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Beethoven's Immortal
by Jeff B Fuell   

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Publisher: ISBN-10:  0744316197 Type: 


Copyright:  May 4, 2010

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For decades, people have wondered who the elusive woman that the inspiration for Beethoven's music is. Now, a young woman is about to go on an incredible adventure to find her place in history as the inspiration for the greatest composer to ever live.

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     “I think…I think there’s something in there,” she said as she moved closer to the hole and looked inside of it. “There is!”
       “There is? What is it?” he asked as he moved closer to her so he could see, also.
       “I’m not sure. It looks like a small box,” she replied as she reached her arm into the hole.
       “Be careful,” he said as he placed his hands gently on her shoulders.
       Her eyes were rolling around as she moved her hand inside the hole. “I think I…feel something…yes!” she said triumphantly and pulled out a small, wooden box. 
       The both of them looked at it wonderingly and Emma blew the large amount of dust that had accumulated on it away. 
       “It looks like its a hundred years old…at least,” Rudolph finally said. “How did it get in there? Why was it in there?”
        “I don’t know. Let’s see what’s in it.”
        “Careful. It’s so old; it looks like it could break apart just by touching it.
      She gently set the box down and slowly opened its lid, both of them staring at the contents inside of it. 
      Only two items where there - an old envelope and a cell phone, both of them covered in dust. 
      Rudolph and Emma looked at each other and then back at the contents.
      “I don’t understand. The box and the envelope are obviously at least a hundred years old, probably older. What’s a cell phone doing here?”
       “I don’t know,” Emma said wonderingly as she picked up the silver cell phone and clicked it open. Surprisingly, it was in perfect condition. Not surprisingly, nothing happened. It had no charge whatsoever. “This phone is just like mine. We can charge it up and see who it belongs to. It might even need a new battery. Maybe there are some pictures inside.”
        “Probably. That will take hours, though. See what’s inside the envelope.”
         Emma carefully opened the envelope and peered inside. 
        “There’s a letter inside. Two, I think,” she said looking at Rudolph.
         “Maybe there’s a clue as to who the cell phone belongs to. See what it says.”
         As delicately as she could, she pulled the folded papers from the envelope and opened the first one. It was some pieces of sheet music that was only halfway completed with a handwritten composition. Written on the top of it was a woman’s name, obviously the name of the piece. 
        “Who is that?” Rudolph asked.
        “I don’t know. I suppose it’s the name of…the person that influenced the piece. A song written for her.”
        “It seems that way. But…why is it only half completed?”
        “I don’t know,” she said as she gently folded the paper and set it aside. She then picked up another other piece of paper, opened it, and held it so that the both of them could read it. As they did so silently, the looks on their faces changed from interest…to confusion… to something that they could not believe what they were seeing. Once they were done, they looked at each other at the same time. 
       “Forever yours…Ludwig,” Emma said slowly as she spoke the final words of the letter. 
        Rudolph picked up the cell phone and inspected it, now treating it as gently as he would a baby.
        “We have to get this thing charged,” he said in amazement.
“This may sound like an odd question but, have you ever been to Vienna before?”
“Well…why…why do you ask?” Stephanie asked slowly.
“Well, we think,” he said as he reached into his pocket and Stephanie immediately started backing away. “Oh, I am sorry. I did not mean to frighten you,” he said apologetically. “I only meant to show you this. Does this belong to you?”
He opened his hand and Stephanie immediately recognized it.
It was her cell phone.
“Oh, my God!” she exclaimed as she took it. The silver on it was duller than she remembered but, other than that, it appeared to be in perfect condition. Where…where did you find it?”
“My father had an accident and they found it hidden behind a wall. It had been placed there in a box. It was a miracle that it had been found. If not for his fall, it would still be there.”
Stephanie opened it and looked at the screen. She immediately began to caress it as she realized that something that she had purchased just a few months ago was now hundreds of years old. The fact that it was even working was incredible.
“When they found it, it did not have any power at all. Fortunately, my mother has the same kind of phone and was able to charge it up. Still, it is amazing that it still works,” he said with wonder.
Stephanie thought the same. She could only assume that the circle had something to do with it. Somehow, it had transferred some of its power to the phone knowing that someday…now…it would be found and returned to her once again.
“My parents immediately called me and demanded that I come over. Once they explained what they thought it was, I said that it was impossible. It simply could not be,” he explained with wonder. “But, here you are standing before us. Once the phone was powered up, I wanted to call you to see if such a thing was possible, but my parents, my mother in particular, insisted on meeting you. Immediately. And, my mother…can be insistent,” he said as he looked at her lovingly.
“Meeting me? Why? I…I don’t even know her,” she said looking at her.
“Well, this is what is the strangest thing, even stranger than the phone. You see, my mother’s favorite musical artist is Ludwig Van Beethoven.”

Professional Reviews

A Must Read For Music Lovers Everywhere!
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

The title of this book really appealed to me as I have a love of pretty much all things musical and after reading the book I would suggest that the author does too. From classical to metal with an obvious love of the 80′s hair metal era this book has musical references galore which for me only added to my enjoyment of the story.

We follow Stephanie as she time travels back in time to 18th Century Vienna where she not only meets, but becomes the inspiration to perhaps the greatest classical composer that ever lived.

One of my favorite things about this book is that the author has taken an historical factual event and created a whole new take on it, and answered some of the questions that really are out there. His research is impeccable and the story flows with an ease that I appreciated allowing you to quickly become invested in the characters.

The "rules" of time travel are explored but not from the normal science fiction angle (although I hasten to add that as a science fiction fan the logic in here was indisputable).

Sadly the story was a little predictable but there was no other way for it to end without history being changed. It reminded me very much of a Hallmark Movie "Love Letter" which broke my heart but in the best possible way. Don't let this put you off though. Anyone with a love of music or even just a love story across time and space will enjoy this well written tale.

A Tale of History and Fantasy Woven into a Great Read
This was an interesting read. I enjoy books based in some historical aspect. Weaving Beethoven into the plot is genius. Jeff has done an excellent job in combining history with fantasy to create a gripping tale that will stick with you long after reading the book. Part of you wishes this could really happen and maybe it does. For me, these questions arise from the realistic writing within the book, very well done.

You don't have to be a fan of Beethoven to enjoy this book but if you are, it only adds to the compelling storyline. To recap, great storyline, a moving plot, well developed characters, excellent historical base, and a surprise ending, what more could you ask for?

This is one book I can recommend, Thanks Jeff for a great read!

Beethoven's Immortal
One of the most beautiful, romantic time travel stories I've ever read.
Jeff Fuell takes the reader on a magnificent journey, from modern day to Beethoven's world.
A journey that I didn't want to end.
It's a story that will stay with me for a long time to come.
Definitely worth more than 5 Stars!

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