I finished this book and thought - WOW - how does this make me feel in one word?? And I thought, appropriately, HEAVY. Nicole Mazzarella's This Heavy Silence is a book that is guaranteed to make you think about who you are as a person. The story is strong - the characters are real. I loved it! It is the story of Dottie Connell, she is single and has farmed her whole life. Her life is turned upside down when her best friend dies and leaves her 8 year old daughter for Dottie to raise. Dottie has to come to grips with who she is and what her core beliefs are before life's circumstances try to ruin her.