by Grace Burrowes

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Nothing can replace a terrible loss...

Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, pours all his passion into his music. But when injury prevents him from playing the piano, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what he has lost.

Except a new beginning...

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 destroy them both.

Together they'll find there's no rescue from the past, but a new future may be worth the cost...

The Windhams: The Duke's Obsession
The Heir (Book 1)
The Soldier (Book 2)
The Virtuoso (Book 3)

Praise for The Soldier:
"Captivating... Burrowes's straightforward, sensual love story is intelligent and tender."—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
"Filled with wonderfully touching relationships, interesting and intriguing characters, witty and delightful humor, and steamy romantic seduction... Outstanding."—Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, 5 Stars
"Perfection. Enchanting and stunningly sensual..."—The Romance Reviews
"Burrowes continues her winning streak with a delicious, sensual historical romance capturing the spirit of the time."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402245701
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Series: The Duke's Obsession , #4
Edition description: Original
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 53,154
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances and Scotland-set Victorian romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Once Upon a Tartan have both won RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Two of her MacGregor heroes have won KISS awards. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Virtuoso 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
LauraO More than 1 year ago
I was so surprised when I saw this in print version - I have no idea why they wouldn't have released it as a nookbook at the same time! This book was great If you liked the first two, you will love this one. Without the addition of a third person to the relationship (Anna's sister in Gayle's story, and Winnie in St. Just's story) there is more time for just Val and Ellen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another beautiful story about the power of familial love and the bonds of friendship. This author does a great job portraying strong male relationships that either leave you laughing or teary eyed. I really enjoyed the romance of Val and Ellen, although the ending seemed rushed to me. It would be great if we could get a story about the romance of Percy and Esther, the Duke and Duchess.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The Virtuoso bears out the saying that "When one door closes, fortune will usually open another". Bereft at being denied his music, Valentine (Val) Windham plans to bury himself in the refurbishing of a rundown manor. However, the gentle, unassuming Ellen FitzEngle, once the mistress of the old manor, opens new feelings, hopes, and purpose for Val. Deciding how to do justice to a story so revealing of emotions that range from the depth of misery to ecstasy while it entertains with subtle humor, understatements that sparkle, descriptions that bring places and people to life in one's imagination, plus a tension building undercurrent of downright meanness, takes some thinking about. This book stands alone in its completeness. However, it is the third book of the trilogy about the sons of the Duke of Moreland. If you read The Heir and The Soldier, The Virtuoso will catch you up on the Windhams you already know and will bring into bright focus the youngest of the sons, Valentine, who has always felt like a misfit that his father did not understand. With his music Valentine gave one of his brothers a lifeline when war and traumatic stress had dragged him to his own personal hell. His music soothed the misery of another brother, allowing him to rest when pain wracked his body, and little Winnie's nightmares abated with help from her Uncle Val's music. Valentine had enchanted great audiences with his amazing music. Now, he must give up his music for an undetermined length of time, maybe forever. Music is his muse, his mistress, his soul's home. How will he fill his days? His lucrative businesses function well without him, so he and his friend Darius Lindsey go to a dilapidated manor Val won from Fredrick Markham, the new Baron Roxbury, a devious wastrel young Lord who was known to sell his vote in Parliament to the highest bidder-along with other mean, reprehensible doings that furnish him with money. "She's waited for me" is Val's first thought when he sees the neglected yet elegant, graceful, serene manor; all at once he has purpose in life. But oh, my, that which is just a short distance through woods brings even more purpose to his life. Ellen FitzEngle, widow of the former Baron of Roxbury lives in a cottage there among her flowers, herbs, fruit trees and vegetable garden along with Marmalade, her cat. Even with the beauty and bounty she creates, Ellen cannot dispel the guilt, grief, and fear that dogs her tracks in the day and haunts her nights. On the outside, she has a graceful serenity about her, yet on the inside she feels inconsequential and unworthy of love and the station in life that should be hers. As new neighbors and acquaintances from time past, Val and Ellen forge a unique connection. They soothe each other's deepest wounds while standing together against a common adversary. Their love that grows and the gentle erotic love scenes are breathtaking. The many truly interesting secondary characters help propel the plot along and create sub-plots as they fill in needed back story and actions-some humorous, some intriguing, and others dangerous and devious. The interactions of all the characters reveal life in and around a small village in the Regency time of English history. Read the Full Review at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
