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Song For Sophia (Rougemont #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  825 ratings  ·  145 reviews
To win a man’s heart, a woman must have the mind of a diplomat, a general, and Cleopatra, all in one.

Desperation has led Anne-Sophia Duncombe to a life of exile. Still, she is always just one mistake away from capture and a marriage she would rather die than endure. As a last resort to remain hidden from her former life, Sophia attempts a radical scheme; a life of humility
ebook, 2nd edition, 364 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by esKape Press (first published June 1st 2012)
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Listened to 85% and skimmed the rest in print

There could have been something in Song for Sophia if the author hadn't crammed trope on top of trope like crazy. I'm sorry for the long review but I have A LOT to say.

Let's start by introducing you to Wilhelm, the hero, a former spymaster/assassin, alcoholic, tortured, autistic-savant Earl with prodigious musical/mathematical abilities and an eidetic memory who's the bastard son of an archduke, a horse trainer and suspected homosexual. The heroine S
I would give this a few more stars if I could! It was refreshingly different from anything I have read in a while.
This book made me laugh, made me cry and everything in between. The characters in this story were just wonderfully fleshed out that there was no hesitation in getting involved in the story.
Sophia was in big trouble, her heinous father ( I mean he was truly evil!!) was searching for her after she fled his home. He had whipped her and almost killed her after she fought off the man
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 ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I was shocked reading this. How often does one encounter a four star .99 center?

I can tell you it's not friggin' often.

I can't tell you what happened at the halfway point that had me wanting to kiss Moriah Densley, you'll just have to read it for yourself. Let's just say it's nice to read work from someone who isn't a naive ninny in regards to violence.

I wasn't a huge fan of Sophia, I thought her reluctance was extremely misguided, but since she eventually came to her senses, I'm forced to fo
Song for Sophia is a thoroughly entertaining and generally well-written romance which features a pair of engaging and unusual protagonists and a well- crafted “heroine-in-peril” plot.

Lady Anne-Sophronia Dunscombe is on the run from her violent and abusive father (there do seem to be rather a lot of those in historical romances these days!) and has disguised herself as a housemaid in the home of the eccentric and rumoured-insane Wilhelm Montegue, Earl of Devon. He is immediately aware that his ne
Pam B Morris
Song for Sophia by Moriah Densley 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
Ahh... Wilhelm.... He's my favorite kind of hero!
Wow! Now this is what I call romance! I'm very impressed with this author.
4.5 stars!

This may not have ended up a 5 star for me (cuz I am Ms. Picky) but it was an overall winner!! I adored the hero, Wilhelm. He was 100% devoted to the heroine, and focused on her happiness and well-being from the first moment he sees her. My kind of romance hero!! The bonus: he was a virgin! I am over the moon with joy when I find virgin heroes or non-manwhore heroes in romance (please authors, give me more of that!).

I liked the heroine, Sophia. She was a strong, intelligent, capable wo
This was not a quick read. I love Moriah's writing style. The language-words and phrases are...well, I can't describe since it's just English, right? I'll say: lyrical, since other reviewers have said the same thing... I agree. The heroine, Sophia is very original. She's very intelligent AND smart.Well read, speaks many languages & plays piano proficiently . Wilhelm is an aristocrat, but is a savant(also proficient in languages and piano)- and has some other issues. This novel is so full of ...more
Peggy Bird
The language of fans, roses and music. Fibonacci sequences and mathematical erotica. Greek, Latin, German, Italian, Spanish and French. This historical romance is for anyone Interested in any--or all--of these. From the start, where the mystery of the beautiful house servant immediately hooks the reader, through the gradual revelations about who Sophia really is, to the happy-ever-after epilogue, "Song for Sophia" moves the reader along, often at break-neck speed, through her complicated romance ...more
Lorenda Christensen
This really was an awesome book. In my opinion, Ms. Densley is right up there with the other great historical-prose authors like Meredith Duran and Sherry Thomas. Like the presence of music in the plot, Ms. Densley makes the story sing from the page with her vivid imagery and meaningful dialogue.

We first meet Sophia, on the run from her abusive father, who tried to - literally - force her into marriage. She's managed to secure a job as a housemaid in the home of the Earl of Devon, Wilhelm Monteg
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Favorite Quote: “To win a man’s heart, a woman must have the mind of a diplomat, a general, and Cleopatra, all in one.”

Lady Anne-Sophia Duncombe is running from an abusive father whose last scheme almost killed her. He wants her with child and will do anything to accomplish that. Sophia manages to escape her father and hide with the help of a friend. She decides the only way to avoid recapture is to become a commoner. She disguises her
Elizabeth Bennet
I loved this book! I think I enjoyed it more than The King of Threadneedle Street. The book begins with Sophia, an abused heroin, who has ran away from home to get away from her ruthless father and disguises herself under a false name as a housekeeper. It's really a good start, right, but than Wilhelm, who is the hero and ex military, knows there is just something about her that stands out and is off. See he was actually spy and can detect ticks and read facial expressions so everything she was ...more
Susie Carson

