Genre: Historical Fiction
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Rating: 4 Stars
An awkward young woman. A haunted young man. A forbidden instrument. Can the love of music bring them together . . . or will it tear them apart?
At twenty-eight, Alethea Sutherton is past her prime for courtship; but social mores have never been her forté. She might be a lady, but she is first and foremost a musician.
In Regency England, however, the violin is considered an inappropriate instrument for a lady. Ostracized by society for her passion, Alethea practices in secret and waits for her chance to flee to the Continent, where she can play without scandal.
But when a thief’s interest in her violin endangers her and her family, Alethea is determined to discover the enigmatic origins of her instrument . . . with the help of the dark, brooding Lord Dommick.
Scarred by war, Dommick finds solace only in playing his violin. He is persuaded to help Alethea, and discovers an entirely new yearning in his soul.
Alethea finds her reluctant heart drawn to Dommick in the sweetest of duets . . . just as the thief’s desperation builds to a tragic crescendo . .
A very well written novel that I really enjoyed. What can I say, I’m a sucker for historical fiction. Loved the setting and historical aspects.
Alethea is considered an anomaly among society in Regency England. Being unwed is one thing, but playing an instrument that the people deem inappropriate for a lady, is another. But, she does not care and loves her instrument and the solace she finds in playing it. When it is believed that her violin is a hot commodity, she enlists the help of Lord Dommick, a talented violinist himself, to figure out the origin of her violin. Spending time with Lord Dommick causes all thoughts of grandeur to fly right out the window. She is drawn to him and he to her, but he is hesitant about getting romantically involved with her. But, a relentless thief is determined to get Alethea’s violin at all cost.
I couldn’t get enough of this story. The mystery of the violin and the friendship between Alethea and Dommick made for a great read. Lord Dommick’s character intrigued me the most. Especially after getting deeper into the story and knowing more of why he is so brooding. Alethea is a very strong woman. To live in a society that is all about propriety and marriage; and not really care about that, but loves her music, is commendable. I love characters who aren’t worried about what others think of them, and live their lives as they see fit.
Lots of things to look forward to in this book. You have mystery, danger, and romance. What else do you need? Definitely recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction. Camille Elliot does an excellent job on Regency England, which is why I wanted to read it in the first place.