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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.
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!
Susan Barrett4 Stars Out Of 5Great for Music Lovers!May 13, 2017Susan BarrettQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander is the third novel in the Belmont Mansion series, published by Bethany House. I havent read the other books in this series, but this one was fine as a stand-alone; I wouldnt have even known it was in a series if I hadnt been as familiar with this author.
This was a sweet story about Rebekah Carrington, a master violinist trying to make it in a music world filled with men and their prejudices. When the book begins, she is returning from Vienna, where she studied music for several years thanks to her grandmothers contributions to her education. Now that her grandmother had passed, Rebekah had to return to Nashville where she tries to fit into the overwhelmingly male orchestra industry. Returning to her mother and step-father is a fate she doesnt want to fathom, so she knows she is now on her own. Luckily, Rebekah becomes a governess for a daughter of a lady who has great sway in the local opera hall. Now she just has to get on her employers good side, which is not an easy feat.
Conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb has been hired to compose a symphony for the opening of the new opera hall, but due to an accident shortly before the grand opening, his hearing is diminishing. When he hears the talent of a Ms. Carrington, he knows he needs her help, but cant get over the fact that shes a woman, and his belief that she shouldnt be in the music industry. Can the two of them team up to fulfill each others dreams?
This was a rather long book that was a little hard to get into, but overall, it was a sweet story of people trying their best and overcoming social prejudices against them. The characters draw you in and make you hope for their happy endings right along with them. I loved the historical setting of it and will be passing the book along to my music-loving friends!
Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderfulMay 8, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a wonderful addition to the Belmont Mansion series. I laughed and cried in this story. I did not know that women were not allowed to play in the symphony at that time. I really hated the reason that they give for not allowing them to play. I am so glad to live in this time. Rebekah wants to play in the orchestra. . She hopes that maybe Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb who is the new orchestra leader for Nashville will be more liberal. These characters are very good. They are both very strong people. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5One of my top 10 books I've read so far this year!May 3, 2017Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was hooked by this story from the very first pages. Being a musician (and from near where this story takes place), I could hardly set this book aside. In fact, it traveled with me in the car, doctor's offices, and anywhere else I found myself having to go. When coffee accidentally spilled on it, I almost cried! Silly, I know, but this book is in the top 10 of the ones that I have read this year!
I had never actually given any thought as to how hard it was for women to even begin playing in the orchestra during this time period. Since I have had the privilege of playing in many orchestras over the years, I have definitely taken that fact for granted. I could really relate to Rebekah Carrington wanting so badly to play on stage for an audience. There's nothing quite like playing with an orchestra.
I grew to like the conductor, Tate Whitecomb. Tamera Alexander did an excellent job at making me have mixed feelings about him at first. However, I did come around and enjoy him eventually. I can't spoil the end, but I wanted to do a happy dance when I read the last chapter! I was not expecting that at all and what a beautiful thing for her to weave these characters back into the final pages.
A Note Yet Unsung is a thick book, but it had to be. There is absolutely no way that she could have cut any pages out of that book. Each one was intentional and purposeful. Oh, and being a fellow member of Bible Study Fellowship, I loved that she included a "shout out" to her BSF group. As if Tamera Alexander couldn't endear herself to my heart enough, that sent it over the top for me!
The entire Belmont Mansion series has been wonderful and I really don't want to see this series end. If it must, though, I know that I'll never be disappointed by any books that she decides to write. There is so much history that fills the pages of her story that I feel as thought I step back in time with the characters.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.