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The Virtuoso (Windham Book 3) Kindle Edition

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"Reminiscent of the heroines in Amanda Quick's romances... Another outstanding entry in a strong series." - Booklist

"Burrowes creates memorable heroes... intelligent, sensual love stories show us this author knows what romance readers adore. 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Burrowes's exceptional writing and originality catch the reader and keep the story moving." - Publishers Weekly

"Perfection, enchanting and stunningly sensual..." - The Romance Reviews

"A charming tale..." - Fresh Fiction

"Grace Burrowes' writing is comfort food for the romantic soul... A sweet savory story with just the right amount of spice in the ultimately perfect moments." - Yankee Romance Reviewers

"Filled with wonderfully touching relationships, interesting and intriguing characters, witty and delightful humor, and steamy and romantic seduction... Outstanding. 5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"I had a really hard time putting The Virtuoso down. It was a refreshing change from the usual fare of rakes and titled society men." - All About Romance

"A splendid, sparkling, sensual love story--a keeper." - The Long and Short of It Reviews

"Burrowes has become a auto buy author for me..." - Ladies of Leisure Love Books

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal. The Heir was also named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was named a Publishers Weekly Best Spring Romance of 2011, and Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish was named Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 by RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. All of her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.


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  • File Size: 1609 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (November 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SZ0Z2A
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.

While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master's degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing.... romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. ("Mom, why doesn't anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?")

Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in "the call" started out: "I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing--and if that doesn't narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought." (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)

To contact Grace, email her at graceburrowes@yahoo.com.

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"Virtuoso" is most definitely not my preference when it comes to Historical Romance. It is a very romantic romance, but it wasn't cloyingly sweet (except the ending), and the book does have good, scenic descriptions, flows smoothly, has witty dialogue, especially between and from the secondary characters, and offers a resolution to the internal struggles, if a bit contrived struggles, of the main protagonists.

Blackmailed by her husband's heir, widowed Baroness Roxbury, now masquerading as Mrs. Ellen FitzEngle, resides in a small cottage on an estate in Little Meldon, where she toils away in her gardens, selling her blooms at market and to perfumeries or such for profit. She soon finds herself with a new neighbor, one Lord Valentine Windham - pianist, fifth son of the Duke of Moreland, and one-passionate-kiss-a-year-ago acquaintance of Mrs. FitzEngle - who has won the terribly neglected property and its dilapidated manor in a game of cards from the above mentioned extortionist. And as the repairs on the house begin, so does our love story.

As to our main characters, they are, as Pink Floyd put it, "two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year." They hide behind the figuratively erected facades and assumed identities. Valentine, now plain-old Mr. Windham, successful merchant, is trying to discover who he is apart from the piano (which, because of a hand inflammation, he cannot now play). And Ellen, guilt ridden and annoyingly untrusting, is trying to cope with her lot in life. But these flaws make our characters rich and interesting - quiet a change from the typical hoyden, debutant, or rake encountered in this genre.

What brings this novel down in my estimation is Ellen. While Val is beyond humanly romantic, understanding, and accepting, Mrs.
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Cause it clearly can't have been the same one being praised by all the glowing reviews here. Calling this mess a wallpaper historical is an insult to actual wallpaper historicals. Lumping it in with the works of Quinn and James (let alone Beverley) is appalling. Those women at least have a basic understanding of the social mores of the era and they might have actually read a book or two about the Regency (or at least Googled the basics).

A FEW of the more egregious problems: An earl who act as valet to their friend. A baroness who sells wares off a cart like a tinker! Incorrect terms of address. And please, there are no fruit muffins in the Regency! Basically this book (and I assure her others) is a tale of modern people dropped in to a fantasy land of pretty dresses and bizarre manual labor (cause so many lords knew how to put a roof on a house and all their friends would have been totally willing to pitch in, kind of like frat boys building a deck).

Romance? Maybe. HISTORICAL romance? Not even close.
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Grace Burrowes is a very talented writer, and she creates characters you come to really care about. This is a good thing, as the first three books in the Windham series are basically the same plot, with different people and settings.

The Heir: duke's heir, burdened by the demands of running the duke's estates, spends the summer in London and falls in love with a women beneath him in social status who is keeping deep, dark secrets.
The Soldier: duke's illegitimate son moves to his new estate in Yorkshire and falls in love with a woman beneath him in social status who is keeping deep, dark secrets.
The Virtuoso: duke's piano-playing son injures his hand, travels to his new estate in Oxfordshire and falls in love with a woman beneath him in social status who is keeping deep, dark secrets.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed these books and may even reread them some day, despite the repetitive nature of the major and minor plotlines (each brother makes love exactly the same way, as if, in addition to a fencing-master, they had a f---ing master to teach them the perfect steps; each one likes to brush and braid a woman's hair; if a woman is pregnant, and they all are before the wedding, she sleeps and cries a lot).

Probably, if you don't read them one after another, as I did, the repetition is less bothersome. I'm still giving The Heir three stars, but four for the others.

See my review of the Windham series at http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/240638362.
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Grace Burrowes's THE VIRTUOSO, the third book in THE DUKE'S OBSESSION series, is an intensely romantic and emotional story of two damaged people finding healing with each other.

For virtuoso pianist Lord Valentine Windham, the Duke of Windham's youngest son, music is his life--until a hand injury prevents him from playing. Terrified his music might be lost to him forever, he must find something to fill the void while, and if, his hand heals. He wins a dilapidated estate at cards and throws himself into setting the property to rights.

Widowed Mrs. Ellen FitzEngle lives alone on Val's new estate. Ostensibly a grower of flowers and herbs, the lady carries a weighty secret. Damaged in a different way than Val is, she seeks to help him heal. And maybe Val can help her heal, too.

I don't have much sympathy for the sufferings of the rich and powerful. Their money provides a cushion poor people with the same problems don't have. Ms. Burrowes has overcome most of my objections by saddling Val with a condition no amount of wealth or privilege can overcome. I also like Val. He's another of my favorite kind of hero, the decent man. I also like that he's an accomplished musician, something he attained solely through his own efforts. In the previous two books of the series (THE HEIR and THE SOLDIER), he played the role of comedy counterpoint to the weighty emotions of the principals. This book strips away the camouflage to reveal the lonely, isolated man beneath.

The author has also balanced Val's privileges with Ellen's lack of them. Ellen is one of those poor people without money to cushion her suffering. Her plight is a mystery we and Val must unravel, and Ms. Burrowes keeps us guessing almost to the end exactly what horrors Ellen has endured.
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