The Architect of Song

The Architect of Song

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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+

Publisher: [Amarillo, TX] : Golden Orb Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9780997687415
Branch Call Number: RF HOWARD
Characteristics: 431 pages ; 22 cm


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May 07, 2018

This book is a 4.5. If it wasn't for that bath tub scene midway through... It would have been a full 5.

All in all,this book is beautiful. It took me so long to finish it due to work, but I'm so glad I got my hands on it again and finished it. I was able to go through the emotions of the characters this way. I was able to go through the story with an open mind, as I had no reviews sitting at the forefront of my mind. And it was gorgeous.

I have always loved the writing style of A.G Howard, as she has this innate ability to really describe a scene, a character, an object, and make it stand out in the minds of her readers. For instance, when she describes the flower; one can practically smell the petals and see their glittery pattern.

The book is not without its faults. The possessiveness of Hawk, the fact that he staked claim over Juliet's body like she was his to view as a trophy on a shelf; for him to gawk at like she belonged to him.... It bothered me. If anyone has read Splintered... Jeb. Hawk is worse than Jeb when it comes to the possessiveness over the female protagonist. It's uncomfortable, it's demeaning, and I personally don't believe it belonged in this kind of story. It's my opinion, but that was the one HUGE flaw in the book.

I can't wait to read Hummingbird Heart. I feel like I've stumbled upon a new obsession.


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