The Language of Music
Ruth Trippy, author
When young Katherine Edmond's carriage turns into the Emery estate, she sees the irascible Jerard Emery superintending the removal of a large oak. She is coming to live on his Connecticut estate after her mother's death, but both he and his mother give her a cold reception. Jerard is concentrating on regaining the family textile mill his father lost and now feels burdened with the arrival of this girl he considers a nuisance. But as time goes on, seeing Katherine blossom into lovely womanhood and appreciating her developing musical skill, he becomes attracted to her and wants her for his own. He then attempts to control her life by dictating her choices. But an unsuspected strength surfaces in her, and she resists him when she sees his ill-usage of others. When his mother suddenly sends Katherine away alone to work in New York City, Katherine wonders, will she ever find the stable home and love that she longs for?
A former public service director for radio stations in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Trippy (The Soul of the Rose) uses her musical background to great effect in this Victorian-era romance. Musically inclined Katherine Edmond has been lucky enough to have a benefactor, Mr. Emery, taking care of her and her mother—that is, until her mother and Mr. Emery both die in short succession. His will stipulates that, for Katherine to continue to receive the estate’s patronage, she must move to the Emery estate. Though Mr. Emery’s widow is not pleased, she is determined to follow through with his wishes and allows Katherine to live alongside her son, Jerard, at the house. Although Jerard at first has a chip on his shoulder and ignores Katherine, her love for making music and his love for singing slowly bring them into each other’s orbits. Jerard comes off as headstrong and bitter, but the music they share cracks his otherwise stoic exterior, and Katherine begins to blossom under his instruction. Though light on spiritual elements, Trippy’s musical, lyrical novel will please fans of inspirational and historical romances alike. (BookLife)