The Virtuoso (Duke's Obsession, #3) (Windham #3)
Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, has little interest in his father's obsession to see his sons married, and instead pours passion into his music. But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him.
A WIDOW WITH A HEARTBREAKING SECRET...
Ms. Burrowes has written a book with a well-developed plot and main and secondary characters that I have continued to think and care about long after finishing the book. The ending goes beyond a romantic HEA. I admit that I did not see the finale coming, and it was such a beautiful thing. I won’t spoil it for you...more
จริง ๆ เราอยากอ่านเรื่องราวของวาเลนไทน์นะคะ เขาเป็นนักเปียโนที่มีพรสวรรค์ และหมกหมุ่นกับการฝึกปรือฝืมือของตัวเอง แต่อาการบา...more
Ellen is living alone, in a small cottage, even though...more
The hero is a piano virtuoso who has injured his hand and must stop playing. Restless, he gambles, wins an estate, and decides to fix it up out of a desire to flee London and avert more boredom and discomfort.
Our heroine is living on the estate, and is being mistreated by the former owner.
Rather than the stereotypical damsel in distress novel, this is a damsel who is doing her best to create her own solution and keep her head up. The...more
The Virtuoso bears out the saying that “When one door closes, fortune will usually open another”. Bereft at being denied his music, Valentine (Val) Windham plans to bury himself in the refurbishing of a rundown manor. However, the gentle, unassuming Ellen FitzEngle, once the mistress of the old manor, opens new feelings, hopes, and purpose for Val.
Deciding how to do justice to a story so revealing of emotions that range from the dept...more
Valentine Windham may not believe it but luck...more
The quality of the rleationships she builds is wonderful,and I really like how they affection and love grows peacefully and naturally. That's true in all her books, and its very appealing. She also has some lovely images.
Unfortunately Burroughs doesn't think her plots through carefully and she just tromps all over basic facts about social relations of the period.
Historical Romance - Nov. 1st, 2011
As with all her novels, the genuine characters and poignant emotions between the main characters carries the story.
Lord Valentine's life revolves around music but an old hand injuries and the constant playing since his brother’s death have caught up with him. Now the doctor tells him he will have irreparable damage if he does not stop playing his piano for months! And even then, he must be careful after. It will be a slow a...more
For virtuoso pianist Lord Valentine Windham, the Duke of Windham's youngest son, music is his life--until a hand injury prevents him from playing. Terrified his music might be lost to him forever, he must find something to fill the void while, and if, his hand heals. He wins a dilapidated estate at cards and throws himsel...more
RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:
Valentine Windham, ‘Val’ to his friends and family, is a man that eats, breaths, and dreams his music. For a doctor to tell him that if he does not rest and try to heal his left hand, which has been swollen and paining him ever since his elder brother’s death, is like condemning him to a lifelong purgatory. Shortly after, Val’s luck in cards gains him an estate that is a need of repair. He welcomes the dist...more
To start, I have to say the Regency period is not my favorite historical era for romances. All of the titles and the effects thereof can get a little annoying and too often it's too much a part of the story.
That said, I won this book in a blog tour, pulled to the tour because of the title and because I'm music obsessed, so I thought I'd give it a try. The darn thing pulled me right in, much of which was due to Valentine Windham (with titles and such that he mainly does without). He is a truly li
- OMG the discussions of lady business were ridiculous and way overdone. I get that you're trying to show that the hero is romantic, but I have no desire to read extensive discussions about period relations.
- The book references WAY too many characters from other books in the series without completely explaining how they're related. I've read the two earlier books in the series, but my recollect...more
by Grace Burrowes
4 of 5 stars
The highly praised trilogy of Regency romances by award-winning author Grace Burrowes concludes with gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland. Val retreats to the country after an injury robs him of his musical ability, only to learn from impoverished widow Ellen Markham that he can be loved even when his music falls silent.
Back Cover Synopsis:
This one is about Valentine, the youngest of the Duke of Moreland's living sons. (Two sons have died, one at war (more or less) and one of consumption.) Valentine is a pianist, only he has strained...more
Their story was sweet, but boring. I really really hate women who moan that they are "not good enough for hi...more
First time, charming.
Second time, very dark and moving.
But the third time? Meh. I found Val charming in the other two books and was quite looking forward to learning more about him. Wah. His daddy didn't love him. Really? That was his deep dark pain? The pain that kept him pouring his soul into the piano? And Ellen, well, I found Ellen just a little....boring.
And what is with the constant reference to menses in all Burrowes...more
I don't know how to make the heroine's side stronger and I thought it was a little imbalanced but that can't be helped. Only reason it's 3 stars is because it did not have as strong an emotional pull to me. More of a very beautiful symphony that you will remember and replay in your mind over time. Also...more
Then he meets his neighbor, Ellen Markham, the woman he kissed in the forest many years ago and never forgot. They are both wounded souls who come together to make perfect music. I loved this new book by Grace Burrowes. She is a very gift...more