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One man’s courage and one widow’s beautiful voice lead an unlikely pair on a tender journey toward happiness.
Stephen Grafton, the blind organist at Holy Trinity Church, is gaining a reputation for his fine playing and compositions.
Alice Broadbrace’s initial venture back into society after years in deep mourning brings her to the notice of the talented organist, and he offers her the opportunity to sing a solo carol to his accompaniment. His courage convinces her to find her own, while her charm entices him into thoughts of romance.
A difficult walk in a snow storm is only the beginning of Stephen and Alice’s journey to happiness. Enjoy this sweet Victorian tale of talent and love blossoming.
Genre: Historical RomancePurchase link(s): LSB Amazon ARe iTunes Kobo B&N
Content/Theme(s): Victorian, Musicians
Release Date: August 10, 2015
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Excerpt & More
The clatter of the cab wheels over the cobbles ceased and after a shudder the cab stilled. A blast of sharp November scented air, sweeter than the well-used leather interior, announced the open door. Keeping Blue’s leash in hand he rose from the seat.
“Mind yer ’ed, sir,” the cabbie said.
Stephen bent his head a little and took the two steps down to the street.
“Same time next week, sir?”
“Yes, thank you.” He handed over the pre-arranged four-shilling fee.
“Thanks, sir. Thanks very much.”
“Good evening. Come, Blue, time for a walk.”
While he strolled behind the dog, he considered what he’d say to Mrs. Broadbrace tomorrow. When she sang, as she had so naturally, unknowingly he’d surmised, as he played this afternoon, she was pitch perfect. A gift such as hers ought to be encouraged. At the very least, she should sing in the choir. What he would like best would be for her to sing solo to his accompaniment. The high notes she could reach had caressed his senses like the trained voice of one of the best opera singers might. She’d a pretty laugh too, that woman, not many women had a laugh like hers, light like a mountain stream dancing over pebbles. The comment she’d laughed at hadn’t been especially funny, but…
Sympathy! Who needed sympathy? No one. Since his earliest childhood, he’d met it a thousand times and it had done him not an ounce of good. Truth and commitment, those were the things to help people along the road of the human condition.
Several thoughts rose but he shook his head, no good to be anything but honest, though not brutal. He would try his best not to sound dismissive of the flowers but it had to be something like; “Madam, your flowers are afflicting me and they have to go. Relegate them to the side isles and the altar area, and the fewer blooms you use the better. I don’t want them anywhere near the organ, but I do want you in the choir.”
Blue paused and Stephen waited for the dog. When Blue again pulled a little on the leash, they both moved on down the street.
That would be perfect. The woman could put her wretched blooms in other areas of the church far enough away with luck to allow him the luxury of breath. Another darn good point, he couldn’t be the only one made uncomfortable by her lilies. Yes, she’d have to understand, and modify the arrangements she made, for the common good. He hoped she’d be lady enough not to sulk or throw a tantrum at the request. He recalled her soft fragrance and once again the low laugh.
Yes, she seemed very lady-like.
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