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A Note Yet Unsung
     

A Note Yet Unsung

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by Tamera Alexander
 

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From Bestselling Author Tamera Alexander Comes the Final Novel in the Sweeping Belmont Mansion Series

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

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From Bestselling Author Tamera Alexander Comes the Final Novel in the Sweeping Belmont Mansion Series

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 01/30/2017
Christy Award–winner Alexander crafts a music-lover’s delight in this third Belmont Mansion novel (after A Beauty So Rare), set in the 1870s and featuring Mrs. Adelecia Acklen Cheatham, a woman of fierce independence who loves art, nature, and music. Rebekah Carrington, grieving her grandmother’s death, returns to her Nashville home after a decade of studying music in Vienna. Her relationship with her mother and stepfather is strained, and she is determined to make her own way. When she auditions for the Nashville Philharmonic, Maestro Nathaniel “Tate” Whitcomb praises her performance but slams the door on her hopes because of her gender. Mrs. Cheatham hires Rebekah as a violin tutor for her daughter, but also mandates that she assist the ailing Tate in finishing his symphony, which must be ready for the opening of the new opera house. Rebekah and Tate engage in a battle of wills as soon as they attempt to work together, but they both have too much at stake to walk away from the arrangement. This fast-moving work of inspirational historical romance highlights both classical and Appalachian music. Thanks to Alexander’s vivid writing, one can almost hear the music resonating off of the page. (Feb.)
Library Journal
02/01/2017
Violinist Rebekah Carrington scores an audition for a position with the Nashville Philharmonic. Unfortunately, in 1871, female musicians are frowned upon because of their "inability" to handle the "rigorous" work. No amount of cajoling can persuade either the conductor, Nathaniel Whitcomb, or Rebekah's new employer, Mrs. Cheatham, the mistress of Belmont Mansion. Devastated at Whitcomb's refusal to let her play, she is less than pleased when he asks her to help him finish a symphony he's writing for his ailing father. However, neither Nathaniel or Rebekah can deny the growing attraction between them. Featuring a swoon-worthy courtship, this delightful historical also offers a vivid portrait of a lesser-known chapter in the 19th-century classical music scene. VERDICT This final entry of Alexander's historical romantic trilogy (A Lasting Impression; A Beauty So Rare) will leave devotees on a high note.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764206245
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/31/2017
Series:
Belmont Mansion Series , #3
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
28,545
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Tamera Alexander is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous books, including A Lasting Impression, From a Distance, and To Whisper Her Name. Her richly drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide, as well as multiple industry awards. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com.

