In a few weeks I will be 57, the age at which my dear brother Richard had a stroke. This guy is a PhD nutritionist, and was out for his obligatory. The Virtuoso Grace Burrowes I can’t really catalog all the errors in the book and while I am a historical rube, there were obvious ones such as. The Virtuoso By Grace Burrowes – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period.

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Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, has little interest in his father’s obsession to see his sons married, and instead pours passion into his music. But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him. Grieving Ellen Markham has hidden herself away, looking for safety in solitude.

Her curious new neighbor offers a kindred lonely soul whose desperation is matched only by his desire, but Ellen’s devastating secret could be the one thing that destroys them both. Together they’ll find there’s no rescue from the past, but sometimes losing everything can help you find what you need most.

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The Virtuoso

Windham 3Duke’s Obsession 3. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Virtuosoplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 17, Becky Condit rated it it was amazing. The Virtuoso, by Grace Burrowes, is a lovely book, full of suspense, mystery, regency manners, music, beautiful men and women, and a villain determined to spoil everything.

Burrowes has written a book with a well-developed plot and main and secondary characters that I have continued to think and care about long after finishing the book. The ending goes beyond a romantic HEA. I admit that I did not see the finale coming, and it was such a beautiful thing. Whether you are a fan of regency romances or not, Virtuosoo highly recommend vlrtuoso book to you. Beautifully written, with a thrilling story, dialog to love and characters to care about, The Virtuoso is a wonderful book.

Since I discovered this book first I will read the first two books of the trilogy about Val and his brother slightly out of order, and look forward to the further adventures of his five sisters in their future books.

Please see my full review at http: Then, the plot deteriorates with critical revelations and nonsensical behavior. The some- kind-of-wonderful feeling turns into what-the-heck is happening. Sighs turn into groans. The Story Valentine Windham, youngest son of a duke and gifted pianist learns he may never be able to play the piano again.

Composing and playing music is his whole life, his reason for bei 3 stars or 3. Composing and playing music is his whole brace, his reason for being, and now it is gone. After winning property from Baron Roxbury at a card game, he escapes to the country and throws himself into rebuilding Markham estate.


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Lady Ellen Markham, widow of the former Baron Roxbury, lives on the property. She lives in isolation, comforting herself with treasured memories at low moments. One of her memories includes being kissed by Valentine Windham a grsce ago. Ellen is happy when she sees Valentine again. Ellen directs Val to the local resources needed to rebuild.

They seek one another for comfort. They find companionship with each other and feel an attraction; yet, neither enter an affair lightly. Ellen peered at him, frowning, and he could positively hear her gears whizzing.

I will not share my affections with you and then offer them to others while we are yet intimate. I will not betray your confidences. And since you have been so brave as to put into words the promises I would never, ever seek aloud, I will screw up my courage and give them back to you. I will not share my affections with you then offer them to others while we are virtuoxo intimate. I will do my best not to betray your confidences or your trust. Is Ellen in danger?

Or, is it both of them? Val and Ellen are aware that each harbors a secret. Val is not sure if the danger stems tue Ellen. In the meantime, he will protect her.

Neither is he passive. Valentine is a man of action without being a caveman. Val self analyzes and displays a consciousness of behavior beyond the need for sexual fulfillment. I had wondered how the author would resolve his loss of playing the piano. She worked on his character from the inside out.

The Virtuoso (Duke’s Obsession, book 3) by Grace Burrowes

Val grows, changes, and emerges from one state of existence to another fulfilling state. Another positive is the lack of drama when secrets are revealed. The Bad, and the Ugly The book was progressing so well.

Is it a suspension of belief problem? Did the author forget? I wanted to shake Ellen and slap her around. I did gface to put myself in her shoes.

Other things are said and done accelerating my downward reading spiral. I only read one other book by this author, The Soldier vkrtuoso, but I felt as if periphery characters held certain importance.

What was the virtuosso of Thorne? Final Thoughts The Virtuoso has positive attributes and a beta to love. Unfortunately, my reading experience was spoiled by a confusing plot twist. The ending should have left me exhaling dreamy sighs, instead I wanted to slap the heroine…again. View all 6 comments. Nov 08, Dls rated it liked it. I want to rate this on an iceskatking or gymnastics scale–high marks for artistic interpretation and low marks hurrowes technique.

The quality of the rleationships she builds is wonderful,and I really like how they affection and love grows peacefully and naturally. That’s true in all her books, and its very appealing. She also has some lovely images. Unfortunately Burroughs doesn’t think her plots through carefully and she just tromps all over basic facts about social relations of the period.

For burrrowes I want to rate this on an iceskatking or gymnastics scale–high marks for artistic interpretation and low marks for technique. For example, the scene where we meet the heroine makes no sense in view of the plot; she should know the threat he virtuosso is meaningless.


Later, the heroine acts as though she believes she was responsible for something, when it becomes very clear that she knows she wasnt but rather that someone is creating that impression in order to exploit her I’m trying burrlwes do this gurrowes too much in the way of vittuoso. And at one point she tells the hero she is unable or unlikely to be able to bear children when in fact the plot turns on that not being true and her knowing it–and burroowes doesn’t say it to deliberately mislead him but rather as though she means it.

When it comes to social conventions of the day, Burroughs just ignores tbe. I don’t mean that she has her characters break them and then run up against the consequences–she has them act as if they don’t exist. At one point she has her heroine say she can’t go bugrowes in hero’s house because it would be inappropriate–when he’s not there–but that’s after she stayed there for days or weeks with him and lots of bachelors and as far as I can tell not even a single female servant.

I’ll keep reading her, becasue she writes so lyrically and compellingly, but I really hope she gets a good editor. I gave thsi three stars because the plot and historical accuracy issues are so strong that I couldnt’ read it without being annoyed. Jun 21, Angelc rated it it was amazing Shelves: The lead in this story, Valentine Windham, was a supporting player in the author’s previous books in the series. The quiet piano virtuoso was one gracw my favorite and most memorable characters from a book ever.

That’s some pretty high expectations to set on a character, and I’m glad to say that Val did not disappoint grce his own story. Much gentler, kinder, and more artistic than the heroes we’re used to seeing in historical romance, Val is my favorite type of hero.

The type who is kind to everyone The lead in this story, Valentine Windham, was a supporting player in the author’s previous books in the series. The type who is kind to everyone, and not afraid of his feelings. The only thing I could possibly say that I was almost disappointed in was that his injury prevented him from actually playing the piano. I’m not sure I really loved Ellen, but maybe that’s because Val was so special and it seemed like Ellen’s good traits really weren’t described.

It was more like she was “there” instead of being someone really outstanding. It was hard to see why exactly Val liked her so much. The story was skewed more towards Val’s point of view anyway.