Set in the turbulent Romantic era, ESCAPEMENT is an arousing and cinematic through-the-keyhole glimpse into the private torment and ecstacy of creative genius. Written with extraordinary beauty and populated with unforgettable characters, this lush and passionate tale is as thought-provoking as it is seductive.
About the Book
Spun by the elusive housekeeper of a brilliant and dashing composer, the tale delves into love triangles, obsessions, secret lives and the relentless pursuit of beauty as great artists struggle to accept and approach that which inspires them. No matter the cost.
At the outset we find the star of Cristofer Vaughn poised to rise. Having gained the ardent support of famed musician, Richard Thorne, the public now expects the gifted young composer to claim the mantle of that foremost genius—Beethoven—an expectation that terrifies the young artist as much as it drives him.
Preventing him from this ascension are two obstacles: first, a crushing self-doubt and second, an overpowering desire for Clara, the world-renowned pianist who, unfortunately, is Richard Thorne’s wife.
Walking into the fire with Cristofer is his housekeeper, Henri, a handsome and passionate young woman who often takes pleasure in dressing as a man. Possessed herself of an artistic bent, she also guards a deeply-held secret about her employer.
The situation starts to spin out of control when Richard commissions Cristofer to write a concerto for Clara, and Henri falls desperately in love with the alluring wife of the patron who will financially support the endeavor.
The resulting entanglements rise to a dangerous pitch when Clara hints that she’s discovered Henri’s closely-guarded secret. One that—if revealed—has the power to bring all their lives and reputations crashing down.
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