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.
Excerpt from Music for My Soul:
Garrett loomed over her, his eyes intense, willing her to keep looking at him, only at him, and nothing else.
“I love you,” he repeated softly and brought his mouth down on hers. His grip tightened on her shoulders as he brought her closer to him.
Madeleine had thought their kiss on the rock in the meadow was earth shattering, but this one went even farther. The other had started gently and built, while this one began possessively and became more so. She could feel the passion pouring from Garrett into her, and she responded to his call. His assault on her mouth was rough and tender at the same time, savage yet sweet. It came in wave after wave, as an invading army would, never letting up. She couldn’t think, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t imagine being anywhere else except in his arms. How could something so wrong feel so right?
He finally pulled away from her slightly, and she moved instinctively toward him. He chuckled, a low, soft laugh, one that held satisfaction even as his eyes held triumph.
“You will not enter a convent, Madeleine.” He cupped her face in his strong hands.
“You were made to be loved ... by me alone.” He kissed her again, this time a sweet, tender kiss, sealing his pledge to her.
”I’ve never loved another, Madeleine,” he said, his voice raw with emotion. “Never.”
Her tears fell at his words and before she thought, she replied, “I love you, Garrett, with all my heart.”
“And never another man?” he asked, his tone serious.
She shook her head. “Nay, no other.”
“You are happy with me?” he asked, hesitation in his voice. “I do have a certain reputation for coldness.”
Madeleine smiled at him. “You are never cold with me, my lord.” She cocked her head to one side. “Arrogant. Argumentative. Hard-headed perhaps, but never cold.”
Garrett laughed at her words. “You do bring out the best in me.”
She found voice for her brave words, though they rang hollow in her ears.
“I am damaged goods, Garrett, a poor troubadour with a limp. I have a regretful past and no future, nothing to offer you. I cannot accept your love.”
The gleam in his eye scared her. Madeleine saw her words only challenged him. He would be resolute in his quest for her. He moved towards her, but she placed her hand upon his chest.
“No more kisses,” she told him.
“Not after this one,” he said and reached for her one more time.
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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
About the Author
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.
For more information, please visit Lauren's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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