by Robbi McCoy
This summer Harper Sheridan is looking for something new—love.
As a librarian at Morrison College and a talented amateur musician, Harper has spent the last nineteen summers searching for her passionate, authentic self. Writers, painters and other artists she has sought out as her friends and role models fill her life in California’s diverse and fascinating Bay Area. But personal fulfillment continues to elude her.
During an intense summer romance with vibrant, young Chelsea Nichols, Harper thought she had finally found what was missing. At the end of that summer, however, Chelsea returned to her ex. Harper catalogued the experience under Life Lessons and slowly healed her broken heart.
Now, it’s summer once again, with all the promise of new beginnings. It’s looking like a summer of surprises when Harper’s runaway teenaged niece shows up in the most unexpected of places—Chelsea’s house. That’s when Harper realizes that not all the surprises will be pleasant ones.
From the author of Waltzing at Midnight comes a story of music and love told through a lifetime of summers, when one woman must decide how much of her heart she will risk for the ultimate prize.
Robert Jaquay, May, 2010: I was especially eager to read Robbi McCoy's wonderfully rich and entertaining Songs Without Words (Bella Books, 2010), because books which include music as an integral element of the plot really appeal to me. I had never read any of Robbi's books before, so I didn't know what to expect and I'm ever so happy that I took the plunge.
Book Marks by Richard LaBonte
Syndicated 03/08/2010: It's not so much that love is elusive for college librarian, filmmaker and amateur musician Harper; her problem, until one shattering summer of the heart, is that she has shied away from it. For well more than a decade, she maintained a long-distance relationship with a nice enough man, all the while suppressing the memory of an adolescent romantic interlude 20 years earlier with high school best friend Peggy. But when younger Chelsea leaves her fraught entanglement with the much older Mary, part mentor and part lover, Harper finds the Sapphic half of her soul -- for just one summer, until Chelsea returns to Mary. Two years later, though, Chelsea and Harper are fated to meet again. This time for good? No doubt. But arriving at the happy ending to this well-crafted romance, told through a series of summertime flashbacks, is a satisfying literary experience.