Stutter - Stutters - Stuttering - Speech Impediment - Mute
Last Update: 1-13-15
Maguire, Margo -- Celtic Bride (HH 572 - 8/01) -- Celtic/Medieval -- The warrior Marcus de Grant was shy and always stuttered when he spoke to beautiful women, but when he found out that the heroine had "the gift" he thought that was why his stuttering stopped.
Spencer Mary -- The Vow (3/94) -- Lady Margot, heroine stutters.
Feather, Jane -- The Least Likely Bride (2/00) -- Lady Olivia Granville stutters and is in all three books of the Bride Trilogy, but this is her romance. Stuart England/Charles I - Commonwealth (c. 1641 and after)
Roller, Pamela -- On Silent Wings (5/07) -- Mute -- Lady Katherine Seymour the once envied, pursued, and betrothed had lost her father, her fiancée , her voice, and all worldly goods in the great London fire.
Balogh, Mary -- Heartless (19/95) - Lady Emily is introduced
Balogh, Mary -- Silent Melody (8/97) -- Lady Emily Marlowe is mute and deaf.
Hoyt, Elizabeth -- Darling Beast (10/14) [Maiden Lane - 7] -- 1741, Georgian London -- Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam.
Balogh, Mary -- »» The Best Christmas Ever (11/91) - (A) A Regency Christmas III (11/91) and (A) A Christmas Revels (11/02) -- Girl who has been mute since witnessing her mother's death wishes for a new mama for Christmas.
Beaumont, Nicola -- The Resurrection of Lady Somerset (9/07) -- The ethereal Lark Blackwell is a beauty who has been mute for 13 years and talks with her hands.
Clayton, Alana -- A Gifted Lady (7/95) -- A widowed marquess reluctantly accepts the unorthodox help of a beautiful widow to reach out to his troubled young daughter, trapped into silence by some unknown fear.
Heyer, Georgette -- The Convenient Marriage (1934) -- Horry is a stuttering heroine. She's also 17-years-old and marries her hero when he's 36-years-old.
Lane, Allison -- The Rake and the Wallflower (10/01) -- Heroine, Mary Seabrook stutters around most people. Hero, Lord Grayson, helps out her at ease...
Lansdowne, Judith A. -- Amelia's Intrigue (7/95) -- Secondary character (hero's brother) tends to stutter/stammer.
»» Lord Hawksmoor Takes Flight (5/04) by Laura Paquet -- (A) A Wife for Papa (5/04) -- Hero, Lord Hawksmoor, stutters; therefore he avoids company and does not speak much in public and everyone thinks he is a terrible snob.
Savery, Jeanne -- A Handful of Promises (5/92) -- Heroine, Lady Helen Rotherford, is described by the hero as "an excessively shy young woman of astonishing intellect, a woman more plump than stylish, with an endearing stammer which disappeared as soon as one teased her into discussing things of interest to her."
Simmons, Deborah -- Silent Heart (HH 185 - 8/93) -- Alexandre, the hero, is mute - unsure if this is real or faked.
Balogh, Mary -- Only Enchanting (11/14) [Survivors' Club Septet - 4] -- Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby had very serious head injury in the Peninsula War leaving him with a stutter, especially when he is stressed, and some memory loss.
Burrowes, Grace -- The Captive (7/14) [Captive Hearts Trilogy - 1] -- Hero has an 8-year-old daughter who is mute thru trauma.
George, Lily -- Healing the Soldier's Heart (LIH 198 - 8/13) [Brides of Waterloo - 3] -- Ensign James Rowland's guilt from Waterloo has left him almost mute and crushed in spirit.
James, Deana -- Speak Only Love (7/91) -- Vivian Marleigh is mute from childhood trauma.
Justiss, Julia -- A Most Unconventional Match (HH 905 - 7/08) -- Businessman Hal Waterman stutters and is tongue-tied.
Kinsale, Laura -- Midsummer Moon (11/87) -- Lord Ransom Falconer has a speech impediment.
Klassen, Julia -- The Silent Governess (1/10) -- Heroine, Olivia Keene is attacked and due to bruising around neck is unable to speak for part of the book. (1815, England - Inspy)
Lethbridge, Ann -- The Gamekeeper's Lady (HH 1041 - 5/11) [Rakes in Disgrace - 1] -- Frederica, shy, innocent, illegitimate stutters.
Paul, Susan Spencer -- Beguiled (HH 408 - 4/98) -- Painful for Lady Lillian Walford to speak; mute.
Quinn, Julia -- The Duke and I (1/00) -- Simon Basset stutters.
Ryan, Mia -- »» A Dozen Kisses (2/03) - (A) The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown (2/03) -- Lord Darington has a speech impediment.
Bryan, Emily -- Distracting the Duchess (3/08) -- Florinda, the heroine's younger marriage-age sister, has a stammer.
Hoffs, B.J. -- The Emerald Ballad Series (1991 - 1994) -- Victorian Inspirationals -- Evan Whitaker stutters, especially when stressed -- setting: Ireland/New York, mid-19th Century
1. Song of the Silent Harp
2. Heart of the Lonely Exile
3. Land of a Thousand Dreams
4. Sons of an Ancient Glory
5. Dawn of the Golden Promise
Ivory, Judith -- Untie My Heart (11/02) -- Stuart Aysgarth is gorgeous, sexy and worldly; also stutters.
Kinsale, Laura -- Flowers From the Storm (10/92)
Kleypas, Lisa -- Devil in Winter (3/06) -- Evie Jenner is painfully shy, beautiful and stutters.
