Book Review of The Architect of Song (Haunted Hearts Legacy, #1) by A.G. Howard
For most of her life, 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 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 New Adult gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.
I honestly don’t know where to begin with this one, other than it was breathtaking! Absolutely breathtaking.. I found my self not wanting to put it down for anything, I took it everywhere.
Juliet has lost her mother, which a terrible things for someone so young to go through. But after her Mother’s funeral, she meets a mysterious, very upset man within the cemetery. Everything changes for her, when she realizes that the flower she has stolen, bring forth a ghost that she can not only see but hear as well.
With no memory of who he is, she offers to help him. Never expecting that she would have feelings for him, let alone learn of how their pasts entwined. But he is not the man from cemetery, who comes and wants to purchase her land. This man has secrets, and hat they are is what Juliet and this ghost search to find out.
The main character Juliet was deaf, and you would think it would have been a weakness for her, but Howard handled Juliet’s deafness so well and went and made it one of her strengths. Now Juliet was one stubborn, set in her ways kinda girl and when she didn’t like something, she made it known and I loved that about her.
She was her own person, even during this era of time. Lord Thorton and Hawk (the ghost) were the same in some ways, but so very different in others, and trying to figure out which was one being truthful just added to the mystery, because I wanted to like them both. Juliet’s uncle was a great addition to the story, and it was clear that he loved her and care for her not matter what. He was her only family left now. This group of characters were well developed with no doubt of the pain, fear or love they felt. And are ones that just stick with you.
The atmosphere was dark and gothic like, with paranormal aspects, but it was all so vivid and beautiful. The romance was so sweet and yes, there is a “love triangle” of sorts, it was fitting and all swoony so I didn’t mind one bit. There was really no way for me to choose who adored more either. Each had their own flaws but both truly cared for Juliet but one particular shared a sweet and tender past with Juliet.
Now even though there is romance with some fan yourself kinda moments, it never took over the plot itself of what was going on with why Lord Thorton was after her land and the story behind why he wanted her land. I was so caught up in the romance and the mystery that I was kinda shocked when everything was revealed. Quite a twist! But it was a satisfying ending none the less.
The Architect of Song was a slow unfurling mystery but also a story of grief and love and I just can’t say enough about it. So, I am eager to get started on the second book, The Hummingbird Heart soon. And if you are a fan A.G. Howard, this one will not disappointed.
Published by Golden Orb Press on August 15th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Gothic, Paranormal, Romance
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