Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday Intro: Song for Sophia by Moriah Densley

Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a book they are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Anne-Sophronia jolted awake into darkness, a choked sob coming from her throat. She fought a battle with twisted ropes of sheets she finally realized were not restraining, cruel hands. A frantic brush over her arms, and she found them slicked only with sweat. No blood. No cuts and glass shards, only scars. She trailed her shaking fingers over the embossed lattice of fine lines on her wrists and the underside of her forearms. The motion stoked her anger as she emerged from her dreamlike state to wakefulness.


Song for Sophia is a beautiful historical romance filled with mystery, suspense, sizzling chemistry, and truly wonderful dialogue. It is set in the victorian era and wholly a character driven novel. 

Anne-Sophronia Duncombe disguises herself and is employed as a maid in Rougemont, home to the insane Earl of Devon. She is on the run and hiding from her abusive father. Wilhelm Montague, the Earl of Devon, is thought to be insane by everyone. He was a war hero but his past is filled with scandals. He has savant autism and is well aware of his shortcomings. His tortured soul can only find solace in music and he is happy composing brilliant music; a necessary release of his illness. He is a brilliant mathematician. 

His path crosses with Sophia and he can connect with her instantly. He can sense instinctively that she has secrets and finds himself drawn to her beauty and intelligence. He realises that she needs to be protected and feel secure and he offers those to her without reserve. He does not ask her about her secrets but he has his own sources to seek those. 

The chemistry between Sophia and Wilhelm sizzles and we are with them, all the way. The interactions between them are delightful. The dialogues between one another, both internal and external, are filled with wit and touch our heart. I loved Wilhelm for giving Sophia everything unreservedly. I loved Sophia for caring for Wilhelm with all she had. 

12 comments:

Tea norman said...

I hope it's not domestic abuse. I don't think so. I get the feeling she's struggling with her personal demons. I don't know. Whatever, the situation is frightening.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I do love stories about families and secrets. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE”


Literary Feline said...

This sounds like something I would like, Gautami. How cool that it was free too!

Nise' said...

Wonder what would cause her reaction! Sounds interesting, I would keep reading.

Yvonne said...

I'd keep reading...this sounds intriguing.

Kim@Time2Read said...

This one really sounds good! I'm going to watch for a review. Thanks for stopping by!

Juli Rahel said...

That beginning is absolutely heart-breaking! It must be terrifying to wake up like that! It sounds like a book I might actually enjoy! I hope you enjoy it :)
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moriahdensley.com said...

This is a lovely review. Thank you for mentioning my book, Gautami <3 So glad to hear you liked it!

LuAnn Braley said...

Not only does this book sound like a great read, it also comes at a very nice time (Mental Health Awareness Month. How we humans love to label those different from us as "crazy" or "not as good". Rubbish. :O)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Don't think this is for me, but enjoy.

kelley jensen said...

hmmm . . . I don't think this one is for me but I hope you enjoy your book. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Peggy Farooqi said...

I wasn't too sure about the opener, but the description is beautiful, this book seems to have it all. My post is here