This tale of musicians' guilt and love is set in snowy Salzburg circa 1804, an exotic setting for historical readers. Lofty grounds the story well with the use of many local references, but the use of unfamiliar German and Dutch phrases may be jarring for some. The character growth of Mathilda and Arie is straightforward and the story is enhanced by all of the musical action and the deep relationships between secondary characters. Cameos by musicians such as Beethoven and Haydn enhance the story. In addition to all the famous musicians and political personalities of the times, the cast that Lofty has created is full of surprises. The married couple that Mathilda resides with, the Venners, are impeccably crafted. Their relationship is a joy to watch as it matures. Futhermore, Venner's assistant, Jurgen, practically begs for his own story. Ultimately, the deep connections between the characters makes Song of Seduction a story that readers will not soon forget.

German widow Mathilda has refused to play violin since her childhood. She feels immense guilt for loving music more than she loved her late husband. But when her musical idol, Maestro Arie, comes to town, she decides she will return to playing music if Arie agrees to be her tutor. The talented Arie is struggling to finish his long-awaited symphony and combating composer’s block. When Arie discovers Mathilda is a musical prodigy, she quickly becomes his muse. But as the pair are swept up by the music they make, a decade-old deception comes to light. Will Arie's lie destroy their new love? (Carina Press, dl. $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Whitney Kate Sullivan