Review: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

August 9, 2018

Title: A Note Yet Unsung
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 422
ISBN: 9780764206245
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017

About the Book:
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.
My Thoughts:
 I've only read a couple of books by Tamera Alexander and I'm sad I haven't read more! Oh, my goodness! For a historical setting she is able to write a story that is relatable to today's issues.

A Note Yet Unsung was a book that had so many aspects going on, but was no where overwhelming. We got to see this story through two different eyes, one of was Rebekah Carrington, a young woman who was whisked away to Vienna by her loving Grandmother to train on the violin. The other eyes, is that of Nathaniel Whitcomb, the new Mistro of the Nashville Orchestra. Two such similar people in the love of music, but two very different personalities.

Rebekah, who even though grew up in a life of privilege has past that haunts her and is desperate for work and a place to live when she is forced to come back to Nashville. Her struggle is one that wrenches at the heart. So many women have dealt with the abuse she has endured. She had a loving Grandma who believed her and wanted to help her. I routed for her through this whole story. She had faith and a determination to not let what had happened to her define her.

Nathanial Whitcomb was a man who comes across as a well to do man, he has everything in order, he has the perfect life laid out before him. However, we soon realize, his life isn't as it seems. He has a a very interesting and secretive life. He has done his best to hide it from everyone around him. However, when he and Rebekah are thrown together, both of their secrets come out.

The depth and research to this story was so amazing. Everything from the music, to characters background, their surroundings was so detailed, it brought this story to a new level.

I honestly couldn't get enough of this story. Even though it was 400+ pages, I was sad to see it end! I'm looking forward to going back and reading the rest of this series.

This story focuses on many issues, medical complications, assault, attempted assault, preservation of self, murder. It is common occurrence in the news. Tamera was able to weave these issues into the story, but used them as a way to steer the story to on that gives hope. Shes uses what could be a dark and depressing time, but uses it to bring a light and hope.

The performance on Audible was just brilliant! The narrator set the perfect tone and allowed the story to shine.

5 out of 5

About the Author:
Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the Christy Award, the RITA Award, and the Carol Award. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband have returned to their native South and live in Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their two grown children.

Tamera invites you visit her website, her blog, on Twitter, or Facebook.

Thank you to the INSPY Advisory Board and to Bethany House, I received a copy of this book for free.

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