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The Virtuoso (Windham Book 3) by [Burrowes, Grace]
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"Another outstanding entry in a strong series." ---Booklist

About the Author

Grace Burrowes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Lonely Lords series and the extensive Windham series. Her debut, The Heir, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, and its follow-up, The Soldier, was named a Publishers Weekly Best Spring Romance of 2011.

James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks. James was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.

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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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What I love the most about Ms. Burrowes work is that she has a unique ability to take a reader into another world from the first pages. She paints her scenery with words much as a painter uses a brush. Her characters are rich in both their ability to love, their sense of humor, the torment of life and the ability to overcome. In reading the last of the series I loved the way she brought back characters from her first two books allowing the love affair to continue while engraving into your heart a new love. The hardest thing the reader will have to face is the guilt one feels when they once again fall for the leading man having betrayed the love they felt for the previous leading men in her earlier books. In a world where titles dictated your placement in society it is refreshing to read of a group of men who use their title only sparingly for the benefit of others. She spins a story of men who are not afraid to show their emotion and more importantly they openly express their love and support for one another without worrying what others must think. Her men are always strong, protective of the women they love, supportive, loving and if the world was filled with more men like them we might live in a better place. The only regret I have in reading this book is that it came to an end and once again I had to say good bye to characters that felt more like family and friends than words on a page. Well done!
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