Title: Porcelain Keys
Author: Sarah Beard
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Aria’s life is full of secrets–secrets about her mother’s death, her father’s cruelty, and her dream to go to Juilliard. When Aria meets Thomas, he draws out her secrets, captures her heart, and gives her the courage to defy her father. But when tragedy strikes and Thomas disappears, Aria is left alone to transform her broken heart’s melody into something beautiful. Porcelain Keys is a captivating love story that will resonate long after the last page is turned.
This book starts with 17-year-old Aria running away from her abusive father. She runs to her “safe haven” – aka the tree house on Mr. Euler’s property. And this is where she meets Mr. Euler’s grandson, Thomas Ashby, for the first time. Thomas and Aria are immediately drawn to each other (even though their first few meetings are completely humiliating to Aria – he seemed to have an uncanny way of seeing her at her worst). They both have secrets, as does Aria’s father (which is why he turned to alcohol after her mother’s death). The secrets are revealed in perfect time; this book was really difficult for me to put down because I felt so invested in these characters and what made them tick, and the author did such a beautiful job in telling this story!
I loved Nathaniel, her mother’s Julliard friend, who teaches Aria piano and helps her get to Julliard — and quickly becomes the father she wished she had. I loved Vivian, the 30-something-year-old who is hot after her father and isn’t afraid to let everyone know it (I laughed so hard when she brought Aria and a homemade pie to Thomas’ house) — she’s a breath of fresh air in a book with so many secrets because she doesn’t have any! I love Devin, Aria’s Julliard friend who loves her even when she’s broken and helps her find her smile again.
But Thomas and Aria are definitely my favorite characters! This is a story of first love and second chances, abuse and recovery, healing, redemption, and forgiveness. It’s been a long time since I added a book to my favorites shelf, but this one is going there!
(My one grievance: I am an Epilogue addict, and this book did not have one… and I really wanted one!)