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Rumor has it that Wilhelm Montegue, the Earl of Devon, is insane. A tormented war hero haunted by scandal, he is only tolerated because of his brilliant mind and swarthy good looks. His ...
Rumor has it that Wilhelm Montegue, the Earl of Devon, is insane. A tormented war hero haunted by scandal, he is only tolerated because of his brilliant mind and swarthy good looks. His unmentionable "condition," which keeps him confined to his country home, is also the source of his talent for composing music.
When a new housemaid is hired at Rougemont, Lord Devon is perplexed to find himself fascinated by her. He knows the exquisite beauty is keeping secrets but her siren's voice draws him ever closer, and he can't resist the intoxicating scent of danger surrounding her.
Posted April 6, 2014
Sophia and Wil's story is just as wonderfully written as book one. Beautiful character development that gives you a deeper understanding of the main characters from the previous book. Tortured souls with clean, sexual tension. Hoping the author decides to write a book based on Phillip. Hard to put down. 275 pages.
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Posted December 6, 2014
A dark and absorbing tale of redemption, honor, and true love between a damaged former soldier and an heiress on the run.
Wilhelm Montegue, the Earl of Devon, is a chivalrous and charming young man but rumors swirl around his madness—actually, savant syndrome—and his sexuality which is why he has retreated to his country estate, Rougemont. When he comes upon the beautiful Rosalee Cooper—not her real name—in the woods of his property, he is captivated by her beauty and her air of mystery and quickly wants to learn everything about her.
Rosalee is Sophia Duncombe, a lady fleeing her abusive and maniacal father, Lord Chauncey, who is determined she wed the man of his choice at whatever cost, including abuse and rape. So she disguises herself as a maid but Wilhelm and his sharp-tongued Aunt Louisa thinks she is much too pretty to be one. She’s also obviously as educated as she is knowledgeable in the finer things: languages for one, music another. I really like that Densley translates all the sexy foreign words that are shared between Wilhelm and Sophia as well as the commands they issue to Wilhelm’s dogs, who become her faithful protectors. All too often, authors omit this and I sometimes feel lost.
Wilhelm respects Sophia’s wish to remain hidden and to not speak of her past, but he does wish to protect her at all costs. So he asks her to become governess to his visiting cousins, three young ladies, some of whom are preparing for their upcoming debuts. He also requests she pose as his mistress as necessary in society company, to dispel unfounded rumors of his homosexuality.
But as she gets to know him, Sophia falls in love with him: his protectiveness, honor, and his kind heart. And while he protects her, Wilhelm investigates who she is and why she’s in hiding.
Narrator Heather Wilds is a reader I have not heard before. She reads with a warm and smooth style and in a variety of tones and accents that make the many different voices of the characters easily distinguishable. And it’s a quite a large cast, from Wilhelm’s extended family of cousins to his old soldier comrades in arms. I really love how she makes Wilhelm sound both young and inexperienced socially and commanding in his military training; he’s a tough and determined man but he’s also sweet and tender. Sophia is read as intelligent and strong, with a mixed and unusual accent, but you can hear the affecting anguish in her voice when she fears for Wilhelm’s wellbeing.
The love scenes are more implied than graphic here but they are very sensual. And I love that Wilhelm is also a virgin, as inexperienced in the ways of seduction as Sophia. Their love is heartwarming; each cares so much for the other they would do anything to save each other. Their conversations are flirty and playful and, when listened to read aloud, very sexual.
An atmosphere of danger throughout the novel is palpable and vividly portrayed in the isolation of the Rougemont estate and its ever present element of danger amid people living their daily lives. While Sophia educates his cousins and gets to know Wilhelm, all the while she is being hunted.
Some of the scenes are quite shocking in their violence and at times, difficult to listen to. At one point, I was stunned at the events but I also admired Wilhelm’s courage and determination. Despite these complex situations and consequences, he is very likeable, attractive, and in love with Sophia.
An exciting, fast paced, and sweepingly romantic love story, this is the first in Moriah Densley’s Rougemont series as well as her debut.
Note: this review first appeared on Romantic Historical Reviews.
