Heart and Soul by Sally Mandel

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An undeniable talent is coaxed into the spotlight in a witty and tender romance from New York Times bestselling author Sally Mandel.

"With wit and wisdom, Sally Mandel illuminates our deepest hopes and secret fears, showing us what matters most." - Deborah Smith, author of The Stone Flower Garden

Bess Stallone is brash and bold, until she is placed center stage. A self-taught musical prodigy from the rough side of Long Island, the only thing Bess has in common with her Julliard classmates is her passion for classical music, and her extraordinary skill on the piano. A skill that crumbles under the weight of self-doubt when she plays for an audience.

Virtuoso David Montagnier is drawn to Bess’ wild talent, and gives her the opportunity she’s been waiting for to escape her blue-collar existence. He holds the key to Bess’ dreams – and surprisingly, she may hold the key to his – if she will surrender to the music and believe in love.

"Mandel displays her talent for establishing a strong female lead in an appealing millieu with an equally intriguing love interest." - Publisher's Weekly

"A compelling drama...[with] fully dimensional characters." - Booklist

About Sally Mandel

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Sally Mandel is the beloved author of five novels: Quinn, A Time To Sing, Portrait of a Married Woman, the New York Times bestseller Change of Heart, and Out of the Blue. She lives in New York City with her family.
Published November 12, 2013 by Diversion Books. 298 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Alas, Bess miscarries the baby she longs for, and David plunges into the depths of despair, finally drowning himself in a convenient lake after leaving Bess a final performance of her favorite piece of music, sensitively recorded.

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But David, however potentially compelling as a character, remains a gorgeous cipher until the end, while good guy Jake, Bess's high school buddy, is telegraphed too clearly as being the one Bess is destined to be with.

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Big-haired Long Island girl, Bess Stallone (no relation to the famous Stallone) has always heard music in her head, a talent that translates to the piano.

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