Deaf Characters in Fiction
(recently dicovered)

Rachel Lee/ Mercedes Lackey/Catherine Asaro - Charmed Destinies (Short Stories)
(Harlequin LUNA)

     Moonglow by Nebula Award?winning author Catherine Asaro

In a world where kings married for magic, Iris Larkspur was required to wed the prince—despite the spell that kept him deaf, mute and blind. Healing her bridegroom would take a power greater than any she'd ever known—one only two bonded hearts could provide!

Kelly Adams  -  The Silent Heart
     (Second Chance at Love, No 461)

Sensitive and vulnerable, Laura finds herself responding to David's pursuit wholeheartedly, yet fearfully. Her deafness has led to conflict before.....

[Kelly Adams aka Kelly Jamison, aka Linda Buechting]

Catherine Anderson -  Annie's Song

     Alex is horrified to learn his brother forced himself on a helpless girl. Tormented by guilt, Alex marries her and intends to raise the child she carries. Soon after the wedding, Alex discovers that Annie, the "idiot" daughter of a local judge, is not mentally handicapped but deaf. As Alex learns to communicate with Annie, he awakens her unexplored self to a world of love.


Rebecca Anderson - Christmas Spirit
      (Paranormal Romance)

Diana Christmas grew up hearing her jovial grandfather, Sparky, talk about the family's indomitable "Christmas spirit." She assumed he meant a general attitude of humor and determination. When she inherits Christmas House, however, the family's rambling turn-of-the century home high on a seaside cliff in North California, she discovers Sparky might have been talking about more than attitude when he referred to Christmas spirit...

Christmas House has a ghost! And not your run-of-the-mill specter moving furniture and rattling chains. This earthbound spirit, Alex White, is playful, handsome, and very sexy.

Deaf Character - 5-year old Emma Christmas

Susan Andersen  -  Baby I'm Yours 

      heroine is a hearing daughter of deaf parents. A teacher for the Deaf. ASL plays a part in the plot. And there is a minor deaf character in the story. 

Jennifer Armstrong  -   Mary Mehan Awake  

     The close of the civil war finds Maryl emotionally traumatized and she travels to Lake Ontario. There she meets another "wounded chick", Henry Till, who returned from the war deaf. (Young Adult)

Jennifer Ashley - The Pirate Hunter
      Historical Romance [Setting: 1813, Regency London]

Heroine is Diana. Her daughter, Isabeau Worthing is deaf.

Kathy Attalla - Silent Heart
      (Avalon Romance)

When Luke Clayborne accepts the invitation to his younger sister's commencement ceremony, his tightly woven existence begins to unravel. His deaf sibling leaves him with no doubt that she resents his failure to learn how to communicate with her in Sign Language. Jade Allenwood is a woman caught between her two cultures. The one-time musical prodigy lost her hearing in an accident. Necessity forced her to trade her piano keys for computer keys and get on with her life. As a business teacher and guidance counselor at the Kennelworth Institute for the Deaf, she has become a passionate spokesperson for her students.


Elizabeth August - Lucky Penny
      (Silhouette Romance, No. 945)

All Celina Warley craved in her silent world was a child. But in a small town like Smytheshire, Massachusetts, a baby needed a father-and a woman needed a husband! “Mr. Maybe” had eluded her all her life, until Celina unearthed a penny and its luck brought her Dr. Reid Prescott.

Reid knew the town wanted a "family-oriented" physician. Trouble was, he didn't think he could handle the emotional entanglements of marriage. He found his solution in Celina's own dilemma and agreed to the convenient union. It would work out perfectly. Unless his luck turned . . . and he fell in love!

Heroine is deaf

Elizabeth August - A Father's Vow
      (SR 1126 - 1/96) Daddy wants a wife

Lucas Carver owed Felicity Burrow a debt he could never repay. She had miraculously transformed his son's silent world while adding joy to his own. And though they had never met before, Lucas felt Felicity was tied to him in unimaginable ways....

Felicity was certain that Lucas would do anything for his little boy--even convince himself that he loved her! It was hard to resist the boy's plea to become his mommy, but ignoring Lucas's powerful attraction proved even harder. Could Felicity believe his claims that they shared a special bond? Or was her hope for a family of her own just wishful thinking?

This Smytheshire single dad has marriage on his mind!

