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Laura Matson Hahn

First in the Bohemian Hearts Novel Series

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Table of Contents


Part One
Chapter 1 Birch Bark Hat 1
Chapter 2. Sixteen 10
Chapter 3 The Gypsy 18
Chapter 4 Vojen Village 28
Chapter 5 The Howe’s 40
Chapter 6 The Ball 47
Chapter 7 Ede 57
Chapter 8 Alchemy 62
Chapter 9 Traveling Blood 73
Chapter 10 Society 82

Part Two
Chapter 11 Homecoming 91
Chapter 12 Ron 104
Chapter13 Dancing 112
Chapter 14 Estelle 123
Chapter 15 Legacy 132
Chapter 16 Graduation 143
Chapter 17 Dreams 156
Chapter 18 Choices 166

Part Three
Chapter 19 James 181
Chapter 20 Truth 195
Chapter 21 Feelings 208
Chapter 22 Hollywood 214
Chapter 23 Blue Moon 222
Chapter 24 Valentines 237
Chapter 25 Understandings 254
Chapter 26 Champion 264
Chapter 27 Marathon 274
Chapter 28 Conquests 286
Chapter 29 Connubial Mist 292
Chapter 30 Hows and Means 307

Coming Next 329

Note from the Author 332

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The Facts behind the Fiction
Some people love prefaces and some don’t. While not necessary for
understanding this story, it provides a context for its genesis. Below is a glimpse at the
two key facts that influenced this story’s structure. One is the actual tribe of people
who were the original Bohemians and the other is the modern day scientific
investigation into a unique and separate intelligence within the heart, called the
Heart’s Code. If such things interest you, read on. Otherwise, skip to Chapter One.

Bohemian: A Brief History

The word Bohemian holds iconic stature in our society. While evoking disdain in some,
to others it is an ideal state of being, defined in the dictionary as: a life unhampered by
social convention, often artistic, with freedom to live as one chooses.

Where did this meaning begin? While used as a moniker for starving artists in 18th
century Europe and a synonym for gypsy vagabonds, neither were Bohemian’s
beginning. The term was first recorded in 600 AD when the territory we now know as the
Czech Republic was claimed by the Slavic’s and named the Kingdom of Bohemia, in
honor of the Celtic tribe of Boii who first established the land. Archeological and
Linguistic researchers confirm a thriving Boii culture in 750 BC and some speculate they
moved into the territory as early as 3000 BC.

Who Were These Original Bohemians? By description, they dressed like modern day
hippies in brightly colored garbs and ornamentation. By profession, they were highly
skilled craftspeople and traders, first to make bronze with tin and copper, among many
other art forms. By culture they were independent and peaceful, expanding their families,
business, and territory along the Vltava River between Prague and the Swiss Alps. By
lore they were master storytellers whose tales traveled far and some were scribed by
Greek scholars. And despite great population and political upheaval throughout Europe,
their unique culture survived until 50 BC when they were attacked by a hired warring
party (most likely Caesar’s) and forced out of their homeland. Many fled west and south
to Germany, France, Spain and Italy, where Boii populations continue today, confirmed
by DNA. Some may have “jumped the pond,” to find haven among the North Carolina
Cherokee where the “Celtic Axe” arrived to those Woodland Indians during that same

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timeframe. But it is also presumed some of the original Bohemians must have stayed in
their homeland, hidden away until the danger passed. For why else would the land be
named in their honor 600 years after their supposed departure? The logic follows that as
the Slavic people immigrated into the vacated Boii land along the river, the remaining
Boii re-emerged from the mountains to share their heritage and customs with their new
neighbors, creating valued bond. As a result, the land remained “Home of the Boii” until
1919, when the spoils of World War One changed the name to Czechoslovakia.

How do Bohemians connect with modern science’s study of a Heart’s Code?

Documentation of the wide range of innovation the Boii Celt’s created with their natural
resources proves them to be a society that valued creativity and must have encouraged
their tribe members to explore and develop their unique skills and interests. For how else
could they have continuously grown and prospered for centuries? If the culture’s
ethnology and folklore stands true, the original Bohemians represent the epitome of the
universal ideal: “Follow Your Heart.”

Fast forward to 1990 where scientists began taking that notion a step further,
investigating the separate intelligence residing in the heart and theorizing that each heart
contains a unique life map called: The Heart’s Code. The theory began in early 1980 with
discovery of the mechanics of how atoms, cells and the heart store coded information,
i.e.: the heart could learn and carry one’s personal code. This theory was further
supported though extensive clinical observations of heart transplant patients who admit to
having dramatically new interests, tastes and preferences that identically matched the
donor of their new heart (whom they’d never met). There is also the fact of the heart beat
beginning on the 22nd day in the fetus, 180 days before the brain is fully formed and no
one yet knows how it starts. Universally, our soul’s wisdom has always been linked to the
heart and recently, TV host Dr. Oz identified the small white spot at the electrical center
of the heart as the soul.

While the centuries have cultivated our brain smarts, many humans still cling to an ill-
defined yet intrinsic stirring within our chest, as if it holds the magic potion for life’s

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happiness. Science is now catching up to our instincts, postulating a new revolution
where the brain revolves around the heart, not the other way around. Something, perhaps,
the Boii Celts understood, long, long ago. ~

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The human heart begins to beat
on its twenty-second day.

One hundred and eighty days

before the brain is fully formed.

No one yet knows the cause

of its spontaneous start.

Could there be a special intelligence

found only in the heart?

Extrapolated from:
The Heart’s Code
Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our Heart Energy
By Paul Pearsall, Ph.D.

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