An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart?
At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.
In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.
But when a thief’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.
Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.
Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . . .
I am a biiiig time sucker for a pretty book cover, and that’s what immediately caught my attention when I saw Prelude for a Lord – it has such gorgeous cover art!!! I know that’s kind of vain, but I do honestly judge a book by its cover (initially)… it’s was draws me in or might make me put the book on the bottom of the stack.
I have been reading like a little fiend lately, and some books honestly I just try to get through or they just don’t grab you for some reason. Well, this wasn’t one of those books. The characters were very well developed, and there were many supporting characters who were fascinating. I love music, and was actually surprised to learn that the violin was not a proper instrument for a lady. (Although, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, as I know the same went for the harp way back when). Alethea also happens to be one of my favorite names, and her and Dommick’s relationship seems natural and not perfect (which I think is why it feels more natural!). The plot had excitement and some twists and turns, the romance was sweet and clean, and it left you wanting to read more. If you’re a fan of Jane Austen and other Regency-era novelists, you’ll probably enjoy this book as well. Keep an eye out for more from Camille Elliot’s!
Title: Prelude for a Lord
Author: Camille Elliot
Published: August 2014
Source: I received an eCopy from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for a review.
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