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A stirring and romantic historical novel about nineteenth-century Vienna and the tragedy and dynamic passion that inspired Ludwig van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

Vienna, 1800. Countess Julie Guicciardi's life is about to change forever. The spirited eighteen-year-old is taking piano lessons with Ludwig van Beethoven, the most talented piano virtuoso in the musical capital of Europe. She is captivated by his volatile genius, while he is drawn to her curiosity and disarming candor. Between them, a unique romance. But Beethoven has a secret he's yet to share, and Julie is harboring a secret of her own, one so scandalous it could destroy their perfect love story.

When Beethoven discovers the truth, he sets his emotions to music, composing a mournful opus that will become the Moonlight Sonata. The haunting refrain will follow Julie for the rest of her life.

Set against the rich backdrop of nineteenth-century Vienna, The Woman in the Moonlight is an exhilarating ode to eternal passion. An epic tale of love, loss, rivalry, and political intrigue. A stirring portrait of a titan who wrestled with the gods and a woman who defied convention to inspire him.

©2020 Patricia Morrisroe (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Awesome Presention

I laughed, I cried, I totally enjoyed this story. The story was so real, the research for this story was so good and the imagination of putting this story together was superb. The narration by Angela Dawe was supportive to the story, all the different dialects were so good. One felt they were there. I do appreciate Chapter 42, telling the end of the story. Chapter 43, telling about the author,her research.. A really really good book!

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Great!

The narration was great. The story is wonderful! Beethoven has always been my favorite and I've never read anything about Beethoven. Although historical fiction, i thought the depiction of Beethoven was sooo funny, and his nicknanes for funny was hilarious! Loved it! well done!

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Good Story

I love historical fiction that comes alive. A really good story. Just one tiny thing... someone should have corrected the narrator's pronunciation of "Joachim." She pronounced it "Joe-a-keem" throughout the book. 😶

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just ok

struggled to finish. I was curious about Beethoven and went on way beyond satisfying my curiosity.

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Romantic Historical Fiction

For what it’s worth I enjoyed the fantasy I enjoyed the authors use of imagination on what the life and loves of the eccentric genius Beethoven may have been like. It was an enjoyable read mixed in with a good used a classical Beethoven knowledge of music and the readers pronunciation of the foreign words was excellent although I didn’t like her voice over for Beethoven or Guliette. The author acknowledges at the end that she took liberties with the story and embellished it quite a bit. That is an understatement

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very enjoyable made Beethoven human

great narration
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characters are real
interesting facts
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only thing missing was the music!

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Beethoven, brought to life.

The author’s deep understanding of the time in which Beethoven lived is quite amazing, and lends a broad dimension to his amazing life story.

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I couldn't finish it. Beethoven was interesting, but the other characters were just too outrageous.