A coming of age story about faith, love, and overcoming society’s prejudices during the American Antebellum period.
In 1810, Lucy Hallison suffered from a severe illness at the age of three, and later recovered, a deaf-mute. Unable to relate to the world in which she lives, she’s often ignored and sometimes treated with cruelty. Until a boy, Samuel Burke, steps into her life at the tender age of seven, coloring her world and showing her what it means to be seen, to not be invisible, to be understood.
The two become inseparable childhood friends, and as they grow and mature, there is the promise and hope of something more that also grows between them. But the hope of something more is put on hold so she can attend The American Asylum at Hartford for the Deaf and Dumb, the first of its kind, requiring her to leave the only home she’s ever known and the only boy she’s ever loved.
But while she is away, tragedy strikes, and Samuel is now the one unable to relate to the world in which he lives, unable to find his own voice, and withdrawing from everyone and everything he’s ever known.
When Lucy returns home from school, she has one goal in mind—to put color back into his world the way he had once put color into hers.
Because Samuel Burke had been her voice when she had needed him most.
Now, she is determined to be his.
Note: Inspired by real people and true historical accounts.
Reverend of Silence by Pamela Sparkman
Series n/a; standalone
Genre Literary Fiction
Publication Date January 14, 2020
I consider myself a pretty well read reader and while I may like a lot of books and give them a five star rating because they are great reads, there is always that one book that stands out from all of the others. Pamela Sparkman has done this once before with her previous book, Back to Yesterday, and now once again with Reverend of Silence. Sparkman has such a way with words and immersing you into a scene and I found myself sighing over and over again. Her prose is just so lyrical and completely melts my heart.
Samuel Burke is the new kid in Bridgeport, CT. His father is taking over as pastor of the town and being the new kid means going to a new school and meeting new friends. Here is where he meets Noah and Lucy. Lucy is not like all of the others. She is deaf and mute due to a virus when she was just a baby. To the outside world, Lucy is no better than an animal and the town treats her as if she is stupid. Even her own family seems to ignore her, But Sam really sees her and plans to show Lucy why she is far from being invisible. But, when the tables are turned and Sam faces his own tragedy, it is Lucy’s turn to bring the boy she has always loved back into the light.
There are just so many wonderful things I want to say about this story and I am not quite sure I can even give it the justice that it deserves. Sparkman brings so much to this story and it’s not just a sweet romance. It is a coming of age story with so many elements such as family, friendships, love, passion, and believing in the goodness in people. But, on the flip side, it also shows how the disabled were treated by their own peers. How they were not looked upon as people and were often ignored and ridiculed. Sparkman really shines a light on the atrocities someone with a disability faced on a day to day basis.
What I most love about Sparkman’s stories is her ability to bring me back through time to the early 1800’s where this story takes place. She paints a picturesque scene of what life was like in the 1800’s. It is almost as if I was there just watching as the story unfolds. I can’t even express how much this book drew me right in. In a way, it reminds me of stories my grandmother would tell me from when she was just a young girl. I love looking at old black and white photographs and hearing stories from my grandmother’s youth. It was just a different time back then and Sparkman has really captured the essence of that.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved Sam. Sam is just everything! He is compassionate, loving, respectful, and such a stand up human being. I think all of us need a Sam in our lives. Lucy is also an amazing character and while she feels she doesn’t have a place, Sam opens up a whole new world to her and Lucy becomes this shining character so worthy of everything. I just love the way her character just blossomed throughout the entirety of this story.
I am guessing by now it is no secret that I am a huge fan of Pamela Sparkman. Her books are like that warm, fuzzy and cozy blanket you want to wrap yourself in every night. Needless to say, Five stars are definitely not enough for this brilliantly moving, superbly written heartfelt story. Reverend of Silence needs to be on everyone’s reading list. I know this will definitely be one of my favorite reads of 2020.
To celebrate the release of REVEREND OF SILENCE by Pamela Sparkman, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Open internationally. One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Pamela Sparkman. Giveaway ends 1/31/2020 @ 11:59pm EST.
PAMELA SPARKMAN grew up in Alabama. She became an avid reader at a young age. The written word has always fascinated her and she wrote her first short story while still in elementary school. Inspiration for her stories always begins with a song. She believes music is the pulse of life and books are the heart of it.
When she isn’t writing, however, she’s spending time with her family and taking one day at a time.