Book Description: 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, nineteen-year-old 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 twenty-seven-year-old 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 gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.
Oh man where to begin on this review…well let me start with I absolutely LOVED this book! This is by far the best book box book I have received and best book I have read in a while. I was drawn in the whole time and always trying to figure out what was going to happen and going back and forth in emotions along with the main character Juliet. Needless to say this story was unique and was very well thought out and written.
This was one book where I thought the love triangle was well done. I wasn’t like really freaking out thinking omg she has to be with this person or I am going to go crazy. I mean the likelihood that she was going to end up with “Hawk” the ghost was pretty slight. There was a moment where I was like well she could just stay with him as a ghost, but eventually those petals are going to die and he should move on. Plus I also felt that there was a connection with her and “Lord Thorton” from the beginning, even though he was supposed to be bad. Needless to say when the surprise twist happened (don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read) I was extremely happy with what happened. I believe that the love triangle was worked out well for all three involved.
I loved that this story took place in Victorian England. I could just imagine the places as the story took place. What a fun idea to have a little area where there are places for men and women to go to. Even if it was a site of revenge the idea was still great. Just imagining his little area where the plants and birds lived, and the star area was fun. Howard was able to create these images in my mind just from well she described them in the story.
I am sad that the next book in the series isn’t a continuation mainly just because I loved these characters, but I did love the ending and think that it didn’t leave anything on a cliff hanger. I would like to think that the 2 petals starting to sprout means Hawk might be seen again. I am excited to read the next in the series though and see whose story we are going to be immersed in and what ghostly experience might happen next! I also am looking forward to reading her other series that have been on my to-read list!
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars