18th Century Vienna was glamorous and corrupt, and the pathway to fame could not be trodden in innocence. Count Maximilian discovers Klara in a Nightingale Cage, an orphanage for the abandoned children of musicians. He educates her, fosters her remarkable vocal talent and initiates her into the art of love, intending to create the perfect mistress. The Count controls every aspect of Klara’s life, until Fate, in the form of handsome Akos Almassy, takes a hand. The tall, dark Magyar violinist can make beautiful music and healing potions, too, but can he rescue Klara from the Count—and live?
First off when I began to read this story, I had to adjust my mind to a bit of romance…..I’m not used to reading historical romance. As I got through the first few pages, I was a bit worried about the story line. As I continued reading, I became intrigued with Klara and her situation. She is in a sticky situation-If you will and she owes so much to her patron for basically saving her from a life of poverty. Alas, he does this for a reason and one not out of respect and kindness towards her. His plans for her to become his mistress.
I think I fell in love the moment she met Akos Almassy! Lol. The way the author would describe their attraction towards each other was electric-thrilling if you will. As the story unfolds I was cheering for those two and wondering what the outcome of the situation with her patron would be…..
I love music and I love singing, so this story was right up my alley and although I don’t normally read in the sub-genre or period, I enjoyed it very much.
I recommend this story for a wide range of audience. People like me who normally read straight Historical Fiction, non-fiction and history. And to those who read straight romance or people who like both!
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About the Author
“Not all who wander are lost.” Juliet Waldron earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after the boys left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for herself–and for her readers. She loves her grand-girls and her kitties, likes to take long hikes, and reads historical/archeological non-fiction as well as reviewing for the Historical Novel Society. For summer adventure, she rides behind her husband of 50 years on his “bucket list” (black, and ridiculously fast) Hyabusa motorcycle.
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Monday, June 9 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time (Roan Rose)
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Thursday, June 12 Guest Post at Closed the Cover
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