A Hearing Heart by Bonnie Dee

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The heart conveys messages beyond what ears can hear.

After the death of her fiancé, Catherine Johnson, a New York schoolteacher in 1902, travels to Nebraska to teach in a one-room school. When violence erupts in the sleepy town, Catherine saves deaf stable hand, Jim Kinney from torture by drunken thugs. As she begins teaching Jim to read and sign, attraction grows between them. The warmth and humor in this silent man transcends the need for speech and his eyes tell her all about his feelings for her.

But the obstacles of class difference and the stigma of his handicap are almost insurmountable barriers to their growing affection. Will Catherine flaunt society's rules and allow herself to love again? Can Jim make his way out of poverty as a deaf man in a hearing world? And will the lovers overcome a corrupt robber baron who has a stranglehold on the town? Romance, sensuality and adventure abound in this heartfelt tale.

A movement in the doorway caught Jim's attention. The schoolteacher stood framed there in her blue and white-flowered dress with her daffodil-colored hair. A faint scent of lily-of-the-valley perfume wafted to him. She was like a flower garden filling the dark, stuffy room.

She looked at Rasmussen before entering the room. Only a few paces brought her to the edge of Jim's bed.

He couldn't stop staring at her like the idiot everyone thought he was. The sight of her fresh, feminine form in his dingy room was unbelievable, besides which he was dizzy and near passing out from the pain throbbing in his head. His gaze fastened on her lips.

"What can I do?" she asked Rasmussen.

The stableman turned toward her so Jim couldn't see his reply. Miss Johnson nodded and left the room. He felt pain that had nothing to do with his injured body as she disappeared from view.

About Bonnie Dee

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Bonnie Dee is a multi-published romance writer. She began telling stories as a child as the designated ghost tale teller at sleepovers, guaranteed to frighten and thrill with macabre tales. She still has a story printed on yellow legal paper in second grade about a ghost, a witch and a talking cat. Writing childish stories for her own pleasure led to majoring in English at college. She dreamed of writing a novel but didn't have the necessary focus and follow through at that time in her life. It was only in 2000 that she resumed writing. Bonnie enjoys reading stories about people damaged by life who find healing with a like-minded soul. When she couldn't find enough books to suit her taste, she began to write them. You can see her back list of titles at http://bonniedee.com, or join her Yahoo group for updates on new releases, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bonniedee/ You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Published May 31, 2012 260 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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