With music by Linda Ronstadt (soprano) and glass harmonica musicians Dennis James and Alisa Nakashian-Holsberg, this knock-out historical novel is now available worldwide as an audiobook. Young Chjara Vallé is exiled from Corsica sold as a servant to an opium addict in Paris. Music paves the way for her to flee with Henry, her love, to post-revolutionary America. There the new freedoms and Puritan vigor compete for ascendancy. Chjara woos and scandalizes in equal measure with her playing of Benjamin Franklin's glass harmonica, while Henry hides his trade in erotica and forbidden books. Secrets gather and the charge between the lovers weakens as the crowds begin to call for the family's blood. Rooted in historical fact, this debut novel by a gifted international storyteller takes you into a passionate world full of dangerous ideas and dangerous men… it is a world you'll not want to leave. For more on the true history behind the novel, a companion non-fiction ebook recreates America's first sexual revolution with archival art, bawdy poetry reenacted in video, and an online discussion salon. Such Were My Temptations: Bawdy Americans, 1760-1830 by Dorothee Kocks is available from www.BewareTheTimidLife.com and from iTunes, Amazon, and other e-retailers. The Glass Harmonica, A Sensualist's Tale was first published in New Zealand by Rosa Mira Books.
"Music, love, virtue, sex, desire – it all comes together in The Glass Harmonica, a knock-out historical novel... reminiscent of Louis de Bernières." (Ngaire Atmore, New Zealand Herald)
"Engrossing as the story is with historical detail, there is also a poignant study of a marriage – complications which still ring true today, making this a relatable and immensely satisfying read." (Arleigh Johnson, Historical Novel Society)
"A riveting and unique read with plenty of twists and turns … highly recommended." (Midwest Book Review)
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