As PG has mentioned before, he doesn’t do book plugs here other than for Mrs. PG.
Mrs. PG’s historical novel, beginning in Vienna shortly before World War I and continuing until the eve of World War II, is available as a free Kindle book today – The Last Waltz.
Mrs. PG became interested in Austria and its history when she studied in Semmering, about 100 km away from Vienna, as an undergraduate.
She began writing the book while she was working as an international banker in Los Angeles many years ago and kept going back to it and revising it while she was writing and publishing other books. At one point (before personal computers), she lost the only copy of the manuscript in the Los Angeles airport. The next day, a very nice woman phoned to say she had found the manuscript in a bag and wondered if Mrs. PG would like it back.
PG negotiated the return of rights to The Last Waltz along with several of Mrs. PG’s other books last year.
If you’re not familiar with the Austro-Hungarian Empire, before World War I, it was the largest empire in Europe with twelve official languages. The event that sparked World War I was the assassination of the successor to to the throne of the empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in June, 1914.
In the 1800’s and early 1900’s, Vienna was arguably the cultural center of Europe. Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Brahms spent at least a substantial portion of their professional careers in Vienna. The University of Vienna produced Sigmund Freud, Gregor Mendel, Bruno Bettelheim and the leading lights of the Austrian School of Economics.
There is more history and background for The Last Waltz at a website created for the first edition of the book here.