Posted June 17, 2014
I love it when I find a new-to-me author, and everything just seems to just click between us… there I go, stalking an author and her imaginary friends again! Even though I usually prefer books set in an earlier time period, I was hooked immediately. I’m sure you will be too. This book took me on a journey I wasn’t expecting, but I’m very glad I took it.
Anne-Sophronia, or Sophia, was now going by the name Rosalie Cooper. She was on the run and had found work as a domestic at the country home of the reclusive Wilhelm Montegue, Earl of Devon, who rumored to be “mad”. Suffering from reoccurring night terrors of her past abuse, both from her father and a rapist in league with her father, Sophia was on her own, trusting no one. Bearing the scars on her back of her father’s love she looked for danger behind every curtain, shrub, tree… fear was more than an emotion for Sophia. Then a man of secrets wanted to protect her and have her trust him. Impossible.
Wil was a broken man. He didn’t have to listen to the gossips, he knew it. He saw ghosts, he remembered things…everything in fact. He relived them every night. It made him insane, or so he was led to believe. He felt better without any human contact, until he met Rosalie… she made him feel. But there was something not quite right about her, she was hiding something from him. He finally had something to put his mind on other than his own terrors. If he couldn’t rescue himself, he would rescue her. The question arose, was Wilhelm protecting Sophia or was it the other way around?
Before Sophia and Wil even knew they were courting, I found myself giggling aloud at their exchanges, little messages and innuendo’s left for the other. This wasn’t a sad book, far from it! I laughed, I gasped in anger, I jumped in anxious surprise, and I also sat puzzled… wondering what was going to happen next in this action-packed adventure. These two broken people were perfect for each other… neither able to trust another, found solace in each other.
Having been in a situation similar to Sofia’s in my past, I related to this book on a level I thought I had, for the most part, left behind with my former life. It came back so vividly that I too, found myself in panic along with this brave heroine. It has been quite a while since a story has impacted me as much as this one has. I found myself unable to put it down, and in fact read portions to my husband. I was also thrilled with many of the secondary characters and look forward to seeing them in future novels! (I especially look forward to Wil’s nieces, the 3 Cavendish girls, as they have their Come-Out!)
The question is, will Ms. Densley’s future books be on my auto-buy? The answer is yes! I am firmly ensconced in this world and don’t wish to leave! Thank you for the ride and I can’t wait for the next one!
Until Next Time!
Posted October 30, 2013
I have waited a very, very long time for this book to come out, having read the King of Threadneedle Street and fallen in love with all the characters (not to mention the fantastic story hinted at in regards to these main characters!). Sometimes with all the excitement and anticipation a book can fall short of the build-up. This one did not fall short, and in fact exceeded my expectations, which were really high because of Threadneedle Street. It was fantastic...one of those reads that I will always keep and will read over and over, along with its sequel. I just fell in love with everyone. I wish there were more in the series and eagerly look forward to reading future books by this author! As a note, Moriah Densley is simply delightful. I emailed her about a potential reprint for this book so I could have a copy. She let me know when it would be out, and even went so far as to ask her publisher when Nook would be offering this for purchase. She emailed me back to let me know. I'm a fan for life! :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2013
SONG FOR SOPHIA by Moriah Densley is an excited Victorian Historical Romance. a genius in his time,and a spy, Wilhelm Montegue, Earl of Devon,has Savant Syndrome,is an artistic hero,a war hero with a scar,and has a tortured soul and a brilliant mind. Lady Anne-Sophronia Duncombe, is exiled from her home by her villainous father, Lord Chauncey, as an abused runaway with scars of her own in hiding from her abusive father, she hides as a housemaid on Lord Devon's estate. Follow these two characters as they struggle with scars,both physical and mental,seen and unseen,fight their growing passion, face off with an enemy who would do anything to get his abused daughter back under his control and marry her off to a repulsive man,his partner, Lowdry. Fast paced with engaging characters, as well as an intriguing storyline. A must read! Ms. Densley will integrate you into the lives of her characters, you will feel their pain,their triumphs, with twists and turns, you won't see coming. An awesome story! I could not put it down. Two scarred souls come together to find happiness, love and peace. While the sensual scenes are passionate, it is not all about the sex,but about the lives and souls of Lady Anne, and Lord Devan. Well done, indeed!! Received for an honest review from the author.
