Sonata for a Scoundrel

Sonata for a Scoundrel

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by Anthea Lawson
     
 

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~ 2014 RITA Finalist for Best Historical Romance ~

Clara Becker is a supremely gifted compose - a talent of little to use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions only have worth when they are published under her brother's name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London.

Darien Reynard, the…  See more details below

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~ 2014 RITA Finalist for Best Historical Romance ~

Clara Becker is a supremely gifted compose - a talent of little to use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions only have worth when they are published under her brother's name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London.

Darien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, pursues success with a single-minded intensity. When he hears Becker's compositions, he knows that this music will secure his place in history. Darien tracks the composer down and, with some difficulty, convinces the man to tour with him. Mr. Becker agrees, but with the most unusual condition that he bring along his sister...

Darien's unexpected desire for Clara jeopardizes the entire tour, but Clara must protect more than her heart. If he discovers her secret, her family's new found fortune - and their very reputation - will be destroyed.

Set against the glittering backdrop of 19th century celebrity, Sonata for a Scoundrel is a sweeping full-length historical romance novel from USA Today bestselling author Anthea Lawson.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148424789
Publisher:
Fiddlehead Press
Publication date:
09/30/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
26,803
File size:
921 KB

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Anthea Lawson, called "a new star of Historical Romance" by Booklist, has won readers with her combination of spicy love scenes and elegant prose. Her first novel, PASSIONATE, was a Best First Book finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA awards.

Anthea also writes award-winning YA Urban Fantasy under the pen name Anthea Sharp.

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Sonata for a Scoundrel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Laurie_Ryan More than 1 year ago
I don't read too many historicals, but the musical theme of this one pulled me in. I love the author's talent for writing music as, well, almost as an emotion or a character. She brought music alive in this story. As well, I thought the characters had believable issues for the time period. I found myself riveted, especially following the evolution of the relationship between Clara and Darien.
Romance_ReaderHF More than 1 year ago
This was a magical read.  From the first sentence, I found the book hard to put down, but I didn't want the story to end.  Clara and Darien were true soul mates; there was a physical attraction, but they were joined spiritually through their music.  (So many romance authors overuse the term "soul mates".  This author did not even use words; she demonstrated it through beautiful, poetic passages describing their feelings as they performed together.)  The historical characters in the book were well researched.  (the author's notes at the end were quite interesting.)  All the characters were well defined and believable.   The story line was original, and all plot elements were resolved satisfactorily.  I will certainly look for this author again.
sreeves More than 1 year ago
What an extraordinary read! I was blown away by the historical details - it's amazing how much the author must've taken the time to research to write this novel! It was beautiful, enchanting, and oh so romantic! 
Sandigger More than 1 year ago
Really good story. The descriptions of Clara's feelings when she is composing were so detailed and realistic that you felt her emotions through the music as well. It was difficult to discern how the story would end but oh my, what an ending ! Excellent storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been a looong time since I read a romance with a new story line. It was so refreshing and the description of the music and feelings that it inspired in the characters made you feel like you were there. I bought this as a set of 10 and this story alone made the purchase worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read! An exceptional tale of two musicians who compose their story through the love of music. Such a breath of fresh air to read a well written novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had everything I could want in a romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This writer is going to be a wonder this story has it all. And I promise you one you will not be able to forget nor put down.it is one I will remember for a long time to come. I bought this book in a set of 10 and I found myself so caught up I thought I was there transport into time. I read 100's of books for its my hobbie and I have never given 5 stars and I have read the best of the best. So no I not going to tell you anything about the story I want you to find why I know this lady will be remember for years to come. God bless you and I thank you. Fora wonderful trip into time. Ms. D from Bronx, N.Y
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