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Allegra's Song by Alicia Rasley
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May 26, 12

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Read from May 25 to 26, 2012

I was given a free download of Allegra's Song, A Regency Novella (The Drewe Sisters) by Alicia Rasley in exchange for an honest review.

This is one of the first historical novellas, that I really enjoyed reading.The novella takes place after the marriage of Allegra to Sir Nicholas Trent, a Lieutenant Colonel. The newlyweds were separated early in the marriage because of Nicholas' deployment to fight Napoleon's forces and the couple experienced their ten-year marriage as a series of brief letters. Allegra's had to deal with having their child alone, taking care of his aging parents, and eventually maintaining their estate after the death of her in laws. But now the wars are over; Nicholas has come home because of duty and doesn't know how to be present in his marriage, and Allegra doesn't know how to reach him to finally bring him home more than just in body.

His distance finally drives her to leave her son with her husband and retreat to their London home to seek the refuge she loves best: Her piano and the music she has been studying since she was a child. She begins a friendship with Simon, the Earl of Keverne, and rumors of a potential liaison sends her sisters Maggie and Yvette scrambling to London. Yvette decides that, at 23, it's time she marry so that she can take care of their spinster older sister Maggie; the search for a husband is the perfect distraction to get her sister Allegra away from the too-handsome Simon. The season is over, so their only opportunities for matchmaking are provided by house parties in the countryside. Off the sisters go to the home of the Duchess of Falconthorpe, who has invited Allegra to entertain her guests at her house party.

The sisters arrive at their destination and begin the husband hunt just ahead of a furious Nicholas, who follows his wife and demands that she return home. But Allegra can't go home: She knows that any marriage she can have with her husband at this moment in time will be empty. She tells her husband she is committed to her sisters, and when she has finished with her obligations then, and only then, will she go home.

Nicholas doesn't know how to express his loss of purpose, and sense of disconnection. Nicholas went through the war, and so did she, in a different way--and he responds by shutting her out. But he knows she is the love of his life, and he can't live without her, so it's up to him to figure out a way to fix the problem fast or he may lose her to another.

I would have loved this historical novella to be a full novel. It would have only added depth, to an already moving story.
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