The highly anticipated new novel from the multiple award-winning author of Queen of the Owls . . .
What if you had a second chance at the very thing you thought you’d renounced forever? How steep a price would you be willing to pay?
Susannah’s career as a pianist has been on hold for nearly sixteen years, ever since her son was born. An adoptee who’s never forgiven her birth mother for not putting her first, Susannah vowed to put her own child first, no matter what. And she did.
But now, suddenly, she has a chance to vault into that elite tier of “chosen” musicians. There’s just one problem: somewhere along the way, she lost the power and the magic that used to be hers at the keyboard. She needs to get them back. Now.
Her quest―what her husband calls her obsession―turns out to have a cost Susannah couldn’t have anticipated. Even her hand betrays her, as Susannah learns that she has a progressive hereditary disease that’s making her fingers cramp and curl―a curse waiting in her genes, legacy of a birth family that gave her little else. As her now-or-never concert draws near, Susannah is catapulted back to memories she’s never been able to purge―and forward, to choices she never thought she would have to make.
Told through the unique perspective of a musician, The Sound Between the Notes draws the reader deeper and deeper into the question Susannah can no longer silence: Who am I, and where do I belong?
Barbara Linn Probst delivers a novel that tugged at my heart strings so often I could imagine the sound of music coming from my soul as I read.
Her reverence for women is remarkable!
While taking a break from reading, I would close my eyes, and visualize piano strings in movement, actually being able to touch “The Sound Between the Notes”.
Her message was delivered.
My heart in cadence with the life of Susannah.
This book felt personal to me, I dare a woman not to find herself somewhere.
I admire the melodious nature in which Probst shares this story.
She treats a woman’s life in an amazingly ceremonious manner, no matter what part of the story she is telling.
In this, I learn that my life is always extraordinary. “I am woman, here me roar”!
Probst teaches us lessons!
While there are piercing moments there are soft edges, too. “The Sound Between the Notes” is truly an inspired work.
As we dig deeper into Susannah’s life, I realize that her life is like that of a piano chord. A chord is the combination of two or more notes played simultaneously.
This was her life’s struggle…wanting to hit that chord in her real life!
Hit two or more things at once successfully and make it sound and feel like wonder!!! She just wanted everything to work, and never feel neglect.
You must read this to learn the sound of her song. I bet you will learn a little bit more about yours.
I love a book that lives in you and moves your spirit. This is it!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Barbara Linn Probst is a writer, researcher, clinician, and “serious amateur” pianist living on a historic dirt road in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Barbara’s novels (QUEEN OF THE OWLS, April 2020, and THE SOUND OF ONE HAND, coming in April 2021) tell of the search for authenticity, wholeness, and connection. In both novels, art helps the protagonist to become more fully herself.
QUEEN OF THE OWLS has been chosen as a 2020 selection by the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, a network of more than 780 book clubs across the U.S.
Author of the groundbreaking book on nurturing out-of-the-box children, WHEN THE LABELS DON’T FIT, Barbara also holds a PhD in clinical social work and is a frequent guest essayist on major online sites for fiction writers. To learn more about Barbara and her work, see http://www.barbaralinnprobst.com/