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Song for Sophia (A Rougemont Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Moriah Densley , Kim Bowman , For the Muse Designs
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Book Description

2012 National Reader's Choice Award Winner
2012 Golden Heart Finalist

One mistake could lead to capture and entrapment in a marriage Anne-Sophie Duncombe would rather die than endure. Her only choice is a radical scheme — a life of humility and disguise, a life of exile.

Wilhelm Montegue, the Earl of Devon, is insane. At least that’s what everyone says. But who could blame them? He’s a tormented war hero surrounded by scandal. And his unmentionable “condition” keeps him confined to his country home. His only saving grace is his brilliant mind and unquestionable talent for composing beautiful music.

When a new housemaid is hired at Rougemont, Lord Devon is perplexed to find himself fascinated by her. He knows the exquisite beauty is keeping secrets, but her siren's voice draws him in and he can't resist the intoxicating scent of danger surrounding her.

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"OH. MY. GOODNESS. It was brilliant! The darkness of Sophia's and Wil's pasts were so well balanced with the bright, steamy romance of their present! I found that I couldn't put this book down, no matter how many other things I was "supposed" to be doing." 5 Crowns -RomCon®
"Fast-paced with engaging characters, as well as an intriguing storyline. A must read! Ms. Densley will integrate you into the lives of her characters, you will feel their pain, their triumphs, with twists and turns you won't see coming. An awesome story! I could not put it down." 4.5 stars -My Book Addiction and More
"Song For Sophia is a delightful historical romance filled with mystery, suspense, sizzling chemistry, and sparkling dialogue [...] Moriah Densley paints a beautiful love affair in her historical romance debut and I for one look forward to reading more from her in the future." B+ review -Smexy Books
"Ms. Densley brings 19th Century England to life in vivid detail, but her greatest accomplishment is her deft handling of two flawed characters. The reader can't help but cheer them on [...] the characters of Will and Sophia shine so brightly that this story is one not to be missed!" 4 stars -InD'tale Magazine
"Song for Sophia is one of the finest historical romances I ever read. The characters were so complex, yet believable, and the writing was sharp, intelligent, and witty. Moriah has a rare talent. I'm looking forward to another great read."
- Kaki Warner, RITA Award Winning Author

From the Author

Author's note: With so many generous, candid people willing to share their stories, I found no shortage of research on savant syndrome. Lord Devon, my autistic savant hero, is based on factual cases. Little was understood about the condition in the nineteenth century, and sadly, many were denied their rights and put away in asylums. My attempts to portray a savant character are in sympathy and admiration of those who struggle with the gift and burden of an extraordinarily brilliant mind.
- MD

Product Details

  • File Size: 2704 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494358220
  • Publisher: esKape Press (September 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read June 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There are some stories that stay with you and this is one.

To escape her horrific past, Sophia has hidden herself in the household of Lord Devon as a servant. But she soon draws the notice of enigmatic Lord, a war hero and reluctant peer. Working for Lord Devon is a difficult task for he has very exacting demands--such as everything must be in its place. Sophia finds herself verbally sparring with the frustrating Lord, who hides his own "illness"--savant autism. These are two broken people that work together to become whole as Sophia's and Wilhelm's past come back to haunt them both.

This was a delightful read, the heroine, Sophia, was strong without being shrewish. The abuse she'd endured didn't break her, but made her more determined. The hero, Wilhelm, is a powerful man, with an artist's heart. As soon as they were on the page, especially together, they capture the reader with clever dialogue and interesting settings. The savant autism, for me, was skillfully woven in and made Wilhelm an even more intriguing hero.

From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked. The imagery was sharp and the writer's voice was clear. The emotion wasn't over done, but threaded through, so much so, when I came to the last chapter I found myself tearing up. I am not an emotional reader and this surprised and delighted me. The happy ever after was perfect.

I highly recommend this book written by debut author Moriah Densley. Her voice and writing is strong and I suspect this is only the beginning for this talented writer. This is one story I will read again and again.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal honesty wrapped in lyrical prose September 25, 2013
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This was Moriah Densley's debut novel. I received a copy as a contest coordinator and was interested enough, I read the book myself. When I discovered it has been released for Kindle at a special price, I bought it to add to my "keeper shelf."

The plot of this historical, at first blush, appears to be a trope-filled Victorian novel. And then you begin to read. Ms. Densley creates fresh characters that break out of the tropes. Sophia Duncombe is intelligent, strong, and willing to do whatever it takes to keep herself safe from her father and his nefarious plans for her. Hiring on as a maid in the household of Wilhelm Montegue, Earl of Devon, seemed a safe bet at the time. But Sophie is a lady through-and-through and she doesn't fool Lord Devon for long.

