Sonata for a Scoundrel (Music of the Heart, #1) by Anthea Lawson

Sonata for a Scoundrel (Music of the Heart, #1)

The Muse…Clara Becker is a supremely gifted composer—a talent of little to use to a woman in 1830s Europe. Her compositions only have worth when they are published under her brother’s name, yet this deception barely enables them to scrape out a living in the poorest quarter of London.Meets the Master…Darien Reynard, the most celebrated musician in Europe, pursues success with a single-minded intensity. When he comes across Becker’s comp...

Details Sonata for a Scoundrel (Music of the Heart, #1)

TitleSonata for a Scoundrel (Music of the Heart, #1)
Release DateSep 30th, 2013
PublisherFiddlehead Press
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Sonata for a Scoundrel (Music of the Heart, #1)

  • Jacob Proffitt
    While I enjoyed the characters and Lawson does a great job conveying the importance of music and artistic merit I had two problems that finally had me put it down with no desire to continue.The first is that the story depends on Darius being more or less a rock star during the Regency era (it's 1830 so not technically regency, but it's also not Victorian and I have a hard time calling it Georgian). So he has importunate fans and money and is "on ...
  • Jennifer Koudelka
    I debated for longer than was most likely necessary on whether or not I should even log that I read this book. I'm still trying to work past the embarrassment of reading what can easily just turn into written porn. But I will never get better at learning how to review romance novels if I don't actual review what I read, even if the cover and title makes me want to cringe (I'm working on it. Baby steps.)Sonata for a Scoundrel's main hook is that t...
  • Teddi
    usually my take on a book mirrors other reviews I see listed on goodreads. Not this one. this book had a very different style to it. I don't feel like I just read a book. I feel like the book just moved through me as music through a room. it was delightful. Others complain of lack of conversation between the mains. I disagree. whether he knew it or not, their music spoke to each other. Others gripe the h wasn't fiery enough. I see her more as an ...
  • Olivia
    It was ok. I couldn't understand why the H/h were falling for each other, if they barely had any contact and conversations? I mean, I know they were traveling with her brother, but they always kept there distance. I believe they were in lust, but not in love.
  • Sharyn
    MusicA unique story about a female composer who had to sell her works under her brother's name, as the Mendelson's did in their time. I enjoyed how Clara described what she heard as she transcribed it Reynard was also a character who embodied a musician whose abilities took him from poverty to acclaim. The book gave what I thought was a realistic view of what touring through Europe must have been like, a violinist treated like a rock ...
  • Bonnie
    I enjoy historical romances, particularly when they sweep away the concerns of life, family, health and the 6 o'clock news. Sonata for a Scoundrel did all that. I loved the characters: Clara, the heroine, Darien the hero and the interesting, tortured brother accompanist. Lawson has recreated the world of music composition at a wonderful point in history and I applaud her. Brava!!I was truly swept up into the descriptions of the music played...the...
  • Alice
    Bravissimo!What a romantic romance. The famous Maestro Violinist finds a new composer that he hopes will help him win a violin duel in La Scala. This composer has of course a beautiful sister, thus the romance. But there is a lot more than this. The entire spirit of the Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin famous musical tours is recreated in this excellent story. Hints of Fannie Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann run throughout. These musicians and composer...
  • Jessica Adams
    I liked this book. Good story. Good characters. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the music and the 2 main characters performing together. I will read more in the series
  • Amanda dalon
    3.5 very good read. May contain slight spoilersThe Becker's are a musical family, both siblings play the piano very well. However not only is Clara Becker a gifted pianist but also a composer. The only problem is, is that she's a female. In this era it was uncommon and often frowned on for women to take on anything other than sewing, breeding, and shopping.The Becker family lives in poverty and only just makes it buy selling the music manuscripts...
  • Lilmissmolly
    Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson is a very unique historical romance set during the romantic era, which is loosely based on the life of Felix Mendelssohn’s sister, Fanny.The story centers on impoverished Clara Becker and her family. She is a brilliant and very talented composer whose family depends on the sale of her compositions for the food they put on their table. Because women were mere possessions back in 1830s England, her brother ...
  • Sharyn
    I completely loved this book (I listened to the audio version). Clara Becker's family is very poor ever since all of their money went towards their dying mother's medical expenses. Now, the only thing they have to live on is Nicholas's very meager fees from teaching piano and the money they get from Clara's musical compositions. Clara's father insists that Clara put Nicholas's name on all the compositions because no one would believe or take seri...
  • L.A. Miller
    What I love most about both Goodreads and Amazon is that they suggest books to you based on your reading habits. As a fellow author I am always searching for writers than can grasp my attention from the first page and hold it till the bitter end. This book was one and I found it unbelievably great! The story was well written, Ms. Lawson created not only a background the came to life but characters that jumped out of the pages. They were developed...
  • Linda
    Lovely writing that had me engrossed in the story from the 1st page.Clara Becker comes from a musical family & is a gifted musician & composer; unfortunately she is a woman & daren't publish her compositions (the scandal!) under her own name but under her brother's. When the family descends into poverty it is Clara's compositions that is the sole thing keeping them barely afloat.Darien Reynard is a celebrated violin virtuoso & when he comes acros...
