by Lindsey Lanza
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Pub Date 17 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 12 Jan 2023
When life’s off-key, go to Malibu
Bestselling author Lucy Gold may write fairy tales for a living, but her own happily ever after is looking bleak. Seeking a fresh start after a sudden divorce on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, she decides to make a new life for herself and her service dog in Los Angeles. But when her living arrangements fall through just before takeoff, a handsome stranger offers to let her stay with him and his motley crew of musicians in Malibu.
Her gallant hero? None other than Henry Turner, the award-winning composer whose music has held Lucy together while her life’s been crumbling apart.
Henry might be at the peak of his creative career, but his crippling anxiety throws his personal life completely out of tune. Yet all that changes the longer Lucy stays with him and his housemates, swiftly becoming one of their own and offering Henry a glimpse of happiness he never thought possible.
As their relationship deepens, Lucy’s attraction to Henry cannot be denied, but as she works through the aftermath of her divorce, she’s resigned to give up on love. Henry plays all the right notes and says all the right words. Will Lucy be able to hear them over her fear of the past repeating itself?
Speechless is a swoony saga about finding your people, overcoming your deepest insecurities, and choosing happiness no matter what life throws at you.
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I LOVED this book! I read it in 5 hours and could not put it down. Henry and Lucy’s story was told meticulously and with care… I loved the slow build up and more importantly, I loved their friendship. Lanza took special care with their separate storylines which made their journey all the more magical and sweet. There were moments where I laughed (hello, Graham!) and moments where I held my breath (Lucy’s illness) and times where my heart broke ( Henry… I love you). Worth the rollercoaster!
Speechless was a gorgeous novel! We meet best selling author Lucy who writes happy endings for others even though she is lacking her own. Following a divorce she decides to move to LA. Enter Henry who when living arrangements fall threw helps her with a place to stay. I love that he was a musician and he was going through things as well. It was so lovely to see them come together and find happiness together. I enjoyed all the supporting cast of Henry’s friends, the writing style. I could go on and on! Such a great book to get lost in or for book club purposes,
After reading this book im feeling two things - OBSESSED and SPEECHLESS! Definitely now one of my favorite reads of the year!
I absolutely LOVED this book from start to finish, I loved all the characters and the overall story was EVERYTHING. Lindsey did such an amazing job writing each and every character in this book; you will not only fall in love with Lucy and Henry but every other character too [even the ones you grow to hate - but even that part of the story was masterful and had a purpose].
I have never read anything like this book; Yes it was an adorable rom-com BUT it was so much more than that. The use of music and the strong meaning behind it was so different and it added so much to the story. It showed how healing music can be before knowing the true importance in not just Lucy's life but in Henry's and the rest of HAAM. Speaking of HAAM - Lindsey not only gave you one guy to obsess over but she gave you FOUR and one adorable dog named Rowan! When you read this you'll understand why. I ADORED Preston, Graham and Jayce so much. The instant bond between all of them and Lucy was so stinking cute, I couldn't get enough of them interacting.
Lucy and Henry together are MAGIC; and after reading this book I can confidently say Henry has now taken one of my top book boyfriend spots of ALL TIME! Even with all of his struggles with anxiety he was attentive, kind, incredibly sweet and adorable in his own Henry way, but he made Lucy find herself again and I loved him even more for that. The spice was just an added bonus that made it that much better!
Lucy's journey in this book was personally painful as I struggle with the same health issues she does - but it wasn't was triggering, it was soothing in a way. You don't get many books like that. I loved the way Lindsey used this book to bring light to what she called an invisible illness because thats essentially what it is. It was a wonderfully done part of the story I'm very grateful for.
To sum up my super long review LOL I laughed out loud, I swooned and I cried AND I really didn't want it to end. I really loved this book and I know you will too!