If you enjoy historical fiction with encouraging faith reminders, you need Tamera Alexander’s novels. The last of the Belmont novels did not disappoint and was all the I have come to expect in every Alexander novel. I may have also listened to some Lindsey Stirling while writing this review.
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.
I love that each book in this series dealt with the three things the real life Adelicia deemed important (art and nature being the first two), with this one covering music. It added such intrigue to who she was and made for a fabulous backdrop in each novel.
And like the first two, I enjoyed this one. From the beauty of music (this book made me want to take violin lessons) to being able to imagine the joy Rebekah’s passionate talent brought to the hearts of the crowds, this had me captivated. I loved her fiery spirit and I loved the story surrounding Tate. Both unique and both interesting.
There were also some unexpected and sweet surprises. I was left encouraged to never stop going after your God given passion and that no circumstance is wasted. Life may throw you some curve balls, but we can always trust in Him.
Have y’all read some of Tamera’s books? Which is a favorite?