The Architect of Songby A.G. Howard
For most of her life, 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
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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, 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 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 New Adult gothic saga following the generations of one family as - haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts - they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.
Recommended for ages 16+
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"Love is inside each of us... a dormant seed. Once it has been planted, whether in the soils or the fallows, it will take root and either flourish to something beautiful and dramatic or grow dormant, content in its stasis. But there's no right or wrong season for it to bloom" Juliet Emerline was silenced from the world at the age of six when an illness took her hearing. At Nineteen, Juliet is battling a loss that has left her stricken with grief and her sanctuary of an estate is being threatened to be bought by an Architect, Lord Nicolas Thornton. While wandering the cemetery, she stumbled upon the Architect at a grave filled with rage. When he left, Juliet found an unusual flower next to grave. Curiosity got the best of her and she took it. With the beautiful flower in her hand, she gently stroked the petal and a handsome Ghost, named Hawk appeared. In purgatory, Hawk only hears one name and its Thornton. Apparently there is more to Lord Thornton than what society deems him to be. With Hawk, Juliet will help uncover the secrets of Lord Thornton but when the truth starts to unravel, who will she trust more? The Architect of Song was bloody brilliant. The writing was amazing, I love the Victorian dialect. It makes everything ten times more swoony from the banter and the flirting egads my heart! Although the book screams romance romance romance, it was so much more than that. The mystery between Lord Thornton and Hawk had me pulling out my thinking cap because whenever we received clues a huge twist happens and you're back at square one. A devastatingly beautiful story that kept me hooked from page one. Highly recommend :) "It didn't matter that I couldn't hear them. For in their silence, there was a melody, sweet and pure"
I don't know exactly where to begin, I just loved this book so much! Once again Howard has created a vivid, wonderfully complex world that I lost myself in right away. The characters were intriguing, and even with the seriousness of the story and mystery, you still get some humorous dialogue, something that is a big plus in a story for me! Juliet is a strong female character for the time period the story takes place in. She is able to get by even with being deaf, although she does need the help of her uncle. And soon, once she meets Hawke, her ghost, he also becomes her ears, and what is special about him being her ears is that she can actually hear him. He can hear her when she thinks, so she is able to talk to him and listen to him without drawing unwanted attention from the world around her. But who Hawke is and how he is connected to Juliet, as well as the things happening in her world, is a mystery with twists and turns that will keep you turning pages and unable to put the book down. Every time it seems that maybe there is an answer to what is behind all the intrigue and tragedies in the past, something else comes to light that either throws that all out the window or puts another piece into the puzzle's final image. I fell in love with Hawke, but knowing he is a ghost, and how much the author made sure we knew that there was probably not any way to bring him back, there was always that heartache as the romance developed. And then Lord Thornton. His character goes from one you don't like, to one who might be there in a manner that could only be helpful to Juliet, to even a possible romantic interest, one of true love, then back to being suspicious. In the end all of it tied up perfectly, and I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. When I went to mark the book read on Goodreads, I was extremely pleased to also note that this is a series, and that we will get to return to this world in some other aspect, even if not with this exact couple's story.