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Prelude for a Lord Paperback – August 5, 2014
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Lady Alethea Sutherton has been forced from her home after her brother’s death and the title going to a cousin. She has been hurt physically or emotionally by most of the people in her life with the exception of her half-sister and her neighbor in the country, a woman who taught her the love of music and especially the love of playing the violin. This playing of the violin is not socially acceptable so Alethea is shunned by society. Her father never had any use for a daughter and her brother was just going to sell her off in marriage to one of his friends before he unexpectedly died. She has always felt alone and ostracized. She has given up on God as he has let her be hurt so many times. She trusts no man, but has a special disdain for Lord Dommick. She met him 11 years previous after one of his concerts where he declared women had no place playing the violin.Read more ›
Now, in case you might not have guessed so by looking at the book cover, this novel includes quite a bit of action and suspense, and I was enthralled by the depth of passion author Camille Elliot infused into her portrayal of Alethea and Lord Dommick’s relationship. They aren’t two people who are merely attracted physically or are thrown into lovesick tizzies on account of each other, but they understand each other, they’re mutually strengthened by the thought and presence of one another. Then, not to mention the vivid and moving imagery wrapped up in this novel’s music, which drew my senses deeper into the story.
Some parts of the book did get a little tedious to me, and the mentioning of Alethea’s hurt and loneliness seemed repetitive at spots instead of revealing something new about her to progress the story, but the tension, the longing, the artistry, and the romance of the rest made up for that.
All in all, a superb read!
BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
I'm a big fan of Victorian literature, set in the second half of the 19th Century, and now I see how the Regency era set women up for such high expectations of purity and moral code. There was a lot of uncertainty and insecurity during the first half of the Century due to the Napoleonic wars, and Elliot runs that tension like a strong undercurrent throughout the story. A woman's advancement or mere security in life required perfection. While I respect how true Elliot stays to historical elements, I also appreciate the relief of music played flawlessly in her writing.
The not-so-tender developing romance between Alethea and Lord Dommick and the danger swirling around her love of her violin made the story a page-turner. I wished for real trouble from young Margaret, and I thought more attention could have been paid to Alethea's broken fingers, but there wasn't a moment when I wanted less from Prelude for a Lord. A great read.
Yes there is a hint of danger, yes there is adventure and romance but there is also an intriguing family dynamic that was clearly very well researched.
Bravo to Camille Elliot for doing such a wonderful job!
I recently attended a writer’s conference and one of the authors writes historical fiction and she stressed that accuracy in research is key to telling a convincing story. Clearly Camille knew that already!
I admit it is a bit difficult at times to follow the language but it really does take you back into this far away time when life was so much simpler and yet so much more complex.
Camille Elliot draws us in immediately with a shock that just may knock you off your feet as well. And then she takes us on what – at first appears to be a simply spun take of a young and somewhat odd woman.
But it soon becomes clear that we are in for a wild ride. This is not the regency romance I grew up with… This is a tale of deceit carefully woven and the danger that comes along with it.
What a surprise! A mystery and a romance wrapped up in a historical novel that you would not truly expect either from.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
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Great romance with a bit of mystery thrown in. Also, especially appropriate for musicians and music-lovers.Published 3 months ago by Bergen Carman
This is an easy beach or lazy afternoon read which is entertaining but no real surprises here.Published 3 months ago by basile
A female violinist in regency England makes for a great story. I enjoyed the general plot and the female lead; however, the story may have been a much better novella.Published 3 months ago by momofsix
It took me time to get involved in this story, but once I did I couldn't put the book down. I felt like a lot of characters were introduced and then you had to keep track of who... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lovinmythree
I admit that I never really cared for this author's suspense novels, so when I found out that this interesting looking new regency was written by her, I hesitated, but decided to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ember's Reviews
This tale really is about two people with different griefs and sufferings finding one another. Alethea and Dommick discover they can help one another heal, because each of their... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sparkling Angel
I had a hard time at the beginning with so many characters being introduced at once, but once the story was underway, LOVED it!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca C.