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“A Note to the Reader: I grew up as the son of a man who could not possibly have been my father. Though there was never any doubt that my seed had come from another man, Moses Froben, Lo Svizzero, called me ‘son.’ And I called him ‘father.’ On the rare occasions when someone dared to ask for clarification, he simply laughed as though the questioner were being obtuse. ‘Of course he’s not my son!’ he would say. ‘Don’t be ridiculous.’ But whenever I myself gained the courage to ask him further of our past, he just looked sadly at me. “Please, Nicolai,” he would say after a moment, as though we had made a pact I had forgotten. With time, I came to understand I would never know the secrets of my birth, for my father was the only one who knew these secrets, and he would take them to his grave.” keep reading…

The celebrated opera singer Lo Svizzero was born in a belfry high in the Swiss Alps where his mother served as the keeper of the loudest and most beautiful bells in the land. Shaped by the bells’ glorious music, as a boy he possessed an extraordinary gift for sound. But when his preternatural hearing was discovered – along with its power to expose the sins of the church – young Moses Froben was cast out of his village with only his ears to guide him in a world fraught with danger.

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  • sandra hahnenkratt

    Can’t wait to read the whole book.

  • Martha Davis

    This has been on my radar for a while now. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • Brandy

    I received this book,and I LOVED it. It was amazing! I don’t want to ruin it for anyone by telling the story. But it’s a great read, a purchase well worth it.

  • Bonnie Wemyss

    Would love to read this book….my father is living but I do not know him and have only seen him a handful of times in my life….

  • Lisa Sibley

    I’m looking forward to reading it soon.

  • Hope

    sounds intruiging… Will love to read this one.

  • Amanda O’Neill

    I love to read and love finding new authors that I did not expect to love! This book is a GREAT read and I recommend it to anyone!

  • Lynn Cartwright

    Just finished reading The Bells. It is a fascinating story that I simply could not put down. It is one of those books that you will be telling your friends they “must” read!

  • Sally Gawne

    I want to put this book on my TBR pile. It sounds wonderful!

  • Linda Tayrien

    got a little bored in the middle, but plugged on and couldn’t put it down. great characters that still resonate w/ me.

  • Aimee Sidhu

    I just finished my free copy and thought it was fantastic! What an interesting and unique story line, well written and clever – hard to put down because it’s so engaging!

  • Colleen Murphy

    This book sounds amazing! It is pairing two of my favorite things; music and criticizing organized religion. If there are free copies left I would love to be considered for one.

  • Renae

    I’m excited to read this book – thanks for sharing and informing.

  • Janet

    Very unique story line. Would love to read this one.

  • Rachel

    I thought it was a great book. I didn’t want to put it down until finished. It was so sad though right off the bat so if you get depressed easily I wouldn’t recommend this one. To everyone else, it is an engaging story. Thank you for the free copy :)

  • Michele

    I have to say that this book was both wonderful and eventful. It didn’t take me long to finish this book because I had to know what would happen next. Had me thinking about it long after I was finished!

  • Ronda

    I usually do not read this type of book. It is more like Christian or Sy-Fy, but this book is so good. It caught me from the first page and I could not put it down. I let my kids principle read it and he loved it.
    I can’t wait to get another book. It is always good to read outside of what your use to.

  • patz

    I like it! I like it!

  • Rae

    Great premise for a story, however, I wanted more at the end!

  • desiree reilly

    hi im desi by trade well i can tell you if i got the book it would be given good reading and reviews on it on lot of sites it looks great and interseting

  • Lauren

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! At first I was skeptical, but once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. Amazing and touching story!

  • bekah

    I started this book right after I finished a book I couldn’t put down. I didn’t expect to start another one I absolutely loved. I think I read 100 pages the first night. I loved Moses and missed him after I finished the book. Thank you for a great pick!

  • Sally

    One of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read. It was so well written, loved it!!!

  • Kat79

    Loved this book. The descriptions made me feel as though I was living it. A passionate and moving story..