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Song For Sophia

(Rougemont #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,201 ratings  ·  178 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
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

“It’s true you are the most clever woman I know.”
“Then which man of your acquaintance is more clever?” 
“Touché.” He chuckled. “You are by far the cleverest creature I have ever met, man, woman, or animal.”

What a lovely book! I found this book by accident but when I read that the hero was autistic or rather, had Asperger's syndrome I knew I had to read it immediately. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of the few other books I've read, where the hero has Asperger's in a historical setti
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
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 n
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
Pam B Morris
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-favorites
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
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr, 4-stars
3.5 Stars, rounded up this time but only because of the adorable hero!

Song For Sophia is full of flaws. Flaws that have earned other books less stars. But, oh wow, after a long, tedious, soul destroying and almost tablet smashing drought, I've finally come across a book where I fell for the hero again, and actually really liked the heroine as well.

Wilhelm Montague, Earl of Devon, is 35, a former spymaster suffering from PTSD, loving uncle and nephew, a virgin (!) and autistic whose quirks lead h
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Wilhelm the mad and Ann-Sophia the jinxed.
Sophia is a lady on the run from her psychopath of a father after he beat her bloody. She takes a position as a maid in the household of Wilhelm to hide in obscurity, but she is too beautiful for that. Wilhelm who has been a long time recovering from the atrocities he saw and committed, during the Crimean War, finds himself enamoured. This story is so OW free that there are rumours that Wil bats for the other team. Actually, there are a lot of rumours s
Peggy Bird
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 beau ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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 hou
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2015-reads
Ahh... Wilhelm.... He's my favorite kind of hero!
1.5 stars.

This was a bit of a confusing read. Nothing was entirely developed; the H's "condition", the pasts and family dynamics of either MC, the romance, the plot the suspense, and the supporting characters all left a lot of unanswered questions. The specifics of the lack of development have been noted by other reviewers so there's no need to expound on it. Simply put, I think that this was a really great first draft, with a lot of ideas to be explored, but there were too many elements crammed
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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
Regan Walker
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: victorian
4 and 1/2 Stars - A Heroine on the Run and a Hero Fighting His Ghosts Make for an Unusual Victorian

Set in 1867, this is the story of Lady Anne-Sophia Duncombe, a Viscount’s daughter on the run from her father who beat her because she refused to marry the man he selected. She manages to get a job as a maid in the home of Wilhelm Montegue, the Earl of Devon, who everyone thinks is mad. A war hero haunted by scandal, he is brilliant: a musician who composes music in his head; a mind for figures; li
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 Monte
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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
Iza Brekilien
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Discovered by chance (it was a freebie), I totally loved this book, affectively (love story, action, evil villains, etc) and intellectually (finally, both hero and heroin are not stupid or average or I'm going to binge eat ice-cream while drinking beer and watching TV - OK, it's not likely ot happen in historical books but you know what I mean).

And it wasn't obvious at the start, because when I started reading, I didn't really warm up to her and he looked pretty much... crazy. Not a good crazy,
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
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!"
Lady Wesley
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, aud-rev
I loved this book when I read it, and the audio book is equally excellent. Very highly recommended.
Overall rating: 4 "Darling" stars!

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Miranda Davis
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
M.V. Freeman
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, favorites
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
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A dark and absorbing tale of redemption, honor, and true love between a damaged former soldier and an heiress on the run.

Wilhelm Montegue, the Earl of Devon, is a chivalrous and charming young man but rumors swirl around his madness—actually, savant syndrome—and his sexuality which is why he has retreated to his country estate, Rougemont. When he comes upon the beautiful Rosalee Cooper—not her real name—in the woods of his property, he is captivated by her beauty and her air of mystery and quick
Nicole Laverdure
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I discovered Moriah Densley on a blog and I found the subject of her first book interesting. I started to read it and what was my surprise to read a beautiful story written by this author. I am sure she will become a great writer because already we discover a talent that stands out. I love her characters, Wilhelm, a war hero, who suffers from the savant syndrome "savant autism" and Sophia who has secrets from her past. To escape her past, she hides as a maid in Wilhelm's household. He, however,
Denise Van plew
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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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