***WINNER — 2018 IndieReader DISCOVERY AWARD***
From the bestselling Author of THE WAY, hailed by O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE as “A Title To Pick Up Now!”
“Every now and then someone writes something that…leaves you shaking your head in wonder at the skillful storytelling, the use of language, and the depth of characters. This is one such book.”
“A passionate, evocative and sensitive story that is hard to put down…very highly recommended.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Wolf is a masterful storyteller who has created an enchanting novel…ESCAPEMENT will resonate with anyone who has ever felt passion.”
“Richly textured and emotionally absorbing…Wolf has crafted a novel with extraordinary sensitivity and no one will deny the pleasure of her seductive prose.”
Prepare to be transported into a sensual world of possibility by this lush, heart-wrenching and gorgeously-written love story. Brimming with passion, intrigue, extraordinary characters and astonishing surprises, ESCAPEMENT will arouse the senses and seduce readers of every persuasion.
Cristofer Vaughn’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. Tending to her famed employer’s domestic needs, Henri crafts a carefree life of routine and diversion behind which she hides the truth of a dark and tragic past. Possessed herself of an extraordinary musical gift, she loyally steers her employer through the tempestuous 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, Ava.
The tension intensifies as Cristofer struggles to create music of epic proportions while Henri’s heart is swept away by a love more powerful than any she has ever known.
The ensuing entanglements rise to a dangerous pitch when Cristofer’s patron catches wind of a duplicity and mobilizes his henchmen to target the threat. Soon the only hope for Cristofer and Henri’s survival depends on one publicly exposing the other’s hidden truth—an act that would defy the bonds of love and friendship and bring all their lives to ruin.
Will Henri sacrifice her heart to stop the oncoming tragedy? Or will she find a way to save both her friend—and her truest love?
Exploring the boundaries of love, beauty, artistic pursuit and the gaping wounds wrought by secrets, ESCAPEMENT delivers a breathtaking testament to the redemptive power of human creativity and the enduring light of our passions.
“A symphony of words marked by lyrical phrases and exquisite rhythm…a testament to the artistic spirit…breathtaking.”
PRAISE for Kristen Wolf’s debut novel, THE WAY:
“This imaginative novel may make you a believer.”
—O, The Oprah Magazine
“Wow, is all I can say. This novel blew me away!”
“The Way is a daring and passionate debut from an author to watch in the future.”
—Historical Novel Society
“I don’t think I could rave anymore about this book…truly one of a kind.”
—Chick Lit Plus