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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310320356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310320357
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bayard Terralton, Lord Dommick, has returned from war against Napoleon, but the fighting inside him continues. He suffers from what today is called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He travels to Bath, England to protect his sister from an unwanted suitor and to ensure her reputation is intact before she has her first season in London in the spring. Two of his three best friends travel with him, with the third still fighting Napoleon. The four friends form a musical quartet that became famous before the war with Napoleon. While escorting his sister to social events in Bath, he encounters Lady Alethea Sutherton. At first he thinks she looks familiar, but can’t remember her specifically. She soon sets him straight, but also needs his help tracing the provenance of her violin as someone is trying to steal it from her. If Bay can solve the mystery, his family’s reputation will be restored.
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.
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Before reading Prelude for a Lord, I never would’ve imagined that playing a violin would have been considered inappropriate for a woman in Regency England. But for Lady Alethea Sutherton to already be something of an outcast in her society–on account of her unmarried state at twenty-eight years, her tallness, and her independent ways of thinking–moving her body around so much in order to play a violin must have been quite the peculiar icing on the cake.

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!
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Our protagonist Alethea Sutherton is an unlikely (and unlucky) Lady, having been tossed from her estate following her brother's death and the title being left to an unsympathetic cousin. She refuses to follow (or is oblivious to) any rules of decorum in Bath's high society, and she's a talented violinist, despite her family's contempt for the instrument--if played by a woman. How dare she develop callouses on her fingers and any strength in her arms! In reading Camille Elliot's first novel set Regency England, I connected with Alethea for these three reasons. For the time period, Alethea is refreshingly quirky, self-deprecating, and driven.

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.
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There is so much more to this story than a young girl playing the violin.

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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