CAST AWAY HEART (once titled Bitter Notes) is now contracted with Fire Star Press, an imprint of Prairie Rose Publications, has been completely revised and is scheduled to release on July 10, 2014.
An abandoned piano, rejected love, and hope
After her fiancé humiliates and breaks her heart on what was to be their wedding day, Ella Dubois has vowed never to open her heart again.
Nickoli Vesa, a Romanian pianist, has loved Ella for years, but she sees him only as her best friend.
How can an deserted piano heal a shattered spirit and inspire it to sing again?
There it stood like a brave soldier, silent in its despair and covered in snow. One of the ornately carved legs had rotted away and lie on the ground beside it causing the piano to list to that side. It resembled an old ship that had taken a huge wave and, as the water began to fill its hull, was sinking slowly into the sea. The wooden underside of the keys had begun to swell and dislodge from the smooth white pads. The black keys had eroded into splinters and the top of the piano had caved in on the piano wires.
Nickoli drove the car to the side of the road and stopped. He turned to
Ella and gathered her up into his arms. “You must stop mourning, inima mea. Until you stop
longing for things to be different, you cannot change your future. You cannot let happiness in. You understand, yes?”
She knew he was not talking to her about the piano. He was talking about
Mark. There was no way for him to understand the
pain she still felt from Mark’s
rejection. The memory of her standing
there at the front of the church with her friends and family all present as her
father announced there would be no wedding that day was still sharp enough to
cut into her heart. “I need time, Nick. I can’t
just let it go like it never happened.”
She pushed back from his embrace and met his eyes. “It’s the worst thing that ever happened to
He did not take his eyes from hers. Removing his hands from around her, he moved back into his seat. “All is required, you let go. Stop looking back or you cannot see where you are going.”
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