The MuseClara Becker is a supremely gifted composera talent of little to use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions only have worth when they are published under her brothers name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London.Meets the MasterDarien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, pursues success with a single-minded intensity. When he comes across Beckers 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 sisterSet against the glittering backdrop of 19th century celebrity, Sonata for a Scoundrel is the newest full-length historical romance novel from RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson....
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Sonata for a Scoundrel (Music of the Heart #1) Reviews
This was an OK read for me. I really wanted the heroine to have a little more fire in her belly. Her brother is more conflicted about their charade than she is, and that seemed topsy-turvy to me. Really enjoyed the musical back-drop though, and wished there were more "creative" characters in historical romance.
I completely loved this book (I listened to the audio version). Clara Becker's family is very poor ever since all of their money went towards their dying mother's medical expenses. Now, the only thing they have to live on is Nicholas's very meager fees from teaching piano and the money they get from Clara's musical compositions. Clara's father insists that Clara put Nicholas's name on all the compositions because no one would believe or take seriously that a female penned the music. Suddenly the ...more
Firstly I would like to say thank you to the author of the book, Anthea Lawson. This book is definitely not a quick read, but it is a brilliant historical novel. Darrien and Clara had a beautiful romance. The book was a little slow, but it was worth.it. All in all it was a beautiful historical novel.
When I picked up this book on my kindle shelves, I was rather unsure about it because of some not very good reviews I have read, but in all it was worth the try.
I know I’m not a harsh reviewer, I’m on the kind side, if the story and characters moved me, most of the job is done.
I’m not XIXth century history specialist but I loved the plot with a kind of pop star with violon, part of an European contest.
Clara, the h of this book can appear very subdue and shy, but it was also how women from this t ...more
Great story, I loved the common thread of music and the competition added needed interest.
I never found myself enamored with Darien, though. He was a typical self-centered artist and never shed that label. Clara was too self-sacrificing for my taste, for her brother, her father, and Darien. Her brother was a pathetic self-indulged character himself. Whine, whine, wine (typo intended). The father, too, was self-serving. Lots of "self" to go around. So, while I didn't dislike the book, I am glad ...more
usually my take on a book mirrors other reviews I see listed on goodreads. Not this one. this book had a very different style to it. I don't feel like I just read a book. I feel like the book just moved through me as music through a room. it was delightful. Others complain of lack of conversation between the mains. I disagree. whether he knew it or not, their music spoke to each other. Others gripe the h wasn't fiery enough. I see her more as an introvert and she did write that terribly difficul ...more
With no true darkness, the light does not blaze
There was a lot to like in this book, but ultimately it proved a disappointment. Despite the heroine's penury and repression at the opening of the book, all the remaining struggle, doubt and fear turned out to be unnecessary. All possible evils that were hinted at simply never occurred. Sorry, but life is not like that, and so what could have been a deeply touching costly struggle to be true to oneself and what matters, turned into having everything ...more
not my thing... Repetitive in the middle. I found myself wanting more of a plot and knowing the ending far too soon. The musical backdrop and travel had potential but I feel it wasn't fully realized. Could have done better as a novella and cut out most of the non value add sex chapters. Maybe elaborated other characters... or had more women in the story. Bechdel test failed... which is surprising in a romance novel.