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 and disguise. Rumor has it that Wilhelm Montegue, the Earl of Devon, is insane. A tormented war hero haunted by scandal, he is only tolerated because of his brilliant mind and swarthy good looks. His unmentionable "condition," which keeps him confined to his country home, is also the source of his talent for composing music. When a new housemaid is hired at Rougemont, Lord Devon is perplexed to find himself fascinated by her. He knows the exquisite beauty is keeping secrets but her siren's voice draws him ever closer, and he can't resist the intoxicating scent of danger surrounding her.
©2013 Moriah Densley (P)2014 Tantor
"Song for Sophia is one of the finest historical romances I ever read. The characters were so complex, yet believable, and the writing was sharp, intelligent, and witty. Moriah has a rare talent." ---Kaki Warner
Yes it had ever thing of interest - goodies, badies, love, drama. It was super!
Wilhem - he was such a lost soul sometimes but oh so clever!!
Great story - really enjoyed it and one I would listen to again and again!
"There were parts I enjoyed BUT…"
A savant hero at 35, a heroine who was a couple of years younger?? beautiful, smart, and much too willing to play a courtesan or any other role given to her by the hero. Supposedly well bread and raised by the Ton’s standards, she was waaaaay too easy in accepting of her commanded roles and any inappropriate behavior in other people’s presence. In addition, though their behavior very inappropriate in social circumstances, others did not refuse to associate with them which is unlikely behavior for their time. The story was just odd. There was no suspension in their romance, characters were a bit flat, story unbelievable for their time as far as acceptability by the society as well as those employed at the house and much more. The author also could have dedicated a bit more time showing the heroine’s struggles with the rest of the staff after she goes from the maid to supposedly the lord of the house’s mistress. This is not something they could have kept quiet and yet he easily introduced her as his aunt’s cousin when the talk of it should have already been spread like wildfire. Unbelievable again!!! They hero and heroine got together without much fuss or resistance on her part for advances made so quickly after their agreement and the only issue apparent was sex and her monster of a father. A bit disappointing but I did try to finish the book. I will definitely not purchase the next book in the series if this one is an indication of how the next book will be.
"Worth Listening too!"
Yes, loved the storyline
Sophia and Will - Sophia's character reminded me of another book (The Lion's Lady-Christina), but Sophia had a dark passed. I like how the author did not dwell in her past too much. Will was a very interesting character, I really felt sorry him for all the bad scared he had experienced in his life
I loved how Sophia commended the trained dogs to attack. The ending was so entertaining I didn't know it was going to end.
Yes, it was fine in one sitting.
I would love to see a movie out of this story.
"Most exceptional book I have ever listened to"
Reader is superior to all others and that covers the purchase of well over 100 audio books.
Looking forward to listening second book in series.
Incomparable ability to read in several languages. Male and female voices are all identifiable by Heather Wilds.
Laughed, cried, smiled, contained suspense. Most well written book I have ever ordered.
To author and reader: MORE, MORE, MORE PLEASE.
This book was very well written. I was unable to put it down.
They were all engaging. Each chapter drew me to the next.
The story was well done. I was pleased with the ending.
"A BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY"
What an unexpected, wonderfully written and compelling Victorian romance this was and, as the loveable characters drew me into their complex and captivating world, I realised that this Historical Romance was truly in a class of it's own.
Sophia's well-bred, beautiful, talented and clever but she's in hiding from her scheming dangerous evil Father who has had her nearly killed and raped twice now, and she's got the scars to prove it, so she's living the life of a Maid in the Mad Earl of Devon's home. Wilhelm (the Earl) is handsome, confident, charismatic, brilliant but scared and damaged by the War which has left him on the brink of madness by the ghosts of his past deeds but he cares little what people think of him. However, redemption, fulfilment and understanding is at hand as he tries to work out the puzzle of the who, what's and why's that led his secretive new Maid to his door.
But there's so much to this story than romance.... there's the depth of the main characters, the secrets, the intrigue, the drama, the twists, turns and surprises, the danger, the humor, the heartbreak and all the secondary characters which all adds flavor to the story. But the magic is Sophia and Wilhelm and the absolute togetherness in their dreams and desires, their quick and clever repartee, their compatibility, devotion, respect, caring and deep love that they have for each other that makes this book really stand-out. There are sex scenes but they are more beautifully emotionally suggested rather than just explicitly described which brings more powerful feelings out. Then near the end, when all seems lost, you're treated to a very sweet, tender and emotional Epilogue that'll have you sighing at the pure well deserved joy of it for them.
