The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

October 10, 2019 - Comment

The first book in the Art of Hearing Heartbeats series, this is a passionate love story, a haunting fable, and an enchanting mystery set in Burma. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love

The first book in the Art of Hearing Heartbeats series, this is a passionate love story, a haunting fable, and an enchanting mystery set in Burma.

When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2012: I’ll admit that when I first read the title of Jan-Philipp Sendker’s novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, I winced (just a little). Something about it gave off a whiff of well-aged Stilton, but this love story is no stinky cheese. In it, a respected New York City attorney vanishes, supposedly en route to a business trip, leaving an embittered wife and dumbfounded daughter behind. No, I’m not getting my genres mixed-up. While there’s a mystery–one the daughter, Julia, travels to Burma to unravel–what she uncovers there is anything but sinister. Julia is a cynical sleuth, and your suspension of disbelief will be tested, too, but as this sweeping romance unfolds, you’ll gladly fall for it. –Erin Kodicek

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Anonymous says:

Enchanting, Passionate and Profound: Read and Enjoy Magic. Pure magic. This book—with prose that reads more like poetry—is a sheer delight. I have no idea how to classify it. It’s a haunting fable. And a passionate love story. And an enchanting mystery. I wanted to hurriedly read to find out what would happen next, but I had to keep stopping to reread whole paragraphs because they were so beautifully written. Elegant writing cannot be cheated no matter how engrossing the plot.When Julia Win’s successful and wealthy father…

Anonymous says:

A Difficult Book to Review Although the book begins in the United States, the story predominately occurs in the Far East and follows that traditional genre with stories mixed with Buddhist fables. Thus making the work very different to those accustomed to a Western cultural approach. So, from my personal perspective, the book seems overly long, too full of coincidences, and too mystical (for lack of a better word). It was not a wasteful read, but rather one that lacks complete satisfaction especially in the light of…

Anonymous says:

On wow! You’ve got to read this one. What a beautiful lesson in life and love and death! I have been greatly moved by this book in a way that I seldom am. Eloquently written, the imagery of sight and sound are profound. Not only is it a lesson in the advantages a disability can bring, it also brings healing to the grieving heart. How many books can you say that about? The lessons learned by a young woman in the search for her missing father are ones that bring beauty and fullness to life. I am most grateful I have read it.

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