Here's the start of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired list. I'll update corrections and additions as time permits.
One of Liz Carlyle's books from last year, I think has a hero that's lost hearing in one ear. Maybe the one that was beaten so badly, the last book, Three Little Secrets, perhaps? Can anyone verify?
Last Update: 8-16-10
Time for Alexander by Jennifer Macaire (4/02 - e-book) -- Time Travel -- 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]
Season of the Sun by Catherine Coulter (10/91) - Zarabeth's young half-sister, Lotti.
Bride of Trouville by Lyn Stone (HH 467 - 7/99) -- 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.
The Highland Wife by Lyn Stone (HH 551 - 3/01) -- 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.
The Spider's Web by Peter Tremayne (6/99) [Sister Fidelma Series - 5] --In Ireland, A.D. 668, Fidelma is sent to investigate what turns out to be a blind and deaf young man framed for murder of a Celtic chieftain. (Medieval Mystery Fiction)
Beyond Paradise by Elizabeth Doyle (12/03) -- Pirate hero, Jacques, is deaf and reads lips.
Silent Heart by Deborah Simmon (HH 185 - 8/93) -- 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 faking being a mute to hide his identity)
Heartless by Mary Balogh (19/95) - Lady Emily Barlow, heroine's sister
Silent Melody by Mary Balogh (8/97) - Lady Emily Barlow's book
Prince of Midnight by Lara Knsale (11/96) -- Hero is deaf in one ear due to an explosion and suffers at times from severe vertigo.
The Daughters of Cameron by Aleen Malcolm (8/83) -- Rue Sinclair (17) is mute after screaming herself silent during multiple rapes.
The Anne Cartier Series by Charles O'Brien -- Historical Mysteries -- Anne Cartier is a teacher of the deaf.
Colonial - American Revolution
The Promise by May McGoldrick (9/01) -- Rebecca is raising a young son, James, who has a deformed hand and is partially deaf.
A Twist of Fate by Susannah Carleton (9/03) -- Madeline Graves is a severely hearing impaired widow, injuries caused by her abusive husband.
The Dastardly Duke by Eileen Putman (1/98 ) -- 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.
The Pirate Hunter by Jennifer Ashley (5/04) - Heroine is Diana. Her daughter, Isabeau Worthing is deaf.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (1814)
Three Nights With a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare (8/10) -- October 1817, England -- Lady Lily Chatwick is able to read lips after losing her hearing when she was 19-years-old after a high fever but she doesn't learn to sign language until she is 28-years-old.
The Duke by Gaelen Foley (12/00) -- A female character in the book is deaf.
Midnight Magic by Barbara Hazard (6/91) -- 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.
Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale (10/92) -- Christian, "the mathematical duke" suffers from aphasia caused by a stroke.
Beguiled by Susan Spencer Paul (HH 408 - 4/98 ) -- Lady Lily Walford is mute, not deaf. But the story does show how mutes and deaf-mutes were treated in Regency Society.
His Every Kiss by Laura Lee Guhrke (10/04) -- Brilliant talent and shameless rogue, Dylan Moore, a famous composer, has an accident which leaves him with a ringing in his ears.
Sin and Scandal in England by Melody Thomas (10/07) -- Adam, 9-year-old son of Lord Whitley a secondary character, uses sign language to communicate.
Edwardian - Turn of the Century - Early 1900's
Tailor's Daughter by Janice Graham (10/06) -- Veda Grenfell survives an adult bout with typhoid fever which leaves her deaf.
Frost in the Sun by Claire Lorrimer (1986)
Americana - Western - Civil War - Post-Civil War
Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson (1/96) -- Annie is deaf.
Mary Mehan Awake by Jennifer Armstrong (1/97) -- After the Civil War, Mary falls in love with a former musician, Henry a young man deafened in the war as a soldier. (Young Adult)
World of Silence by Don Coldsmith (3/92) -- About a man in a Great Plains tribe who became deaf as an infant, and uses sign language to communicate. There is also a love story that's a big part of the plot. (Traditional Western)
Sins of Summer by Dorothy Garlock (6/94) -- Dory, a lonely mother and widow living among her mean-spirited brothers in an Idaho logging camp meets a rugged but sorrowful Benton Waller who promises love and ignites a family feud... he has a deaf daughter.
Once in Every Life by Kristin Hannah (2/93) -- Reincarnation -- 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.
Heart Sounds by Michele Johns (5/93) -- 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.
The Gate to Eden by Cathy McDavid (4/06) -- Frontier/Robin Hood-type Theme -- Heroine has a deaf daughter and turns to robbery to support them.
A Touch of Grace by Lauraine Snelling (3/08 ) Inspirational -- Grace, the heroine is deaf.
Rain Shadow by Cheryl St. John (HH 212 - 3/94) -- Hero Anton Neubauer is deaf in one ear from a childhood illness.
The Texan's Wager by Jodi Thomas (11/02) -- 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..
Baby, I'm Yours by Susan Andersen (5/98 ) - Catherine MacPherson 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.
Silent Heart by Kathy Attalla (9/97) - 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.
»» A Dance on the Edge by Anne Avery (8/96) -- (A) Lovescape (8/96) -- Architect, Jack Martin is paralyzed and Interior designer Marlis Jones is deaf.
Some Girls Do by Leanne Banks (2/03) - Katie Collins' 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.
A Cousin's Challenge by Wanda E. Brunstetter (3/10) [Indiana Cousins - 3] -- Contemporary Inspirational -- Amish setting. Heroine, Jolene Yoder, was in accident and is now deaf. She is a sign language tutor for Lonnie Hershberger who is deaf also.
Love Signs by Dick Claassen (e-book) - Peter is deaf.
To Heal the Soul by Natalie J. Damschroder (e-book) - Logan McKnight, a deaf mute.
The Passions of Chelsea Kane by Barbara Delinsky (4/92) -- (There is a deaf character, but to say who is a SPOILER) After the death of her adoptive mother, thirty-six-year-old Chelsea Kane is consumed by the need to uncover her biological heritage.
Tell Me How the Wind Sounds by Leslie Guccione (1/89) -- Jake is a deaf seventeen-year-old teen who uses ASL and lipreading. (Young Adult Romance)
A Kiss to Dream On by Neesa Hart (12/99) -- Dr. Cammy Glynn, a once-deaf psychiatrist can now hear with the aid of a Cochlear implant.
Secrets & Silence by Linda Hudson-Smith (1/06) -- Heroine Scotland Landau is a sign language instructor, hero Jordan La Cour is a parole officer assigned to a young boy who is hearing impaired.
Mouth To Mouth by Erin McCarthy (1/05) -- Laurel Wilkins is the deaf heroine on the prowl for casual sex... enter Russ Evans is an ex-Special Ops cop on a stakeout waiting for a guy who has been preying on lonely women and cleaning out their bank accounts.
Private Pleasures by JoAnn Ross (5/92) -- 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.
Elizabeth Tettmar - Cure for Love by Elizabeth Tettmar (8/98 ) -- When Jane Peters arrives at a holiday home for deaf children, Luke Springer feels their paths have crossed before.
Helen Van Slyke - Always Is Not Forever (1977) -- Includes a deaf character.
Brockmann, Suzanne -- Into the Fire (7/08 ) -- Hannah Whitfield injured in a car accident, infection in leg left her deaf.
Unspeakable by Sandra Brown (7/98 ) -- Heroine, Anna Corbett was born deaf.
Stolen Time by Pamela Klein (1999 e-book) -- A teacher of the Deaf witnesses a murder while attending a conference in Miami.
When I Wake by Rachel Lee (9/00) -- Heroine Veronica Coleridge's life was shattered a year ago when she was in a bad car accident. She lost her hearing, her unborn baby and, eventually, the husband who couldn't deal with her deafness.
Nothing to Fear by Karen Rose (8/05) -- Ethan Buchanan's deaf godson has been kidnapped. The boy plays an active role in this plot.
Fantasy - Science Fiction - Paranormal - Futuristic - Vampire
»» Moonglow by Catherine Asaro (11/03) - (A) Charmed Destinies (11/03) - 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.
Dark Thirst by Sara Reinke (7/07) -- Vampire -- Brandon Noble is deaf and mute.
Mainstream - Fiction - Historical Fiction
The Mallen Girl by Catherine Cookson - Barbara progressively becoming more and more deaf.
Our John Willie by Catherine Cookson - Two orphans, one deaf and mute, struggle to stay alive by relying on their own wits and stolen food from a formidable recluse.
Keeping Silent by Carla Damron (5/02) -- Acclaimed sculptor Sam Knowles, deaf since sixteen, is accused of murdering his fiancée, Anne.
Dr. Marigold by Charles Dickens (1865) -- 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.
Cloth of Heaven and Ashes & Lace (republished in a single volume as Song of Erin) by B. J. Hoff. Christian fiction. Ireland/New York, mid-19th century -- secondary character, Roweena.
The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan (5/99) - (Historical Fiction) Younger wife to an older man, Marnie is accused of being a witch. She befriends an outcast, a "mad" boy called Raver whose rages and yammerings look to villagers like the work of the devil. But Marnie realizes that the boy is deaf, and his bursts of anger come from his inability to communicate.
The Silent War by Victor (Victoria) Pemberton - A woman during the Blitz who is deafened by the bombing. While she copes with her deafness, she meets a shockshelled soldier.
Wives at War by Jessica Stirling (4/05) -- Rose Conway has been deaf since childhood. (Historical Fiction - WW II 1940s Scotland and Britain)
The Sound of Us by Sarah Willis (5/05) -- Alice Marlowe teaches sign language and is working part time as an interpreter for the deaf. Never married and in her late forties, she misses her twin brother who was killed six months ago. Because they had been so close, she has wonderful conversations with him in her mind. Sign language is an essential part of Alice's thinking and daily life, and she frequently signs to herself.
Not sure of Genre:
Whisper My Name by Tara Manderino (e-book 5/02) -- 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.
The Silent Heart by Kelly Adams (Second Chance at Love 461 - 4/89)
Wrangler's Lady by Deborah Benét ( Rapture Romance 64 - 4/84) -- Hero's nephew
Silent Beginnings by Ariel Berk (SD 93 - 10/83) -- Widower Russell Van Doom's daughter, Amy is deaf. Kate Ryder is a former model now trained to work with the deaf.
Eloquent Silence by Rachel Ryan aka Sandra Brown (CE 49 - 4/82)
Star Song by Sandra Canfield (HSR 519 - 10/92) -- Claire was born deaf and so is Nash's daughter Amy Anne.
Last-Minute Marriage by Marisa Carroll (HSR 942 - 10/00) -- Mitch Sterling has a hearing impaired son.
Summer Sunrise by Lee Damon (Harlequin Super Romance 135 - 10/84) -- Tally, the heroine, has a deaf sister who is married to a wonderful husband and they are fantastic dancers.
His Woman's Gift by Lacy Dancer (Kismet 163 - 8/93) -- Deaf character is Eve Noble.
L.A. Midnight by Rebecca Daniels (SIM 431 - 5/92) -- Suddenly Miles Richards had to be a father to an orphaned deaf boy he couldn't communicate with. Teresa Sandoval worked with the hearing impaired.
Hear No Evil by Susan Drake (SIM 588 - 8/94) -- Molly Light is deaf and uses her painting to speak for her.
How to Get Married by Margot Early (HS 1333 - 3/06) -- Sophie Creed is hearing impaired (in one ear). This was caused by an infection/illness. She is also a singer/musician who's creativity is being affected by this.
Waiting For You by Margot Early (HSR 674 - 6/96) -- Hero doctor was tortured and had an ear cut off.
A Silent Terror by Lynnette Eason (LIS 141 - 3/09) -- Heroine, Marianna Santino is a teacher and deaf.
Words Unspoken by Suzanne Ellison (HSR 308 - 5/88 ) -- Meredith Kelsey, an interpreter for the deaf, was glad to help hearing-impaired marine biologist, Gunnar Nilsson.
Heart to Heart by Marie Ferrarella (SR 632 - 12/89) -- Christie Clayton is deaf and mute, works as a mime at a theme park.
A Mom for Matthew by Roz Denny Fox (HSR 1290 - 8/05) -- Zeke Rossetti is the single father of a three-year-old deaf son.
Down From the Mountain by Barbara Gale (SSE 1595 - 2/04) - Ellen Candler is blind and deaf. David Hartwell is scarred from an auto accident.
The Chequered Silence by Jacqueline Gilbert (HR 2631 - 7/84) -- The heroine was going deaf for awhile but had an operation to restore her hearing.
More Than Words by Elizabeth Glenn (HT 195 - 3/88 )
Cowboy For Keeps (SD 1308 - 7/00) by Kristi Gold -- Heroine Dana Landry's daughter is hearing-impaired.
Silence Speaks For Love by Emma Goldrick (HP 1465 - 6/92) -- Female lead is mute, not deaf.
For the Sake of His Child by Lucy Gordon (HR 3640 - 2/01) -- High-flying businessman Carson Page loves his young son, but Joey is deaf -- and Carson is unable to communicate with him.
Metsy Hingle - Navy S.E.A.L. Dad (SD 1416 - 1/02)
Love's Sound in Silence by Meg Hudson (HSR 36 - 10/82) -- Young, handsome newspaper publisher, Brian Vandervelt loses his hearing in an accident.
Sheltering Bridges by Bobby Hutchinson (HSR 166 - 6/85) -- 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!
Do You Hear What I Hear? by Holly Jacobs (SR 1557 - 11/01) -- (Christmas Theme) -- Josh's quirky charms and gentle ways proved wildly contagious, enchanting Libby's hearing-impaired daughter, Meg, and patiently dismantling Libby's defenses to expose the wary, vulnerable woman within.
The Heart's Voice by Arlene James (LI 261 - 7/04) -- 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.
Miracles by Mary Kirk (SSE 628 - 10/90) -- A deaf child regains hearing.
Sound Waves by Nancy Landon (HSR 424 - 10/90) -- Robyn Woodson's deaf father was struck down by joyriding teenagers.
Bewitched by Victoria Leigh (LS 523 - 2/92) -- The heroine is hearing impaired and uses hearing aids.
To Give a Heart Wings by Mary Kay McComas (LS 506 - 11/91) -- 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.
Police Business by Julie Miller (HI 841 - 4/05) -- Claire Winthrop is hearing impaired heiress.
A Cowboy's Heart by Brenda Minton (LI 481 - 2/09) -- Willow Michaels struggles with the deterioration of her hearing.
The Lonely Season by Susan Napier (HP 940 - 12/86) -- Leo Sterne needs Gina Bennett to help his deaf young son.
Millionaire Dad: Wife Needed by Natasha Oakley (SR 1844 - 12/06) -- Nick Regan-Phillips, millionaire is a single dad and his 5-year-old daughter, Rosie is deaf.
A Father's Promise by Marta Perry (LI 41 - 10/98 ) -- 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.
Her Only Hero by Marta Perry (LI 313 - 8/05) -- 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.
Kevin's Story by Adrienne Staff and Sally Goldenbaum (LS 165 - 11/86) -- Kevin (deaf) owns a cookie business.
What's a Nice Girl...? by Adrienne Staff and Sally Goldenbaum (LS 97 - 6/85) (Kevin (deaf), from "Kevin's Story) is the secondary character in this one)
Everything But a Husband by Karen Templeton (SIM 1050 - 12/00) -- Widower Del Farentino has a small daughter who is deaf.
Silent Weapon by Debra Webb (SBO 33 - 3/05) -- My name is Merri Walters. I'm twenty-seven years old. Two years ago, I suddenly went deaf... My teaching career ended and my fiancée 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..
Sounds of Silence by Elizabeth White (LIS 11 - 12/05) -- 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.
A Love Beyond Words by Sherryl Woods (SSE 1382 - 3/01) -- Rescuing Allie Matthews (deaf) from the rubble of her home should have been all in a day's work for Ricky Wilder.
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