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The Book: Nights of the Road (nightsoftheroad.com) is a spell-binding time-slip novel, told with meticulous attention to historical detail, in which excess and corruption from the Stuart court of King James the First echo down unfiltered through the time corridors of four centuries to disrupt and haunt the lives of a twenty-first century rock musician and his unwilling captive: The Story: Fourteen-year-old Frances Coke is promised by her society mother, Lady Elizabeth Hatton, that she can marry for love, but everything changes when her famous father, Sir Edward Coke, falls out of favor with James the First. To retrieve his position, Coke sacrifices his daughter in marriage to the manic-depressive brother of the King?s lover, the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham and his rapacious mother want the lands and wealth promised with Frances, but have no intention that she should bear her husband, Viscount Purbeck, a child. Their machinations to keep the two apart send Frances into the arms of Sir Robert Howard, son of a rival noble house? In 21st Century California, Sarah James knows nothing about any seventeenth century heiress when she arrives in Los Angeles, although she does believe she has left her own abusive marriage and unhappy past behind her in England. Her therapy practice is off to a flying start, she loves her ocean-side apartment, and she is enjoying a promising new relationship with American rock music promoter, Bob Howard. But Sarah's world is turned upside down when a British musician kidnaps and holds her in his isolated cabin in the California desert. Is her drink-sodden captor only using Sarah as a pawn to coerce Howard into mounting a tour for his failing rock career? Or does he have ancient scores to settle with both Sarah and Bob? Sarah finds herself obliged to travel across time and continents to free herself and heal an ancestral legacy marred by patriarchal abuse of power. She must also aid a tormented man to transform his present ruinous path into a road to resurrection. And her greatest ally in her quest will turn out to be that real-life, seventeenth-century heiress. Frances Coke. For young Viscountess Purbeck, although alive four centuries before Sarah and in an era when women knew no legal safeguards, had steadfastly refused to submit to the ongoing corruption and persecution of her Court, Church and King. And she has some remarkably modern advice to offer. What reviewers are saying: "Nights of the Road is a remarkable debut novel by Midi Berry. It is a captivating page- turner expertly weaving the fictional life of Sarah James in current Los Angeles with the historically accurate past of Lady Francis Purbeck, a feisty 17th century English heiress. After finishing this book, one can only wonder 'Have I been here before?' A must read!" June Sobel (US) best-selling author. ? A compelling story that brings two time periods richly and vividly to life. It's a big, bold, ambitious and thought-provoking book and I found myself thinking about it a long time after I had finished it.? Nicola Cornick (UK) international best-selling author. ?Rock music meets the Stuart royal court in Midi Berry?s haunting tale of two heroines, each as beleaguered as she is loved. Midi Berry?s suggestion of past life regression is as intriguing as her research into the passion and predicament of the real-life Lady Frances Coke, unwillingly married in her mid-teens but rejecting the role of any man?s plaything. In Nights of the Road, profound ideas sit lightly on pages you cannot wait to turn. This novel of swashbuckle and self-discovery shifts not only between time, but also place ? from hipster LA to the ruined ramparts of Corfe Castle. Read it fast for its pyrotechnical plot, or savor more slowly as a literary spritzer for the soul.? Madeleine Kingsley (UK) journalist and book reviewer.
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Midi Berry was born in England of Welsh origin and lived and worked in five continents as an international management and development consultant before returning to her early love of story telling. Midi has family around the world in Ireland, Corsica and Australia. She lives mid-way between them all in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California and shares a home with her exuberant rock drummer partner, Mark Singer. They are owned by a charming orange cat called OJ. Nights of the Road is Midi's first published historical novel. She is currently working on the sequel to Nights of the Road and The Corsican Trilogy, a series of novels that follows three generations of an eighteenth century family who become caught up in revolutions in Corsica, America and Australia.
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Titel: Nights of the Road
Verlag: Midi Berry
Einband: Soft cover