by Laura Lee Guhrke

October 2004
ISBN: 0-06-054175-X
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Mass Market Paperback

Composer Dylan Moore was in an accident which left him with a persistent ringing in his ears. He has lived in a world without music ever since. The melodies that at one time lived within his mind have been drowned out along with his hope. Would it ever return? Music was his life. How could he live with one sound pealing in his ears day in and day out? With one squeeze of the trigger, he would have blessed silence. With pistol in hand, Dylan wanted to end his life. Yet, how fitting that it was music that saved him, in the form of a charwoman.

Charwoman, orange-seller, violinist hired for balls, Grace Chavel did what she must in order to pay her rent. Her current situation was due to a Ďtormented artistí. While she didnít condone suicide, Grace held little sympathy for Dylan. Sheíd done a good deed by saving his life. What he did now was up to him, to do as he wished. She certainly didnít believe she was his muse.

Dylan, however, believed Grace owed him. He continued to live with the unrelenting ringing in his ears because she had interfered. Her diatribe had continued until the dark moment had passed. In the presence of Grace, he had heard music, precious music. That is, until she disappeared. Now, after five years of searching, Dylan found her and he wasnít about to let her go.

When a small child arrived on his doorstep claiming to be his daughter, Dylan knew he had the perfect excuse to keep his muse close by his side. Grace would become Isabelís governess. Life would be good again for Dylan Moore.

Author Laura Lee Guhrke has written a moving story of two people, with plenty of faults, finding perfection in love. His Every Kiss is a fast-paced, enjoyable read that captured my interest from the very beginning. While Dylanís arrogance may be provoking at times, his fundamental passion for Grace redeems him. Grace, as well, has much to learn. Love is indeed worth the risk.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Rho.

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