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park

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Mary Balogh - Heartless
Georgian-era Romance

"Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his brother, rejected by his fiancée, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later, fate has brought him back home, to the rescue of the very people who had once shunned him. Luke is amused by the advice that a wife will make his takeover of both the title and the family estate smoother, but amusement turns to desire once he sets eyes upon Lady Anna Marlowe. Unbeknownst to Luke, Anna is also no stranger to pain, but her suffering can't be so easily overcome, not when her tormentor stalks her to the very doors of Bowden Abbey. Luke and Anna, each made fragile by the past, must learn to trust both each other and their love if they are to have any chance for a future together." -- Publishers Weekly

Deaf character is heroine's sister. Later a main character in Silent Melody, listed below

Mary Balogh -  Silent Melody
(Historical Romance )

Lady Emily Marlowe has never forgotten Lord Ashley Kendrick, who went to India when she was very young and married someone else there. She is engaged to another man when Ashley returns, widowed and alone and desperately unhappy. Emily's love is revived, but Ashley harbors a deep, dark, dangerous secret, and she can neither hear not speak.

Heroine is deaf.


Leanne Banks - Some Girls Do
      (Contemporary Romance)

Heroine's brother Jeremy is deaf, and his school requires a large tuition, thus her new job. Unknown how much if any time is spent with Jeremy in the book.


Deborah Benét - Wrangler's Lady
      ( Rapture Romance 64)

-- Hero's nephew is deaf.


Ariel Berk - Silent Beginnings
      (Silhouette Desire #93 - 10/83)

-- Hero's daughter, Amy is deaf.

New Concept Publishing
Crystal B. Bright - Kissing Casanova
e-Book - Contemporary Interracial romance

In order to ignite some spark into their professional wrestling company, the owners are hoping a week-long expose article on their top wrestler, Casanova, will bring in new fans. However, Casanova is no fan of journalists or opening up about his life, especially with the secrets he's trying to hide. Not good for Soledad Monroe, a spoiled, rich socialite-party girl who hates that her parents have forced her to work as a journalist at one of their magazines so that she can start being more responsible. Plus her parents want to keep her from the altar. A seven-time divorcee, Soledad marries like it's a hobby. For a wrestler whose shtick is asking planted women in the audience to marry him, the world is waiting for him to propose and fill in spot number eight....

Secondary character is deaf. Best friend of the hero.

Sandra Brown -  Unspeakable 
      (Romantic Suspense)

A deaf woman, her child, and father-in-law who are targets of some violent escapees.

(Plenty of deaf characterization and signing. A mature subject with strong language.)

Rachel Ryan (aka Sandra Brown) -   Eloquent Silence 
      (Romantic Suspense)

(Dated storyline. Somedeaf characterization and signing.)

Sandra Canfield -  Star Song
    (Harlequin Superromance, 519)

Romance about Claire and Nash. Claire is deaf and so is Nash's daughter Amy Anne. Nash is hearing.

[Sandra Canfield (aka Sandi Shane, Karen Keast) ]


Susannah Carleton - A Twist of Fate
(Signet Regency Romance)

Madeline Graves is a severely hearing imparied widow, injuries caused by her abusive husband. Note: I gave this a B Kisses Only.


Marisa Carroll - Last-Minute Marriage
       (HSR 942 - 10/00)

-- Hero has a hearing impaired son.

Dick Claassen - Love Signs

Peter is deaf. Molly is hearing. They meet in a most gentle way and learn to communicate; not just in thought, but in love. But the outside forces that bring them together are anything but gentle as Peter and Molly are taken through the terrifying tragedy of past lives that haunts them in their present life.

Amazon (click on covers)

Catherine Cookson - The Mallen Girl - Our John Willie, (Thunder on the Right???)

     The Mallen Girl - Even as a child Barbara was beaufiful. But as her beauty grew, so did the affliction which shadowed it. She was becoming more and more deaf. Yet, living in an almost silent world, Barbara was protected from the knowledge which might otherwise have destroyed her—the secret of her own origins.
     Our John Willie - Two orphans, one deaf and mute, struggle to stay alive by relying on their own wits and stolen food from a formidable recluse.

     Thunder on the Right was a title mentioned to me, but I can't seem to find it.

Catherine Coulter  -  Season of the Sun

     Magnus is a Viking farmer-merchant who seeks revenge on Zarabeth. He saves her from the court and takes her home to be his slave.Accompanied by her young, deaf half-sister Lotti, Zarabeth sails for Norway to make a new life as Magnus's slave.


