Carmen Andrews hasn't spoken for a year, not since she was viciously tortured by a psychopath. Forced into silence by the trauma, she finds a new life in a new town. As a dancer, she can get away with her silence. In her head is a mess of memories, withheld frustrations, and a host of wingless dreams. When her new psychiatrist sends her to a speech therapist to help loosen her tongue, she meets Jacob Weller.
Fresh out of graduate school, Jacob is eager to help those who are suffering from mutism and other speech and language disorders. When he meets Carmen, he finds her attractive but his high ethical standards keep him from mentioning it. But when he's blown away by another woman, his thoughts wander back to the hauntingly beautiful face of Carmen, of the emotive way she looks through him and seems to know him.
As Jacob begins to treat her, he finds himself drawn more and more to her, and even begins to confide in her about himself. As his actions border on the unprofessional, with no visible changes in Carmen, he faces an emotional and professional dilemma.
Carmen struggles with her demons and secrets... secrets that keep her mouth firmly shut and her heart desperately wanting.
by Dahlia Salvatore
Contemporary Romance / Drama / Suspense
January 17, 2014
This was an amazing story and told from a perspective that I had not come across. Carmen has no voice due to a vicious incident. It was devastating and had a profound impact on the life she has always led. When her therapist refers her to another doctor, she wonders why she continues to waste her time.
Jacob sees something in Carmen and is convinced he can help her regain her power of speech. When danger starts stalking Jacob, he wonders if he will have the power to save himself. I thought the suspense that was involved was awesome and I was left wondering till the very end.
I loved Miss Mabel and the references to Nina Simone made my heart sing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm a thirty-two-year-old female author living in Seattle, Washington. I'm married to the love of my life and have been for ten years. I come from Coos Bay, Oregon and moved to Seattle six years ago. I love it here and don't see us going anywhere anytime soon.
I've been heavily influenced by contemporary writers like J.K. Rowling, Mary Balogh, Christina Dodd, Stephanie Laurens, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and many many others. Indie authors who've influenced me (and these are just a few) are Jasinda Wilder, Michelle Hughes, Kristin Flynn, Katie Mac, Dawn Robertson, Ada Slow, Melissa Brodky, Brandelyn Harris, Brandy Dorsch, and Brandy Jellum.
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