by Meredith Bond

January 2004
ISBN: 0-821-77592-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Teresa Seton is in London getting ready to make her debut into London society. However, she is not your average young lady. She doesnít know how to make small talk and, thanks to her mother, she thinks she is ugly and boring. Her only solace is playing the pianoforte, however, since she is staying with her aunt, she does not have one to play. Her aunt's neighbor has one and the housekeeper assures Teresa it would be quite all right to play it since the master of the house, Richard Angles, the Marquis of Merrick is away. Teresa uses the pianoforte as an outlet of her feelings and pours all her emotions into it.

Richard, known as Merry Richard is not that merry anymore. Everyone he has loved has died. His wife who was the other half of himself and he cannot get over her death. He hasnít made the decision to move on with his life and doesnít plan too. His plan is to stay single. But when Richard listens to Teresa play the pianoforte it moves him and slowly his heart is beginning to mend.

The two of them are caught kissing by Teresaís aunt. Now the only logical thing is to marry. But can Richard move on past the death of his wife to make a life with Teresa? Teresa knows that Richard doesnít want to every marry again and doesn't want him to feel that now he has to marry her. Teresa has been falling in love with Richard but she doesnít know Richard is the Marquis of Merrick, because every time she saw him he was not in his best clothes but rather older, tattered ones, like a servant.

Can Richard and Teresa make the marriage work? They are both falling in love with each other but Richard doesnít want to recognize it for what it is. He thinks he will dishonor his dead wife by loving Teresa. Teresa and Richard each lend the other their own strength when the other is in need of it. It was amazing to see how these two worked toward a common goal and didnít even realize it. How well they each complimented the other.

Miss Setonís Sonata is a wonderful story. I did not know this was Ms. Bondís debut book until I looked at her website. The story is full of love and hope. It takes two strong and confident people to move on and not let others dictate to them and how they should act or behave. The secondary characters are a delight and show just how much compassion the hero and heroine have and are willing to share it with others. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from Ms. Bond in the future.

Reviewed in December 2003 by Pam.

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