The Architect of Song: Review

Publication Date: August 15th, 2016
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
Series: Haunted Hearts Legacy #1
Format: Paperback, 425 pages
Source: Amazon

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.

Wow wow wow! This book was one heck of a ride! A.G. Howard sure does know how to write a mystery, because I was on the edge of my seat for the entire thing. 

The Architect of Song was a romantic, haunting, and heartbreaking read filled with beautiful prose. Howard wrote a wonderful Gothic Romance with all the right elements to keep readers entertained throughout the duration. There is the Victorian setting, the elaborate mansion of the mysterious Viscount, gypsy magic, ghosts, a murder mystery that still needs to be solved, and of course, swoon worthy romance!  

It was also filled with twists that I didn’t manage to guess! I love it when I read a book and I can’t figure everything out, it makes it for an even better read. 

Juliet was an absolutely enchanting heroine. Not only was she deaf, but she wasn’t about to let that stop her from living her life and solving the mystery before her. The Victorian society would have labeled her tainted and not eligible for marriage, but Juliet was determined to push the boundaries and show everyone that she was so much more than her deafness. She was brave, smart, caring, and fierce. 

Hawk and Thornton were also wonderful characters. In the beginning I was cheering for Hawk and Juliet but then the elusive Lord Thornton came into the picture and I found myself slowly falling for him too. It was so hard to pick just one! So yes, there is a love triangle, but it’s not what you think. I love slow burning romance and that is exactly what Howard gave her readers.  

My only complaint was about the ending, because it wrapped up extremely quickly and easily. The rest of the book was pretty even paced, but then the ending happened at light speed. 

Considering this is the first book in a trilogy, I’m excited and curious to see where it will go now, since the next books supposedly still focus on the Thornton family. 

Definitely add this one to your TBR, because if you love slow burning romances with lots of mystery, you will LOVE this one! 

1 comment:

  1. I'm hearing only good things about this book. Can't wait to get my hands on this book! Loved your review!

    - Poulami @ Daydreaming Books


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