Avon, Oct 2004, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1827 three months has lapsed since England's greatest contemporary musician Dylan Moore fell off the horse and suffered a concussion. Now he cannot sleep nor hear the music anymore as a terrible buzzing inside his head drowns out everything. Tired, he grabs a pistol and walks to the Charing Cross Palladium where a violin playing char woman talks him out of suicide. He heeds her advice because for a brief moment he heard the music, but once she left he returns to the buzzing.
Five years later, Dylan recognizes the char woman at a party because he can once again hear the music inside his head. He goes up to Grace Cheval and tells her he hates her for getting him to stay alive. As they begin to see one another, she is reluctant to fall in love with an artist as she still remembers the passion of her first husband, a renowned painter who nearly drowned her in its intensity.
This enticing late Regency romance stars an intense compassionate artist and the woman that keeps him sane. The story line centers on the relationship between Dylan and Grace as she inspires him to compose terrific music while also having doubts about involvement with another brooding, egotistical, and arrogant artist.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner