What Does Love Sound Like? by Padgett Gerler
When Knox Collier's father, Charlie, rejects him, Knox relocates to New York City to begin a new life. Knox's mother, Jinx, is torn between her husband and her only child, but as a dutiful wife, she supports Charlie, yet seethes with resentment over her husband's narrowmindedness.
But when Charlie dies without reconciling with their son, Jinx, along with the family maid, Polly Ann, heads for New York City. Leaving behind all of her friends and family and the only home she has ever known, Jinx hopes to reunite with her son. There she finds Knox waiting for her with love and forgiveness.
And with the help of Knox, his family, and her new friends, she finds that she hasn't lost her family, after all. 'Cause as wise Polly Ann Bondurant once said, "Family isn't what you're given; family is what you make."
Padgett Gerler was born on the coast of South Carolina but grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In the 1980's she relocated to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University. Upon graduating with a BA in accounting, she passed the CPA exam and began her career as a certified public accountant, first in public accounting and then as a CFO in corporate accounting. In 2010, she left accounting to pursue a career in writing. Prior to What Does Love Sound Like?, Padgett published her novels, Getting the Important Things Right, Lessons I Learned from Nick Nack, and The Gifts of Pelican Isle. Lessons I Learned from Nick Nack was awarded the indieBRAG Medallion, as well as honorable mention in the 2014 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards competition. She also authored the short story "I Know This Happened 'Cause Somebody Seen It," which was published in the anthology Self-Rising Flowers. She is the First-Place recipient of the Southwest Manuscripters Short Story Award for her short story "The Art of Dying." Padgett and her husband, Ed, reside on pastoral and inspirational Winchester Lake in Raleigh.