Shady Ladies Press
Open Book Limited
A secretive artist with a haunted past and a young woman escaping a life that proved to be a lie find their destinies entwined.
Victim of a terrible accident, famed composer and pianist Graham Yardley loses her sight, her heart and her soul. Wealth and fame mean nothing after the devastating loss of her beloved music; her life is reduced to silence, darkness and bitter regret. In a bleak mansion atop windswept cliffs, the blind woman withdraws from the world, her once consuming passions now a source of anguish and fear. Then Anna, a lost woman seeking a place in the world, comes into her life and awakens feelings she thought were dead forever. A fragile melody of love is played between these damaged souls, a song made sweeter and stronger by the day... but will their blossoming romance be destroyed by an outsider's greed or will it succumb to the discord of Graham's tormented heart? Can she find happiness with Anna, caught up in the fiery overtures and darkly gothic strains of... Love's Melody Lost.
Instinctively, she placed both hands gently on Graham’s shoulders, leaning over to whisper, "Your music makes me ache. Will you play it for me from the beginning?"
She had never asked before.
Graham reached up to cover Anna’s hand with her own, surprised once again by the warmth of her skin. She lingered like that for a moment, then settled her hands on the keys. "Yes."
As the melody faded, Anna opened her eyes to find that Graham had turned to face her, her head bent, waiting.
"I've never imagined anything so exquisite," Anna said quietly. "Your music is a gift."
Anna went to her side, meaning only to take Graham’s hand in hers, but she found herself pulling the woman up into her arms instead. She held her close, whispering, "Oh god, Graham—your music breaks my heart. You break my heart."