Barbara White Daille -  A Rancher's Pride

     (Harlequin American Romance) Sam Robertson's life just changed. In one short day, he found out that he's a daddy; that his beautiful little girl, Becky, is deaf; and that her aunt, sign language teacher Kayla Ward, intends to fight him for custody.

There are plenty of reasons Sam shouldn't fall for Kayla. A city girl like her has no place on his ranch, particularly when she's his ex-wife's gorgeous sister. But thanks to the judge's orders, Sam's spending a lot of time with Kayla, trying to give Becky the stable home she's never known.

Despite their ongoing custody battle, Sam and Kayla's love for Becky brings them closer than they ever expected, and Sam knows that no matter who wins in court, he could still lose—Kayla or his daughter.

Lee Damon - Summer Sunrise
    (Harlequin Super Romance 135)

Tally, the heroine, has a deaf sister who is married to a wonderful husband and they are fantastic dancers. (From notes I gleaned on a previous Book Sleuth query, I think it was).

Echelon Press
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Natalie J. Damschroder - To Heal the Soul

     The senseless murder of Lexa Roberto’s father has left her empty and alone. She needs a miracle. What she gets is Logan McKnight, a deaf mute. He wanders onto her property from nowhere and soon she wonders how she ever managed without him.

Lacy Dancer - His Woman’s Gift
      (Kismet Romance #163 Published by Meteor Publishing Corporation. 1993. ISBN: 1-56597-078-0.)

Deaf character is Eve Noble.

Then Professor Sloane McGuire was asked to escort a certain guest lecturer during her visit to Duke University, he couldn't say no. Eve Noble's writings had touched him, made him think, wish and remember. She was living proof that a silent world was not a prison, but a way to embrace life with a new perspective. As her personal guide, Sloane would give her the respect and privacy she deserved.


Rebecca Daniels - L.A. Midnight
    (Silhouette Intimate Moments 431)

Suddenly Miles Richards had to be a father to an orphaned deaf boy he couldn't communicate with. And the only woman he wanted help from was the same woman who'd walked out on him without an explanation. Teresa Sandoval worked with the hearing impaired, and she wouldn't turn away a helpless child. And this time, Miles wouldn't let her turn him away, either.

out of print

Karen Denison  -  Amy  (filmed, starring Amy Irving)

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Barbara Delinsky - The Passions of Chelsea Kane
(There is a deaf character, but I don't want to spoil the read)

     After the death of her adoptive mother, thirty-six-year-old Chelsea Kane is consumed by the need to uncover her biological heritage. Taking a break from her successful architecture career, she arrives in the New Hampshire town where she was born, determined to learn the truth, her only clue a tarnished silver key.

Charles Dickens - Dr. Marigold
     (a copyright free text file on the Net)

Originally published in 1865, Dr. Marigold was extremely successful, as were Dickens's public performances of a play based on the story - fascinating and easy to read. Doctor (it is his given name) Marigold is a "Cheap Jack" or what we would call a street peddler. Doctor Marigold's fortunes reverse when he adopts a deaf and mute girl whose mother is dead and whose stepfather, owner of a traveling circus, beats her. Dr Marigold recalls an overwhelming passion across two cultures - hearing and deaf.

 Susan Drake - Hear No Evil
      (Silhouette Intimate Moments, No 588)

Molly Light is deaf and uses her painting to speak for her. Stefanos Metadorakis wants her to paint pictures for his hotels in Greece.


Elizabeth Doyle - Beyond Paradise
     (Renaissance/Pirate )

Hero is deaf and reads lips. (Another book sleuth query note, I believe).


Candace Bowen Early - A Knight of Silence
     (Medieval Romance)

Nineteen year old Reina of Kenwick knows a lot about adversity. Deaf from a childhood illness, she is about to be banished to a convent by her cold and distant father. Baron Fulke of Erlegh has a tragic past. Throwing himself into a life of battle and debauchery, Fulke is removed from the field and commanded to take a bride. King Henry I. is a changed man since losing his only son and heir in the White Ship sinking. Intent to name his only daughter, Matilda, the first Queen of England, he seeks advantage over powerful opposition. Discovering Reina's unique ability to lip-read, Henry separates the two lovers and coerces Reina to spy for the crown under threat of harm to Fulke. In a battle between love and loyalty, Fulke and his courageous band of knights enact a plan that will free Reina from the king's grip or cause all of them to be executed for treason in... A Knight of Silence.


