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The Virtuoso (Duke's Obsession, #3) (Windham #3)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,967 ratings  ·  185 reviews
A genius with a terrible loss. . .

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. . .

ebook, 416 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks, Incorporated
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Becky Condit
Spellbinding! The Virtuoso, by Grace Burrowes, is a lovely book, full of suspense, mystery, regency manners, music, beautiful men and women, and a villain determined to spoil everything.

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
I want to rate this on an iceskatking or gymnastics scale--high marks for artistic interpretation and low marks for technique.
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.
For exa
The lead in this story, Valentine Windham, was a supporting player in the author's previous books in the series. The quiet piano virtuoso was one of my favorite and most memorable characters from a book ever. That's some pretty high expectations to set on a character, and I'm glad to say that Val did not disappoint on his own story. Much gentler, kinder, and more artistic than the heroes we're used to seeing in historical romance, Val is my favorite type of hero. The type who is kind to everyone ...more
What a fantastic book. Grace Burrowes' books just keep getting better. I liked Val in the other books, and I loved getting to know him in this one. When he is told that he must stop playing the piano or risk losing the use of his hand completely he is devastated. He heads for the country and the estate he won at cards. It is in appalling condition and he begins the work of restoring it. There he sees Ellen Markham again, and begins to get to know her. Ellen is living in a cottage on the estate, ...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Nov 10, 2011 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beta Hero Lovers
3 stars or 3.5

This book starts strong. We’re given a delicious beta hero, a lovely widow, and a natural-feeling romance. Then, the plot deteriorates with critical revelations and nonsensical behavior. The some- kind-of-wonderful feeling turns into what-the-heck is happening. Sighs turn into groans. No, no, no!

The Story
Valentine Windham, youngest son of a duke and gifted pianist learns he may never be able to play the piano again. Composing and playing music is his whole life, his reason for bei
L.A. Miller
What I love the most about Ms. Burrowes work is that she has a unique ability to take a reader into another world from the first pages. She paints her scenery with words much as a painter uses a brush. Her characters are rich in both their ability to love, their sense of humor, the torment of life and the ability to overcome. In reading the last of the series I loved the way she brought back characters from her first two books allowing the love affair to continue while engraving into your heart ...more
Ahh, Grace Burrowes writing is comfort food for the romantic soul. This is yet another installment of the Windham's and I think this is the best yet. A sweet savory story with just the right amount of spice in the ultimately perfect moments.

Valentine Windham just has a place in my heart and has had since I first met him. Don't get me wrong as I do so love his brother's stories but this one touches the soul deep down. He is handsome if not down right beautiful, has a sense of humor, a heart felt
Val is a great hero. His character keeps this book from being the "same old, same old" Regency romp. While still masculine and sexy, Val has more in common with the contemporary "beta geek" hero than the usual alpha male or Regency rake. Val's artistic temperament is believable and well developed. He's gentle, thoughtful, and somewhat self-contained. Ellen is a wonderful compliment to Val's character. Her blend of strength, world-weariness and innocence is charming.

Both Val and Ellen are keeping
I reviewed this novel for Romance Reader At Heart website:


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
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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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
Nice home-making heroine brings comfort to tortured peer of the realm.

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
This is now my all-time favorite romance. I was up until 4am finishing it. It was beautifully written and I loved the musical metaphors. It was refreshing to read a story in which the love was strong throughout and the tension was because of the circumstances they lived with, not tension between the characters themselves. I want to savor Grace Burrowes's books. I want to read them all, and soon, but I will give them the time they deserve.
Wasn't my favorite of her's, but readable. I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood, or what, but it took some talking into to keep reading the book. I really liked Val's character in other books, but he didn't really shine in this one. I also didn't like the main female lead all too much either; she was just kind of a blase, no personality character.
Blodeuedd Finland
Ever since I read about Val in book 1 I wanted to read his book, he just felt so different than other heroes. He just sat by his piano all day long and played. He sounded so sweet.

In this one he wins an estate and goes to fix it up, and to rest since his hand is red and swollen (poor Val, all he wants to do is play). There he meets his heroine, Ellen Markham, a young widow, a nice soul who lives all alone in the woods. And she has got a secret, just like the 2 heroines before her. She does sit o
Lady Wesley
Grace Burrowes is a very talented writer, and she creates characters you come to really care about. This is a good thing, as the first three books in the Windham series are basically the same plot, with different people and settings. The Heir: duke’s heir, burdened by the demands of running the duke’s estates, spends the summer in London and falls in love with a women beneath him in social status who is keeping deep, dark secrets. The Soldier: duke’s illegitimate son moves to his new estate in ...more
I didn't mind this book, but the characters were kind of drippy. (view spoiler) ...more
Laura V.
¿Cómo que no se queda con Morgan? ¡Si me dijiste en el primer libro que estaba enamorado de ella! ¡ENAMORADO, mujer de Dios! ¿Para qué molestarte en escribir escenas entre ellos dos si vas a tirarme este libro en la cara? D: ¿Para qué?

Me encanta Val, pero no tengo ganas de leer su ruina todavía. De seguro la chica es tan mediocre como las últimas dos. Así, no hay protagonista masculino que aguante ni lectora que no sufra.

