Nocturne

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From the bestselling authors of In The Stillness and The Last Hour, a new story of forbidden love and second chances.

"What are you asking me?" she cried.

"I want you to have an affair with me."

The words fell into the room, suddenly silencing everything around us. She stared at me, her lower lip barely trembling.

Savannah Marshall is a gifted flutist and daughter of musical ...

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Overview

From the bestselling authors of In The Stillness and The Last Hour, a new story of forbidden love and second chances.

"What are you asking me?" she cried.

"I want you to have an affair with me."

The words fell into the room, suddenly silencing everything around us. She stared at me, her lower lip barely trembling.

Savannah Marshall is a gifted flutist and daughter of musical royalty when she enrolls in the elite New England Conservatory of Music. Brilliant, eclectic and passionate, she lives music, but struggles with her plans for the future.

Gregory Fitzgerald is one of the most renowned cellists of his generation. A member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Conservatory, he is laser focused on his career to the exclusion of friends, family and especially romance.

When Gregory and Savannah's paths cross in the classroom, it threatens to challenge more than their wildly differing beliefs on music. Friendships, ethics, and careers are put on the line as Gregory and Savannah play a symphony of passion and heartbreak.

In the final movement, Gregory and Savannah are handed their greatest challenge, as the loss of absolutely everything they've held as truth hangs in the balance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989868822
  • Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/2013
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Randall
Andrea Randall is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University and currently lives in Western Massachusetts with her family.

I started writing poetry long before writing fiction. I firmly believe Poetry is a solid foundation for all other forms of writing. It taught me that a single word can make or break the world. I write fiction because my characters have a story and they want me to tell it.

Charles Sheehan-Miles
Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the Thompson Sisters and America's Future series.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Fantastic

    This is a terrific book about love and music, both beautifully intertwined. What impressed me the most was that the words flew like music so you are slowly transported into the characters' music and emotional worlds. What a terrific writing style. And I was even more impressed by the fact that the book was written by two authors. I love the Thompson sisters series by Charles Sheehan-Miller, so I was not surprised about this high quality of writing and character development. I am definitely going to read other books by the female author. The best piece of the book is the heroine, with her raw talent, free spirit, and unselfish heart. The guy was quite selfish at times, but the authors managed to make the reader see him through her eyes and keep the connection. This is a beautiful story of love and lost opportunities, but with the happy ending that true love always deserves. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    My favorite book!

    Loved this book. Hated for the story to end.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    First, I must say that this book contains the most beautiful wri

    First, I must say that this book contains the most beautiful writing I have ever read. The writing is flawless and mesmerizing. This is my first book of both these authors, and definitely not my last.

    As the synopsis reveals, this story is about a music teacher, Gregory Fitzgerald and a student, Savannah Marshall. This is not your typical student teacher romance. This is so much more. It’s much deeper than that. Gregory’s first encounter with Savannah is during her audition for the New England Conservatory. She plays the flute. Gregory is a renowned cello player that also happens to be a faculty member. From the moment he sees her there is a connection. Music is a huge part of the story. Gregory is not your average 30 something year old. He takes music very seriously, and puts it above love, relationships, a social life. However, when he sees Savannah play, he learns that his heart beats for something else besides music, her.

    “I caught my breath because it was as if she was speaking to me in a private language only we knew. The room had narrowed, only the two of us, and the music between us.”

    “Music is communication. It’s emotion. It’s passion and love and hate and expression."

    Gregory ends up taking over a class, when his colleague is no longer able to teach it. Of course Savannah is enrolled in this course. Once she learns who is taking over the class, she is not happy. Ever since her audition, Savannah has felt this connection to Gregory as well. The intimate way they are so passionate about music not only explains their deep connection, but it allows the reader to understand them as individuals. 

    Throughout the semester, Savannah and Gregory clash in class regarding assignments, papers, music, etc. Their hot tempered situations indicate the passion and the frustration regarding the feelings they have about each other. As I mentioned before, do not go into this thinking this is some affair between a student and his teacher. As much as they love each other, they constantly deny their feelings.

    “You’re in love with him, Savannah.”

    “I know,” I whispered, covering my mouth to silence the clamor of my tears. I knew. I was in love with him. And it was a horrible mistake.

