“Mesmerizing and addictive … this highly engrossing read will keep historical fiction fans clamoring for more.” -Library Journal (starred review)
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 compositions, he knows that this music will secure his place in history. Darien tracks the composer down and, with some difficulty, convinces the man to tour with him. Mr. Becker agrees, but with the most unusual condition that he bring along his sister…
Set against the glittering backdrop of 19th century musical celebrity, Sonata for a Scoundrel is the first of Anthea’s newest series Music of the Heart. Be sure to follow up with Book 2 Mistress of Melody
“Mesmerizing and addictive, Lawson’s (All He Desires) Sonata blends elements of music fact with a sensual mix of historical fiction. Readers will identify with the accomplished but invisible Clara, who sacrifices professional recognition and love for the financial welfare of her family. Darien is a man of unrepentant passions and talent, qualities that will entice readers onward through the book. Balancing the elements of a good story with the sights and sounds of the music world in 1830s Europe, this highly engrossing read will keep historical fiction fans clamoring for more”—Debra M. Dudek, Fountaindale P.L., Bolingbrook, IL (Library Journal)
Finalist, 2015 RITA Best Historical Romance