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When sexy and sophisticated Mimi Silverstein divorces her two-timing husband, the fiery genius Maestro Frans van Diehm, she eagerly prepares to begin a new life with their young daughter. But her first taste of freedom draws her into a web of intrigue, power, and deception.
Against a backdrop of spectacular music, Mimi becomes involved with another international artist, the mysterious rock star Randae Crane. As their feelings for each other grow more intense, the Maestro's guilty secrets begin to unfold.
The riveting conclusion to this dazzling tale of loves, past and present, is bound to touch the heart of every reader.
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Marlys Beider was born and raised in Hannover, Germany. To create this novel, she drew on her love of music and travel. Ms. Beider currently resides in Chicago and Tucson and is also the author of Continuum.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
She heard several sirens. She looked around but could not see any lights. Too many accidents, she thought and wondered about the fate of those awaiting police cruisers or ambulances.
She never saw the car coming. It happened too fast. The noise was deafening, and the impact shot through her limousine like lightning. She spun faster and faster, creating a dizzying sensation. When it stopped, there was utter silence.
At first there was no pain, but she could not move. She heard voices fading in and out. Then she began to hurt. Excruciating sensations came from deep inside her abdomen and lower back. She could not move her hands to press against the pain. She had trouble breathing. She heard voices.
"Can you hear me?"
"We are trying to help you."
"Can you talk?"
"Hang in there."
"We are taking you to the hospital."
Then everything went dark.
She heard voices again and tried to open her eyes. She saw lights and a ceiling that was moving very fast.
"Mimi, can you hear us?"
"You're in the hospital."
"You are injured."
"We are going to help you."
"Mimi, try to stay with us."
She recognized one voice and knew one face. She tried to say something, but it only gurgled in her throat. Blood: she tasted her own blood. The pain was so bad. Help me, she thought, please help me.
Behind her eyes she saw her children and the pain intensified. Viola, she cried inside, she is still so little. She needs me. I don't want to die. Please help me!
Then came another darkness.
"I don't get it. What the fuck happened?"
There was the voice again. She heard it loud and clear. She saw him. It was the nice doctor that had helped Viola earlier in the morning.
What happened to the pain? It was gone. She felt free and weightless. She only sensed beauty. She watched from above and saw a team of doctors and nurses working frantically on a body.
She recognized what she saw. That is my body. She shook her head. You can stop; I don't feel the pain anymore. She smiled and wanted to tell the worried doctor.
Then there was music and singing. She heard the voice that had become part of her and belonged to someone very special, the man she loved so very much. His beautiful voice was singing the meaningful words that were written only for her. They contained a powerful message. She remembered it. How could she ever forget?
The longer she listened and the more she concentrated on his voice, the more intensely she felt the power. He was pulling her, and the sensation of moving back was overwhelming. The beautiful music drowned out the strange sounds in the operating room.
She did not welcome the return of physical discomfort, but it only hurt for seconds. Then nothing seemed to matter anymore; the pain was fully relieved by the power of the song. It carried a message that would last throughout eternity.
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Book Description Hats Off Books, 2004. Condition: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP70152388
Book Description Hats Off Books, 2004. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1587362988