Love Comes Silently is a story built on a single premise, how do you say I love you when you can’t say the words? In a way for this story I created the perfect man. I have yet to find a woman who doesn’t love Patrick. He’s ideal because Patrick is mute. J I fell in love with this shy, silent man whose heart is as large as the hole left in his life after an accident stole his voice and operatic career.
As I was crafting the work in my mind, I heard a story about a little girl with leukemia and all she wanted to do was live long enough to celebrate Christmas with her family. That snippet got me thinking what I would do if I found myself faced with that situation. If my child were sick and I wasn’t sure if she’d survive, how would I make sure she got to celebrate the holidays?
These two ideas rolled around in my mind and melded into Love Comes Silently, a story the shows that love doesn’t need to be loud or raucous, but can appear in a gesture as kind as helping a little girl going through chemotherapy retrieve her pick hat from the mud, making her favorite mac-cheese, or making sure she had a Halloween and Christmas, even if it’s August. How does a hurting mute man say I love you? He shows it.
Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming—especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton’s partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don’t qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna’s tired life—and so does Ken’s neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.
For two years Patrick hasn’t been able to focus on anything but the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he’s watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts to crave a life with him—a life he isn’t sure he can have.
Ken doesn’t realize he’s fallen in love until the doctors send Hanna home, saying there’s nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or succumb. Ken’s heart is set on a new beginning—with both Patrick and Hanna. But Patrick’s silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.
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Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived all over the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now works full time on his writing. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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