Eloquent Silence

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This favorite of Sandra Brown fans was first published in 1982 and has been out of print since 1987. A lovely young teacher of the deaf has invested everything in her career to fight loneliness and the pain of her past. When the hearing-impaired daughter of a widowed soap opera heartthrob becomes her pupil, all their lives change--and open to the possibility of becoming a family.

This favorite of Sandra Brown fans was first published in 1982 and has been out of print...

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Overview

This favorite of Sandra Brown fans was first published in 1982 and has been out of print since 1987. A lovely young teacher of the deaf has invested everything in her career to fight loneliness and the pain of her past. When the hearing-impaired daughter of a widowed soap opera heartthrob becomes her pupil, all their lives change--and open to the possibility of becoming a family.

This favorite of Sandra Brown fans was first published in 1982 and has been out of print since 1987. A lovely young teacher of the deaf has invested everything in her career to fight loneliness and the pain of her past. When the hearing-impaired daughter of a widowed soap opera heartthrob becomes her pupil, all their lives change--and open to the possibility of becoming a family. Reissue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446360517
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 150,785
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of sixty New York Times bestsellers, including TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), ENVY (2001), THE SWITCH (2000), THE ALIBI (1999), UNSPEAKABLE (1998) and FAT TUESDAY (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot. Brown now has over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.

Biography

In 1979, Sandra Brown lost her job at a television program and decided to give writing a try. She bought an armful of romance novels and writing books, set up a typewriter on a card table and wrote her first novel. Harlequin passed but Dell bit, and Brown was off and writing, publishing her works under an assortment of pseudonyms.

From such modest beginnings, Brown has evolved into multimillion publishing empire of one, the CEO of her own literary brand; she towers over the landscape of romantic fiction. Brown has used her growing clout to insist her publishers drop the bosom-and-biceps covers and has added more intricate subplots, suspense, and even unhappy endings to her work. The result: A near-constant presence on The New York Times bestsellers list. In 1992, she had three on the list at the same time, joining that exclusive club of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steel.

Her work in the mainstream realm has taken her readers into The White House, where the president's newborn dies mysteriously; the oil fields and bedrooms of a Dallas-like family dynasty; and the sexual complications surrounding an investigation into an evangelist's murder. Such inventions have made her a distinct presence in a crowded genre.

"Brown is perhaps best known now for her longer novels of romantic suspense. The basic outline for these stories has passionate love, lust, and violence playing out against a background of unraveling secrets and skeletons jumping out of family closets," wrote Barbara E. Kemp in the book Twentieth-Century Romance & Historical Writers . Kemp also praises Brown's sharp dialogue and richly detailed characters. "However, her greatest key to success is probably that she invites her readers into a fantasy world of passion, intrigue, and danger," she wrote. "They too can face the moral and emotional dilemmas of the heroine, safe in the knowledge that justice and love will prevail."

Critics give her points for nimble storytelling but are cooler to her "serviceable prose," in the words of one Publishers Weekly reviewer. Still, when writing a crack page-turner, the plot's the thing. A 1992 New York Times review placed Brown among a group of a writers "who have mastered the art of the slow tease."

Staggeringly prolific, Brown found her writing pace ground to a halt when she was given a different assignment. A magazine had asked her for an autobiographical piece, and it took her months to complete. Her life in the suburbs, though personally fulfilling, was nonetheless blander than fiction. That may be why she dives into her fiction writing with such workhorse gusto. "I love being the bad guy," she told Publishers Weekly in 1995, "simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up. I made straight A's and never got into any trouble, and I still impose those standards on myself. So writing is my chance to escape and become the sleaziest, scummiest role."

When she started writing, her goal was always to break out of the parameters of romance. After about 45 romances, the woman who counts Tennessee Williams and Taylor Caldwell among her influences told The New York Times that felt she had reached a plateau. In fact, she doesn't even look at her books as romances anymore. "I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated," she said. "They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. Each book is a stretch for me, and I try something interesting each time that males will like as well as women."

Good To Know

  • "I hate to exercise and only do so because I absolutely must."

  • "I love to eat and my favorite foods are all bad for the body. Fried chicken and gravy, TexMex, red meat (hey, I'm from Texas!). My only saving grace is that I'm not that fond of sweets. Salty is my thing. Chocolate cake and ice cream I can skip. But a bag of Fritos. . ."

  • "It takes me a long time to go to sleep, usually because I read in bed and hate to put down the book. But when I do nod off, I'm a champion sleeper. I can easily do eight or nine hours a night."

  • "My worst "thing" is mean-spirited people. People who deliberately belittle or embarrass someone really irk me. The people I admire most are the ones who find something good about even the most undesirable individual. That was a quality my mother had, the one I hope most to emulate."

  • "I have a fear of gravity. Recently my whole family went to Belize. We had several adventures. We tubed a river through miles of cave, wearing head lamps so we'd have illumination. No problem. I scaled Mayan ruins. I rode horseback (on a monster named Al Capone) through the rain forest. No problem. But I couldn't zip line. Even though my five-year-old grandsons did it with glee, I just couldn't make that leap."