Suzanne Ellison - Words Unspoken
(HSR 308 - 5/88 )

-- Meredith Kelsey, an interpreter for the deaf, was glad to help hearing-impaired marine biologist, Gunnar Nilsson.


Marie Ferrarella - Heart to Heart
     (SR 632 - 12/89)

-- heroine is deaf and mute, works as a mime at a theme park.


Gaelen Foley - The Duke
(Historical Romance)

     A female character in the book is deaf. The character it one that is to be part of an assumed marriage.


Roz Denny Fox - A Mom for Matthew
      (Single Father - Harlequin Superromance #1290)

Zeke Rossetti likes things to run smoothly. He's the single father of a deaf child, and his job managing offshore oil sites in the Texas Gulf doesn't allow for distractions. Grace Stafford is definitely a distraction.

She's searching for a downed plane, hoping to clear her grandfather's World War Two record. Unfortunately, Grace's mission interferes with Zeke's work--and he realizes the quickest way to get rid of her is to help her.

Zeke's been burned before. His ex-wife left him and Matthew. As he grows closer to Grace, Zeke begins to suspect she's the woman for him--but can she be a mom for Matthew?

Dorothy Garlock -  Sins of Summer

A lonely mother and widow living among her mean-spirited brothers in an Idaho logging camp meets a rugged but sorrowful frontiersman who promises love and ignites a family feud. Frontiersman has a deaf daughter.


Jacqueline Gilbert - The Chequered Silence
( Harlequin Romance no. 2631)

      Heroine going deaf but has an operation to restore her hearing.


Kristi Gold  -  Cowboy For Keep
(Desire, 1308)

     Heroine's daughter is hearing-impaired


Emma Goldrick - Silence Speaks For Love
(Harlequin Presents 11465)

Female lead is mute, not deaf.

Lucy Gordon  -   For the Sake of His Child

     High-flying businessman Carson Page loves his young son, but Joey is deaf—and Carson is unable to communicate with him.


Kristin Hannah - Once in Every Life 

     Moments after her death, contemporary deaf woman Tess Gregory is reincarnated into the body of Amarylis Rafferty, a hearing woman living in post-Civil War America. In her new life, she is no longer deaf.


Barbara Hazard - Midnight Magic
     (Gothic Regency)

Elinor Fielding is the heroine and a heiress who comes to the Cornish coast as the companion to Sir Robert Grenville's deaf daughter.

Metsy Hingle -  Navy Dad
      (Silhouette Desire 1416)

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Neesa Hart - A Kiss to Dream On
(Avon Light Contemporary Romances)

     (From Publishers Weekly) Hart offers a strong contemporary romance that tackles deafness as both a personal problem and a sociopolitical issue. While reporting in Bosnia, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jackson Puller is devastated when he witnesses the brutal death of a boy he'd been writing about. When Jackson returns home to Washington, D.C., his boss decides he needs a change of pace and assigns him a series of columns on the Wishing Star foundation, run by Dr. Cammy Glynn, a once-deaf psychiatrist who can now hear with the aid of a Cochlear implant. Cammy's immense distrust of journalists, as well as other issues including her hearing impairment, makes her wary of getting too close to Jackson. He has no such qualms, however, and is determined to win her love and trust. For all of Jackson's inner turmoil, he is a hero readers will admire. Both he and Cammy are among the walking wounded, yet each maneuvers well in the world. Hart spends too much time focusing on Cammy's underlying fears of commitment, which by book's end seem unsubstantiated. However, this is a small flaw in what is otherwise a truly enjoyable read.


Meg Hudson - Love's Sound in Silence
      (Harlequin Superromance No. 36)

He lost his hearing in an explosion in his Sr. Year at Annapolis

Bobby Hutchinson - Sheltering Bridges

      Opening up young Bruce's silent world was the most rewarding experience of her life--and living with Bruce's father was the most exciting! But communicating with the gorgeous Rand Evans was almost as great a challenge as with his deaf son. The man was impossibly secretive, and Alana suspected his activities weren't strictly legal-- or moral!


Candace Irvin - The Impossible Alliance
     (Family Secrets) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, 1214)

Agent: Jared Sullivan
Mission: Rescue a missing CIA agent and thwart Rebelian Dictator General DeBruzkya's plans for his collection of stolen gems.

