Friday, August 22, 2014

"Prelude for a Lord" by Camille Elliot

About this book:

  “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 . . .

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- Dommick prays many, many times; Church/Chapel going; Alethea (through 2/3rds of the book) says that she has “little respect for the religious. They were all hypocrites, and they served a God who had abandoned her in her hour of need.”; two “Good Lord”s; Many talks about God, Him speaking to our hearts, listening to Him, having a divine relationship, God loving us, taking care of us and a Presence from Him. Many Scriptures are quoted; *Spoiler* Alethea has realizations about God and has Presence from Him at the rest of the book. *End of Spoiler*

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘who the devil?’, a ‘blast it’, four ‘stupid’s, and four ‘idiot’s; Dommick has nightmares (he tells about them, semi-detailed being the highest); Margaret is bloodthirsty (she’s 12, so not like bloodthirsty-bloodthirsty…just wanted to stab someone who meant harm); Quite a few Blood parts (highest being semi-detailed); Mentions of killing animals (horses is the only one that is semi-detailed); Fighting, guns take place and a hot toddy is mentioned; H*ll is mentioned three times: “where he had seen the gates of h*ll”, Bayard says he returned from fighting Napoleon, he had a “h*llish hole in his sanity” and a person says another person made their “life a living h*ll”; Different gods are mentioned (Roman god Apollo, god of the sea, Poseidon and a man says “the gods have cursed me”); People cuss but it’s not written; The tells of a man killing his wife (semi-detailed); Men grab Alethea and hurt her (a bruising hurt); Alethea has flashbacks of her brother breaking her fingers (barely above not-detailed).

Sexual Content- two ‘hoyden’s; hand kisses (highest being some semi-detailed), a not-detailed kiss, two semi-detailed kisses, and three detailed kisses; Alethea father had an illegitimate daughter & Alethea spends lots of time with her half-sister; Bayard says that his sister was forced upon by a jerk who confessed that “he wanted to ruin her so she’d be forced to many him”; Clare tells Bayard that she doesn’t like how Mr. Morrish looks at her like “The way we used to look at the Christmas pudding” (he tries to force himself on her, she gets saved in time (no-details)); Mr. Morrish’s eyes linger (not-detailed); Many people (in the year 1810) believe that it’s unfeminine for a woman to play a violin, “The use of your arms is quite excessive” and that it draws eyes to their body; an attempted kiss gets a slap to the face; Touches and warmth from them (highest being a couple detailed ones, touches are hands to hands or hands to facial cheeks); four hints about a wedding bed and cuddling; A rumor hoes around that a lady’s maid is a prostitute (she’s not) and that under her influence, the lady has “been engaging in scandalous evening activities” (she hasn’t); Margaret thinks that kissing is disgusting (again, she’s 12); Love, falling in love and the emotions.

-Lady Alethea (al-EE-thea) Sutherton (age 28)
-Bayard Terralton, Baron Dommick
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1810 {Prologue 1809}
                                                        352 pages

Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
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Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating- 

{This was a hard one to rate}
What was really neat about “Prelude for a Lord” was that there was a cheat sheet of the primary characters at the front of the book. A bit overwhelming but it helped! I only had to check back at it a couple times while in the beginning of the story.
  I have read Miss Camy Tang’s contemporary books and wasn’t a big fan but I really think she should stay with Camille Elliot (her pen-name) and keep writing historicals! The details & the back stories of the characters were interesting! I was giggling many times at Lord Ian and his humor! I would love a book with him as the main character!  

 See y'all on Monday with another review! :)

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this e-book for free from the Publisher (through BookLookBloggers) for this review.

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