An Exquisite Tale of Love and Passion
by Kristen Wolf
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From the Bestselling Author of THE WAY, hailed by O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE as “A Title To Pick Up Now!”
Be transported into an intoxicating world of beauty and passion by this heart-wrenching and gorgeously-written gem. Set in the turbulent Romantic era and spun by the perceptive yet unusual housekeeper of a brilliant composer, the tale reveals the agonies and joy of artistry, love affairs, obsessions, and the gaping wounds wrought by secrets. Brimming with intrigue and unforgettable characters, ESCAPEMENT delivers a breathtaking tribute to the redemptive power of human creativity and the enduring light cast by our deepest desires.
Cristofer Vaughn’s star is poised to rise. Everyone expects the gifted composer to soar to the heights of musical genius—an expectation that terrifies the young artist as much as it drives him.
Walking into the fire with Cristofer is his housekeeper, Henri, a passionate and handsome young woman. Tending to her famed employer’s domestic needs, Henri has crafted a carefree life of routine and diversion behind which she hides the truth of a dark and tragic past. Possessed herself of an extraordinary musical gift, she expertly steers her employer through the tempestuous trials of his artistic and romantic pursuits—all while guarding his most closely-held secret.
But the pair’s carefully arranged life is ripped apart when a wealthy and ruthless patron grants Cristofer a spectacular commission, then unwittingly hires Henri—whom he believes to be male—to give piano lessons to his alluring wife.
Chaos ensues as Cristofer struggles desperately to deliver music of epic proportions while Henri’s heart is swept away by a love more powerful than any she has ever known.
The resulting entanglements reach a frightening pitch when Cristofer’s patron catches wind of a duplicity and mobilizes his henchmen to target the threat. Soon the only hope for Cristofer and Henri’s survival depends on one publicly exposing the other’s hidden truth—an act that would defy the bonds of love and friendship and bring all their lives to ruin.
One of those rare literary achievements, ESCAPEMENT will captivate readers with its lyrical magic and astonish with its intimate insights into the human heart.