Escapement – An Exquisite Tale of Love and Passion
by Kristen Wolf
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Paperback & eBook; 481 Pages
***WINNER of the 2018 IndieReader DISCOVERY AWARD***
From the bestselling Author of THE WAY, hailed by O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE as “A Title To Pick Up Now!”
Henri keeps many secrets. Some even from herself…
Prepare to be transported into a sensual world of possibility by this lush, heart-wrenching and gorgeously-written tale. Brimming with passion, intrigue, extraordinary characters and breathtaking surprises, ESCAPEMENT will arouse the senses and seduce readers of every persuasion.
“Wolf is a masterful storyteller who has created an enchanting novel… It will resonate with anyone who has ever felt passion.”
Cristofer’s star is poised to rise. Everyone expects the dashing and 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 who takes pleasure in dressing as a man. Tending to her employer’s domestic needs, Henri has crafted a carefree life of routine behind which she hides the truth of a tragic past. Possessed herself of an extraordinary talent, she covertly guides her employer through the trials of his artistic and romantic pursuits while carefully guarding his most closely-held secret.
But Henri’s deceptively simple 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.
The resulting entanglements rise to a dangerous pitch as Cristofer struggles to create music of epic proportions while Henri is ignited by a love more powerful than any she has ever known. But when the monstrously ambitious patron catches wind of a duplicity, he and his henchmen mobilize quickly to target the threat and soon the only hope for either friend’s survival depends on one publicly exposing the other’s hidden truth—an act that would defy the bonds of love and loyalty and bring all their lives crashing down.
Can Henri stop the oncoming tragedy and still hold onto her greatest love? Or must she lose everything?
“ESCAPEMENT is a symphony of words marked by lyrical phrases and exquisite rhythm… a testament to the artistic spirit… breathtaking.”
“A passionate story.”
While I had mixed feelings about some part of this book, I came out feeling as if I had been through a true artist’s life story.
Henri works for a pianist, but what many don’t know is that she actually helps him to write his music. He doubts himself a lot, and she supports him in almost all of his business endeavors. She does want to be able to create and play her own music, but she would never be able to do that as a woman. Lucky for her, she enjoys dressing as a man, and so she decides to start her own career in her disguise. The first person she starts to teach is the wife of a wealthy patron and Henri starts to fall for her. She is determined to teach her how to express her emotions through music, but she doesn’t know how to handle the passion between them.
I truly enjoyed reading about Henri. She was a really creative character, who had a passion for music that could be felt throughout the story. I have only played the piano a few times in my life, but I could understand everything that was written about her passion. She enjoyed dressing as a man and dressing as a man allows for the people hiring her to just think that she is Christof’s apprentice or business partner of some sort. She is able to progress and follow her dreams without worry of being attacked.
The one thing that kinda disappointed me in this novel was the flow of the story. Sometimes things felt over-described and the story started to drag. It felt as if the plot would speed up and then slow down at random intervals, which was another thing that annoyed me. I got through the story without too many issues, but at some points I just wanted to get through the particular chapter and just move on.
The character development was intense, as Christof and Henri both had to find themselves in order to move on with their lives. If they stopped and disappointed the people who were patronizing them, they could lose a lot of money and never be able to afford to play again.
The setting was also unique, even though I couldn’t put my finger on the exact year for most of the story.
I would recommend this novel to lovers of historical fiction.
I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Available in Paperback & eBook on Amazon
About the Author
KRISTEN WOLF is an award-winning author, creative and wondernaut living in the Rocky Mountains. Her debut novel, THE WAY, was hailed by O, The OPRAH Magazine as “A Title to Pick Up Now!” Her second novel, ESCAPEMENT, is a *WINNER – 2018 IndieReader Discovery Award* and received this praise: “Wolf is a masterful storyteller who has created an enchanting novel… It will resonate with anyone who has ever felt passion.” —IndieReader
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, August 6
Feature at Passages to the Past
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Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
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Feature at Donna’s Book Blog
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