Although Lady Emily Marlowe appears to have the world at her fingertips, she cannot hear or speak. She communicates with her eyes and her glorious smile as she listens to every word. Her unspoiled, exuberant nature and great beauty make her a sought after bride. Though many men want Emily, one man holds her heart: childhood friend Lord Ashley Kendrick.

Emily found a way to communicate with Ashley beyond a smile. Their special gestures transformed her silent world, but then Ashley left for India to seek his fortune and marry another.

When he returns to England an embittered widower, Emily is betrothed to a man who wants a pretty ornament and a gracious listener. When the chance arises, Emily seizes the opportunity to comfort Ashley. Her reputation in tatters, she boldly chooses to break off her engagement and to never wed.

Yet the love that grew from silence grows into a magnificent passion whose sounds would be heard as Ashley teaches Emily not only to dance, but to finally speak the words of love that have been hidden in her heart.

SILENT MELODY will play upon your heartstrings and the beautiful strains of Mary Balogh's tale will reverberate within your soul. This gentle, lovely tale with a tinge of darkness and the glowing warmth of love cements Ms. Balogh's reputation as an inventive writer. SENSUAL (Aug., 368 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin