Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book Review: Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot

Prelude for a Lord
by Camille Elliot

Genre: Adult, Christian fiction, historical, romance

Published August 5th 2014 by Zondervan
Source: Publisher
Purchase:  Amazon * Barnes and Noble * Book Depository
Local purchase/order: Fullybooked * National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
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 . . .

My Thoughts:

This is my first time to read a Christian fiction so I'm not sure how would I think about this book as a whole and how would I rate it since I don't have experience on this genre before. Despite of this, I know I liked this book based on my reading progress and thoughts.

Alethea, twenty-eight, has grown with bad experiences with men, no thanks to her father and brother. She focused on her sister, her passion in playing the violin--even if their society considered it unladylike--and distrust men all her life. But she have no choice but to associate with Lord Dommick (a man who she despised since their first encounter ten years ago) who seems like the only one who can help her uncover the past of her violin that interests a certain man.

Alethea was a strong woman who can stand on her own and brush off the way people think about her, and I liked that about her. Lord Dommick was, too, likable because of his love and care of his sister and mother. A real gentleman, despite how Lady Alethea treats him. I liked that their romance grew on the story. It was something I knew would last. It was bumpy yet sweet and romantic.

At first I thought this book primarily focus on the love story but the violin was more like the center. I still take that as a good thing because it was the thing that gave color to this book. That gave way for things to happen, especially the good. Like a root that gave branches to the tree. Everything that happened was because of this mysterious old violin. Especially when the two main characters, Alethea and Lord Dommick, realized (separately) that God was there all along, loving her/him, and taking care of her/him no matter what happens in their lives. There are Bible verses appropriate for the story and I know can relate to us. 

When I said I know I liked this book based on my (1) reading progress, I meant because I found myself anticipated on the next page. I wanted to know more and I cannot sit still until I read it. (2) My thoughts..well it was a really good story and a real page-turner. It was thrilling and a good experience for a first Christian fiction read. It reminds me I should read more of this genre (add historical here).

*Thank you so much to HarperCollins Christian Publishing and BookLook Bloggers for providing me an ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review!


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