Book Review: “Prelude for a Lord” by Camille Elliot

October 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Camille Elliot in her new book, “Prelude for a Lord book coverPrelude for a Lord” published by Zondervan brings us into the life of Alethea Sutherton.

From the back cover:  An unconventional 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 . . .

What can I say about a book that deals with music and the violin? This is just truly marvelous. 1810 England has its own social issues and somehow women playing the violin is a terrible no-no. Of course that is the instrument Alethea plays. She meets up with Lord Dommick who also plays the violin and the romance begins to bloom. However there is someone who wants to steal the instrument and now these two have to find out who and why.  “Prelude for a Lord” is a wonderful romance filled with mystery, intrigue, and scandal.  These pages are filled with wonderful characters that live and breathe.   “Prelude for a Lord” is full of reputation, finding yourself, finding your place in the world and romance.  This is an interesting story filled with lots of excitement and romance as well as history.  I liked it a lot.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. Thank you so much for the review of Prelude for a Lord! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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