Title: Silenced Song
Author: Gloria Marlow
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Thirty years ago, the playful songs of three small girls were silenced forever. Now, someone watches the families they left behind, counting the days until the music dies once more. When food editor Susanna Morgan returns to Parnell, Florida to oversee the sale of her childhood home and cover the annual Pomelo Festival for her magazine, she vows not to remain one minute longer than necessary. She doesn’t anticipate her attraction to the local pastor, a return of the faith she thought she’d lost, or the phone calls from her long dead sister. Former pastor Grant Landon has enough on his plate - his mother’s increasing dementia, his ex-wife’s abandonment and remarriage, and his teenage daughter’s unbridled tongue - without adding his attraction to Susanna Morgan. When a series of anonymous phone calls and sinister pranks makes it clear that someone is intent on opening old wounds and creating new ones, Susanna and Grant set out to unearth long-buried secrets and heal hurts that are decades old. Can the faith they share bind them together, even as the past threatens to tear them apart?
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What makes this book a must-read and/or what inspired you to write this story:
I don’t usually know exactly what inspired me to write a story, but I can remember the moment the opening scene for Silenced Song came to me. I was listening to Jimmy Buffett sing Barefoot Children in the Rain on the way to work one morning about 10 years ago, and I imagined this scene of little girls dancing through mud puddles seconds before this horrible thing happens. So, I suppose that’s as close to inspiration as it gets.
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Romantic suspense author Gloria Marlow's heart is firmly planted in northeast Florida, where she grew up in a family of commercial fishermen. She works as a legal assistant for a local law firm, but remains a homemaker (albeit a pretty rotten housekeeper) at heart, who loves cooking, canning, sewing, and spending time with her husband, adult children, and grandchildren.
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