  • Mikkie
    I really wanted to love this book. I loved the idea of it. I had also loved Kate Noble's Let It Be Me, which has some similar elements. I just ...couldn't. It was like a series of Things That Happened, written with big metaphors and flowery (but good) prose. But at the end of the day, I never felt like I really got to know either of the main characters. Do you know how you can take a cardboard wrapping paper roll and put it to your eye like a moc...
  • Cherie
    Great story, I loved the common thread of music and the competition added needed interest. I never found myself enamored with Darien, though. He was a typical self-centered artist and never shed that label. Clara was too self-sacrificing for my taste, for her brother, her father, and Darien. Her brother was a pathetic self-indulged character himself. Whine, whine, wine (typo intended). The father, too, was self-serving. Lots of "self" to go aroun...
  • Louise Marley
    The author herself gave me this book, and I'm impressed. It's a true romance, with plenty of steam to prove it, but it's also historical and--a surprise and pleasure for me--musical. I don't know Anthea Lawson's background, but she knows her music! She also writes beautifully, which makes this novel rise above its genre. The language she uses is as musical as the many accurate historical examples she employs. There is a strong feminist bent to th...
  • Mary B. Grove
    With no true darkness, the light does not blazeThere was a lot to like in this book, but ultimately it proved a disappointment. Despite the heroine's penury and repression at the opening of the book, all the remaining struggle, doubt and fear turned out to be unnecessary. All possible evils that were hinted at simply never occurred. Sorry, but life is not like that, and so what could have been a deeply touching costly struggle to be true to onese...
  • LeeAnna Lane
    :/Sonatas for a SCoundrelThis book kept me turning the next page with anticipation. To wonder if Clara and Darien would come to terms with their love for each other. Would her brother pull out of his melancholy in order to help" Miestro Darien win the musical contest for the best violin player against Anton Vargas. Or was Vargas behind the disappearance of Clara's brother.The scenes between Darien and Clara were so intense you could feel the love...
  • Izzy
    I read this as part of a box set. I found myself pretty enthralled by the woman hiding behind a man to have her music published. Overall it was really fun read, but the love part was kind of rushed feeling. It seemed like out of no here Clara and Darien were suddenly in love.I will say I think it was a very unique historical romance for when it took place. Also the music parts were extremely interesting.
  • Samantha
    not my thing... Repetitive in the middle. I found myself wanting more of a plot and knowing the ending far too soon. The musical backdrop and travel had potential but I feel it wasn't fully realized. Could have done better as a novella and cut out most of the non value add sex chapters. Maybe elaborated other characters... or had more women in the story. Bechdel test failed... which is surprising in a romance novel.
  • SuperWendy
    This was an OK read for me. I really wanted the heroine to have a little more fire in her belly. Her brother is more conflicted about their charade than she is, and that seemed topsy-turvy to me. Really enjoyed the musical back-drop though, and wished there were more "creative" characters in historical romance.
  • Sally Hannoush
    A woman writes music under a man's name and is urged to do so because of financial reasons. Under her brother's name they are invited to an engagement of the most famous maestro who catches the talent in the music and proposes a musical tour with him. This is where a new life and love began their story. Dreams can come true as the rags to riches love story had a Happy Ever After ending.
  • Aqilah
    Firstly I would like to say thank you to the author of the book, Anthea Lawson. This book is definitely not a quick read, but it is a brilliant historical novel. Darrien and Clara had a beautiful romance. The book was a little slow, but it was All in all it was a beautiful historical novel.
  • Becky
    Oh my gosh, this book was so well written, I stopped a few times to admire the language. The two main characters are musicians and I swear I could ear the music they were playing. Absolutely recommend, and I cannot wait to read more by this author!
  • Christy Christoffersen
    I could not put this book down until I had finished it. I love historical romance and I love classical music and this combined the two perfectly. It is well written and is a beautiful story. Thank you so much for this book and I'm looking forward to reading more!
  • Christine Woinich
    I really enjoyed this story. I could not put the book down. The description of the music (being played or being written) was fantastic. The scenes between Dare and Clara were great.
  • Nicole Burnham
    Anthea Lawson is a new-to-me author. I really enjoyed this book--great hero in an unusual profession and a heroine who's flawed, yet his perfect match.
  • Elodie
    When I picked up this book on my kindle shelves, I was rather unsure about it because of some not very good reviews I have read, but in all it was worth the try.I know I’m not a harsh reviewer, I’m on the kind side, if the story and characters moved me, most of the job is done.I’m not XIXth century history specialist but I loved the plot with a kind of pop star with violon, part of an European contest.Clara, the h of this book can appear ve...
  • Lisa Jo
    I debated between 3 and 4 stars for this one. Mainly because I wasn't completely in love with the hero. Darien was very arrogant and aloof. The book describes him as possessing a single-minded intensity. This is the absolute truth...he is so cold and distant, going through the motions of life, using people around him to obtain or fulfill his desires. He does change, but for me he simply didn't change enough. I liked him...I liked the ending...but...