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 . . .
When I signed up to review this book I was not sure what I would think of it. I do enjoy Regency era but sometimes I find the stories to be slow and hard to get into. I was intrigued by the books description. Never would I think the violin was in appropriate instrument for a young lady to play. The elegance of the instrument just makes you think women would be behind it.
While I did enjoy this book I can't say it was a favorite but was worth my time. I found it hard to get into and a bit slow at times. I knew getting into this that it could be a hit or miss for me, and I would say it was somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed that there was a little of everything: danger, fear, love, happiness, sadness, you get the point. Did enjoy the history of the time period and of the violin itself. In conclusion, I would recommend this book to those who love Regency Era and want something more than a simple romance.
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