Katharine Grant, 2014
Henry Holt & Co.
An unforgettable historical tale of piano playing, passions, and female power...
♦ The setting: London, 1794.
♦ The problem: Four nouveau rich fathers with five marriageable daughters.
♦ The plan: The young women will learn to play the piano, give a concert for young Englishmen who have titles but no fortunes, and will marry very well indeed.
♦ The complications: The lascivious (and French) piano teacher; the piano maker’s jealous (and musically gifted) daughter; the one of these marriageable daughters with a mating plan of her own.
While it might be a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a title and no money must be in want of a fortune, what does a sexually awakened young woman want? In her wickedly alluring romp through the late-Georgian London, Italian piano making, and tightly-fitted Polonaise gowns, Katharine Grant has written a startling and provocative debut. (From the publisher.)
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