Worth a credit? This is an author I'm certainly going to watch out for from now on and hopefully she can continue to deliver an equally mesmerising, enchanting and enjoyable storyline in her 2nd book in the series. I really haven't given this listen enough praise so all I can say is YES definitely worth spending your credit on... I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
"Great love story.."
Loved the story. Absolutely loved Wilhelm (but a horrible name for the hero) and I loved Sophia too. She was so brutalized I'm surprised she was even normal. Hated her father, Chauncey, what an evil man. Great secondary characters, the good ones, that is.
Over all, a wonderful book.
As to the narrator: She did a pretty good job. She could have made her men sound a little more manly but it was ok. I would listen to her again.
"Most Unusal Hero - Fantastic Book"
I am simply stunned by how much I enjoyed this book. It does not in anyway fit the parameters of my usual fare. There were no otherworldly beings, hot men in kilts or graphically detailed sex scenes, and yet I absolutely loved it. Who knew?
Sophia Duncombe is on the run from her abusive father after he has nearly beaten her to death over her failure to submit to one of his friend's attempts to impregnate her. After gaining employment as a maid for the mysterious, and often referred to as insane, Earl of Devon, Sophia finds that what many consider bizarre and objectionable, may just be the thing to set her free.
Wilhelm Montegue, Earl of Devon, cares little for the conjecture of polite society as to his sanity or sexuality. As a former assassin and master spy for the crown, Wilhelm is entitled to his side trips from reality on occassion. His extreme OCD, PTSD, and Savant syndrome indeed make Wilhelm seem a likely candidate for Bedlam. The one thing that may save him from falling completely into madness is the mysterious and unlikely maid who has captured his heart.
These two characters were just a joy to meet and get to know. Even through all their combined troubles, they had a dry wit that brought a smile to my face even during the most harrowing passages. I was captivated by their story from the first paragraph. For two people who life had shown nothing but tragedy, Wilhelm and Sophia still managed an air of innocence and hope. Wilhelm was so used to being a pariah, that Sophia didn't immediately spurn him gave him just the nudge he needed to climb out of his cups and grab the happiness he thought was forever out of reach. Sophia was a great heroine She was intelligent, tough and determined to take her fate into her own hands. She was also incredibly perceptive and open minded. Although she initially questioned Wilhelm's sexuality, she still held him in great esteem and valued him as a person. I truly liked both of these characters and their oddness. Moriah Densley has done a magnificent job of crafting a story that succeeds not on rampant sex or trite story lines, but on the merits of it's characters and their journey. Will I visit Moriah Densley's works again? Absolutely. Do I recommend this book? With a resounding yes! Well done, Ms. Densley, well done.
Heather Wilds is one of favourite narrators and she did a fantastic job with this story.
"The BEST version of "Beauty and the Beast" EVER !!"
Yes and have many times. You get to know the main characters inside-out and truly feel their joy, pain and triumphs .
Even though the story was set in the late 1800s the personal challenges and inter turmoil caused by parental and substance abuse are timeless.
This book is so well written that I'm sure the only thing I was able enjoy more on audio were the foreign accents and words used though-out the story.
Yes and have more then once.
I don't know any woman alive that will not fall head over hills in love with Wilhelm. Wilhelm is a tormented gentle and generous souled genius who loves with out limits. P.S. Audible please release book #3 in The Rougemont Series. Thank You
"A beautiful love story"
I enjoyed the heck out of this book when I read it, and the audio book is equally excellent. Very highly recommended.
"A bit of a disjointed mess"
I had a hard time sticking with this one and didn't finish it. Too much of the plot was unbelievable, and the h, Sophia, came across as a bit of a cypher. Her motivations were odd and the whole thing dragged on for too long without making any sense.
I also didn't care for the narrator's choice of a voice for the h. It's some kind of weird accent, but it's never really explained what it is. Her voice for the rest of the characters were fine.
I couldn't relate to, or care about, any of the characters. It was a very bad melodrama without the drama.
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