to this story. So much beauty, wisdom and love in it.
It took me all of two lines and I was a goner.
Ehd, a caveman finds a young woman in the trap he dug. Having been alone for a long time after losing his tribe, he’s excited to have someone around – a potential mate. Problem is, she’s strange. She’s nothing like the women in his tribe. She makes weird sounds, doesn’t want to mate and is obsessed with cleanliness.
Faced with the challenges and dangers of prehistoric times and an inability to communicate, Ehd and Elizabeth soon have to find a way to work together and find ways to make up for the lack of spoken language.
This leads to many laugh-out-loud moments, but also to ones that are so tender and full of love that they melted my heart. It was reduced to a gooey puddle – all thanks to Ehd.
If anyone would have told me before this book that I’d fall irrevocably in love with a caveman, I would have laughed.
But I couldn’t resist Ehd’s charm. This character has a special place in my heart. And he makes the term ‘caveman’ a compliment, instead of an insult.
He might be a caveman and unable to talk, but it doesn’t make him stupid. He’s smart and quickly picks up on things and learns new stuff. All the while, he’s sweet, funny, so incredibly loving and caring, and very confused by the strange woman in his life. His inner musings made me laugh a lot, realizing that’s how man probably still often feel and think.
He’s uncomplicated, but not simple. He is just so, so very special.
Even Elizabeth aka Beh recognizes that early on. I must admit, she adjusts fairly quickly to her new surroundings and to Ehd. While she faces the challenges her new life has to offer, she is the perfect mix of demanding and giving, loving and strict. She teaches Ehd a lot of new things, but also learns from him in return. Seeing her through Ehd’s eyes – she clearly is a loving, nurturing and smart woman.
As the seasons pass, we get to watch her grow and we get to watch their relationship morph into something beautiful.
Shay Savage has created a story of unparalleled beauty and originality. It’s a bold move to write a book without any real dialogue, but she managed to let the characters’ actions speak so much louder than words ever could. With no conversations, the communication between Ehd and Beh is deeper, more tender and more profound.
This gives the characters and story so much more depth and intensity.
Savage not shying away from less sexy moments between Beh and Ehd allowed the story to feel real and to show the characters’ beautiful personalities.
I felt so many things reading this and I’m completely and utterly in awe.
I’ve never read a more beautiful love story than this.
And the ending is probably the most genius book ending ever.
If you haven’t realized it yet – yes, you should totally read this book.
In the meantime, I’ll be sitting here, staring into space and reliving the story in my head.
6 there’s-no-rating-worthy-of-this-book stars.
~Review by Paula