Sonata for a Scoundrel

Sonata for a Scoundrel

The Muse…

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 celebrity, Sonata for a Scoundrel is the newest full-length historical romance novel from RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson.

Title:Sonata for a Scoundrel
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780615885940
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About Anthea Lawson

Anthea Lawson, called "a new star of Historical Romance" by Booklist, has won readers with her combination of spicy love scenes and elegant prose. Her first novel, PASSIONATE, was a Best First Book finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA awards.


    Sonata for a Scoundrel Reviews

  • Jacob Proffitt

    While I enjoyed the characters and Lawson does a great job conveying the importance of music and artistic merit I had two problems that finally had me put it down with no desire to continue.The first ...

  • Teddi

    usually my take on a book mirrors other reviews I see listed on goodreads. Not this one. this book had a very different style to it. I don't feel like I just read a book. I feel like the book just mov...

  • Jennifer Koudelka

    I debated for longer than was most likely necessary on whether or not I should even log that I read this book. I'm still trying to work past the embarrassment of reading what can easily just turn into...

  • Olivia

    It was ok. I couldn't understand why the H/h were falling for each other, if they barely had any contact and conversations? I mean, I know they were traveling with her brother, but they always kept th...

  • Sharyn

    MusicA unique story about a female composer who had to sell her works under her brother's name, as the Mendelson's did in their time. I enjoyed how Clara described what she heard as she transcribed it...

  • Bonnie

    I enjoy historical romances, particularly when they sweep away the concerns of life, family, health and the 6 o'clock news. Sonata for a Scoundrel did all that. I loved the characters: Clara, the hero...

  • Alice

    Bravissimo!What a romantic romance. The famous Maestro Violinist finds a new composer that he hopes will help him win a violin duel in La Scala. This composer has of course a beautiful sister, thus th...

  • Amanda dalon

    3.5 very good read. May contain slight spoilersThe Becker's are a musical family, both siblings play the piano very well. However not only is Clara Becker a gifted pianist but also a composer. The onl...

  • Lilmissmolly

    Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson is a very unique historical romance set during the romantic era, which is loosely based on the life of Felix Mendelssohn’s sister, Fanny.The story centers on ...

  • Sharyn

    I completely loved this book (I listened to the audio version). Clara Becker's family is very poor ever since all of their money went towards their dying mother's medical expenses. Now, the only thing...