The Loudest Silence by Olivia Janae is one of those books you can’t stop reading until they’re finished.. and then you immediately check for the release date for the next part. This is a long story, made into two books. DON’T wait for the second book to be published – read this first one (and then wait)!
It’s just so good! At first, it seems like a fairly common story: single mother gets a chance at something bigger and better, makes friends along the way, maybe falls in love, too, all the while balancing family life and career. The usual stuff, right? Nah.
The single mother, Kate, is a cellist who moves to a new city – Chicago, having made it into the Windy City Chamber Ensemble. She has a rocky start (to put it mildly!) with her boss, Vivian, who is seen as cold-hearted and almost inhuman. Vivian, however, is deaf, and Kate – very intrigued.
There is a nice ensemble of other characters, some pleasant, some so grating I wished I could throttle them. The setting, the world of classical music, is what originally got me into this story (been a fan for as long as I can remember). The book also gives plenty of insight into deaf culture, which for me, was – apart from the romance – the most interesting part of the story.