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"A must for adventure lovers" – Amazon.com review A young English woman, on the run from her father, and a retired Prussian military officer sent to England by King Frederick the Great are plunged into the London demi-monde and a pursuit across Europe in search of fulfilment. The young woman’s music book bears witness to what unfolds. Former senior British diplomat turned h "A must for adventure lovers" – Amazon.com review A young English woman, on the run from her father, and a retired Prussian military officer sent to England by King Frederick the Great are plunged into the London demi-monde and a pursuit across Europe in search of fulfilment. The young woman’s music book bears witness to what unfolds. Former senior British diplomat turned historical novelist Edward Glover's first novel tells a story of intrigue, betrayal, revenge, death and redemption, revealing a world of dark secrets beneath the veneer of 18th-century social glamour. Fast moving and packed with intrigue, The Music Book takes us into the relationship between Arabella Whitfield and Colonel Carl Manfred von Deppe as they escape the dark demi-monde of mid 18th-century London, becoming fugitives pursued across Europe.


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"A must for adventure lovers" – Amazon.com review A young English woman, on the run from her father, and a retired Prussian military officer sent to England by King Frederick the Great are plunged into the London demi-monde and a pursuit across Europe in search of fulfilment. The young woman’s music book bears witness to what unfolds. Former senior British diplomat turned h "A must for adventure lovers" – Amazon.com review A young English woman, on the run from her father, and a retired Prussian military officer sent to England by King Frederick the Great are plunged into the London demi-monde and a pursuit across Europe in search of fulfilment. The young woman’s music book bears witness to what unfolds. Former senior British diplomat turned historical novelist Edward Glover's first novel tells a story of intrigue, betrayal, revenge, death and redemption, revealing a world of dark secrets beneath the veneer of 18th-century social glamour. Fast moving and packed with intrigue, The Music Book takes us into the relationship between Arabella Whitfield and Colonel Carl Manfred von Deppe as they escape the dark demi-monde of mid 18th-century London, becoming fugitives pursued across Europe.

35 review for The Music Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I won this book as part of a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this book, and Edward Glover has a wonderful way of writing that really describes the scenes to you in detail, and doesn't allow you to get lost with the plot along the way. The story follows Arabella who is rather forward-thinking for her time and does not want to marry the man that her father has lined up for her. Instead she wants to marry someone who loves her and she can have an equal partnership with. She therefor I won this book as part of a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this book, and Edward Glover has a wonderful way of writing that really describes the scenes to you in detail, and doesn't allow you to get lost with the plot along the way. The story follows Arabella who is rather forward-thinking for her time and does not want to marry the man that her father has lined up for her. Instead she wants to marry someone who loves her and she can have an equal partnership with. She therefore decides to run away from home and try to make her own way in the world. However with very little money, and being on her own, she ends up working as a courtesan at a brothel in London. This was my only niggle with the book - Arabella seems at first like she has a very strong character, and she fell into this sort of "work" rather too quickly for my liking. I would have preferred if she had put up more resistance to this kind of lifestyle, or at least exhausted some other options first. Either way, Arabella falls into the demi-monde, but keeps a mask on her face whenever she "sees" her "customers" so they do not recognise her. She is sent one night to the bed of a man with whom she feels more of a connection that she has previously done with any man, however he then leaves and she decided to run away from the brothel and try to re-establish contact with her mother to assure her that she is safe and well. Arabella then bumps into the same man, however he obviously doesn't know her true identity, but they have a connection still, and together they end up taking flight across Europe away from Arabella's overbearing father, and some foreign business that the man has been involved in. I really enjoyed the story, and I liked the twists and turns it took, and the vivid descriptions of the different parts of society and indeed the different places in Europe that Arabella visits. I enjoyed the mystery of the story, and the fast-pace of the storyline. As mentioned, my only real niggle was the speedy downfall of Arabella. I would definitely be interested to read the two sequels that Edward Glover is set to release in 2016 and 2018.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mark Allen

    A meticulously researched book that captures the moods and atmosphere of England, france and Prussia in the mid-18th Century. At least, I assume it is, it could all be completely wrong for all I know but Edward Glover has convinced me. What you do have is a well paced adventure story that charts a young girls story from privileged upbringing, through sordid ordeals of survival to eventual fulfillment. Arabella, our heroine, is a feisty young lady who sacrifices much for her principles. She is so A meticulously researched book that captures the moods and atmosphere of England, france and Prussia in the mid-18th Century. At least, I assume it is, it could all be completely wrong for all I know but Edward Glover has convinced me. What you do have is a well paced adventure story that charts a young girls story from privileged upbringing, through sordid ordeals of survival to eventual fulfillment. Arabella, our heroine, is a feisty young lady who sacrifices much for her principles. She is someone we really root for, as is the man she falls for. Other characters are more mysterious - are they for good or for bad? Most is revealed and I think this book would benefit from being drawn out more and having greater detail in certain parts where threads are tied up in a chapter, or characters introduced from nowhere. The contemporary references do add to the story though, and with the aid of a music streaming service you can really build up the atmosphere when reading. I look forward to the sequel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Beautiful storyline, i love it, im debating with myself whether to read it again, like straight away, addictive. Thankyou :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I won a copy of this book via Goodreads First Reads. I really enjoyed this book, it moved along at a great pace and grabbed me from the first page. Honestly, what's not to like? Inspired by portraits and discovered historical documents this was right up my street. Am looking forward to reading the next part of the story in due course.

  5. 5 out of 5

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