“Prelude for a Lord” written by Camille Elliot opens the story in 1810 Bath, England. Alethea Sutherton is 28 years old and still unmarried. She is a lady, but rather than go with the social norms, she loves to play the violin. An instrument deemed unladylike by society. She practices and plays the violin in secret, waiting for 3 years until her inheritance comes in and she can escape to Italy. In Bath she meets Lord Dommick, who she loathes. He is a master violin player and in the past denounced her for playing the violin. This story also has mystery about Alethea’s violin, which bring the two characters together.
This book was just an ok read for me. It jumps right off into the story without introducing the characters properly. There is a cast of Primary characters and their descriptions at the beginning. I referred to this often, because I often got confused about who was who. I prefer to be introduced to the characters as the story moves along. I do enjoy reading stories of Regency England. This book kept me reading, but not enthusiastically. They story line was not strong and at times I thought the conflict a little silly. The timeline did not move smoothly either. While not a total disappointment, it is not one of my must read recommendations either.
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