Unspoken Love series by H.P. Davenport ~ Sarah A’s Review

Two lives…as close to perfect as they can be.

Camryn Townsend has everything she’s always dreamed of…an amazing family, supportive friends, and the perfect job. Everything a girl could want. Or is it? A trip back to her childhood home threatens to unravel her web of perfection.

Her problem…she’s in love with her best friend and she’s too scared to sacrifice their friendship for a love she’s always wanted.

Jamie Banks’ life is the epitome of perfection. His company is thriving, his band is on the cusp of stardom, and the girl he loves is returning home.

His problem…the girl he loves has been his best friend for as long as he can remember and he’s not sure he’s ready to sacrifice his best friend for a lover. Pursuing a relationship with the possibility of losing her has him second-guessing everything he knows.

Unspoken words are the only thing standing in their way.

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Unspoken Promises are worse than lies.

Morgan Kennedy and Lincoln Gates have been in love since high school. Their friends have envied their devotion to not only each other, but also the life they’ve made together. From the outside looking in, their relationship is perfect. One mirrored of fairytales. But behind the door, Morgan isn’t feeling as fulfilled as she once did. She wants more. She wants the glass slipper and the happily ever after.

What Lincoln and Morgan don’t anticipate is that a horrific event is about to make them second-guess their wants.

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Once upon a time, a boy met a girl.
The boy liked the girl.
Years later, the boy fell in love with the girl.
Lucky for him, the girl fell in love with the boy, too.
Soon after, the boy asked the girl to marry him.
Seconds later, the girl said yes.

Now Camryn and Jamie are set to walk down the aisle, but first, all the traditions must play out. They’re not alone for the ride. The entire gang is there to wish them well.

They vow to love each other now and forever. To live happily ever after because vows are never meant to be broken… even Unspoken Vows.

*This is a Novella*

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I’d heard great things about this book from an author I love.  I’d been hesitant to pick it up because the blurb didn’t appeal to me.  It seemed too cutesy and sweet for my personal preferences.  The cover also screamed ‘Beach Read’ to me, and those types of lighter fair just aren’t my cup of tea.  Eventually, I picked up the book when it was on a free promo, and I’m glad I did.  The cover and blurb don’t do the serious tone or heavy themes in the book justice.

Unspoken Words is the first book in H.P. Davenport’s Unspoken Love series.  The story is complete and can be read as a standalone if you don’t want to continue the series.  The secondary characters are pretty endearing, so I have a feeling after you read one, you’ll want to continue with the others.  The book is written in dual first person POV, by Camryn and Jamie.

Unspoken Words is a best friends to lovers romance with a heavy layer of trauma added in to push the characters into a place where they had to find their inner strength.  I loved how Ms. Davenport used such a tragic situation to move her characters forward and see the truth of what they wanted and needed from one another.  She relayed the event and its aftermath in a way that felt real.  I appreciated that Camryn’s struggle and recovery was heavily covered in the book.

I have a couple of wishes for this book.  The first, it needs to be re-edited.  There were a lot of minor editing issues – typos, plural/possessive swaps – and a few continuity and echoing instances that need to be addressed.  I also wish the first few chapters were more solid, I can’t imagine how hard it is to set the tone for a new book (or series), but the beginning of this book felt awkward and forced.

This is the first H.P. Davenport book I’ve read.  Despite the few issues I found with this book, I found her to be a compelling storyteller.  She made me feel deeply for her characters, and I want to know more about the secondary characters.  I’m sure with time and practice she’ll be a fantastic author, and I hope to have the opportunity to witness her growth as an author.


I had such high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to them.  The best part of the book, the part full of hope and healing, was too rushed in favor of drawing out the strife and discord between Morgan and Lincoln.  If the book had either been longer, to focus on that part of their relationship, or the back and forth at the beginning had been shorter this book could have been excellent – the storyline was full of potential.

Unspoken Promises is book 2 of H.P. Davenport’s Unspoken Love series.  It can be read as a standalone, as it focuses on a different couple than books 1 and 3. These books are all interconnected, the couples are all part of the same friend group, so there are references to the other books in the series in this book.  Unspoken Promises is written in dual first person POV, by Morgan and Lincoln.

I loved the bones of this book.  The major plot points were all things that appeal to me in a novel.  I could see where Ms. Davenport was going with the story and it had the potential to be a fascinating and powerful story.  Morgan and Lincoln had a lot to work through and even more to keep them focused on fighting for their relationship.

The characters redeemed Unspoken Promises for me.  Morgan and Lincoln, along with the secondary characters, are highly sympathetic.  Even when I was having issues with the writing and specific directions the book was taking, I felt compelled to continue reading because I cared so deeply for the characters.  I felt invested in them and making sure they found their happily ever after.

This book, like its predecessor, needs to be re-edited.  There are several grammatical and spelling issues, as well as a handful of continuity issues.  If those weren’t present, I could have easily rated this book higher.  I also wish Ms. Davenport would have focused more time and page space on the last several chapters of this book, as I felt like the couple’s reconciliation and healing from the tragedies they suffered was glossed over too quickly when balanced with the conflict of the first three-quarters, or so, of the novel.

Over the course of the last two days, I’ve read all of H.P. Davenport’s published works.  It’s evident she has the potential to be a great storyteller. However, she needs a stronger editorial team behind her.  I’m not privy to what her process looks like – or if she’s getting the information and not using it – but if her books are gone through with a more critical eye they will easily rise from mediocre books to powerful works with meaningful messages.


I have a hard time reviewing novellas.  It always feels like there either isn’t enough story to form an opinion of or there is too much story to be told in so few pages and a lot of important information is glossed over.  As far as novellas go, this one is pretty good.  There isn’t much action or conflict; it’s just a feel-good account of Jamie and Camryn’s wedding and the events that lead up to it.

Unspoken Vows is the third book in H.P. Davenport’s Unspoken Love series.  It is a novella and can be read after book one, rather than waiting until you’ve finished book two, as it focuses on Jamie and Camryn, rather than another couple.  It is written in dual first person POV in Jamie and Cami’s voices.

Unspoken Vows was a quick, sweet read.  It was fun getting to walk through all the wedding events with Jamie and Camryn and see how much more they kept falling in love.  My hands-down favorite part(s) of this novella was the letters – especially those from Cami’s Nana – they added a great, deeply heart-warming layer to the book.

If you’re a novella person – if you love having an extra glimpse into the lives of a couple after their implied happily ever after – Unspoken Vows is perfect for you.  I don’t feel like it’s necessary to the understanding of the rest of the series, but it’s a fun way to spend an hour or so.

H.P. Davenport grew up in Philadelphia, graduated from Temple University, and is currently living in southern New Jersey. She is a paralegal by day, romance genius by night! When she’s not tending to her furry children and her handsome husband, H.P. Davenport is seamlessly carving beautiful stories from her mind in her comfy PJs.

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