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It can and does happen: A chance encounter that leads to romance, love and fulfilment. Equally, such an encounter may lead to fear, sorrow and loss. Both are met in this tale that crosses national and social boundaries and within which unwarranted evil plays a far too real part.

In all innocence the protagonists go about their daily lives occasionally taking in divergent activities out of curiosity or in the interest of learning more about life. Being caring and kind hearted both fail to understand why they are constantly warned about helping others. Ultimately, after numerous twists and turns, the truth behind these warnings becomes manifest with results never anticipated or expected.

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‘The story begins in 1860s Vienna with the chance meeting of two people, Katherine and Richard, who fall in love.

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Youthful curiosity and naivety draw them into a situation that threatens their lives. Their kindness and generosity trigger more dangerous situations.

When I started reading I felt this book was going to be a light read but the intrigue and intensity sneak up and before you know what has happened you are drawn into feeling the scope of emotions the characters do.

Robinson tells her tale with engrossing prose and easily imagined scenes. When Katherine worries her husband will be unfaithful, you worry. When she sits on a hill taking in the beauty of her surrounds you are calm and serene with her.  When the cold steel of a knife threatens their lives you feel the fear of the moment. When they share intimate moments it is tastefully sensual.

The interweaving of joy, happiness and pleasure with uncertainty, insecurity and fear will keep you turning the pages.

Where does the title come from? Aaah, you’ll have to read the book.

This is the first fictional work by this author and I hope there is more to come.’