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Book Review: “Prelude for a Lord”

Prelude for a LordWow! Through the first few chapters, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. But then it just kept getting better and better until I couldn’t put it down. Now I’m hoping for a sequel, so I can visit with these characters again.

Prelude for a Lord has the Regency Era setting of a Jane Austen novel with about as much mystery, suspense, action, and adventure that such a setting can take. Add to that one spunky and independent main character who is determined to do what she wants to do regardless of what people say about her and one emotionally wounded soldier desperately keeping secrets in order to protect his reputation and that of his family, and the story gets even more intriguing.

My only struggle was to keep track of who was who because their names kept changing, depending on who was addressing them. I haven’t had that problem with other books I’ve read set in this time, so I don’t know why it confused me in this one. Author Camille Elliot does provide a list and description of the main characters—with all of their different names—at the beginning of the book. I found that helpful.

I appreciated the look into music of the time, family connections across countries, and the struggles of women in that society, as well as the lessons Alethea learns about getting along with other people and coming to depend on God. I thank Zondervan Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review. I recommend this book.

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Janet Benlien Reeves

Reader, Writer, Runner, Flower Hunter, Child of God, Prince Charming's Wife, Mom Prone to Cheer
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