While the World Is Still Asleep (The Century Trilogy Book 1)

By | May 15, 2018
While the World Is Still Asleep (The Century Trilogy Book 1)

The first in a new series from Petra Durst-Benning, the bestselling author of The Glassblower series.

An inspiring historical tale of one woman risking it all for her dreams set in 1890s Berlin.

After the tragic death of her little brother, Josephine travels to the Black Forest to heal. There she discovers a feeling of freedom astride a brand-new invention: the bicycle. The very idea of a woman on a bicycle is beyond taboo—it is indecent and even illegal—but Josephine will not be deterred. Back home, Josephine rides under cover of night, while the world is still asleep so as not to provoke a scandal. But Berlin’s streets are dangerous and the winds of change are blowing.

Can Josephine’s fighting heart help her overcome the obstacles in her path? Will the passion she feels for this new adventure lead her toward true love?

3 thoughts on “While the World Is Still Asleep (The Century Trilogy Book 1)

  1. Terri Richison
    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    History comes to life, March 9, 2016
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    Terri Richison (Houston, TX United States) –

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    Turn of the century Berlin – a time when women were viewed as second class citizens – and riding a bicycle was reserved for the wealthy who could afford such luxury. But even in the late 1800’s girls were fighting for their rights. And one of those rights was cycling. This is a very enjoyable book, and you’ll pick up a little history along the way. Definitely recommended.
  2. margaret
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    Another great read from a great author., October 28, 2016
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    We forget that in the past many women have had to fight for rights that in 2016 we consider a part of our lives . As a keen biker myself it was interesting to read of the conflict that was fought over women cycling. It seems unbelievable now but of course it wasn’t back in the 19th century. The opposition was very real for those women who wanted freedom of movement or just to enjoy recreation.
    This is the bulk of the story, about Josephine who loved biking and the opposition she encountered in her life as a cyclist but also as a woman trying to establish herself in a field that was not inclusive of women both in her private and public life.
    It was very believable and truly enjoyable. Good research into biking in the late 19th century and you could certainly image the cycling events and the hard miles biked with bikes that had no suspension, no gears and often no inflatable tyres, and no padded seats. A lovely story with a hint of romance, and as you read you certainly wanted Josephine to succeed and be happy.
  3. Njambi
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Innovation Meets Determination, April 12, 2017
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    Njambi

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    Sometimes, to make our dreams come true, we have to take detours that may seem like it is the end of the road, but they are in reality paths that lead us to the very doorstep of those dreams.
    This is a story about a young lady (Jo) who defies all odds and succeeds at making her dream a reality. Growing up in an abusive home environment, and her parents blaming her for their son’s death, she finds solace in the company of her three friends and her neighbor (Frieda), who loves her as her own.
    When her brother dies from a fire that he himself had set, Jo is sent to a Sanatarium to heal and while there, she sees a bicycle for the first time. Fascinated, she befriends the young rider and they become friends. She learns how to ride but was more interested in knowing the mechanics of it.
    While out riding a “stolen” bicycle one night–women were not allowed to ride bicycles–she gets into an accident and she is discovered by neighbors who are astonished to find an unconscious girl dressed as a man. She is sent to prison for three years and while there, she becomes the caretaker’s apprentice.
    After her release, she inherits a house with a workshop and opens up her very own repair shop.

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