2017 is already off to a mostly great year for me reading-wise. I devoured Paper Princess by Erin Watt earlier this week (review to come on Friday) and this "WIR"-Wednesday I'm starting...
The Architect of Song (Haunted Hearts Legacy #1) by A.G. Howard
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.
Why I Chose This Book / What I Think So Far:
I first heard of this book last summer when Wendy Higgins and AG Howard both released their self-published debut NA novels (Unknown for Wendy Higgins and of course The Architect of Song for AG Howard). At the time I hadn't read anything by AG Howard, then later in the fall I read and loved Splintered and an ARC of RoseBlood, so I decided to add this one to my TBR list. Luckily for me, I received The Architect of Song for Christmas and I've been dying to jump into it. I'm not that far in yet but already I can tell this is a book I'm really going to like.