HEAT RATING: HOT
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted March 19, 2013
Language is foreplay as much as music and teasing caresses in Moriah Densley’s Song for Sophia. Passion simmers just below the surface for Anne-Sophia Duncombe as she becomes more fascinated —and attracted to--Wilhelm Montague, Lord Devon. Both carry physical and emotional scars that have left them vulnerable, believing that love will never be part of their experience. But Wilhelm captures Sophia’s attention through his extraordinary intelligence and unusual behaviors due to his savant-autism; she becomes the one person who can calm his demons and open his heart. Densley wraps their story in the rich fabrics of historical romance, intrigue, danger and the healing power of love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2012
I started to read it and what was my surprise to read a beautiful story written by this author. I am sure she will become a great writer because already we discover a talent that stands out. I love her characters, Wilhelm, a war hero, who suffers from the savant syndrome "savant autism" and Sophia who has secrets from her past. To escape her past, she hides as a maid in Wilhelm's household. He, however, hides his illness from people. Sophia will gradually understand the symptoms that he has to live every day. Both will find trust in each other, learn to shares secrets of their pasts and slowly find love that will keep them together. Ms. Densley described skillfully her story with a dialogue that keeps you reading. Breathtaking! Well done research on Wilhelm's illness and what music can do for the soul. Wonderful and captivating story by Ms. Densley. I find her book very refreshing! You will not be disappointed! I could not put it way, yes, really. I highly recommend Song for Sophia and Ms. Densley's future books, because I can say that she is a very talented writer! Bravo!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 14, 2012
In Song for Sophia, the hero, Wilhem, is a wonderfully crafted Alpha male with a slight case of Austism. I love the way Ms. Densley reveals the guts of her characters and I could not help but feel Wilhem's inner turmoil. The heroine, Sophia, is a strong woman fleeing a sordid, abusive past. Her escape takes her to Wilhem's household where she poses as one of the household staff. For various reasons, even though she tries to fade into the woodwork, she draws Wilhem's attention. And it is the way Wilhem behaves towards Sophia, a lowly house servant, that leaves the reader spellbound. In Song for Sophia, readers will find a true hero willing to move heaven and earth in order to protect the woman he loves. They will also meet a woman willing to see past a man's flaws, in order to vet the heart and soul of a hero.
This is a fabulous story! I commend Ms. Densley for grasping the honor and duty a man contends with in life and showcasing the miraculous evolution of love .
Posted August 5, 2012
Song for Sophia by Moriah Dempsy is an historical romance sparkling from page one with mystery, sensual tension and clever repartee. Wilhelm Montague prefers solitude but his keen intelligence and air of intrigue teases Sophia out of her guarded reserve. Both bear scars, inside and out. Both live in hiding. The two must decide if the possibility of love, long abandoned, is worth bearing their inhibiting secrets and exposing a deadly danger.
I absolutely loved Song for Sophia. Moriah writes with brilliance and smooth panache, using wit and humor to weave a charismatic story of hidden desires and unfulfilled dreams. Wil and Sophia, both passionate and engaging by nature, yet crippled by vulnerabilities, will capture your heart. Song for Sophia is one of those memorable romances you read over and over. I give it a hearty all thumbs up!
Posted June 28, 2012
This is not your grandmother's or even your mother's historical novel! It's better!! Moriah Densley has the capacity to pull you in as a reader. Her characters are clever and unique. And I'm not going to say anything else...except grab this book...it will grab you!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2012
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Sophia has hidden herself in the household of Lord Devon as a servant to escape a horrific past. But she can’t avoid the notice of the astute Lord Devon, a war hero and reluctant peer. As she works in his household with unusual rules (everything must be in its place), she finds herself verbally sparring with the enigmatic Lord, who hides his own “illness”--savant autism. These are two broken people that work together to become whole as Sophia’s and Wilhelm’s past come back to haunt them both.
