Guardian Angel

Master of Illusion

Book 4
Anne Rouen
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From the winner of the Silver (2016) & Bronze (2014) Medals for Modern Historical Literary Fiction in the Global Ebook Awards comes the World War II romantic saga, Guardian Angel, the fourth instalment in the Master of Illusion series.Ten-year-old French singer Nicolas de Beaulieu seems to have it all in the rigours and depression of the 1930s: money, social status, fame. But as he grows up, he becomes no stranger to grief and loss.

World War II begins and Nicolas finds himself in deadly peril, hunted by the Nazis. His already complicated relationship with the girl he loves takes a new direction when France surrenders to Germany, and they fight a different kind of war as part of la Résistance.

Hidden in the fastness of their mountain stronghold, every day is a battle of wits, courage and endurance as they fight to survive and undermine the overwhelming might of the Nazi war machine. And it appears the Nazi's have the upper hand until salvation comes from an unexpected source ...

Fans of The Nightingale and The Lost Wife will enjoy this riveting historical romance saga.
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About the author

Anne Rouen is an award-winning historical fiction author from Australia, who is inspired by the opulent operatic age of 19th century France, the classic Belle Époque era and the dark times of the world wars. This passion was ignited from her own heritage, combined with a lifelong love of historical fiction writing, particularly those of a similar ilk to Georgette Heyer. 

This is where inspiration for the Master of Illusion series was born. 

Anne Rouen is the alter ego of Lynn Newberry: a country woman from the New South Wales New England region, who breeds Brangus cattle by day and is a dedicated, passionate horsewoman. The lady behind Anne Rouen has completed a specialist teaching degree in the Rural Sciences department of the University of New England, and has spent most of her years involved in the agricultural industry—twenty of them as an educator. 

Throughout her career, Lynn has escaped the everyday demands of work through the hand of Anne Rouen. Master of Illusion—Book One was her first published novel, and it, along with its sequels, Master of Illusion—Book Two and Angel of Song have been nominated in several award programs, most notably, the Global Ebook Awards where Anne won the Silver Medal for Modern Historical Literature Fiction in 2014 and the Bronze Medal for Modern Historical Literature Fiction in 2016.

Lynn has also seen success with her short story writing, achieving a Highly Commended in the Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards (2011) for The Scent of a Criminal

With a broad range of interests, Anne Rouen writes a regular blog where she chats about her firsthand experience beating breast cancer, her love of horses and other current issues close to her heart.

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Anne Rouen
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Published on
Feb 14, 2018
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Pages
538
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ISBN
9780992403638
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English
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Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / War & Military
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**Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal for Historical Literature Fiction (Modern)**

Murder, Magic, Music and Obsession ...

Master of Illusion follows the lives of childhood comrades, Angel and Elise, as they run hand in hand from a history of treachery, heartache and crippling abuse. Under the mask of exceptional talent and in the name of justice, they each grapple with their own damaged version of love and loyalty, while fiercely protecting their terrible secrets. 

Set in the operatic era of 19th century France, talented dancer, Elise, is discovered by the eminent Opéra Français and is whisked away from a simple life to fulfil her dreams of becoming prima ballerina. Her path is forever changed the day she rescues the disfigured, amnesic, genius—Angel—from a life of abandonment and mistreatment. Angel's obsessions define him: his emulation of the Phantom of the Opera coupled with a latent dark side, develop into a fervent passion for a young soprano. Cast under Angel's charming spell, Elise assumes the role of his protector and nurturer—only to discover that she, too, wields powers of her own: persuasion and contrivance.

In trying to reach the pinnacle of operatic success, Angel and Elise are faced with the challenge of defining justice, love and self acceptance. Through abandonment, Angel knows only one form of love—obsession; and Elise, whose purity lies in ruins at the hands of evil, is raped of her capacity for romantic love.

Can they fulfil their childhood dreams without blood on their hands? ...

Secrets, Tragedy, Courage,
Love.


Master of Illusion Book II continues the story of the tormented
genius, Angel, and his childhood friend, Elise, the prima ballerina who once
graced the stage as La Belle and now directs their own opera house, the Opéra
Magique. Their lives ensue in an entanglement of secrets, subterfuge, tragedy
and love through which they battle their fated hand. Though the skeletons of
the past continue to haunt, the veil concealing the truth begins to fall. 



