Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review: Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot

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Title: Prelude for a Lord

Author: Camille Elliot

Series: The Gentlemen Quartet #1

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


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 ...

**5 stars**

Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot was so, so good! I'm in love with Regency era novels! This book had amazing characters, tender romance, intrigue & suspense, deep emotions, authentic faith, and a generous musical theme. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Lord Dommick was certainly a "Mr. Darcy" type character, which I loved! ^_^ I also loved Alethea Sutherton, our other POV character. Such a stirring, poignant tale. The parts about violins and soulful music were captivating. The faith theme came more at the end, but it built up to it throughout the book, and reached a beautiful crescendo - so meaningful.

There were a couple kisses exchanged, a bit about a marriage of convenience, and some mentions of scandals. I would recommend to 18 and up.

Overall, this read was so worth it! I eagerly wait to read more by Camille Elliot! I dearly hope Prelude for a Lord is not the only book in this series, THE GENTLEMEN QUARTET. Write stories for Ian and Ravenhurst, please, Camille! *smiles*


  1. Yaay, another book review! (Your reviews are seriously the best.) :)

    I got this book for Christmas, so I'm really looking forward to starting it! Particularly with such a wonderful review from you! :D


    1. Aw, thanks, Liv! Totally made my day! ^_^

      Oh, I hope you enjoy it! It was truly wonderful! I hope Camille Elliot writes more to this series, even though it has been awhile! <3