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ISBN13: 9780778322269
ISBN10: 0778322262
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"Dear Stranger, You don't know me, but you are my hero. My husband, Mason, received your son's heart. You have given him a new life."

With the tragic death of her teenage son, Claire O'Neal lost more than Nathan — she lost her direction. Now, three years after his death, her life remains flat and hopeless. But with the unexpected discovery of a forgotten letter, written by the wife of the man who received Nathan's heart, Claire feels as if she has been given a chance to connect again with her son. According to the letter, Mason MacKinnon is a talented violinist and happily married. Perhaps, if she could meet him, Nathan's death would finally have some meaning.

But when she finds Mason, he is playing piano in a seedy bar, a cynical, chain-smoking man, down on his luck and in no mood for Claire. What has happened to him in the years since his wife wrote to Claire? How dare he abuse the precious gift given to him by Claire's son? Saving a man who has lost his family, his illustrious career and his will to live is no easy task, but Claire is driven with a purpose that borders obsession. And as two lost, lonely people learn to find hope once again, they grow to understand that life's most beautiful music still comes straight from the heart.

Review:

"Three years after the car accident that killed her 17-year-old son, Nathan, Claire O'Neal clings to grief, her life empty but for imagined conversations with the boy she raised on her own and her hectic job as a San Antonio, Tex., real estate agent. Preston (Butterfly House) strikes an uneven tone in this sentimental novel about loss and letting go. When therapy doesn't help, Claire decides to chase after Nathan's heart, which was transplanted to Mason McKinnon, a concert violinist with heart disease. She tracks Mason down to Sante Fe, New Mexico, where she finds him working as a piano player in a seedy bar, 'wasting his health and a providential talent.' She schemes her way into Mason's life and strives to preserve her son's gift by preparing healthful meals for Mason and hiding his cigarettes. Their friendship survives the revelation of her identity as the mother of his organ donor, and evolves into a strange romance. Awkwardly woven in with this story are peeks at other characters significantly affected by Nathan's death: his high school girlfriend Lindsey and the trucker who's wracked with guilt for his role in Nathan's accident. Preston's well-intentioned novel ultimately offers redemption and healing for its tragedy-stricken characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

When Claire's son is killed in an accident, his heart is donated to a transplant patient she doesn't know. When she tracks down the recipient, she finds he is a burned-out musician living an unhealthy lifestyle--and Claire sets out to salvage his life.

About the Author

Marcia lives with her husband, Paul, beside a creek in central Oklahoma, where she bird-watches, gardens and dodges tornadoes.

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Carmina Osting, July 23, 2008 (view all comments by Carmina Osting)
I really loved it. The story was impressive. I was just on the first few chapters and it was really caught my interest, I couldn't put the book down. It's great. I'm still on the search of 'butterflyhouse'. It was as if I was in the book, seeing things happen for real (that's just how my imagination works). I was amazed the way Claire dealt with the tragic experience of the death of his son, with all those hallucintion, it was kinda real, and her story (past life) with Win was cute, and the way Mason appeared in her life, it was realistic. It really happens in real life. It was inspiring and strucked my heart.
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Cheryl Marseilles, September 13, 2006 (view all comments by Cheryl Marseilles)
This is one of the Best Books I have ever read-A Mothers story of losing her teenage son and donating his heart.She then searches for the person who has her sons heart and you will be driven to know so much more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780778322269
Publisher:
Mira Books
Subject:
General
Author:
Preston, Marcia
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Musicians
Subject:
Loneliness
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
331
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.25 in

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The Piano Man
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Product details 331 pages Mira Books - English 9780778322269 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Three years after the car accident that killed her 17-year-old son, Nathan, Claire O'Neal clings to grief, her life empty but for imagined conversations with the boy she raised on her own and her hectic job as a San Antonio, Tex., real estate agent. Preston (Butterfly House) strikes an uneven tone in this sentimental novel about loss and letting go. When therapy doesn't help, Claire decides to chase after Nathan's heart, which was transplanted to Mason McKinnon, a concert violinist with heart disease. She tracks Mason down to Sante Fe, New Mexico, where she finds him working as a piano player in a seedy bar, 'wasting his health and a providential talent.' She schemes her way into Mason's life and strives to preserve her son's gift by preparing healthful meals for Mason and hiding his cigarettes. Their friendship survives the revelation of her identity as the mother of his organ donor, and evolves into a strange romance. Awkwardly woven in with this story are peeks at other characters significantly affected by Nathan's death: his high school girlfriend Lindsey and the trucker who's wracked with guilt for his role in Nathan's accident. Preston's well-intentioned novel ultimately offers redemption and healing for its tragedy-stricken characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , When Claire's son is killed in an accident, his heart is donated to a transplant patient she doesn't know. When she tracks down the recipient, she finds he is a burned-out musician living an unhealthy lifestyle--and Claire sets out to salvage his life.
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