Deepest Secret: Jared believed nothing could restore his belief in the future, until he met the woman he wanted to build one with.

Three months ago a dark secret forced Search and Rescue specialist Jared Sullivan out of the secret agent game--a fact that meant nothing to ARIES director Sam Hatch. Against his better judgment, Jared agreed to his mentor's request to take on one last mission. He had no idea his chase would lead him to beautiful but unknown ARIES agent Alexis Warner. Alexis has shocking secrets of her own. Somewhere in the woman's missing memory is the key to a ruthless dictator's insidious intent. And if the truth doesn't surface soon, not only will Jared and Alexis lose their chance for a life together, they might not have a world left to live it in.

The heroine is a deaf spy/agent, and she's gorgeous. Her deafness is central to her character.

Holly Jacobs - Do You Hear What I Hear
(Silhouette Romance, No. 1557)

Single mom and hair dresser, Libby McGuiness is raising a deaf daughter. A divorced doctor comes into their lives. Are they ready for the change?


Holly Jacobs  -  Do You Hear What I Hear?      
(Silhouette Romance, No. 1557)

Heroine is deaf (Christmas Theme)


Arlene James - The Heart's Voice
      (Love Inspired)

Daniel Holden had lost his hearing in an explosion while in the military. Still struggling with the loss of his hearing in a military exercise, Dan came back to his hometown to live quietly among the people who knew him, prepared to renounce romantic love. But when disaster struck Becca's home, Dan wondered if God's plan was for him to rebuild her home. . .and her heart.


Michele Johns - Heart Sounds
(Harper Monogram)

Left nearly deaf after a gunpowder explosion, young Louisa Halloran resigns herself to spending the rest of her life as an unmarried servant in someone else's home--that is, until a handsome stranger pays a visit.

Sherryl Jordan - The Raging Quiet

     When a headstrong young woman accused of witchcraft befriends a deaf young man believed to be possessed by the devil, a turbulent yet deeply satisfying romance evolves. Richly realized and evocative. (young adult)


Mary Kirk - Miracles
      (SSE 628 - 10/90)

-- A deaf child regains hearing.


Pamela Klein - Stolen Time
     (romance and suspense)

A teacher of the Deaf witnesses a murder while attending a conference in Miami. The man accused of murder catches a glimpse of a fleeing form, and will stop at nothing to ensure his enemy's testimony never echoes within a court of law.
     Under police protection, Callie Masters is transported to the Florida Keys to the family home of Detective Jake Fowler, a cop with a rough exterior who holds a personal vendetta towards the man guilty of murder
        From the sultry shores of Florida to the majestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies, a web of deception unravels. The police are on the hunt for the killer and gang activity is exposed. The ringleader is desperately hunting down Jake and Callie, who may be running out of time...


Nancy Landon - Sound Waves
    (HSR 424 - 10/90)

-- Heroine's deaf father is run down by joyriding teens.


Katy Lee - Warning Signs
     (Love Inspired Suspense)

When a drug-smuggling ring rocks a small coastal town, the DEA sends Agent Owen Matthews to shut it down. A single father with a deaf son, Owen senses that the town's number one suspectthe high school's new principal—doesn't fit the profile. Miriam Hunter hoped to shrug off the stigma of her hearing impairment when she returned to Stepping Stones, Maine. But her recurring nightmares dredge up old memories that could prove her innocence—and uncover the truth behind a decades-old murder. Yet Owen's help may not be enough when someone decides to keep Miriam silenced—permanently.


Rachel Lee - When I Wake
     (Romantic Suspense)

Her mother died for it. Later came the terrible accident that took so much of her own body and soul. Desperate to set right a tragic past and fulfill her mother's legacy, archaeologist Veronica Coleridge sets out in search of a treasure more valuable than the plundered gold that paves the way to its discovery-the ancient and mysterious mask of the Storm Mother.

Deaf Character is heroine who becomes deaf after a car accident.

Victoria Leigh - Bewitched
      (Loveswept #523) 

The heroine is hearing impaired and uses hearing aids.

 From the back: The handsome single father who tempted her to run wild... Hank Alton was irresistibly intrigued when his son told him about Mad Sally, the horrible ugly witch whose apples he'd tried to steal! Hank insisted on meeting the wicked one herself- only to discover a reclusive enchantress whose warm, mysterious eyes shimmered with sensual awareness and overpowering need.