This was a delightful read, the heroine, Sophia, was strong without being shrewish. The abuse she’d endured didn’t break her, but made her more determined. The hero, Wilhelm, was a powerful man, with an artist’s heart. As soon as they were on the page, especially together, they capture the reader with clever dialogue and interesting settings. The savant autism, for me, was skillfully woven in and made Wilhelm an even more intriguing hero.
From the moment I picked up this book, I was hooked. The imagery was sharp and the writer’s voice was clear. The emotion wasn’t over done, but threaded through, so much so, when I came to the last chapter I found myself tearing up. I am not an emotional reader and this surprised and delighted me. The happy ever after was perfect.
I highly recommend this book written by debut author Moriah Densley. Her voice and writing is strong and I suspect this is only the beginning for this talented writer. This is one story I will read again and again.
Posted June 9, 2012
Unexpected. Smart. Captivating. I have to admit, it took a while for me to warm to Sophia despite her bravery, her clever wit and her many other fine qualities. I fell hard and fast for Wilhelm, though. He’s damaged. Oh, so damaged. He’s brilliant. He’s flawed. What other hero compliments his love with Fibonacci sequences? Calms his mind by reciting quadratic residues? What other heroine will understand him? Appreciate him? And this was what finally charmed me into love with Sophia, too. Not her strength and bravery in escaping her father. Not her intellect. Not her charming conversation. The fact that she loved Wilhelm as much as I did.
This was one of the most unexpected stories I’ve read in a long time. The repartee is sparkling and witty. The love is scandalous. The past is dangerous and hard on their heels. And Wilhelm is an unforgettable hero. I look forward to reading the next book from Moriah Densley.
Posted June 5, 2012
Before Moriah Densley was practically anything else she was a writer. A partner in crime to her imagination, as a child Mrs. Densley invented lavish plays for the neighborhood children to perform. In High School French class she so fluidly adapted to her French name and character that she could just as easily be found on the Parisian streets as in the four walls of the classroom, Now, with her debut novel, Densley proves to be every bit the wit and raconteur that her title character, Sophia is.
'Song for Sophia" is a devilishly delightful paramoural novel that, though it contains all the trappings of a romance, rarely ever felt cliched or contrived. That is due in no small part to the great depth and breadth that Densley brought to her characters. Both Sophia and Lord Devon have history and personality that, quite frankly, surprised me in a novel of this genre.
If her characterizations are good it is nothing compared to the passages on music. Accomplished in the arts herself, Mrs. Densley contributes a solid base of knowledge for music that allows her characters to show their genius and gives validity to all the passions that are expressed through it, most notably solace, mystery, desire and sadness.
I thoroughly enjoyed ravaging through the pages of this novel. It is simultaneously mysterious, haunting, adventerous and--let's face it-- a little salacious.
I applaud Mrs. Densley in her first effort and would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an enjoyable reading experience.
Posted June 4, 2012
What a terrific debut! This is just out from 2012 Golden Heart finalist Moriah Densley, and it's an amazing book for right out of the gate. Fabulous writing, terrific characters, deeply emotional. Reminds me of reading Jennifer Ashley, Meredith Duran, or Eileen Dreyer. Can't wait to see the second book!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2012
I recommend this book to anyone looking for a new and satisfying 'romance-reading' experience. The main characters are unique and unforgettable- both have characteristics you don't often read about and the chemistry between them is consistently sizzling without ever feeling worn. The story is set later than what I'm used to for a historical, which was a huge plus because I love to learn about different time periods through fiction. The little twists and turns were unexpected and kept me turning the pages. I especially liked the way music was used throughout the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2012
Song for Sophia was a little slow in the beginning, but once the Sophia and Wilhelm began interacting the story took off and never disappointed. There is a wealth of information used to create a rich landscape for these two lovers to live and love in. Moriah Densley has done a masterful job of creating multi-dimensional characters. These people are not perfect and their flaws make them all the more real and appealing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2012
This historical romance novel is one of my favorite reads this year. The tortured hero, Wilhelm, will steal your heart as soon as you meet him. And Sophia is a strong, independent heroine any reader can admire. Both are talented and passionate musicians, and author Moriah Densley sweeps up the reader in her talk of composing, an act I had not realized was as sexy as it is. Densley is an amazing writer with a bright future, and I can’t wait to read her next book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.