Song at Twilight

Song at Twilight

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by Pamela Sherwood

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"Robin and Sophie's love story is a sweeping tale filled with drama and yearning."—Teresa Grant, author of The Paris Affair

Late in England's Victorian age, the world is changing—new freedoms, new ideas, and perhaps a chance for an old love to be new again...

A love too strong to let go...

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"Robin and Sophie's love story is a sweeping tale filled with drama and yearning."—Teresa Grant, author of The Paris Affair

Late in England's Victorian age, the world is changing—new freedoms, new ideas, and perhaps a chance for an old love to be new again...

A love too strong to let go...

Aspiring singer Sophie Tresilian had the world at her feet—fame, fortune, and true love—until the man of her dreams broke her heart. Now she's the toast of Europe, desired by countless men but unwilling to commit to any of them. Then Robin Pendarvis walks back into her life...

Four years ago, Robin had hoped to make Sophie his bride, but secrets from his past forced him to let her go. Seeing her again revives all the old pain—and all the old passion. It might be against every rule, but somehow, some way, he will bring them together again.

"Sherwood effortlessly evokes the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James...An elegantly written debut with a richness and depth worth savoring."—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW for Waltz with a Stranger

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Library Journal
★ 10/15/2013
Devastated when Robin Pendarvis's past wrenches him from her life and crushes her romantic dreams, silver-voiced Sophie Tresilian gives up on love and immerses herself in her music. Now, four years later with her star on the rise, Sophie almost has it all—until Robin walks into one of her London performances and turns her world upside down. The past alternates with the present as tantalizing flashbacks bring fans up to speed in a compelling, deeply complex romance that becomes more tangled as it progresses. A self-possessed heroine and a hero determined to make things right prevail against formidable odds in this engaging story that is enhanced by an abundance of family and friends (some introduced in Waltz with a Stranger) and leaves room for the stories that are sure to come. VERDICT Moving, lyrically written, and superbly inventive, this late Victorian tale has a dash of mystery and more than one startling plot twist to put a refreshing spin on the typical tender reunion story. A delightful way to spend an afternoon. Sherwood lives in Southern California.
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"Written with a lyrical grace reminiscent of Rosamunde Pilcher, Pamela Sherwood's A Song at Twilight spins a powerfully romantic tale of two honorable, star-crossed lovers trying to find their way back to each other's arms." - Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes a Rogue

"Rich with drama and mystery, Robin and Sophie's love story is a sweeping tale filled with the drama of the Cornish landscape and lyrical yearning of the music Sophie sings." - Teresa Grant, author of The Paris Affair

"Readers who miss the lush, sweeping romances of Judy Cuevas and Penelope Williamson will swoon with delight over Sherwood's lyrically descriptive writing style, richly nuanced characterization, and superb sense of pacing." - Booklist

"A delightful way to spend an afternoon." - Library Journal

"A delightful book to wind down the day with." - Long and Short Reviews

"An interesting and enchanting story,once you get to reading!" - My Book Addiction Reviews

"A SONG AT TWILIGHT by Pamela Sherwood hits all the right notes. " - The Romance Reviews

"A Song at Twilight was a brilliant historical romance. I completely adored this book! Lovers of romance, you have to read this!" - Imagine a World

"I really enjoyed the A SONG AT TWILIGHT, and I highly recommend it for any lover of poetry, music, or historical fiction." - Reviews Galore

"I just loved this book to bits and pieces." - Books Like Breathing

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O, call back yesterday! Bid time return.

-Shakespeare, Richard II

London, July 1896

He'd been a fool to come, but he couldn't have stayed away if his life depended on it.

All around him, Robin could hear the rustle of programmes, the faint coughs and murmurs as the audience settled in before the performance. Down in the pit, violins lilted and cellos thrummed as the orchestra tuned up its instruments. The concert had sold out quickly-he'd been fortunate to secure a prime seat in one of the lower tiers with a clear view of the stage. But even the galleries and balconies were full tonight.

He smoothed out his programme with hands that shook only slightly, then read the lines of print over and over until the words ran together in a meaningless blur. David Cherwell, the promising Welsh tenor, and Sophia Tresilian-one of the finest young sopranos in recent memory-performing together for one night only at the prestigious Albert Hall.

Sophia. The name seemed to belong to some glamorous stranger. In Cornwall, among those who knew her best, she was just Sophie. Sometimes "Snip" to her brother Harry. "Lark" to her sister Cecily. And to Robin himself... He pushed the thought away, reminding himself that he'd lost the right to call her anything at all four years ago. Lost it, renounced it, thrown it away... and for the best. What could he have offered her then but heartache and ruin?

And now here she was-celebrated, adored, at the start of a brilliant career. And here he was, watching and waiting. To see all that radiant promise fulfilled. To comfort himself with the knowledge that he'd done the right thing. And for one more reason that he could not, dared not, put into words yet.

