Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot

This book takes place in England in the year 1810.  Alethea Sutherton is a twenty-eight years old and considered an old maid.  Her father is dead and her brother has just died.  They were both terrible to her.  Her cousin comes in as the new Lord and instantly sends her to Bath to live with her aunt to get her out of the way.

Alethea has one passion and that is music.  She loves to play the violin but it is considered very improper for a woman to play the violin. Aletha’s late brother went so far as to break two of her fingers so she couldn’t play the violin.  A very dear friend gave her a violin on her death.  It has a very sweet sound and is very special to her.  She has rebuffed offers to buy the violin and now there have been attempts to steal it.

Lord Dommick is back from the war a mentally scarred man.  Today we would call it PTDS.  He and several of friends formed a quartet and are quite popular with English society and is quite knowledgeable about violins.  His help is ask to determine the origin of Alethea’s violin and why someone wants to steal it.

There are too many characters to mention in this review.  But they all play an important part of the story and I had no trouble sorting them out. 

This isn’t your typical romance novel. The two main characters don’t fall in love with each other immediately.  Lord Dommick also believes it is not proper for a lady to play the violin and years ago made his opinion known to Alethea.  She does not want his help but has no one else to turn to.  There is the mystery of the violin.  I didn’t guess who the bad guy is until it was revealed at the end of the book.  I liked how to characters relied on God.  It wasn’t thrown in your face type of religion. More of just everyday living your life with God’s help.

I highly recommend this book and will be looking for other books by this author. 

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in anyway.

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