By Dawn Kinzer



BACK COVER: An attractive special events planner is determined to keep her distance.

A disfigured musician struggles to guard his heart.

By all appearances, both are destined to fail.


Liana Tate, a special events planner grew up in a high-profile family. No matter what she does, Liana feels she never measures up.

 Bryan Langley, a talented musician, was close to signing a recording contract when a barn fire left part of his face severely burned. He survived, but his career did not.


When Liana’s father hires Bryan as a caretaker on the family estate outside of Seattle, Liana’s and Bryan’s lives become entangled. He risks public humiliation for Liana’s success, and she encourages him to use his musical gifts, despite his reluctance. Thrown together, will they achieve their elusive dreams? And will the two find the love and acceptance they yearn for, or will their actions only drive each other away?

ABOUT AUTHOR: Dawn Kinzer writes fiction because she believes in the power of story to comfort, challenge, and inspire. 

Her work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Backyard Friends magazine, The One Year Life Verse Devotional, A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of His Love, and featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home. 

Dawn's historical romance series, The Daughters of Riverton, takes place in the early 1900s. The setting and some of the characters were inspired by her rural Wisconsin hometown. Sarah's Smile is the first story in the series, Hope's Design is the second, and Rebecca's Song completes the trilogy.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, cinnamon, popcorn, strong coffee, good wine, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

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1. What is your favorite music to listen to?


2.  Did you attend a musical event that blew your socks off? If so, what was it and why did it blow you away?

3. If you could learn a musical instrument, (guaranteed you'd get it) what would you like to play and why?

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3. I would like to play the trumpet. My grandpa played in high school, and I have his trumpet

Interesting, Susan! 

I played the piano and guitar. When it came to playing in the school band, my mother wanted me to play flute because she still had hers. But I wanted to be different. The drums were out because she didn't want the "noise." The saxophone was out because it was too expensive. So I chose the cornet, which is similar to the trumpet.

I love to listen to worship music.

I'm with you, Caryl.

Worship music is probably my favorite as well. Hillsong is great. As far as a single artist, my current fave is Lauren Daigle.

I love listening to any music that I can dance to, especially Earth, Wind and Fire!

A dancer! Love that!

I've always enjoyed dancing too, Kathy.

2. I truly enjoyed the Collingsworth family.  They are all so talented and the mother plays the piano so well and without lessons. Amazing.

Hi, Victoria!

I hadn't heard of the Collingsworth Family, so I checked them out on YouTube. It looks like they sing basic gospel music. They have a nice sound! Thanks for sharing!

1. I am a music lover so the only music that I don't like is heavy metal or rap. 

3. I have always wanted to play the piano but financial circumstances have prevented it. I now would like to learn the dulcimer. It produces such soothing and beautiful sounds! 

Hi, Connie!

Boy, I'm sure on the same page as you! I like many genres of music, but I've ever been able to handle heavy metal. Rap music depends on how it's done. I like a mix of rap and pop together - if I can understand the words. But for me, just straight rap without the ability to understand what's being said isn't enjoyable for me.

The dulcimer! That's an interesting and fun choice!

I would like to play the guitar. I took one semester of it in high school but was not really talented. I like classical guitar as well as light rock. One special thing my mom did with me as a child was we attended musicals at the Muny opera in St Louis. I loved seeing classics including miss Saigon, Annie and my favorite Fiddler on the roof.


I encourage you to pick up the guitar again! It's one instrument that you can easily take with you and play anywhere, and it doesn't take up much space. It doesn't matter if you're super good at it or not - enjoy it for yourself!

I'm so glad your mom exposed you to musical theater. I love it too! I have two daughters, and when they were young, I shared my love of old black and white movies that were musicals. You know ... with Judy Garland, Bing Crosy, and other talented stars. My youngest daughter couldn't stand musicals until a few years ago. On the flip side, my oldest daughter majored in musical theater and has performed professionally all over the country, including New York, Chicago, and Seattle. Now that she has a young family, she's taking a break from it all. 


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