One way or another, tonight would tell the tale.

The house lights dimmed and the orchestra launched into a brisk overture that Robin barely heeded because his attention was fixed on the stage. As the last flourish sounded, he saw the slender figure walk out to take her place before them all.

Not tall, Sophie, but she carried herself with a poise that made her appear so. Stage lights caught the coppery glints in her dark hair, shone on the smooth ivory heart of her face, the slim column of her throat, rising from the décolleté neckline of her gown-a gown the color of midnight, almost void of ornament, severe but becoming. She'd worn white the first time he saw her-a young girl's dress, artless and unsophisticated, but even then the woman had begun to emerge. And here she stood now, the blossom to the bud, so beautiful it made him ache.

And not just him. He sensed the heightened awareness around him, the way so many of the men in his vicinity seemed to come to a point. Like hounds catching the first whiff of game, or orchid hunters sighting a rare, elusive bloom.

Unseen, the piano rippled out an introduction, the somber chords echoing through the hall, now hushed and reverent as a church. Onstage, Sophie raised her head and began to sing.

"Music for a while, Shall all your cares beguile..."

Purcell-she'd always had a fondness for that composer's songs. Her voice held the same purity he remembered, but with an added richness, the patina of training and experience. Caught between pride and pain, Robin sat motionless and listened, absorbing every note.

How long had it been since he'd first heard her sing?

Five years ago, this past December. A lifetime ago...

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A Song at Twilight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A SONG AT TWILIGHT by Pamela Sherwood is an interesting Late Victorian era Historical Romance set in 1896 London. Star - crossed lovers try to navigate the waters of polite society and back to each others arms. Follow aspiring singer Sophie Tresilian and Robin Pendarvis,the once man of her dreams, on a journey of passion, music and romance. Can an old love be revived? Read "A Song at Twilight" to find out. In the late Victorian era of England times are changing, with new ideas are forming, and new freedoms on the horizon, but, some of the old ways still linger. While, to me, it starts out a bit slow, it picks up nicely. It is thought provoking, emotional, with a bit of mystery. If you are a music or poetry lover you will enjoy reading "A Song at Twilight". Sophie and Robin are well worth the time to read their story. An interesting and enchanting story,once you get to reading! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jen Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I’m a huge historical romance fan and thoroughly enjoyed Waltz with a Stranger, Pamela Sherwood’s debut. So when the opportunity to review A Song at Twilight came across my desk, I jumped at the chance, and I was not disappointed. This is a reunion story. Sophie and Robin were young and in love. But a secret he carried tore them apart. Years later, he hunts her down in hopes they can reconcile, but of course, the road isn’t all that easy. But it was an enjoyable and satisfying journey for this reader. I liked Sophie’s character more than Robin. Maybe it was her youth or determination, or perhaps it was her passion for music and Robin, or a combination of them all. But she was easier for me to like. Robin, on the other hand, couldn’t stand up to the pressures of his secret and ultimately wasn’t the alpha male I prefer to star in my romances. But, that said, there was no doubt that he loved Sophie and in the end he proved that love (it’s a romance, what do you expect?). So, in the end Robin definitely redeems himself, but at times while getting there, I did want to throttle him just a little. I am totally looking forward to the next book in the series as I have enjoyed by visits with the Tresilian extended family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story started very slow but along the middle it became interesting. Very good character writer.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of interviewing Pamela Sherwood for the release of her second book A Song at Twilight. The more I read about the book the more I just had to read it. I'm so honored I was given a chance to read this book to share my thoughts with you. A Song at Twilight was everything I thought it would be and more. I truly enjoyed reading Sophie and Robin's story. I love a good reunion romance tale. I so enjoyed  how these two cared enough for each other to do what was best for each. However their love never faltered even when they were apart.  The fact that Sophie and Robin met on New Years Eve touched my heart a little more because my husband and I met on New Years Eve as well. That day holds a very special place in my heart..  Sophie is such a talented singer and I appreciated  there were song verses in different parts of the book. Sophie is such a sweet girl yet so strong and independent when she has to be.Another thing that I liked was that her family and friends were always there to back her up when need be. I always enjoy when there is family interaction in a book. It just makes it so much more appealing to me.  Robin is a true gentleman that some troubles in his past. One major hurtle that cost Sophie and Robin a few years separation. There is a lot of drama involved in their story and some really touching tearful moments as well.  I love a good mystery included in a wonderful romance story and this one contains a great mystery. This book certainly kept me turning pages, I found it very hard to set this book down. I did not get a chance to read Ms. Sherwoods first novel, but let me tell you after reading A Song at Twilight I would certainly love to read it given the chance. I believe that Ms. Sherwood has a fine career of entertaining us with her tales ahead of her. I can't wait to see what story she will come up with next. If you enjoy a nice historical romance, I really think you should consider checking out her work. I know she has captured my attention that's for sure.