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The performance finished in a flourish of technical brilliance and the young man rose from the harpsichord to a storm of applause.
Julian Langham was poised on the brink of a dazzling career when the lawyers lured him into making a catastrophic mistake. Now, instead of the concert platform, he has a title he doesn’t want, an estate verging on bankruptcy … and bewildering responsibilities for which he is totally unfitted.
And yet the wreckage of Julian’s life is not a completely ill wind. For Tom, Rob and Ellie it brings something that is almost a miracle … if they dare believe in it.
Meanwhile, first-cousins Arabella Brandon and Elizabeth Marsden embark on a daring escapade which will provide each of them with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The adventure will last only a few weeks, after which everything will be the way it was before. Or so they think. What neither of them expects is for it to change a number of lives … most notably, their own.
And there is an additional complication of which they are wholly unaware.
The famed omniscience of the Duke of Rockliffe.
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About the Author
B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree and Readers' Favorite award-winning author Stella Riley trained as a teacher in London and now lives in Kent. She enjoys theatre, dancing, reading and travel. She is fascinated by the English Civil Wars and has written six books set in that period. She loves the extravagant fashions of the mid-Georgian period, likes men with long hair and her current passion is for Baroque harpsichord music. The first 5 books of the Rockliffe series (recommended in The Times newspaper!) are also available in audio, narrated by Alex Wyndham. And Rockliffe Book Six - CADENZA - is newly-published. Visit Stella at https://stellarileybooks.co.uk for all the latest information on her books and her 'Who's Who' and Extras pages. Or find her at https://www.facebook.com/stellariley.books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Review written for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours: Harpsichord virtuoso Julian's obliviousness to anything besides his music is both a strength and a deep flaw. It keeps him focused on his passion but someone else must manage his affairs for him. Urged by his manager not to make promises of free performances, he is nevertheless taken from Vienna and the world of music he loves when an unexpected and unwanted earldom in England falls at his feet. For young Arabella, daughter of landed gentry, disaster strikes hard when her betrothed jilts her for another. The prospect of a London season, balls, parties, the opera, alone and without her best friend, daughter of the local curate Elizabeth, does not excite her. In her turn, Elizabeth has been looking for a position to help her family, perhaps as a governess, housekeeper or lady's companion. The three of them are reluctantly stepping into roles proscribed for them by society. Arabella decides to shake things up a bit, so she and Elizabeth change places. Beautiful, but poor, Elizabeth to London for the season, perhaps to find a rich (but loving) husband, Arabella to the rapidly dilapidating home, and health, of the new earl, Julius, and relief from hurtful gossip. While Arabella deals with the hopelessly new earl Julius, three orphans, and the tangled affairs of his earldom, Elizabeth moves on to London to take Arabella’s place. A carriage accident brings her into the cold and reluctant sphere of Lord Sherbourne. He, too, has had to make a sacrifice of love, but for darker reasons than Julius. Well, this was lovely and wonderful! So wonderful that after I finished Cadenza, I bought the first of the series, the Parfit Knight. I loved it and can’t wait for more. The covers of all the books are a joy, bursting with color and character. The pages are steeped in historical detail and the narrative moves along at a good, even pace. Spiced with colorful secondary characters, both helpful and hindering, the stories stayed with me even after I finished the books. The writing is superb, and the intertwined plots are emotionally complex, complicated by the manners and mores of the Georgian era.
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Cadenza is the sixth book in the Rockliffe historical romance series by Stella Riley, a novel with a web of complex relationships and fascinating characters. While the story explores different romantic developments, it centers on Julian, a virtuoso harpsichordist and handsome young man who is conned by an unscrupulous law firm into leaving his musical career, the one thing he lives for, and to return home “briefly,” but it is too late when he notices that he has been tricked. Now a reluctant young earl, he inherits a crumbling estate. Can he pay off the debts and restore the estate to its former glory? Follow this character as he learns to live and work with his tenants, building new relationships, and transforming life around him one day at a time and from one crisis to another. Also discover as his heart opens to a love he never saw coming. Stella Riley has the gift of engaging readers with very sophisticated and realistic characters. The premise is strong: an introverted young man who lives for music is uprooted from his world and entrusted with a responsibility he has never dreamed about. Julian is a character that will fascinate readers; he keeps to himself, speaks little. He is ruthlessly honest and has a unique sense of fairness and justice. The romance between Julian and Belle develops at a speed that keeps the reader very interested. The author uses subplots to create suspense, shifting from one story line to the next. While readers are delighted to follow Julian and Belle, there is the evolving romance between Belle’s sister, Lizzie, and Ralph, Earl of Sherbourne. Backstory is intelligently written to enrich the narrative and it never comes across as a distraction from the main story line. The prose in Cadenza is gorgeous and it combines with the interesting cast of characters and the compelling themes to make for a delightful read.
We are proud to announce that CADENZA ( Rockliffe #6) by Stella Riley is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!