by Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Bethany House
I. Love. Tamera. Alexander. Love her. L-O-V-E H-E-R!
Ok, so you may think I'm a little overboard, but if you haven't read any of Tamera's novels, you're missing out. Bethany House sent me book 3 of the Belmont Mansion Novel series to review and it was amazing! I can't wait to share about this book with you!
Summary:A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are "far too fragile and frail" for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah's hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor--determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music--bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah's new employer, agrees with him.
Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville's new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse--and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head--he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city's new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music--his father, who is dying. As Tate's ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman's trust when you've robbed her of her dream?
As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women's hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history--but the hearts of men.
My Review:***SPOILER*** When I first started reading A Note Yet Unsung, I was surprised by the storyline that it began with. It was one I wasn't prepared for, and it gave me a bit of a jolt, which is why I'm sharing it with you. I want to give a bit of a "warning" that if you've ever dealt with molestation you should be prepared. Now, the beginning of the story is where the strongest emotions of this theme are for me. It then becomes a "lesser" part of the story, although it remains there.
Now we get to dig into the rest of the story, which I loved. I'll admit, I lose myself in stories sometimes, but this time was more than most other times. I think Tamera Alexander's writing brought to life the characters and the setting of the story in a way that lent to me being the fly on the wall in every scene.
We meet Rebekah Carrington as she's coming home after the death of her grandma. She's returning from Vienna, where she's been sheltered away from her step father. Knowing she can't live at home with that man there, she goes in search of a job immediately. She of course ends up working at the mansion, but it's certainly not her dream job. To achieve that, so much more needs to happen.
When we meet Tate Whitcomb, he's easy to like, but has moments where you just want to tell him to shut it. I think most conductors have reputations for having tempers, and he definitely shows that side of himself. There's a side that Rebekah gets to know that doesn't always have that temper rearing it's ugly head, but there's more to him than meets the eye.
Watching these characters develop was like having a front row seat in the orchestra. I crescendoed with them on their highs and decrescendoed with them to their lows. There are twists and turns as well as comedic moments. It is a fabulous story and I would recommend it to anyone!