  • "I and my husband are huge fans of Jeopardy! We never miss it if we can help it. Does that make us complete dorks?"

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      1. Also Known As:
        Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
      2. Hometown:
        Arlington, TX
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 12, 1948
      2. Place of Birth:
        Waco, Texas
      1. Education:
        Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 20, 2003

      good but not her best

      I have to admit that after reading Thurday's child, my 1st and favorite book by S. Brown I have been reading quite a lot from her. And in all sincerity, this is not her best work. I got fed up with both main characters. He is too arrogant, and she put's up with him more than she should. Though the ending is pretty good. but once again it's not my favorite book from her.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 17, 2014

      Lilybreeze

      A white she-cat in a heat padded in. ~Lilybreeze (result 2? Please? I'll be waiting there)

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 17, 2014

      Bird

      No please stay

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 18, 2014

      Sunleap

      He sighed looking at her "your so helpless."

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 1, 2014

      Very short story. 185 pages. Not up to Sandra Browns usual in

      Very short story. 185 pages. Not up to Sandra Browns usual inventive storylines. First of her books to be a bore.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 19, 2014

      First time disappointed!

      I can barely get thru this one and I am a long long time fan of sandra brown. Part of the issue is it is obviously dated but it is not necessarily able to translate to modern day. I didn't feel any connection to either way character and da Lauri was in my opinion A weak female lead which is unusual for the author. Drake was not as charming as I believe he was intended. Well I don't mind an arrogant male lead I felt that his character was not necessarily redeemable and Lauries character was too simpering and old fashioned in a non chic way. I am shocked because I have never had a bad sandra brown book. Premise was there and had so much potential.

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    • Posted May 6, 2014

      *I received a complimentary copy of Eloquent Silence in exchange

      *I received a complimentary copy of Eloquent Silence in exchange for an honest review.

      I read Eloquence Silence right after Love’s Encore. I’m glad I did because I really liked this book! I really enjoy celebrity romance reads and this one has a soap opera star as the hero. The Lauri is a teacher for deaf children and is thrown for a loop when she discovers who her new student’s parent is. Drake is a the hottest soap opera star right now and the widowed parent to a young deaf daughter, Jennifer. He wants to hire a private tutor for his struggling daughter and when he sees Lauri for the first time on his set, he sets his sights on her. Lauri and Drake agree to meet for dinner (at the Russian Tea Room), their personalities clash and Lauri wants nothing to do with this arrogant man. But because Drake is so charming, (picture Lorenzo Lamas with a mustache) he convinces Lauri to work with his daughter. He moves them both from New York City to a small town in New Mexico so Jennifer can being the tough process of learning sign language.

      The plot and character development in Eloquent Silence is really great! Drake is struggling to raise a disabled daughter by himself and Jennifer is not communicating properly. Lauri is a wonderful teacher and almost immediately bonds with Jennifer when they move to New Mexico. Sandra develops their relationship with great back and forth banter between Drake and Lauri. And the scenes between Jennifer, Lauri, and Drake are sweet. Drake’s back story in this book is heartbreaking and it serves as a reason explaining why Drake is so set against falling in love again. The plot twist in this book is similar to Love’s Encore, but this time is seems a little more plausible. Lauri’s back story is equally heartbreaking and descriptive. These are two damaged people who are afraid to open their hearts.

      The sex scenes in this book are pretty steamy! Drake is bold with his affection and Lauri loves it, even when she finds herself pulling back from him. Drake has already told Lauri that he refuses to love again. And since this is 1982, old-fashioned expectations for relationships exist and Lauri refuses to break these rules. But she can’t resist Drake and falls for him and his sexy self!

      I really really liked Eloquent Silence. Even thought it was written in 1982, the story has a timeless feel even with some dated things here and there. I loved that this book was set in New Mexico, my home state. The secondary characters are well written and I found myself interested in their story lines as well. In my humble opinion, if Sandra re-edited this book for today, I believe it would be a bestseller! I give Eloquent Silence 4 out of 5 stars!

      Written by Dee McGee - Booze, Bookz, and Bad Boyz

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    • Posted February 29, 2012

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      Eloquent Silence by Sandra Brown
      Laurie has agreed to teach his daughter at his home and take her out of the institution she was placed in because he couldn't do it all himself an be a soap opera actor.
      She, at dinner, tells Drake about her husband and never wants to talk about it again.
      Jennifer is the little girl and they try many things to get her to open up and understand although she is deaf.
      She knows she can't love him because he's still in love with his ex-wife.
      The girls have traveled to the family home in New Mexico and is a very nice 2 story chalet type house. Mountains on one side and very spacious rooms.
      She becomes friends with the woman next door and her two small children.
      He surprised her in the bathtub by showing up, he went to make a meal for them and she went to get dressed.
      They are surprised when her parents come to visit and stay for a few days, at his house.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 7, 2001

      Heart-breaking

      Everything about this story touched me. It was so endearing that I actually cried at some places.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 9, 2000

      Rating

      This book was GREAT! It was so hard to put it down. I rarely put it down. Sandra Brown is the best author, and Eloquent Silence was the best book I have ever read.

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