The Sound Between the Notes
Barbara Linn Probst
Contemporary, Women, Fiction
April 6, 2021
What if you had a second chance to have the very thing you thought you’d renounced forever?
Susannah understands that restoring her lost magic at the piano and maybe, just maybe, vaulting into that elite tier of chosenmusicians will have a price. Everything does.
But she never expected the price to be so high.
What if you had a second chance at the very thing you thought you’d renounced forever? How steep a price would you be willing to pay?
Susannah’s career as a pianist has been on hold for nearly sixteen years, ever since her son was born. An adoptee who’s never forgiven her birth mother for not putting her first, Susannah vowed to put her own child first, no matter what. And she did.
But now, suddenly, she has a chance to vault into that elite tier of “chosen” musicians. There’s just one problem: somewhere along the way, she lost the power and the magic that used to be hers at the keyboard. She needs to get them back. Now.
Her quest—what her husband calls her obsession—turns out to have a cost Susannah couldn’t have anticipated. Even her hand betrays her, as Susannah learns that she has a progressive hereditary disease that’s making her fingers cramp and curl—a curse waiting in her genes, legacy of a birth family that gave her little else. As her now-or-never concert draws near, Susannah is catapulted back to memories she’s never been able to purge—and forward, to choices she never thought she’d have to make.
Told through the unique perspective of a musician, The Sound Between the Notes draws the reader deeper and deeper into the question Susannah can no longer silence: Who am I, and where do I belong?
A spellbinding, emotionally-engrossing story for anyone who has ever wondered what it means to be a mother, a daughter, a wife—to do right by those you life, while doing right by yourself too?