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THE HOURS BEFORE a novel of sensuality and moral conflict

Vienna, c. 1905

In darkness, late at night, a woman returns to her hotel to discover her usual maid has been replaced by a stranger. What begins as an icy exchange, born of weariness, becomes within minutes one of the most extraordinary encounters of her life. It will take her on a journey deep into her past and towards the fateful assignation that already awaits her on the other side of the night.

Set amid the elegance and sophistication of the Belle Époque, and the Gothic splendour of late Victorian England, ‘The Hours Before’ is a story of drama, mystery and romance, revealing a hidden world of vice and malevolence – but also a pathway of transformation and knowledge.

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An evocation of Belle Epoque decadence, mystery and sophistication

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“An awesome Gothic Victorian  tale … that will keep you engaged from the first page until the end.”

Charla Wilson, Book Talk with Charla

“Will delight those who enjoy mannered characters, uncommon plots and a slight bit of mystery.”

Arleigh Johnson, historical-fiction.com

“A Mysterious and exciting novel … I was hooked from the first page.”

Stephanie Pinathe Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood

“There is plenty of action and a fair smattering of terror together with the romance and beauty ever-present in Mr Parry’s work. It is with great pleasure that I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you.”

Kirsty Stonell Walker, author and biographer

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Createspace, first published March 2, 2015

ISBN-10: 150852422X  Paperback: 422 pages en-gb

eBook available on Kindle, Nook and iTunes

Latest Goodreads star rating: 4.38 out of 5

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