I received this book at no cost from the publisherThe Architect of Song (Haunted Hearts Legacy, #1) by A.G. Howard
Published by Golden Orb Press on August 15th 2016
Title: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG
HE ARCHITECT OF SONG
Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: A.G. Howard
Formats: Paperback, eBook
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.
For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.
To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.
International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.
New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.
Juliet has just lost her mother and her father passed when she was a child from mumps which caused her to go deaf. She can still pass for hearing by reading lips and speaks softly, so no one really knows except her uncle. After her mother’s funeral, she follows a man to a grave where she finds an exquisite flower and pulls it from the earth. After pricking her finger on a thorn, she begins to imagine that the man is there with her and she can hear him and music. She can see, hear and touch this man but he seems to vanish at will.
Lord Thornton has designs on her estate and now that her mother has passed, he is pressing her uncle for a sale. He also has designs on Juliet. Juliet, never having the attention of males, finds herself with two unreal suitors. I did find myself wanting to page ahead to find out what happens a bit more quickly than the passing. Overall, this is a wonderfully romantic story as only Howard can write. She brings you right into a new, but familiar, world easily and with beautiful dialogue. This is best for mature teens since there are sexual situations but they are nicely crafted.
About A.G. Howard
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
All tour prizes (INTL):
2 – signed The Architect of Song paperbacks
3 – The Architect of Song e-books
1 – heart locket necklace
1 – Architect of Song poster
1 – faux leather journal
1 – 5X7 musical print
3 – The Architect of Song swag packs
1 – LitCube surprise box
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