Passion and power, intrigue and betrayal, love and romance, ÉMILIE’S VOICE has it all… Well written and researched, with plots, subplots, and counterplots to keep the reader turning the pages, musicologist Susanne Dunlap’s debut novel is an entertaining and vivid portrayal of the period.
Beautifully, lyrically written, I was enthralled by LISZT'S KISS from the first page. Ms. Dunlap is a strong voice in today’s historical fiction.
[THE MUSICIAN'S DAUGHTER] …a gutsy, sympathetic heroine who remains true to her friends, in a fast-paced historical adventure that offers a hint of romance.
Dunlap persuasively inhabits the thoughts and emotions of her embattled protagonist; her magnetic reimagining of ANASTASIA’s story has the potential to reach a broad audience.
Molly’s exceptionally authentic and appealing character powers this well-crafted novel…Overall, [IN THE SHADOW OF THE LAMP] is an honorable homage and an absorbing read.
[THE ACADEMIE] Dunlap’s intricate plot darts among the first-person narratives of Eliza, Caroline, Hortense, and Madeleine. The elegant work of historical fiction is laced with fluttery romances, psychological games, and surprises.
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