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Dorothee Kocks steals intimate details from American history to craft a novel of sensuality, ecstasy and music that reads at the pace of a thriller. Young Chjara Valle 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 ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Rosa Mira Books (first published January 11th 2011)
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Penelope
A rich, rewarding read. The novel follows young Corsican immigrant Chjara Vallé (who follows her illicit love) from her homeland, via Paris of the late 1700s, to New England. The key to Chjara's life lies in her recognition of, and delight in, her sensuality, which includes playing the glass harmonica, an instrument so arousing to its listeners, it was banned in Germany at the time. Her hedonistic tendencies set her at odds with the new Puritanism in the new America.

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Christina
I really enjoyed this steamy, well-researched historical novel. It's about a Corsican musician who believes sensual experiences and virtue are not necessarily mutually exclusive. She is therefore doomed to be a misfit in nineteenth century society, especially once she moves to conservative New England with her contraband-selling husband.
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Laura
Dec 13, 2011 Laura marked it as to-read
Apparently this includes a young woman's experience at her first shape note singing. So I have to read it. I am already dubious though since I don't think there were any shape note singings, especially the all day variety, in the 18th century. Maybe she goes to a singing school after 1800. We'll see...

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Camilla Lombard
Loved this book! Fabulous historical fiction, beautifully written with great characters traipsing around Europe and America, challenging gender roles and playing great music. A brilliant bit of fun, passionate, escapism. Especially great for musicians! She writes about musical ecstasy beautifully.
Michelle
Couldn't finish this book. I ended up skimming. The writing style is not one that I follow well. It seemed a bit disjointed to me as well. I read to page 97 so I gave it a fair chance, I think...
Robin
Sep 17, 2013 Robin rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Interesting historical fiction. I like a book that makes me look stuff up.
Nancy Dardarian
Quit reading it. Loaned by a friend who said "I'd love it." Hmmm.
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