A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander is the third novel in the “Belmont Mansion” series, published by Bethany House. I haven’t read the other books in this series, but this one was fine as a stand-alone; I wouldn’t have even known it was in a series if I hadn’t 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 grandmother’s 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 doesn’t 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 employer’s 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 can’t get over the fact that she’s a woman, and his belief that she shouldn’t 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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