THE BRAHMS DECEPTION
The Brahms Deception combines time travel, romance, historical figures and a thrilling plot to captivate readers from beginning to end. Marley’s knack for combining historical intrigue and romance will keep readers with a love for books like Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and A.S. Byatt’s Possession on the edge of their seats.
For scholar Frederica Daniels, the opportunity to travel back in time and study composer Johannes Brahms is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. When she arrives in 1861 Italy, Frederica is shocked to discover composer Clara Schumann is staying with Brahms. Obsessed with Brahms from a young age, Frederica does the unthinkable and takes possession of Clara’s body. When Frederica does not wake up after her transfer to 1860s Italy, fellow scholar Kristian North is called in to find her. Even though he was initially passed over to participate in the time-travel project, he eagerly accepts the opportunity. Once he enters the 1860s, he finds that bringing Frederica back to the future will be more difficult than he could have imagined. (KENSINGTON, Aug., 374 pp., $15.00)