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A Note Yet Unsung 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
parmilespages 2 days ago
This story captivated me from the very first pages to the very last pages. The characters were rich in personality. I especially liked the some of women characters (both the main and secondary characters) because of their strong opinions and their fierce determination. As the story unfolds, we see them persevere against the societal norms of the day. Rebekah, in particular, also displayed integrity and honor. The relationship between Nate and Rebekah exhibited a mutual passion for music and feisty discourse. The author expertly wove a complex and entertaining story that moved at a steady pace keeping the reader’s attention. I appreciated how Ms. Alexander introduced Rebekah and Nate’s backgrounds and origins over time as the narrative progressed, increasing the reader’s knowledge of what spurred their motivation. And the author’s descriptions are so vivid I could feel the emotion of each scene and could picture the facial expressions of the characters in my imagination. The end was slightly rushed but was still satisfying without making it too perfect and wrapped up in a neat bow. I would highly recommend reading this historical fiction book. It is the third in a Belmont Mansion series but can read without reading the pervious novels. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
The_reading_wolf 2 days ago
Dear Tamera Alexander, I need my heart back! This book absolutely stole my breath as well as my heart! I love all of your works but this one has become my favorite out of everything I have read by you. This book flowed together to create a beautiful masterpiece. You conducted a beautiful tale so full of emotion. While this book is the third in the Belmont Mansion series it can be read as it’s own stand alone. In this book our beautifully talented Rebekah had been sent away from home at an early age by her grandmother so she could escape her abusive stepfather. It is when she is older that she returns home at the urgency of her mother due to her grandmothers untimely death. upon returning home Rebekah is thrown back into her stepfathers abusiveness. Desperate to escape she applies to join the symphony. Due to being a woman she is rejected. It is then that she meets our handsome Maestro. I could go on and on about this story but i will stop here because of spoilers. This book is so breathtaking and raw with heartfelt emotion. Tamera is an excellent writer and will steal your heart with every page.
amvkv 3 days ago
This is a book that I did not want to stop reading and get dinner, eat, or be interrupted because it was so good. Then as it neared the end, I did not want it to end because I loved it so. I know I love nearly all Bethany House Publishers books, but this one was special and as I was reading it, I was thinking of the people I wanted to share the book with – my symphony musician classmate from high school, my former student who graced my home with her violin playing, and others who would appreciate such a good book. Women’s rights is the buzz at this time in United States history, but how impressive to bring a book which reminds us what it was like when female musicians were denied the right to showcase their talents. Such is the case for Rebekah Carrington who has returned from Vienna to Nashville. The situation at home has not changed since her grandmother arranged for her to live in Vienna to escape her stepfather and his inappropriate advancements. She tried to get a place in the new Nashville Philharmonic, but is denied not because of her lack of skill, but because the people would be appalled if a woman were in the symphony. They would lose donor support! After landing a job tutoring violin to a wealthy donor’s daughter, she also becomes the assistant to Tate Whitcomb, the orchestra leader who denied her the musician job. Unlike others, she speaks her mind to him, is brilliant, and is a woman he is falling for while also learning he is losing his hearing in the midst of their race to finish the symphony to perform at the symphony. There is romance, an appreciation for classical music and music from former slaves and mountain people. I highly recommend this historical Christian fiction novel. Even though it is 430 pages, I read it in one day and was disappointed that I had because the next book I picked up would probably not be as good as A NOTE YET UNSUNG by Tamera Alexander. I received this book from the publishers and this is my honest review.
Anonymous 8 days ago
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? This is a story of faith and loyalty, swathed in beautiful music! There's even a link on the author's website with the music from the story - listen to it as you read...it will transform your reading experience! The theme of the novel is to trust God, even when you don't understand why nothing is going the way you want it to. It's about taking chances and finding out who's really on your side at the end of the day. I could say more, but it would ruin the story and the journey you'll take as you read it...so just go to the website, play the music, and enjoy the read! *All of Tamera's Belmont Mansion novels are complete stories within themselves. The "series" part of the novels is the historic Belmont Mansion setting in Nashville and some of the secondary characters. The other two books in the series are : A Lasting Impression & A Beauty So Rare
kp68 8 days ago
A Note Yet Unsung is the latest from Tamera Alexander. When Rebekah Carrington learns of her grandmother's death, she knows she must leave Vienna and return to her hometown. With her grandmother gone, she has nowhere safe to land. When Rebekah left home years ago, it was after her stepfather actually physically attacked her! Rebekah must find work to pay the bills; however, she is quickly disappointed when her attempt to audition to play oboe in the newly formed Nashville symphony ends in failure. Before Rebekah can locate a place to rest her head, she learns her luggage has been mistakenly delivered to her mother's home. Rebekah suddenly finds herself standing in the rain in front of her mother's front door. This return home does not last long when her stepfather tries to force his way into her bedroom yet again! Before you know it, Rebekah has landed a new place to call home, as well as a job as assistant to the symphony's conductor, Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb. You will be surprised about all that transpires as Rebekah attempts to help Tate complete the music for the upcoming introduction of newly formed Nashville's philharmonic orchestra. You will be surprised to see where Rebekah ends up by the final pages of the novel!
BethErin 14 days ago
Music lover or not, A Note Unsung will capture your heart, reader friends because the story is about much more than the wonderful music! Reconstruction Era Nashville, as well as the struggles and triumphs of her residents, is brought to life once again by talented storyteller and bonafide southern belle, Tamera Alexander. The tenacious dreams and complex lives of the main characters will keep readers riveted to the pages. I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Heart2Heart 21 days ago
It is hard not to pass up any novel by Tamera Alexander and if you never have read one you might just want to pick them up. Not only do you get an exceptional novel, but also a bit of a history lesson as well. In her latest novel in the Belmont Mansion series, A Note Yet Unsung takes readers into the heart of a passion of Rebekah Carrington who has spent the last few years in Vienna pursuing her love of music under one of the great conductors there. She was sent there by her grandmother because for women in the United States, society isn't ready to accept a woman's role in any seat in an orchestra even in private performances. They simply believe they don't have the discipline necessary to be good enough, and while Rebekah would love to prove them wrong, she is about to face her biggest challenge yet. Coming home on the news of her grandmother's death, she isn't anticipating seeing her step father Barton anytime soon. She remembers the night that he tried to have his way with her but was stopped by one of the families slaves, Demetrius. She longs for a relationship with her mother, but it seems like she is more concerned with abiding by Barton's wishes over the her own daughters. She just hopes to catch her mother home alone. When she learns that her long lost friend, Demetrius has died, she believes she has been dealt more grief than anyone can handle. She also finds out that all of her grandmother's belongings have been sold or given away by Barton because her mother couldn't handle dealing with it. Rebekah knows she can't stay under the same roof as Barton, and vows to find a job in the city that might provide room and board, even though she dreams of working with an orchestra one day, this will not be the day. When she finds an ad in the local paper as an assistant to the conductor, Maestro Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, in the local orchestra house, she believes God might just grant her prayers. But as Rebekah will soon learn, a woman's place is not in a man's world and it will have far-reaching implications. I received A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Net Galley. I absolutely LOVED this final novel in the Belmont Mansion series, and didn't know how difficult it was as a woman to be accepted by society no matter how talented you were to play in a private or public performance. The term one size fits all does not apply when discussing the vast number of styles of music in this time-treasured art form. Hard to believe that society would consider women too delicate natured for the rigors of practice and dedication required to master a musical instrument in the 19th century considering how they insisted that women play such instruments as the pianoforte as a form of entertaining guests at a party or ball. I even found myself clicking on various websites to listen to the particular music pieces referred to in this novel as a backdrop while reading the novel. This is by far one my favorite novels that Tamera Alexander has written and worthy of 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.