This story is captivating from beginning to end. There is just enough mystery to keep you turning the pages, but not so much to make you exasperated, waiting for your questions to be answered. The characters are so human in their flawed state, you can't help but root for them. The banter between Wil and Sophia is witty and intelligent. The love scenes are steamy, but classy. Very well-written. The supporting cast is wonderful, as well, especially Aunt Louisa. I am intrigued by some of the male
Lady Wesley
I loved this book when I read it, and the audio book is equally excellent. Very highly recommended.
Miranda Davis
I've read historical romances involving a hero who's rumored a sodomite, or suffering from autism, or scarred by his war experiences, or guilty about his years as state-sanctioned killer, or who's inherited a title though not the offspring of his legal father; and I've read HRs in which a well-born heroine is hiding as a servant, or guarding a life-threatening secret, or running from abusive men and/or terrified by one close to her who has authority over her and dastardly plans afoot...But never ...more
Lady Wesley
I enjoyed the heck out of this book and will write a proper review soon. In the meantime, I'll just say, "Very highly recommended!"
Rating this book was diffucult.

The way the story is told is interesting, but something disturbed me. Something about the way the words were used is highly unusual. For me it was like when you speak under water - you hear, but it's kind of muffled, not clear...

I was opften unable to "see" clearly what was happening. It also happened during their intercourse; I never understood how was on top, who was doing what to whome, etc... Very annoying.

Also, I couldn't understand what was the problem. Sophi
Genre: Historical Romance
Ages: Adult - H/35 & h/30
1st/2nd/3rd Person: 3rd
Character(s)POV Spoken: h
M/F-M/M-M/M/F-etc: M/F
HEA/HFN/etc Ending: HEA
Contains Cheating: No
Multi-Luv'n/Ménages: No
Contains Children: Yes (just briefly) - H's nieces
Contains Flashbacks: No
Jealy/Possy/OTT Rating: 4. He is very protective o
M.V. Freeman
Sometimes some characters just jump out at you, and this book did that:

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 becom
Denise Van plew
Sit back, grab a seat and be prepared to discover or in some cases rediscover Romance-the way it used to be.Romance -the way it is supposed to be.Romance-the way you would want it to be. Regardless that this is set in time past this is the way Romance can be that has been captured in this story Two of the most intensely compelling characters you could meet-Sophia who plays deception as a beginning to an end. Wilhelm -who uniqueness and genius sees for who she really is. Your set in a time when s ...more
Tami (synchro from BL)
DNF at 25%

I couldn't get into it.

I didn't sympathize with Sophia or Wilhelm.
They were both too much.

Too beautiful. Too talented. Too sophisticated. Too tortured.
Her father and husband so bad - putting all Disney-villains to shame.

I felt that the plot was more or less all over the place.
For him it was more or less love/attraction at first sight. So no big suspense there.

Also it felt off as a historical. I never felt a certain "this place, this time".
For example: no gentleman would have a housemai
I love the writing style of Moriah Densley. Her imagery is so real that you feel you are actually in the story. At different times I felt my heart burst with love, cry in despair, and laugh all at once. Emotions are very well captured in this book, and that kept me wanting to read on and on.

This story is full of suspense, romance, humor, and intellectualism, the perfect combination for a good novel. Every woman dreams of a romance like this, where two characters fit so perfectly together, and
first I must say that is a terrible cover.
few contemporary phrases were sprinkled through breaking the flow and their efect was so jarring, rather unfortunately diminishing the overall impression. pity. otherwise very nicely written.
This historical debut was a wonderful surprise! I enjoyed the unique and intelligent characters; the plot was well done. These kind of books tend to fall apart at the last minute for me when the heroine has in inevitable TSTL moment, but not here! A beautiful story of love and devotion for two people who thought they would never get a happy ending.
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 ...more
S. A.
It's been awhile since I wrote a review, but I LOVED This book! I am so glad I found it purely by accident! There's so many praises I have for this author and book.

For one, I usually expect a very steamy novel when reading historical romance. The sexual tension was thick and delightful - the hero/heroine's banter was great! There are definitely 'sex scenes' but not extremely graphic and long, more beautiful and intense with room to imagine. However, it does not take away from the steaminess and
Engaging. Moriah Densley writes with an engaging voice and clever wit.

I Laughed, Gasped and Cheered aloud. Frankly, I made a spectacle of myself reading this book. It’s wonderful and I can’t wait to read it again.

The plot intrigued without complications that can muddy up this type of book. The characters are genuine and charming. They are people I would love to know in real life.

I recommend this book to historical romance readers as well as those who love a historical adventure.
Micah Persell
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!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 20, 2015 09:54AM  
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Moriah Densley sees nothing odd at all about keeping both a violin case and a range bag stuffed with pistols in the back seat of her car. They hold up the stack of books in the middle, of course. She enjoys writing about Victorians, assassins, and geeks. Her muses are summoned by the smell of chocolate, usually at odd hours of the night. By day her alter ego is your friendly neighborhood music tea ...more
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“You have a spine of steel and fire in your eyes, Rosalie. To have such a quality, one must be shaken to the foundation of one’s soul and put back together. I want to know how you emerged from hell made of steel and fire.” 2 likes
“Even now she could not muster much angst toward Lord Devon. She had experienced twenty-and-four kisses in her lifetime stolen by gentlemen, bohemians, even royalty from all the continental nations, men who could not kiss without trying to maul her. But number twenty-five — Wilhelm — had set her aside despite his obvious arousal. Rather chivalrous, in a way.” 1 likes
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