Claire Lorrimer -  Frost in the Sun

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Jennifer Macaire -  Time for Alexander
     (British romance)

Alexander the Great has just beaten Darius for the second time, and Ashley — a time-traveling journalist — is sent to interview him. [A few minor deaf character parts]


Tara Manderino - Whisper My Name

      Justin Drake, Seventh Earl of Ashton, and Lucia are both looking for her brother, Roger. She must learn to fit into high society despite her deafness.



Erin McCarthy - Mouth To Mouth
(2nd cover: 10/2007)

{from booklist at amazon) Russ Evans is a Special Ops cop on a stakeout waiting for a guy who has been preying on lonely women and cleaning out their bank accounts. Laurel Wilkins has taken a big leap. Isolated from life because of her deafness, she's made a blind date online, hoping for some casual sex. Russ is more than surprised when he enters the coffee shop and is hailed by the woman he is pretty sure is the suspect's next victim. Laurel is pretty embarrassed when she learns that good-looking Russ isn't her date but not enough to be swayed from her original purpose.

(recommended by Claudia – Brazil)


Mary Kay McComas - To Give a Heart Wings
     (Loveswept, No 506)

Hannah Alexander is a professional photographer. She is deaf. Colt McKinnon is a race car owner. His brother Trevor is the driver. Willie is Hannah's assistant and interpreter. Colt hires Hannah to do a brochure. Hannah and Colt. Willie and Trevor. It's two love stories for the price of one.


Cathy McDavid - The Gate to Eden
     (Frontier/Robin Hood-type Theme)

Heroine has a deaf daughter and turns to robbery to support them.


May McGoldrick - The Promise

Rebecca is raising a young son, James, who has a deformed hand and is partially deaf.


Julie Miller - Police Business
      The Precinct (Harlequin Intrigue #841- 4/09)

-- Heroine is hearing impaired.


Lucy Monroe - Moon Craving
  A Children of the Moon series, No. 2 (2/10)

When Talorc-laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack- must wed an Englishwoman, he's shocked to find that she is his mate. Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible, just as he has no intention of telling her that he's a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she's begun to love has deceived her, it will take all his warrior's strength-and his wolf's cunning-to win his wife back.

(recommended by Claudia – Brazil)


Susan Napier - Lonely Season
(Harlequin Presents, No 940)

Self-control was only a mask she wore. Gina Bennett, victim of a freak accident, had suffered plenty. She wasn't about to let her publisher, Leo Sterne, open old wounds--especially the memory of her disastrous first infatuation. It was bad enough that Leo thought she'd ruined his sister's marriage....Now he wanted much more than an admission of her guilt. He needed her to help his deaf young son. And against his will, he wanted her. All Gina wanted was to forget--forget the past, her loneliness and her need for love. But Leo and the boy made that impossible.

Victor (Victoria) Pemberton  -  The Silent War 

      A woman during the Blitz who is deafened by the bombing. While she copes with her deafness, she meets a shockshelled soldier. 


Marta Perry - Her Only Hero
     (Love Inspired 313) (The Flanagans, Book 4)

Penniless widow Laura McKay was determined to succeed on her own, but when an arsonist threatened her deaf daughter's safety, she was compelled to rely on firefighter Ryan Flanagan, the high school football hero who'd never noticed her as a shy underclassman.

Marta Perry - A Father's Promise
     (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Series)

- It was an answer to a prayer when teacher Leigh Christopher bonded with Daniel Gregory's deaf daughter. Finally, her God-given gift for teaching was being used for a worthwhile purpose. Until her plans to encourage young Sarah to gain more independence were derailed by her promising pupil's fiercely protective father.

Susan Spencer Paul  -  Beguiled
      (Harlequin Historical, No 408)

Lady Lily Walford is mute, not deaf. But the story does show how mutes and deaf-mutes were treated in Regency Society.


Marta Perry - Her Only Hero
     (Love Inspired)

Penniless widow Laura McKay was determined to succeed on her own, but when an arsonist threatened her deaf daughter's safety, she was compelled to rely on firefighter Ryan Flanagan, the high school football hero who'd never noticed her as a shy underclassman.

Physically fearless and an expert at avoiding romantic commitment, Ryan had become his own worst enemy. But in the flames there's only one enemy: time, which just might be running out for Laura unless Ryan's courage and love can withstand the test of fire.