Wil is an enigma--a second son who has inherited the title upon the death of his wastrel brother. He is an autistic savant, a man of darkness prone to trances as his intelligence ignites his brain in spurts of glorious pursuits--math, music, photographic memory. He is a war hero, though whispers rumor his dark deeds. And he is completely smitten by his maid. Figuring out who she is, he sets out to "gentle" her in order to both seduce her secrets and then win her love.

Ms. Densley tells this story with brutal honesty wrapped in lyrical prose. This is the story of two damaged people seeking redemption in the arms of the other. It is memorable and imminently readable. I highly recommend this book to fans of historical romance, especially those looking for unique heroes and heroines that also satisfies all the reasons we read historical romances.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Sexy, Smokin' Hot June 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This isn't your mama's historical--with a memorable, tortured hero and a heroine who uses a steel exterior to cover a vulnerable, damaged heart, this book will keep you turning pages. Highly recommend.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heaps of Hyperbole November 29, 2013
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This debut novel shows that the author is adept with words and knows how to write. Her use of a savant hero shows that she is willing to go beyond the usual characterizations.

At first, I decided not to review this book. So many readers loved the book; I didn't. Then I wished there had been more dissenting reviews to help me judge whether this book was a good fit for me before I invested time and money.

There is no way to discuss my view of the book without !BIG SPOILERS!
Most romance novels require suspension of disbelief, but I couldn't keep my disbelief at bay for this story. It kept falling to the ground with a resounding THUD.

Everything about the story was carried to excess. Not only must both the H and h be geniuses, but they must each speak six languages. He composes world-class music off the top of his head; she reads Dostoyevsky to relax. And they are both 30-something virgins.

The villain, the heroine's father, is an inhuman monster. When he sends a henchman to rape his daughter, she is badly beaten, but escapes by letting guard dogs maul the man. And yet, he returns to the house as if nothing had happened and no one notices he has been chewed by dogs.

When the heroine is in great peril, the hero removes her, his elderly aunt and three young nieces to a remote cottage, with only a cook/housekeeper in attendance.

The hero refuses to sleep with the heroine after marriage "for her own good," and after he succumbs, he goes right back to the old mind set, so they keep going back to square one.

There is a great deal of over-the-top violence, with the hero getting away with the murder of a captured villain who is a guest in his home. And yet we are to admire him.

I think you get the idea. Authors who think outside the box are admirable, but I think this one should take a deep breath and move into the box a bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Song for Sophia
I have a granddaughter with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. I related on a lot of levels. This book was well written and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you
Published 6 days ago by Gloria Chilen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Loved this story. It was well written and the story line easy to follow. The author drew the reader in and allowed us to experience her characters many emotions. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Janie_tx
5.0 out of 5 stars Fierce Love!
This is a page turner, fast paced drama and love story. A brutal novel, that has this couple fighting to right the inside and outside of their bodies and mind. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karoline Michaelis
2.0 out of 5 stars smh
I dnf this book. I tried but I just couldn't make myself. I plan to at least skim the last few chapters just to see how it ends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mgoodwi1
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
some boring passages towards the end of the book
Published 1 month ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
I think this is my favorite Historical Romance I have read to date. It was a little slow in parts, but it all worked.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star historical romance
Truly a very interesting story with exceptional characters. Loved the complicated lovers. Felt their strength. Will definitely read this author again. Could hear the music! Read more
Published 2 months ago by JoyceBaker
1.0 out of 5 stars A torture
Apparently this book is much liked judging by the huge amount of 5* reviews. I wanted to like it half as much as the majority did, but instead i keep wondering whether i read a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Belle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and interesting read
Sophia grew up with an abusive father but she refuses to continue to be a victim. So she has been living as a servant in Wilhelm's household. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TBreakiron
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book
I've read and reread this beautiful book. I love Wilhelm and Sophia was a wonderful heroine. I wish I could read it for the first time again
Published 4 months ago by Visa
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More About the Author

Moriah Densley sees nothing odd at all about keeping both a violin case and a range bag stuffed with pistols in the back seat of her car. They hold up the stack of books in the middle, of course. She enjoys writing about Victorians, assassins, and geeks. Her muses are summoned by the smell of chocolate, usually at odd hours of the night. By day her alter ego is your friendly neighborhood music teacher. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, four children, and two possibly brain-damaged cats. Published in historical and paranormal romance, Moriah has a Master's degree in music, is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart finalist, 2012 National Reader's Choice Award winner in historical romance and '12 NRCA "Best First Book" finalist.

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