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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.
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.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another Historical Gem from Tamera AlexanderMay 2, 2017MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sad to see the Belmont Mansion series end - but what an riveting story to round out this great trilogy! I love how Alexander chose three compelling interests of estate owner Adelicia (Hayes Franklin Acklen) Cheatham for the themes of these books - art, nature, and music. Through her careful research, each of her novels taught me much I didn't know about these common subjects. And her characters, whether main or supporting, are layered and interesting. One of my favorite 'lesser' characters in this book died well before the opening page, but made the book cohesive and spiritually profitable. Grandmother Carrington found a way to speak to her beloved granddaughter, Rebekah, even from the grave; her prayers tied the story together well. Her wisdom and faith in God's sovereign guidance is timeless. Adelicia of course played a familiar and important role again, providing a home and job for the female lead, and forcing her to be honest with herself as well as her employer. I love the tough yet gentle leadership she gives these young women who are coming of age in changing times. In this case, Rebekah possessed unusual musical ability, which she honed over a decade of study in Vienna. But social mores did not allow women to perform publicly, especially in the conservative South. In hiring her to tutor her daughter in violin, she gave her more than room and board - she supplied Rebekah with a stepping stone to make a real life for herself, and to influence the next generation. Conductor Tate is delightful as a reluctant admirer of the violinist his orchestra desperately needs but can't have. His carefully guarded private life becomes the catalyst for turning a talented "assistant" into a friend and mentor. So many neat twists in this novel, and plenty of reasons to keep the kleenex handy. *A lovely addition to this story is is a playlist available on the author's website. I love classical music, and it was a real treat to listen to the melodies that shaped this story - they made it even easier to be transported to the world Alexander has composed for us. I heartily recommend A Note Yet Unsung.
CozyWriter'sDen5 Stars Out Of 5I wish this series wouldn't endApril 25, 2017CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander is the third and final series in the Belmont Mansion trilogy. This series is very well written and each book is a lovely read. I would highly recommend all three books. As for A Note Yet Unsung... it is the best book I have read in a while. Why, you may ask?
First, the characters of this story really came to life for me. It may sound cliche to say such, but it is true. Rebekah and Nathaniel have passion, drive, insecurities, daring to push the boundaries, love, fear, tempers... a combination of beauty and flaws written together to make almost magically believable individuals. With the story in such capable hands as Rebekah's and Nathaniel's this latest Belmont Mansion novel can't help but be spectacular.
The second reason I really enjoyed this story was the historical significance. I had no idea that women were not permitted to perform publicly in symphonies/orchestras until after the 19th century. Apparently it was unseemly and considered too provocative for a woman to play outside of her drawing room. Like many feminist rights that we take for granted today, the right to perform in public came at a hefty cost to many brave women who dared push the boundaries of propriety in order to live their dreams. In this story, Rebekah is a masterfully trained violinist, but her rare talent is pushed to the side due to her gender. With a little luck, however, and some daring on her part, she refuses to simply settle as a meek music tutor and strives to become one of the first women in her country to play in an orchestra. While the character of Rebekah is fictional, the fight for this freedom is not, and I imagine that there were women very much like Rebekah who worked hard to change history.
The third reason for my glowing review of this book is the number of story lines. I was fascinated by the different cultures portrayed in this book, the in depth story telling behind the musical scenes, the dark side-story of Rebekah's family, and the mystery behind Nathaniel Tate. I won't say more - don't want to spoil the story! But it all makes for a very entertaining and difficult-to-put-down read.
I would definitely recommend this novel.
Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and Baker Publishing Group for a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.