Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Soul Mate Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
# of Pages: 282
Genre: Historical Romance
As the third wife of an abusive French vineyard owner, Madeleine Bouchard hasn’t produced the expected heir after three years of marriage. Fearing he plans to kill her, she flees during a trip to England. Unable to make her way home, she joins a troupe of traveling mummers and reinvents herself as the only woman troubadour in the land, captivating audiences with both song and story.
Nobleman Garrett Montayne’s fascination with Madeleine causes him to pay the troupe to bypass their next stop in order to journey to his estate. Though he suspects Madeleine of being a thief with dark secrets, love blossoms between them under the magical moon of summer solstice.
But Madeleine’s past is about to catch up with her, as her husband is set to arrive to conduct business with Garrett. Madeleine determines to free herself from her loveless marriage and make a new life with Garrett, no matter what the cost.
At first glance, Madeleine Bouchard seems to have a charmed life; she’s married to a wealthy, older man Henri. However, behind closed doors, Madeleine lives in a nightmare. She’s beaten by her husband frequently, and she is coming to realize the he may indeed kill her. So, she decides to run away and try to make it back to her family in France and eventually seek refuge in a convent. However, all that changes when she meets Garrett Montayne on a dark road the night she makes her escape. Ironically, he is on his way to meet her husband, Henri, to discuss business. She makes up an outlandish story claiming to be none other than Lady Montayne, Garrett’s wife. She has no idea that Garrett’s wife supposedly disappeared with another man years before. But, Garrett is intrigued by her and plays along with her story. This is just the beginning of the love story of Madeleine and Garrett. This couple will face many obstacles from their pasts and their trust issues…not to mention Madeleine runs away and joins a troubadour group. Alas, this isn’t the end for them. You will have to read on to discover the fate of Madeleine and Garrett.
Music For My Soul is considered a historical romance, but it is so much more. It really isn’t your typical historical romance. There is a great deal of history dealing with troubadours which I found interesting. The romance between the two wasn’t rushed at all, and it really couldn’t be. They both have been hurt badly by their spouses. Yet, this isn’t the only obstacle. The church and the law see them both as still married, so they really question what kind of future they could have together.
This was a beautifully written romance about second chances at happiness. There was great sexual tension between them, yet there was a sweetness as well. It was a great, realistic historical romance that had a lot of substance to it. If you aren’t a fan of historical romance, you really should give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of Lauren Linwood’s books in the future.
** ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review **
Praise for Music For My Soul
“Told with humor, heartache, loveable characters and plenty of adventure, this is a story that grabs your attention from the first page and holds you captive until the very end. Much like real life, MUSIC FOR MY SOUL is a mixture of ups and downs along with a few surprises thrown in just to keep you on your toes.” -Romance Junkies, Reviewer Chrissy Dionne
“This story takes a wonderful turn into the seldom explored topic of the life of traveling mummers and musicians. Placing the heroine between the line of aristocracy and commonality is also a stroke of creative genius that makes for a delightful breath of fresh reading air! The characters are created and developed with a fine touch, making the story both believable and enjoyable.” -InD’tale Magazine, Reviewer Ruth Lynn Ritter
“This is a marvelous and intricate story of desperation, escape, finding love…also of forgiveness,mystery, danger, and righting old wrongs! The tale is incredibly well told with some humor as well as a building romance. The characters are loveable, some you can hate, and some are comic…a little bit of everything! Lauren Linwood is a wonderful writer with a fantastic imagination. I hope this is only the beginning of many wonderful tales. Believe me, it’s hard to put this one down. I found myself awake until the wee hours of the morning because I just had to know what was going to happen!” -The Reading Café, Reviewer Georgianna S
Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grow into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.
Music for My Soul Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, October 6
Interview at Mythical Books
Tuesday, October 7
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, October 8
Review at Book Nerd
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Thursday, October 9
Spotlight at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Friday, October 10
Review at Tea and Inspiration
Tuesday, October 14
Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Thursday, October 16
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Friday, October 17
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Spotlight at What Is That Book About
Saturday, October 18
Review at A Cup of Tea & A Big Book
Thursday, October 23
Review at The Lit Bitch
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter
Friday, October 24
Review at Devilishly Delicious Book Blog
Guest Post at Historical Romantic Lovers