Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Prelude for a Lord Book Review


 About the Book

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?

Bath, England—1810

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 . . .(Goodreads)

My Review

I was a bit doubtful on this book because this time period has seemed a bit overdone recently. I had read a few reviews and decided to go ahead and read it because I really couldn't pass up this cover. The book starts off and I really loved Alethea's character. She is witty, smart, and talented. I also loved the main twist in the story line with a mysterious violin. Alethea and Lord Dommick proceed in researching the past and figuring out why someone is trying to steal her violin. I loved the history and setting in this book, it's not all proper Lords and Ladies, this book shows the human side to this time period and it's quirks. Alethea makes fun of the gossip surrounding her daily life and there are some funny parts. 
I think Dommick's character and his mystery is a bit overdone but I still liked his character. 
Overall this was a good read, a little slow in the middle but ended with a bang. 

I highly recommend to those who like historical fiction!

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."

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