Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a song written just for you.
Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti is the BEST book I've read this year. Seriously, the very best book I've read so far!
Lucy Tuttle has received a "Reduction in Force" letter telling her that her position in the school has been eliminated. Lucy was the music teacher for grades K-8 and introduced these children to music and the many ways it helps out in life. She shared her passion with all of them and even worked with some special needs children where music was therapeutic to their conditions.
Lucy goes through many stages of grief--denial, anger, and acceptance is a hard time coming. Her passion for music cools and she just can't find her way back. She begins counseling with Dr Hanley who understands so much of what Lucy is going through, and what she doesn't understand about Lucy's life, she knows others who do. So Dr Hanley sends Lucy to the HHATT Book Club (He's Home All The Time) where other ladies are dealing with retired husbands and trying to make everything work.
When her son, Sam comes home and tells them he is getting married, Lucy and her husband, Charlie, are beyond excited. When Sam tells them his bride is deaf, there is a bit of concern. When Sam tells them that his bride has a four-year-old autistic son, it's almost more than they can handle.
At some point, Lucy has to find her music again and Dr Hanley knows it. She gives Lucy an article to read and an assignment to listen to music ten minutes a day--music outside her normal favorite genres.
I really can't tell anymore without giving away the climax of the book. Cynthia tells a great tale with compelling characters, surprising events, and a denouement that is like smooth chocolate--so satisfying.
My thanks to Abingdon Press for allowing me to read and review this book.