Some of my writing friends were concerned about using this word as a book’s title. It’s not a term most of us use frequently, and while it’s a pretty word (visually), it’s not easy to say, and it’s not directly evocative of the Regency period.
What exactly is a virtuoso? Random House Webster’s Dictionary says a virtuoso is…
1) a person who has special knowledge of skill in a field, 2) a person who excels in musical technique or execution, 3) a person who has a cultivated appreciation of artistic excellence
By the end of the book, Valentine has referred to himself as a virtuoso a few times, though not always in connection with music (ahem), but he’s also referred to one other person as a virtuoso: His Grace, the Duke of Moreland, who by his own admission cannot carry a tune in a bucket, and mostly just moves his lips when “God Save the King” is sung. This scene is near the end of the book, but I think you’ll find Val’s use of the term to describe his father appropriate when you read it in context.
And as for the use of the word in the title? I surprised myself by how stubborn I was in wanting to see Valentine’s book called, The Virtuoso, so if the title isn’t a good fit, it’s nobody’s fault by mine. Let me know what you think, and what you’d propose as a better title for Valentine and Ellen’s story.