From the legendary New York Times bestselling author of Heartless comes an exquisite Georgian romance of a transcendent love, “without doubt, one of the most romantic novels ever written.”*
Lady Emily Marlowe is beautiful, independent, and unspoiled. Deaf since childhood, she appreciates her family’s efforts to nurture her spirit, but the man they’ve chosen for her betrothal can never fulfill her. The only one Emily has ever desired is bold and reckless Lord Ashley Kendrick. Her childhood amour inspired her fantasies and vowed never to forget her—even as he left her for a new life in India and a new love.
Seven years and countless dreams later, Ashley has returned a desolate widower to Bowden Abbey and, true to his promise, to Emily. Yet his heedless proposal of marriage has left her unexpectedly conflicted. Though the heat of passion still burns, Emily fears that it’s only a sense of duty—not love—that has brought him to bended knee. And what is she to make of those seven lost years clouded in secrets too dark for Ashley to share?
For Emily, her greatest and only love now becomes one worth fighting for, one of startling revelations and second chances, and one, like a melody, too beautiful for words....
Balogh (Heartless) brings a twist to her Georgian romance by making the heroine a deaf woman struggling to fit into the rigid English society; but, unfortunately, this intriguing premise is undermined by contrived plotting. As a teenager, Lady Emily Marlowe had fallen in love with Lord Ashley Kendrick, the one man who really understands her. Seven years later, he has returned from India, wealthy but widowed under suspicious circumstances. Beautiful Emily's fierce independence and Ashley's unresolved feelings about his marriage keep them apart, even as the same evil that destroyed his wife and child reemerges. Though Balogh offers a wonderfully sensitive treatment of Emily's silent world, it doesn't compensate for the hero's obtuseness and the heroine's incomprehensible refusal to confide in him as the clues mount to a rather predictable conclusion.