Duet for Three Hands

Duet for Three Hands

by Tess Thompson


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After marrying into the wealthy Bellmont family, pianist Nathaniel Fye is nearly ruined by his aristocratic wife's relentless ambition and instability. His only solace is his deepening friendship with his gifted protege, Lydia Tyler.

For most of his life, Whitmore Bellmont has loved the brilliant Jeselle Thorton. But theirs is a love forbidden by society's rules for class as well as skin color.

When these four lives intertwine, they're set on a collision course. The only question is whether their destination is one of liberation from prejudice and fear or destruction at the hands of love.

Bestselling author Tess Thompson weaves a rich family saga together with an epic love story set in the depression-era American South, and this first installment in a new historical series will be a can't-miss for anyone who believes in the power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620157183
Publisher: Libertary Co.
Publication date: 02/13/2015
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Tess Thompson is a mother and bestselling novelist of romantic suspense. Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess hails from a small town in southern Oregon, and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she's lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years.

She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she's gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.

Tess lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two daughters and two cats. They recently combined their home with the love of her life along with his two sons and three cats. This modern "Brady Bunch" family - yes, you read it correctly - four kids and five cats - live in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. In spite of their busy household, Tess manages to turn out three books a year, keeping her fans satisfied with such hits as "Riversong," "Riverbend," and "Riverstar" as well as many others.

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leapster More than 1 year ago
Set in the deep South during the late 1920s and early 1930s, Duet For Three Hands allows the reader a glimpse of a society on the cusp of change. The characters, as always in Tess Thompson books, are vibrant and so real that I felt as if some could be my friends. While stories set almost 100 years ago are not usually my cup of tea, I absolutely loved this book. I was glad I'd agreed to read an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. From the opening paragraph I was swept into the story and at the end, all I wanted was more. Tess Thompson has written what, in my opinion, is her best book yet, really making me feel what it was like to live in a time when some of the most important things were what other people thought of you and staying in your place in society. Nothing was worse than bucking tradition and those actions could have devastating consequences. I wish this was the beginning of a series because as soon as I finished this book, I wanted to read it all over again. This is a wonderful read, something you'll want to share with friends and would make an awesome book for a book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books.....ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is thoughtful and well written. It is one of the best books I have come across in a long time.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite I must admit, I do love a great novel of historical fiction. To me, there’s almost nothing better than curling up on a rainy afternoon and finding yourself in a completely different time period, a different world, really. Often a place with manners better than what we have now, romance and chivalry, and unsurpassed drama. That’s exactly what I found when I read the new work by author Tess Thompson, Duet for Three Hands. The story is set in the American South in the late 1920s to early 1930s and follows the story of Nathaniel Fye, a former concert pianist, as he is integrated into his wife’s family, the Bellmonts, and adjusts to his wife’s unstable mentality and ever increasing desires and ambitions. Nathaniel wants nothing more than to find a protégé, someone he can mentor in his one true love, the piano. Nathaniel also becomes privy to the secret of his new brother-in-law, Whitmore, that he is in love with the daughter of the Bellmont’s maid, Jeselle, a love that must be hidden as Jeselle is black. In a world filled with secrets and intrigue, author Tess Thompson has created a truly engaging and fantastic read. I very much enjoyed this book. Well written with great pacing and wonderful character development, Tess Thompson creates a world in Duet for Three Hands that the reader will find themselves completely engrossed in. Writing of the difficulties and secrecy of an interracial relationship in this time period in the deep South with an empathy and sympathy second to none, Thompson’s skill as a writer is second to none. Duet for Three Hands is a book that would appeal to anyone who loves great fiction, historical or not. This was the first book that I’ve read by Tess Thompson, but it certainly won’t be the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written & I liked the charactarers a lot I recommend.