It is Paris,1892, and the Opéra Magique is riding a wave of unparalleled
success, with the help of Sprite, the Master's popular, fairy-like assistant.
Walking the fine line required to keep in abeyance the mutual passions of her
star, the volatile magician known as the Master of Illusion, and her
goddaughter, the beautiful comtesse de Villefontaine, Madame Dupont needs all
her ingenuity to divert the jealous rage of the comte and the suspicions
of Police Chief Captain Moreau.



Few people know the truth behind the Master's identity, yet one of
them is, all unwittingly, about to give him away. But as their opera house and
lives are plunged, yet again, into unthinkable tragedy, fate thrusts Angel and
Elise—the Master and Madame—onto a new path of discovery: a path that holds
both alluring revelations and nightmares of untold suffering.



Angel and Elise battle choices of life and death, of courage and
sacrifice, as they
 finally discover the answers they've so
longed for. But, in discovering the truth of the past, the truth about Angel
and the truth about love, do they find the
 solace they so crave?



Can Angel and Elise overcome the barriers of fate, or will
they be destroyed in their determination to do so?

From the award-winning historical fiction author, Anne Rouen, comes the third installment to the Master of Illusion series. Angel of Song is a historical romance set in World War I on the Western Front. 

Born into the halcyon era of the Belle Époque, Parisian debutante Angelique de Villefontaine has been shielded all her young life by her influential guardian, the marquis du Bois, and his life-long companion, Madame Dupont. Despite the protection of her mentors, the allure of her ethereal beauty and surpassing talent cannot be restrained, and Angelique's life becomes a frenetic whirl of performance and social engagement, peppered with the seduction of fame and adulation. Though she has a voice of an angel, she is not without her demons.

Unbeknownst to Angelique, her guardian is frantically attempting to bring the antiquated French Military into the twentieth century. Acutely aware of growing political tensions and paranoia sweeping Europe, the marquis' efforts are rebuffed. Despairing, he sends his protégé on a mission hitherto unthinkable. Oblivious to this seething political clime, Angelique embarks on the most important tour of her budding career, only to be turned back by a murder that plunges the world into darkness.

Rendered hysterical by the horrors of war, Angelique rallies to help the wounded. Amidst rumours of an angel whose voice can inspire, soothe and heal, an eminent general makes an astonishing request. And the marquis must use all his ingenuity to protect his ward from enemies, both within their own military and without.

In the particular hell of the trenches, soldiers sacrifice their lives to hold their posts against insurmountable odds; and as the French search for inspiration to counter the nihilistic policy of an implacable enemy, they find they already have a secret weapon—their own Angel of Song.
 

**Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards Silver Medal for Historical Literature Fiction (Modern)**

Murder, Magic, Music and Obsession ...

Master of Illusion follows the lives of childhood comrades, Angel and Elise, as they run hand in hand from a history of treachery, heartache and crippling abuse. Under the mask of exceptional talent and in the name of justice, they each grapple with their own damaged version of love and loyalty, while fiercely protecting their terrible secrets. 

Set in the operatic era of 19th century France, talented dancer, Elise, is discovered by the eminent Opéra Français and is whisked away from a simple life to fulfil her dreams of becoming prima ballerina. Her path is forever changed the day she rescues the disfigured, amnesic, genius—Angel—from a life of abandonment and mistreatment. Angel's obsessions define him: his emulation of the Phantom of the Opera coupled with a latent dark side, develop into a fervent passion for a young soprano. Cast under Angel's charming spell, Elise assumes the role of his protector and nurturer—only to discover that she, too, wields powers of her own: persuasion and contrivance.

In trying to reach the pinnacle of operatic success, Angel and Elise are faced with the challenge of defining justice, love and self acceptance. Through abandonment, Angel knows only one form of love—obsession; and Elise, whose purity lies in ruins at the hands of evil, is raped of her capacity for romantic love.

Can they fulfil their childhood dreams without blood on their hands? ...

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