Eileen Putman - The Dastardly Duke
      (Signet Regency)

Miss Hannah Gregory has been deaf since the age of seventeen. The Duke finds her ill in a hospital for prostitutes and trys to reform her.


Sara Reinke - Dark Thirst
     (Paranormal Romance)

The main character, Brandon Noble is both deaf and mute. He is also one of the Brethren, an ancient clan of ruthless vampires.

Horrified by his birthright, Brandon shuns the ritual of the first kill, earning his family's lasting wrath. When he finds love with a human woman named Angelina -- forbidden among the Brethren -- his fate is sealed. Can Brandon protect Angelina from his enemies -- and his own dark thirsts?

In the story, Brandon was attacked and severely injured as a child and as a result, lost his hearing and the ability to speak. He is taught to lip-read, read, write and use American Sign Language by a human tutor. Even though he also possesses some degree of mental telepathy and can communicate with other members of the Brethren through his mind, a majority of his communication in the book is presented in sign language or hand-written notes. (Sara Reinke)


Karen Rose - Nothing to Fear
     (Romantic Suspense)

Ethan Buchanan's deaf godson has been kidnapped. The boy plays an active role in this plot. Note: I read this last August and gave it a B+ Warm+, it's violent.

JoAnn Ross - Private Pleasures

     Pregnant, teenage Cassie finds herself destitute when her lover Roarke's father forces him to abandon her. She uses her beauty and a driving ambition to pull herself out of poverty and support her deaf daughter. When Roarke reenters her life several years later, she has been transformed into Jade, a top model.


Deborah Simmons - Silent Heart
(Harlequin Historical 185) - August 1993

       A French noblewoman who ventures into the heart of Revolutionary Paris in search of her father finds allies in a mute stablehand and a mysterious savior known only as the Panther in this homage to The Scarlet Pimpernel and eighteenth-century France. , , (Alexandre is mute)


Linda Hudson-Smith - Secrets & Silence

     Heroine is a sign language instructor, hero is a parole officer assigned to a young boy who is hearing impaired.


Cheryl St. John - Rain Shadow
(Harlequin Historical 212)

      Raised by the Lakota Sioux, and performing in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Rain shadow pursues her dream of becoming a champion sharpshooter. When her son is hurt, she must stay at Anton Neubauer's farm long enough for the boy to recuperate...and long enough to discover a love that can never be. "Cheryl St.John demonstrates the promise of a great writer whose talent could lead her to the top of her profession." --Affaire de Coeur

     Hero is deaf in one ear from a childhood illness

Adrienne Staff and Sally Goldenbaum  -   Kevin's Story
     Loveswept, No. 165

Kevin owns a cookie business. Suzy is the spokesperson and model for his business. Keven is deaf.

Adrienne Staff and Sally Goldenbaum - What's a Nice Girl...?
      Loveswept, No. 97

  (Kevin, from "Kevin's Story) is the secondary character in this one

Lyn Stone - The Highland Wife
      (Harlequin Historical Series, No 551)

Reynard is the deaf character. Mairi doesn't know he's deaf until after they are married. He doesn't want her to settle for him until he proves he is a good man.

Lyn Stone - Bride of Trouville
      (Harlequin Historical, No.467)

Lady Anne of Baincroft (Scotland) is a widow with a deaf son named Robert. Edoard Gillet, comte de Trouville is looking to marry Anne, but not for love. Anne's fears Trouville will discovers her son's handicap and Robert will lose his right as future lord of Baincroft. Through the story, she works to hide her son's deafness from Trouville.

Elizabeth Tettmar - Cure for Love

      When Jane Peters arrives at a holiday home for deaf children, Luke Springer feels their paths have crossed before. Jane is supposed to be checking up on him. When Luke discovers this, their growing attraction is shaken by mutual distrust. Can they put this behind them and concentrate on the future?


Jodi Thomas - The Texan's Wager

     A title in Jodi Thomas's Texas trilogy. Bailee Moore is "won" in a lottery by a strong, silent farmer (selective mute, not deaf) who could be the key to leaving her troubled past behind.

He is the son of a deaf mother and later a deaf girl comes into the story line towards the end. Later a deaf girl shows up..