    As the story moves forward, things change. Mistakes are made, hearts are broken. But, in the end it was all worth it. Love is hard and can be a journey This book attests to that. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a love story that goes beyond the surface. It’s a love that many may not understand, but will feel. This beautifully written book will stay with me for awhile. I would love to see more Savannah and Gregory.

    “You’re my heart, Savannah. Not in it. Not a part of it. I’m consumed by you. Obsessed by you. I need you in my life any way I can have you.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    I could not put this book down! I really love the writing styles

    I could not put this book down! I really love the writing styles of Andrea Randall and Charles Sheehan-Miles, so I was excited to read a book that the two of them wrote together. I was not disappointed at all, in fact I absolutely loved this book! The writing was seamless, I really forgot as I was reading that the book was written by two authors, the story and writing styles flowed so well together. I am not a musician (though I love classical music) but I was so drawn to the descriptions of the music in the story as well as the emotions of the characters and how the music tied everything together. I love books that draw you in and take you into the characters lives and make you feel like a part of the storyline. Nocturne does this. I was so drawn to these characters, their lives, their emotions, their music. Nocturne is a book that should absolutely be on your to-be-read-asap-list! If you haven't purchased it yet, go do it now! You won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    I enjoyed thid I enjoyed this book!

    A good read! A little drawn out, but i enjoyed it!

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Let me start off my saying that I feel like I got to watch t





    Let me start off my saying that I feel like I got to watch this book grow. I have had the privilege of being in Andrea and Charles’ Facebook groups for the past 6 months and have witnessed the melding of minds. It is a beautiful thing! I stumbled across these authors at the beginning of the year, and completely devoured each of their books. Although I’m sure it isn’t the case, their writing just translates as effortless. That is the best way I can think to describe it. Whether they are writing separately, or together, you become aware quickly that this is literary genius. You are there in the story, right alongside the characters, living in their world. You are taken for a ride, your heart a little dented, and if you are lucky, put back together again.

    ~ You think music is this heartless engineering construct made of nothing but notes and rhythms pasted together by architects. It is not. Music is communications. It’s emotion. It’s passion and love and hate and expression.

    In their first joint venture, Andrea and Charles tell the story of Savannah and Gregory. Savannah is a musical protégé, entering into her first year at a prestigious music conservatory. Gregory, a few years her senior, is a professor at the school, as well as a cello protégé himself.  Right off the bat, Gregory see something special in Savannah’s talent, though he would never admit it. 

    ~ Music gave life beauty. Music spoke the language of the human spirit for all to hear and understand.

    Savannah understand quite proficiently how powerful music is. How it is imbedded in every fiber of your being. She doesn’t view it as science, more so fluidity. She challenges Gregory at every turn, and as you will see throughout the book, he is a stubborn arse. 

    ~ He was living music and didn’t even know it. Tragic.

    What I love about Savannah is that she doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She calls him on everything, and stands up for what she believes in. She may not know what she wants yet, or how she is going to get there, but she believes in herself. 

    ~ I wanted her. Savannah Marshall was dangerous.
    ~ I knew, I was in love with him. And it was a horrible mistake.

    We are treated to dual POV’s in this book, and I LOVE it! It is very refreshing to know what is going on in the minds of both characters. And even though you are laced with that information, you still have so many questions and frustrations with them. They love each other. That is all that matters. Right?

    ~ I knew if I didn’t blink then the tears couldn’t fall, and he couldn’t watch my heart breaking all the way down my cheeks. But, we all have to blink sometimes.

    Life isn’t always so black and white, cut and dry. Love throws us curveballs, but sometimes we throw them ourselves. Gregory is truly his own worst enemy. Will he finally wake up and trust his heart? 

    ~I was lost to her in that moment, and I never wanted to find my way out of that hole. 

    This story was truly phenomenal! I went into it with high expectations because I love these authors so much, and I most definitely was NOT disappointed. This is a story you will want to go back and read over time. It flows and ebbs and there is never a dull moment. There are strong relationships, friendships, loves, losses, grief, and bouts of happiness. But these two authors have wrapped it all in one place. I cannot wait to see what comes next from them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Amazing story of love lost and found. Heartwrenching but well worth reading. Has HEA. Loved it!!!

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    Posted January 4, 2014

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