Title: The Architect of Song
Author: A.G. Howard
Date of Publication: August 15th, 2016
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.
Juliet has lived most of her life without hearing and has just lost her mother. While at the grave site she discovers a man enraged at a grave to which she discovers a very unusual flower that she has to dig up and take home with her. When she touches the petals a ghost of a man appears.
She is to be betrothed to Lord Thornton who she has hated but never met because she thinks he just wanted the estate. She goes to his estate and discovers a whirlwind of things and tries to learn what happened to her new ghost friend. Along the way emotions form and new deceptions arise.
I absolutely loved this book, and I loved the Gothic atmosphere set within. I really liked Juliet and the fact that she was deaf yet strong and determined to get answers. There was a lot of mystery here and sometimes I thought I knew what what was going on, and sometimes I was wrong and sometimes I was right.
A.G. Howard’s writing was on point here. I loved the flow and the sensual moments that were not over the top between characters. There was a love triangle of sorts here and to me it was odd, but I can push that to the side, but I did love both of the characters. I was very fond of Juliet’s romance with one of them!
I normally don’t read any books with ghosts because I hate most of them, but the story was just so good, and I really liked the gypsy aspects wound within the story as well.
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