Carmen Andrews hasn’t spoken for a year, not since she was viciously tortured by a psychopath. Forced into silence by the trauma, she finds a new life in a new town. As a dancer, she can get away with her silence. In her head is a mess of memories, withheld frustrations, and a host of wingless dreams. When her new psychiatrist sends her to a speech therapist to help loosen her tongue, she meets Jacob Weller.
Fresh out of graduate school, Jacob is eager to help those who are suffering from mutism and other speech and language disorders. When he meets Carmen, he finds her attractive but his high ethical standards keep him from mentioning it. But when he’s blown away by another woman, his thoughts wander back to the hauntingly beautiful face of Carmen, of the emotive way she looks through him and seems to know him.
As Jacob begins to treat her, he finds himself drawn more and more to her, and even begins to confide in her about himself. As his actions border on the unprofessional, with no visible changes in Carmen, he faces an emotional and professional dilemma.
Carmen struggles with her demons and secrets… secrets that keep her mouth firmly shut and her heart desperately wanting.
by Dahlia Salvatore
Contemporary Romance / Drama / Suspense
January 17, 2014
Review by Courtney
After being abducted and tortured a year ago, Carmen Andrews is trying to put her life back together, all while not talking. Jacob Weller is a recent psychology graduate opening his practice. In his new office and ready to start doing what he worked so hard for, Jacob is faced with his first patient Carmen Andrews. Through their weekly meetings he is determined to get her to do what no other doctors have been successful at, talking. Yet unexpected events begin occurring and Jacob is forced to deal with his own heartbreak while trying to heal Carmen of her demons.
Throughout Body Language both characters lead completely separate lives, except during their weekly visits. Jacob is faced with heartbreak throughout the story, all while trying to maintain his newly opened practice. Carmen is trying to heal through dance, but often time finds herself stumbling through and begins to question her choice of returning to the art she loves so much, ballet. As the story progresses their lives slowly begin to weave together without either of them knowing.
Carmen meets Ms. Mabel and I loved their relationship. I wish that there would have been more moments in the story that really emphasized what drew the two women to each other. Body Language was beautifully written, and the element of art as therapy was refreshing to read. I enjoyed the examples of dance, drawing and singing as forms of helping to heal. I think many people read as an escape and their own meditation, the same goes for authors who write as a form of expression and release. All forms of art help in healing or meditation in a way and I really loved those parts of the book.
The book does have a side of suspense as well, and the reason behind it was never on my radar. I would have never guessed what would happen, and in my opinion, when the reader doesn’t figure it out before it happens then it always makes for a great story! But I won’t go any further, no spoilers here! I give Body Language 4 out of 5 books.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I’m a thirty-two-year-old female author living in Seattle, Washington. I’m married to the love of my life and have been for ten years. I come from Coos Bay, Oregon and moved to Seattle six years ago. I love it here and don’t see us going anywhere anytime soon.
I’ve been heavily influenced by contemporary writers like J.K. Rowling, Mary Balogh, Christina Dodd, Stephanie Laurens, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and many many others. Indie authors who’ve influenced me (and these are just a few) are Jasinda Wilder, Michelle Hughes, Kristin Flynn, Katie Mac, Dawn Robertson, Ada Slow, Melissa Brodky, Brandelyn Harris, Brandy Dorsch, and Brandy Jellum.
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