Prelude for a Lord was extremely captivating. If you enjoy suspense, romance, and music this story will keep your interest until the last page. This is the first book by C. Elliot I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I love reading fiction and non-fiction of the early 1800s and the description that Elliot applies to the music gets you lost such that you hear and see it happening. I hope to find more by C. Elliot
Lady Aletha Sutherton has a passion for playing the violin, a profession that is frowned upon in high English society. Because of an incident in her past, Aletha has sever trust with men, so when someone brakes into her home seemingly to take her precious violin, Aletha must put her trust in one of England most capable investigators.
Lord Dominick has seen his share of death and destruction. During Englands most recent war, he has to come face to face with the horrors of what war can bring. Now that he has return home all he wants to do is put his past behind him and give his sister her season in society. When a friend a fiend mentions Aletha and the attempted theft of her precious violin he is intrigued and offers himself to Aletha as a body guard.
I adored Aletha and Dominic, both as individuals and as a couple. Each had issues that hung over them, yet each were willing to begin to trust the other as they work together to solve the mystery.
This is the first book for me by this author and I cant wait to read more by this author. She has woven a captivating story with very well written character and a story line that is a true page turner.
this was a wonderful book the relationship between Bayard and Alethea was wonderful and the mystery was great. the message that we are not alone and God hears and will take care of you was moving and beautiful, I laughed, cried and cheered to the last page
Alethea and Dommick are two people who love creating music, particularly on their violins. But they are also two people with things from their past that haunt them and make them unable to truly trust in love. This engaging story is set in the Regency time period in England, full of strict social structure and rules. Add in a mysterious foe, who will do anything to procure Aletheas precious violin, and you have a truly enjoyable story filled with love, deception, and danger.
When I first began reading Prelude for a Lord, it took me a little time to get all of the characters straight. There are quite a few of them. But once I reasoned out who the various characters were, I realized that each one was important to the telling of the story.
I really liked Alethea and Dommick, who each had things that hung over them. For Alethea, she has only truly been loved by two people, one is her half-sister and the other was a woman who was a music mentor to Alethea. She certainly never received any affection by the male members of her family. Learning to trust Lord Dommick is tricky when men have only treated her cruelly. This has also impacted Alethea spiritually. She has only ever witnessed hypocritical people who claim to love God and then treat others badly. She has much to learn in this book about Gods true love, and the process she goes through is beautiful.
Lord Dommick simply wants to shed the past horrors of the battlefield that have their hold over him, and he hopes to give his sister a successful society season. Both are easier said than done. Dommick is such a great character. He is strong, but feels weak in many ways due to things he witnessed in battle. The way he cares for his mother and sister, and truly loves them, speaks volumes to Alethea about the kind of man he is.
I really loved this book! It became so enthralling once Alethea and Dommick were thrown together to investigate the history of Aletheas very old and precious violin. Dommicks friends provide lightheartedness to the story and the attraction between Alethea and Dommick is wonderful. The romance that builds between these two is just perfect. There are so many sigh-worthy moments between them!
The mystery is intriguing throughout the story, culminating in an exciting conclusion. I loved every path this story took and I am excited to see that this is the first book in the Gentlemen Quartet series. Thoroughly enjoyable. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review.