Prelude For a Lord
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 . . .
I was eager to try my hand at this newest Regency-era Christian novel, but after I requested it, I discovered a few reviews were a bit concerned with the heavy-ness of the romantic content, so I was worried. However, despite a few scene near the very end, there was not very much romance in it at all, and overall I ended up really enjoying this one.
Perhaps my greatest frustration was the fact that all these characters were playing all of this glorious music and I couldn't hear any of it! Though I liked the main characters, I absolutely adored the camaraderie between between Dommick and his friends. And though I did like Dommick and Alethea, quite honestly I loved all the secondary characters the best (and I'm really, really hoping that the author writes a sequel with Dommick's sister Clare and his friend Ian....I ship those two. Hard.) I also loved Margaret, who was such a fun little scamp!
As I mentioned before, there is some romance in the last third/fourth or so of the book- not a lot, but more on the awkward side than not. I'd recommend it for 15+
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.