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In the mid 1800’s women were not allowed to play music in public.
This is the third novel in the Belmont Mansion series about a gifted woman who was truly a woman before her time. As a young child Rebekah’s father had taken her to the symphony; inspiring her and setting her dreams in motion. She spends most her life struggling to play in the symphony.
Rebekah grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She was very close to her grandmother, who was a Godly woman, yet had an estranged relationship with her mother.
Later in life she meets Tate, the composer of Nashville’s first philharmonic. She judges him before fully getting to know him. In the end God’s lessons will humble her more than she ever thought possible.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Belmont Mansion
A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the new maestro at the Nashville Philharmonic. But women are "far too fragile and frail" for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah's hopes are swiftly dashed when the conductor--determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music--bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah's new employer, agrees with him.
Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville's youngest 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 symphony hall. Even more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music--his dying father. As Tate's ailment worsens, he knows Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how can he win back her trust when he's 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.
Sandra Burson5 Stars Out Of 5A True Work Of ArtApril 12, 2018Sandra BursonQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Tamera Alexander has taken me on an unforgettable romantic adventure I will not soon forget. What a beautiful way she uses words. She inspires and touches hearts. I loved A Note Yet Unsung. This novel to me was a perfect work of art. Tamara's characters are so well developed, Rebeka Carrington and Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb are no exception to her excellent work. Rebeka, a beautiful talented master violinist trained in Vienna, but born in the 19th century and before her time. Women were considered "far too fragile and frail" to play in an orchestra. Tate a maestro conductor at Nashville Philharmonic, which he achieved at a very early age. Their swoon worthy relationship gets off to a rocky start. They both are driven people who want to leave their mark on the music world. Despite their differences they find they have a lot in common. Rebeka and Tate realize they must work in harmony to achieve their goal of finishing his symphony. There are a host of other characters in this story that you will long remember and treasure as you do a close friend. I found myself in tears on more than one occasion. I love the way Ms. Alexander, through her characters, is able to draw hope out of the darkness. It is not often I find a book that I want to read more than once, but A Note Yet Unsung is one. Thank you Tamara for writing beautiful, exciting and clean Christian historical romance works of art.
hes75 Stars Out Of 5A Note Yet UnsungNovember 13, 2017hes7Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The last book in Tamera Alexanders Belmont Mansion series, A Note Yet Unsung offers the series a perfectly satisfying and fitting conclusion. Not only that, this book gives readers a captivating and compelling story of its own, filled with excellent classical music appreciation. Master violinist Rebekah Carrington and acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb have startling challenges set before them, which bring them together in surprising ways. Despite their adversarial start, I loved seeing the relationship develop between these characters, growing with respect, banter, and heart. The way the story unfolds proves unique and interesting and kept me turning pages without stopping until the end. I can easily recommend A Note Yet Unsung to interested readersits so worth a read!
Thanks to Bethany House, I received a complimentary copy of A Note Yet Unsung and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Note Yet UnsungAugust 14, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a wonderful conclusion to the Belmont Mansion series. Tamera Alexander's previous novels have been very well written and researched and this one did not disappoint. It was easy to like Rebekah Carrington and become invested in her story. She is a gifted musician, playing the violin, oboe, and piano, recently returned to her hometown of Nashville after ten years of music study in Vienna. It took a little longer to like Tate (Maestro Whitcomb of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra) because of his high-strung musical genius that often manifested as grumpiness. After Rebekah began to work as his assistant and got to know him better, I began to like him more, as did she. Both of them had secrets in their past that affected them but they gradually were able to share them with each other as their friendship grew. Once again, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham plays a part in this novel, as Rebekah is hired to tutor her daughter in violin and lives at Belmont Mansion. As in other historical novels, the barriers faced by women of that time (1871) seem difficult to fathom to us today. It's hard to understand why it would be "scandalous" for a woman to play the violin in public or be a part of an orchestra since it is so common today. These are the barriers Rebekah faced even though she was a tremendously gifted violinist. I highly recommend A Note Yet Unsung for readers who enjoy historical romance.
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Finding Your SongJuly 14, 2017tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After Rebekah Carringtons step-fathers failed attack, her grandmother whisked her away to Vienna for the past ten years. She thrived under the intense musical training, but with the recent passing of her grandmother, Rebekah has been summoned back home to Nashville. Determined not to find herself in another dangerous situation with her step-father, Rebekah has been desperately searching for a job that includes food and board. Her hearts desire would be to do something that includes music.
Unfortunately, in 1871, women are considered too fragile and frail to be part of the Nashville Philharmonic, and that thinking is held by the new Maestro, Nathaniel Whitcomb. Rebekah does find work with one of the richest women in the city, but ironically, part of her job is working with Maestro Whitcomb.
Unexpectedly, Rebekah discovers Whitcomb is living a secret life. Additionally, she becomes privy to even more information about him which causes Rebekah to view the Maestro in a different light. Completely against her will, she actually starts liking himsometimes. She also does something at one of Mrs. Cheathams parties that Rebekah thinks will please her, but almost causes her to lose her job.
This is third installment in the Belmont Mansion Novel Series, but this story stands alone without the need to read any other books. I enjoyed this five-star book, and the strong musical element in the tale. Bringing Whitcombs secret life into the story really made the tale interesting. There are other surprises for the reader as this narrative goes on which makes it a fun read. Fans of music, historical novels or romances will enjoy this tale, but it will appeal to anyone who likes well-written and clean, Christian fiction.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of A Note Yet Unsung through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Uplifting and unforgettableMay 30, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0Stunningly beautiful. Alexander's words washed over me and soaked into the very fiber of my being. This story is illusive and magical and all-consuming. I couldn't stop reading but I wanted to put on the brakes because I dreaded it being over too soon.
Rich in character and setting and delicious details that make the plot zing. I loved it all -- Tate's family, Rebekah's connection with her grandmother, her villainous step-father and ineffectual mother. Sweet Opal and repugnant Darrow Fulton. The solid threads of faith and family that jar with the cutthroat life in the orchestra world.
This story left me breathless. I'm still enthralled, replaying favourite scenes, rewriting other ones and allowing my imagination free reign on a happily-ever-after expansion.
Tate is a hero I needed to warm up to. I love the way the author slowly reveals intriguing tidbits from his past. Suddenly I was seeing Tate in a whole new light. There's unexpected depth in the taciturn, ambitious, often autocratic maestro! And though it took some time, when I fell for him, I fell hard!
Much like Rebekah. A brilliant, passionate musician who can't follow her destiny because of the ridiculous rules of 'proper' society. Women too delicate and fragile for the rigors of playing in an orchestra! Pshaw! Loved the historical details -- even when they infuriated me.
And I also love the unabashed way Tamera Alexander weaves faith and God into the heart of her story. Uplifting and unforgettable. Definitely one for the keeper shelf!