Songs of the Heart

Songs of the Heart

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Rock star Geoff Chastain seizes the privileges of his celebrity status with a hunger spawned in his neglected childhood. Then an auburn-haired virgin turns his jaded world upside-down. Confronted with the harm his arrogance caused others, Geoff spends the next fifteen years atoning for his selfishness. Shannon Ausbrook loved Geoff Chastain with all the fervor in her sixteen-year-old heart. Instead of returning her love, he is stunned that she gives him her virginity. Humiliated, Shannon vows never to be taken in again, focusing on a career helping children to heal. When Geoff struts back into Shannon's life, long-dormant passion erupts. Shannon fights her attraction for Geoff, but his agony over the death of his teenaged daughter echoes the silent sorrow Shannon feels for the child she miscarried.Though grief silenced the music that used to flow so effortlessly from Geoff's soul, he vows to fulfill his promise to his daughter: share his music with other kids. Discovering that Shannon still cares for him eases the pain that has blocked Geoff's music. Her dream of establishing a music therapy program for injured and abused children seems to be the perfect answer to fulfilling Geoff's promise to his daughter. However, the revelation that Geoff's bandleader paid her parents a large sum of money shakes Geoff's faith in her. Confused and hurting, Geoff retreats to his home in the mountains of Idaho. Shannon was as shocked as Geoff to learn what her father did and mortgages her house to repay this money. When Geoff receives her check, he realizes he has misjudged Shannon again. Their next encounter ranges from high comedy to tender confession to a confrontation with the bandleader, culminating when Geoff vows to take care of everything for Shannon. Yet Shannon needs to be certain that Geoff is not simply acting out of guilt. Without a declaration of love, she can't allow him to sacrifice a second chance at stardom that going on the road with his former band could bring. Shannon's rejection is a crushing blow for Geoff. Yet this time he refuses to give in to grief. In writing new songs for the band, Geoff struggles for each note of music, bringing a depth of emotion absent in his earlier work. When not rehearsing, Geoff buries himself in building a music hall. Back in Portland, Oregon, Shannon aches from missing Geoff. When the chance comes to see him sing, she vows to show him she loves him, not caring that she may be rejected and totally humiliated. On stage, Geoff sings for Shannon. Off stage, he claims her love with a night of fevered lovemaking. When the media discover their relationship, Geoff wants to protect Shannon behind layers of security, but Shannon declares she will learn to deal with the intrusion. Spoken into the silence following their disagreement, Geoff hears the words he has been waiting for all his life: I love you. Shannon's vow is not for Geoff the star, but for the man she loves enough to argue with and change her life for and bare her heart to the chance of rejection. Integrating their lives is not simple, and Geoff fears he won't be able to open his heart to the abandoned little girl who has become part of Shannon's life. As Geoff battles the painful memories of his daughter's death to prove he can be a father again, Shannon brings the little girl to visit and kick off the music therapy program in Geoff's new music hall. When the little girl falls into a life or death situation, Geoff saves her and realizes she already owns a piece of his heart.Now Geoff knows what his daughter wanted before she died: for the music of love to continue to sing in Geoff's heart, as it does when he is with Shannon and her adopted daughter. SONGS OF THE HEART truly are the sweetest music of all.
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  • Electronic book text
  • United States
  • English
  • 1587496461
  • 9781587496462

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