I read this book as part of a three book bundle after I read The Heir and The Soldier, and I liked this book the best out of the 3. Lord Valentine Windham has a courtesy title, however being one of the surviving two out of four sons of a duke have made him wary of ladies of the ton. He is a very talented pianist and he saves all his passion for his music. In fact, in The Heir, Val was introduced as the son who was rumored to prefer men for all the interest he didn't obviously show to women. This ...more
This one's pretty "meh" - I really didn't enjoy it. The language felt too modern for me and coupled with a vague 19th century setting (I couldn't figure out if this was Regency or what) it just didn't settle well. Val's family is too complicated in structure (and never fully explained - this is apparently book #3 but trying to connect everyone together is confusing) and the villain menacing Ellen didn't quite seem all that menacing, just a nuisance who, in the end, disappears without a fight. Bo ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I enjoyed the first two books in this series and was really looking forward to The Virtuoso. I have to say I was a little disappointed. I loved Valentine in the other two books. He is a very caring person. I think his story was rushed and not edited as well as it should have been. The story line was not consistent. Characters said one thing in the first of the book only to find that the story was based on a totally different fact. The tension was not built or resolved as well as it could have be ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
As the fifth son of the Duke of Moreland, Valentine is the musical member of the family. An arthritic problem arises in his hands and he is told by his physician friend to rest it and not play the piano until it heals. He wins a dilapidated estate in a card game and decides to update it to keep his mind off his hand problems. Ellen lives on the estate and was married to the previous baron who was the owner of the land. Past secrets, identities, new friends, attempted catastrophes by an evil man, ...more
Again one I liked.

In this book, again like in the rest of this series so far, secrets abound. This can be something that turns me against a book, especially when the secrets are the plot and the h/h don't get together or hate eachother because of some silly misunderstanding that could have been easily remedied. But that is not the case with the secrets in miss Burrowes books. Valentines secrets can be silly, but they do not bother the relationship with the h/h, but in fact help his character and
Aurian Booklover
Lord Valentine Windham is the youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, and his only passion and his true talent is in playing the piano, creating the most beautiful music. He really grieves the passing of two of his older brothers, and now he is losing his music as well. His left hand is severely injured, and it will need a lot of rest if he ever wants to play again. But Val does not really belief in that, and he seems to be punishing his hand. Not by playing music, but through hard labor.
Val won
Cardyn Brooks
This stellar series about the loving, messy Windham family and friends continues with Ellen and Valentine's story in The Virtuoso. Val's counterproductive stubbornness regarding the physical manifestation of his grief dovetails with Ellen's stoic determination in moving forward from her grief.

G.B.'s ability to intertwine family dynamics, personal idiosyncrasies, multiple power plays, and smalltown politics into an emotional love story with humor and tenderness is impressive. She consistently po
I've read three of this author's books, and I have a bit of a bone to pick. I think she struggles with setting. I don't mean she can't describe a cottage or grove. I mean I flip a page and start reading a conversation, thinking everyone is still in the spring house or whatever, and then I come to find out that, nope, they're at the village market. Maybe this is just my problem.

There are some annoying typos in this book. Nothing HUGE, but... it's like when you have the final and penultimate draf
Emery Lee
Grace Burrowes is a gifted writer. I found myself frequently re-reading paragraphs or bits of dialogue out of appreciation for her eloquence of expression.

She layers her stories with emotion and seems to uniquely embrace the subtleties of not just the developing romance between the h/h but the various familial relationships that impact her characters lives.
Valentine, the youngest Moreland son and a piano virtuoso has some form of repetitive strain injury and has been advised by his doctor to stop playing the piano, perhaps permanently. This makes him frustrated and depressed because his piano is his passion and his outlet and he now feels crippled. He wins an estate in a card game and decides to visit his property with his friend,Darius Lindsey (yes, that Darius).

There, they discover that an acquaintance of his, Ellen FitzEngle lives down the lane
Another great Grace Burrowes. I loved Val and his internal conflict regarding his identity and his place in the world, I loved the attention to country life, I loved the sense of place and of family and friends existing in the world, even when they don't show up - though of course it's even better when they do. But damn, that is a stupid external conflict. Ellen could have just SAID WHAT HAD HAPPENED at pretty much any time, and not kept on the ~mistery~ forever. The first two books in this "tri ...more
Patricia Solla
This by far was the best of the three books in the trilogy. We have already met the brother who is obsessed with his music and this book opens with him having a problem with his hand making him unable to play. Valentine is off to the countryside to get away from his problems. He has won an estate and has gone to check it out. What is finds is more questions than answers. There's a lovely lady who by rights should be the owner of the property. Many mishaps occur as he tries to bring the estate up ...more
Barbara Rogers
I really didn't want to read this book because Valentine had been in the previous two books and he was so sweet and so very, very talented. He could make music that soothed the most savage of souls. When I read that he lost his music in this book it made me so sad and I couldn't see how the author was going to make it right -- and I knew I wasn't going to be happy if it wasn't right.

Anyway, Valentine wins an estate in a card game and moves to the country to start fixing it up. There, he meets hi
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more
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Windham (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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