Kleypas, Lisa -- A Wallflower Christmas (10/08) -- Evie of "Devil in Winter" is secondary in this one.
Frontier - Western - Americana
Albright, Kathryn -- The Angel And The Outlaw (HH 876 - 12/07) -- Hero's young daughter has never uttered a word.
Gaffney, Patricia -- Sweet Everlasting (7/93) -- Pennsylvania Americana -- Carrie Wiggins is a mute.
Leigh, Ana -- Tender is the Touch by Ana Leigh (2/94) -- Mike MacAllister's brother stutters and Sydney Delandy helps him with it.
O'Connell, Ellen -- Without Words (10/14) -- 1871 - Hassie was injured when she was eight-years-old, leaving her mute.
Pittman, Allison K. -- The Bridegrooms (4/10) -- Christian. Turn-of-the-Century Americana Cleveland, OH. One of the sisters (Althea? something like that) is "selectively mute" ... the Brooklyn Bridegrooms are a baseball team.
Thomas, Jodi -- The Texan's Wager (11/02) -- Carter, the hero, is selectively mute and Zeb doesn't speak following a childhood trauma.
Warfield, Teresa -- Heaven Made (12/95) -- Janey, nine-years-old, hasn't spoken a word since her mother's mysterious death a year ago.
Witemeyer, Karen -- Head in the Clouds (10/10) -- Five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. (Inspirational)
Historical Fiction: 1920s-1950s -- WWII
Paul, Kathleen -- »» Engagement of the Heart (9/01) -- (A) Christmas Letters (9/01) -- Heroine, Betsy Anderson, stutters. -- WWII, USA 1944 (Inspirational)
Contemporary - Romantic Suspense
Brown, Sandra -- Unspeakable (7/98) -- Anna Corbett is mute and deaf.
Delinsky, Barbara -- Lake News (8/99) -- Lily stutters under stress, conquered this childhood problem by singing.
Donovan, Susan -- The Kept Woman (7/06) -- Greg, 13-year-old son of the heroine, stutters.
Elkeles, Simone -- Rules of Attraction (5/10) [A Perfect Chemistry Novel - 2] -- Young Adult / New Adult -- Kiara Westford, senior in high school stutters.
Hannah, Kristin -- On Mystic Lake (2/99) -- A six-year-old girl doesn't speak for a large part of the book, a wonderful part of the storyline.
Lovelace, Merline -- River Rising (6/99) -- Retarded Billy Holloway, a beautiful male 19-year-old who stutters badly.
Morgan, Hunter -- Unspoken Fear (5/06) -- Mallory, 4-year-old daughter of Rachel, has a speech impediment - she lisps and works to talk better throughout the book.
Perry, Marta -- Hannah's Joy (5/12) [Pleasant Valley - 6] -- Christian CR - Furniture maker William Brand stutters, making him feel like an outsider in his Amish community. (See p. 3 for sequence of the PV Series)
Riggs, Paula Detmer -- Taming the Night (2/99) -- The hero, Brody Hollister, chief of police, stutters when under stress.
Brunstetter, Wanda -- Talking for Two (Heartsong Insp 465 - 4/02) -- Tammy stutters and enrolls in a class on ventriloquism.
Collins, Colleen -- Tongue-Tied (HT 899 - 10/02) -- Robin Lee, heroine stutters.
Glenn, Elizabeth -- More than Words (HT 195 - 3/88) -- Hero Keller Hunt is a policeman who is injured on duty...doesn't talk at all just writes on pad of paper...at the end he can talk after some surgey but it hurts so he does keep writting on pad of paper. (Looks at book to make sure, yeah he can talk at the end but it does hurt and he does use the pad of paper also.)
Graham, Lynne -- Indecent Deception (HP 1740 - 5/95) -- Chrissy, the heroine, stutters.
Kent, Lynnette -- The Last Honest Man (HSR 1147 - 8/03) -- Adam DeVries has a stutter and hires Phoebe Moss speech therapist to help him conquer his impediment.
Miles, Cassie -- Tongue-Tied (HT 26 - 9/84) -- Luke Todmorden, handsome aspiring senator had to overcome his stutter before he could address the public. Crystal Baxter is his speech therapist.
Napier, Susan -- The Lonely Season (HP 940 - 12/86) -- heroine has severely damaged vocal cords.
Nielsen, Virginia -- Of Dolls and Angels (HSR 506 - 7/92) -- Child Psychologist, Sara Eaton, had a disabling stutter when she was a teenager. Becoming a ventriloquist helped her conquer her stutter and now she uses her dolls to draw out bashful children.
Southwick, Teresa -- At the Millionaire's Request (SSE 1769 - 7/06) -- Gavin Spencer's young son, Sean is mute after a terrible accident. Not sure if he regains his speech or not.
Wilson, Leanna -- Strong Silent Cowboy (HP 1740 - 9/96) -- Kirk Manning has a brain Injury; Shannon Montgomery agrees to help him. See Sharon's post on page 2 for more details.
Wolfson, Jill -- What I Call Life (4/08) -- A group home for girls is watched over by a strange old woman everyone calls the Knitting Lady who stutters.
Alternate World - Urban Fantasy - Vampire - Futuristic
Reinke, Sara -- Dark Thirst (7/07) -- Vampire -- Brandon Noble is deaf and mute.
Reamy, Tom -- Blind Voices (1978) -- A traveling circus visits a small Kansas town. The main attraction is a mute albino boy named Angel, local girl Evelyn falls in love with him. (Fantasy Novel - Great Depression - Late 1920's early 1930s)
So many books, so little time.
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