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.
I couldn’t fathom the challenges the deaf people faced in the 1820’s but they were pretty huge. Reverend of Silence is a fantastic book. A powerful and inspiring book. The author tells her story through two families. Samuel Burke and his reverend father and mother.
Lucy Hallison, her brother Noah, their 3 other older siblings and their parents.
Lucy is a deaf 7 year old who is invisible to her family and her surroundings. That is until Samuel enters her classroom and changes not only her life but her family’s too.
Samuel doesn’t turn his back on the girl everyone ignores and teases because of her disability. No, he gets angry once he discovers that Lucy is deaf. He, Lucy and her brother Noah forms a friendship. A beautiful and pure friendship.
Samuel changes so many lives with his views and outlook on life. Lucy blooms as the years passes because she’s finally seen. By Samuel of course but most of all by her family.
The struggles and growth these two families go through are heartbreaking, heartfelt and inspiring.
I fell hard for Sam, Lucy and Noah. For their parents. There was no hate or fear. Just love and admiration.
Pamela Sparkman has created a brilliant literary and historical fiction. A coming of age story which captures the disadvantages and struggles deaf people had to experience in that era. It’s difficult to read at times because the hate and bigotry people had towards deaf people was sad and real. Based on ignorance. Throughout this emotional story shines a gorgeous love story. A story that is worth a read. I’m so grateful to have experienced it.
5 Meet Me On The Dance Floor Stars
About the BookReverend of Silence by Pamela Sparkman
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publication Date: January 14, 2020
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About the Author
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.