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Silent Melody Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1997

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Once again Mary Balogh has written a poignant romance that will be long remembered for its originality and great beauty. In this unusual story, Lady Emily has been deaf and mute since early childhood. She has been cared for and is well loved by a family who nurtures her independence and doesn't make her feel inadequate because of her disability. Because Emmy's sister and brother-in-law want her to experience life to its fullest, they assist her in finding a good marriage partner. But Emmy wants to marry for love; she doesn't want to be a beautiful silent partner to a man who doesn't care to know who she really is. Unfortunately, the man Emmy loves married another woman long ago. When Ashley arrives from India after eight years as a widow, Emmy finds she loves him too much to accept his proposal. She wants him to marry her for love--not because he feels a sense of responsibility for her.

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Praise for Silent Melody

“Don’t miss Silent Melody.”—Jo Beverley

“If you can read only one book this year, Silent Melody should be that one.” —*Romance Forever

“Intensely emotional…[a] stunning book from an author who consistently sets new standards in the genre.”—Old Book Barn Gazette

“Truly an enjoyable work.”—RegencyRomanceReviews.com

“Balogh brings a twist to her Georgian romance...wonderfully sensitive.”—Publishers Weekly

Further praise for Mary Balogh and her novels:

"Once you start a Mary Balogh book, you won’t be able to stop reading.” —New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips

“A romance writer of mesmerizing intensity.”—New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney

“Fulfilled all of my romantic fantasies.”—New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros

“A superb author...reminiscent of Jane Austen.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“One of the best!”—New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn

"Mary Balogh sets the gold standard in historical romance."—New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz

"When it comes to historical romance, Mary Balogh is one of my favorites!"—New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425158624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425158623
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin's School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Client d'Amazon on April 29, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This sequel to the already outstanding Heartless tells us the story of Lord Ashley Kendrick and Lady Emily Marlowe. The premise of their relationship was already hinted at in Heartless, but this book takes off seven years later and explores it in earnest.
As a tortured hero, Ashley truly takes after his brother Luke. The seven years he spent away from home didn't bring him the happiness he was looking for, and it's alone and heartbroken that he arrives at Bowden Abbey. His family has changed drastically: his brother, still happily married to Anna Marlowe, is now the father of four children; his sister has settled and gained a lot of maturity. And Emily, the child he used to call his "little fawn", has grown into a woman. A very beautiful and desirable woman, in fact. And the realisation of his blooming feelings for Emily mingles with his jealousy when he sees her being courted by several gentlemen thinking of her as a potential bride.
Emily has continued to observe the world from her own silent world. Heartless already gave us a few glimpses of her life as a deaf mute and the inner world she had built for herself, but Silent Melody explores it much more thoroughly, and the atmosphere enveloping the entire story is rendered more fascinating by the frequent introspection from Emily's point of view. She opens her world to Ashley - and to the reader - even though she knows that whatever happened to him in India to make him so sombre will always keep them apart. They can be friends but nothing more, since Ashley never saw in her what she sees in him. He thinks of her as a child still, not as a lover, doesn't he?
Silent Melody takes us in a very original and captivating world, where both heroes feel frightened by their feelings.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on November 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you finished reading Balogh's Heartless and longed to know more about Luke and Anna, and longed even more to know what would happen to Anna's deaf-mute sister Emily, you have to read Silent Melody. Here, Balogh gives Emily her own romance, and also allows us to see how Luke and Anna have grown as a couple - their relationship, while in the background, is shown to be mature and solid.
Emily has been deaf and mute since a small child, and only Anna, Luke, and particularly Ashley, Luke's younger brother, really understand her when she tries to communicate and make the effort to communicate properly with her. Ashley, however, went away when she was fifteen, and although he subsequently married, she still loves him. Luke, her brother-in-law, understands that, but also wants her to have a home of her own rather than feeling that she has to be dependent on relatives for the rest of her life. Believing that he has her best interests at heart, he tries to find her a husband. But, just as she is about to accept Lord Powell, Ashley comes home...
Ashley has been widowed in tragic circumstances, and is now a bitter, guilt-ridden man of thirty. None of his family can get through to him to find out what's going on inside his head... except Emmy, who always understood him years before. Except that he cannot vocalise his feelings any longer, so instead he takes comfort from her in another way.
She refuses to marry him, because although she loves him she knows that he doesn't love her and only asked out of a sense of honour.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on July 8, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If emotion is the hallmark of romance, this is without doubt, one of the most romantic novels ever written. Every page, every word is imbued with emotion that will not soon leave you.
The hero, Lord Ashley Kendrick, and the heroine, Lady Emily Marlowe, made their first appearance in HEARTLESS (Berkley, September, 1995), and it is easy to see why they demanded their own book.
Ashley, twenty-two, bored and restless in England, sets off to make his fortune in the East India Company, leaving behind the fifteen-year-old Emmy. The loss is more severe for the young woman; Ashley is the only person who really understands her. He cared enough to help devise a special sign language for easier communication with Emmy, who was rendered deaf and mute by a fever when she was barely more than a toddler.
While in India, Ashley marries and has a son. His arrival back in England, on the night of a ball--to perhaps celebrate the betrothal of Emmy to the eligible Lord Powell--sets in motion a tale of love and intrigue. Ashley, now a widower, finds himself drawn more and more to the young woman who has indeed grown-up during his absence. Only after Emmy has accepted the offer of Lord Powell, does Ashley reveal the deaths of his wife and child. The betrothal is broken, but still the two lovers cannot easily bridge the gap of words--words that one cannot say, and the other cannot hear.
If you can read only one book this year, SILENT MELODY should be that one. No exceptions, no quibbles. But--be sure to have a box of tissues handy. If you don't need them, you have no heart.
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