AnnieMayB More than 1 year ago
Ohh and did I mention that list includes a tall, darkly handsome man with enchanting green eyes and a big, strong, loving heart. I have read almost all of Grace Burrowes' books and finished each with a sappy smile plastered to my face and a warm place in my heart for the hero and heroine. She does excellent historical research, using her information to develop situations, dialogue, and characters that exactly suit her story. I read a lot of books from almost every category and there are only a few romantic writers who I buy simply based on their name. Grace Burrowes has become one of those writers' for me. I will happly return again and again to the Duke's family and descendents to see what remarkable and interesting stories they are willing to share with me. And to anyone who scoffs at this family's honor and says it is not keeping with history, I can only say perhaps not, but isn't this the way it should have been?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third in the series, they just keep getting better. Can't wait to start reading about the sisters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her books have all hit it out of the ball park. The heir, the soldier and this book have not let me down.
Kameosis More than 1 year ago
I love Ms. Burrowes books because while they are written in the Victorian error, they depict that people are real even thought they lived in a time of oppressive expression they still had lives of love and standards of morality. Ms. Burrowes also improve the vocabulary with her lively and interesting vernacular of the time. She also writes family life and love between siblings in an interesting and delightful way. I love the Windhams, their friends and family.
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever since finishing up Julia Quinn's Bridgertons and Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series I have been looking for something to fill the void, The Windham siblings definitely fit the bill. If you enjoy Quinn or Kleypas you should definitely give Grace Burrowes a try.Valentine Windham's love, muse and passion is playing the piano. But tragedy strikes in the form of a hand injury. Making it devastating and painful to play. A friend and doctor suggests taking a break. With his grief he heads to the country - with hope of mending. He runs into Ellen FitzEngle, a widow he once shared a passionate kiss with. A charming read. The Virtuoso is elegant, witty and deliciously sexy. When first introduced to Val in The Heir, I thought for sure he was destined to be with Anna's sister. But Ellen was a surprise and turned out to be the better match for him. I love the Regency era and Grace Burrowes brings it to life so beautifully.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Valentine is the yougest son of a duke. His life revolves around the piano. When his left hand becomes injured, he finds a new challenge in restoring a dilapidated estate that he won in a card game. Eager to make his own way in the world, he conceals his noble relatives from his new neighbors.Ellen is a widow with an awful secret. An avid gardener, she ekes out an existence in a cottage on Val's new estate. The two are immediately attracted, but a future seems impossible.An engaging romance.
marymuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because of the music component, and I am so glad to have discovered this author. With her lyric, beautiful prose she brings the plight of Valentine to the pages and to this reader's heart. His recovery (from a regency version of carpal tunnel syndrome, I think) makes for a compelling, page-turning read. Ellen's character, her love of her gardens, was a strong, three-dimensional character and these two together are like a powder keg. I devoured this book and am currently looking for more books by this author. Bravo! Bravo!
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Different than most romance novels, I found Valentine and Ellen to have a very touching and sensitive love relationship in addition to their passion. He is more of an artistic hero which I found delightful. I thoroughly enjoy Grace Burrows' books. LORRAINE.
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Val and Ellen's story was entertaining and enjoyable. I did find it slow in parts but I like how this one ended much better than The Soldier, less abrupt and more conclusive to their happy ending.
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A truly feel good story. A change from the London scene written about debutantes.
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Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Having read the others in this series, it was time to fill in the gap. Valentine Windham is a virtuoso of a pianist and composer, with a swollen and aching hand from overuse, and has now been temporarily forbidden by his doctor to play, or else... he could lose the ability, forever. Luckily, he has the distraction of his new, horribly rundown estate to occupy his time, along with lovely widow Ellen FitzEngle. I liked that Ellen was NOT a surprise virgin widow, but her sexual experience was limited, and not particularly overwhelming. Val was maybe a little TOO perfect, and they both hung onto their secrets a little longer than I would've liked, but it was still sweet and satisfying, and love the involvement of the Windham family in helping bring about the HEA. Fun, satisfying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite author has come through again.. excellent, endearing storytelling
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Love this series, another winner!
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