Jessica Trapp - Master Of Desire
(Historical Romance)

Blackmailed into exposing the naughty secrets of the nobility, she became The Spy of the Night in a desperate bid to secure her son's future. When the king's bounty hunter captures her, all honor and duty fall aside in a night of forbidden desire. But sins of her past thwart their future when she escapes and he is imprisoned for her crimes. Now he will stop at nothing to own her, body and soul.

The heroine has a deaf child. Thank you Jessica!


Kris Tualla - A Discreet Gentleman of Discovery
(Discreet Gentlman Series, Book 1)

Brander Hansen lost his hearing at age seven, his inheritance at twenty-three. Furious at his father's betrayal, Brander leaves home to make his way as Lord Olsen, a 'discreet gentleman of discovery' in 1721 Christiania, Norway. He intends to gain his own estate and begins buying the debt markers on Kildahlshus.

Baroness Regin Kildahl's husband has gambled away her estate and sunk to more dangerous habits. She writes to Lord Olsen soliciting his help saving both her husband and her home. When her husband dies, Regin offers herself and her title to anyone who will redeem his gambling debts, unaware of Brander's plan and circumventing his efforts.

The Hansen heir accepts her offer and hires Lord Olsen to deliver his bride. Brander's choices are clear: give the widow and her estate to his younger brother, or claim them both as his own. But who would accept a deaf husband?


Kris Tualla - A Discreet Gentleman of Matrimony
(Discreet Gentlman Series, Book 2)

(Historical Romance) Brander Hansen never planned to marry - until he fell in love with Regin Kildahl, Baroness of Hamar. Now married, titled and the owner of her bankrupt estate, Brander must come to terms with his unexpected new life. He aches to continue his vocation as a discreet gentleman of discovery, but Barons don't work in trade. Even when they desperately need the income. Regin Kildahl Hansen adores her deaf husband and sees him as more capable than most hearing men. When two men turn up dead in the same house in the same week, Regin pushes Brander to accept the commission and resume his investigations - and allow her to secretly work alongside him. He reluctantly agrees, until their investigation turns deadly. Now it's up to the deaf man to save her life. Will he reach her in time?


Helen Van Slyke Always Is Not Forever
      Includes a deaf character.

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Debra Webb - Silent Reckoning
     (Silhouette Bombshell #72)

A year ago, my dream had seemed impossible. But I, Merri Walters, had used my lip-reading skill to bring down criminals and had scored a job with Metro Police. Earning my detective's badge took guts and nerve, which I had plenty of. Now a serial killer was on the loose, targeting beautiful, wannabe country stars, and I was lead on the hottest case in town.

To complicate matters, the man I lusted after was now my boss, and his overprotectiveness was cramping my style. Still, no one could have predicted that I'd become the killer's next target — or that my supposed weakness would be the weapon I needed to survive....

Heroine is becomes deaf as an adult (Sequel listed below)


Debra Webb - Silent Weapon
     (Silhouette Bombshell #33)

My name is Merri Walters. I'm twenty-seven years old. Two years ago, I suddenly went deaf…

My teaching career ended and my fiancé walked out. I survived — and learned to lip-read. I grew very good at it. Maybe too good. So here I am, two years later, starting my new life as a cold-case file clerk turned undercover agent for the police.

My task: Infiltrate the mansion of a ruthless crime boss and read his deadly plans off his lips. My contact to the outside world: Detective Steven Barlow, a tough cop who's convinced I'm on a suicide mission. And in a way, he's right — because if I'm caught, I'll be dead without ever hearing the bad guys coming.…


Elizabeth White - Sounds of Silence
     (The Texas Gatekeepers #2) (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense)

Border Patrol agent Eli Carmichael knew the deaf child he'd found outside a Mexican orphanage was harboring a dark secret -- she was carrying a bloodstained knife and was clearly traumatized. To keep her safe, he turned to trusted neighbor Isabel Valenzuela.


Mary Anne Wilson - Echoes of Roses
      (SIM #438)

Heroine is deaf and her is a country music singer. . She does not recover.


Sherryl Woods - A Love Beyond Words
     (Silhouette Special Edition 1382)

Rescuing Allie Matthews (deaf) from the rubble of her home should have been all in a day's work for Ricky Wilder. But her quiet intensity sparked his protective instincts, and unexpectedly, the sexy Latino invited Allie to stay with him during her home's renovations. Soon the feisty beauty had Ricky rethinking his bachelor ways. Yet how could he prove his love when he couldn't find the words?

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