Virtuoso pianist Isabette Grüber captivates audiences in the salons and concert halls of early nineteenth-century Vienna. Yet in a profession dominated by men, Isabette longs to compose and play her own music—a secret she keeps from both her lascivious manager and her resentful mother. She meets and loves Amelia Mason, a dazzling American singer with her own secrets, and Josef Hauser, an ambitious young composer. But even they cannot fully comprehend the depths of Isabette’s talent.
Her ambitions come with a price when Isabette embarks on a journey that delicately balances the line between duty and passion. Amid heartbreak and sacrifice, music remains her one constant. With cameos from classical music figures such as Chopin, Schubert, and Berlioz, A Woman of Note is an intricately crafted and fascinating tale about one woman’s struggle to find her soul’s song in a dissonant world.
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About the Author
Before her debut as a critically acclaimed author of historical fiction, Carol M. Cram wrote dozens of bestselling college textbooks for courses in computer applications and communications. She served on the faculty at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada, for more than two decades and facilitated workshops for corporate and government clients in her role as vice president of Clear Communication Consultants. Carol holds a master’s degree in drama from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in business administration from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She lives on Bowen Island near Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, painter Gregg Simpson.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Woman of Note by Carol M. Cram is a historical novel set from 1827 through the 1830’s. Isabette Gruber is a pianist in Vienna. Isabette is nineteen years old, very shy, and seriously lacking social skills (she is also tall and thin). Her father (who taught her and her sister, Joanna to play and compose) passed away. Her sister, Joanna has been committed to the asylum by their mother, Frau Marta Gruber. Isabette is the sole bread winner. Marta Gruber has hired Herr Gustav Dietrich (nasty lech) to manage Isabette’s career. He takes 30% (I have a feeling he helps himself to a little more than that) off the top of her earnings. Isabette’s mother takes the rest of her money. They keep her busy practicing and discourage her from composing (which she loves to do). One night Isabette meets Amelia Mason from Boston, Massachusetts. She has a beautiful singing voice. Amelia decides she wants Isabette to be her accompanist. Amelia is a flighty young girl (eighteen) who is more interested in shopping and having fun. Amelia is a young lady who likes to have her own way. Through Amelia, Isabette meets Josef Hauser. Josef is a piano teacher and believes himself to be a great composer (he is awful). In exchange for teaching Isabette, Josef gets Isabette to agree to play his compositions at her performances. Isabette takes it upon herself to chance Josef’s composition (which makes it much better). Josef is upset until he finds out that someone wants to publish it. Everyone wants something from Isabette. What does Isabette really want? A Woman of Note takes us through about ten years of Isabette’s life. We get to travel from Vienna to Paris. I found A Woman of Note to be a very boring novel. It had no depth or enjoyment. The characters were all shallow and greedy (except Isabette). The mother was cruel, Amelia was selfish, Josef was selfish, grasping, and covetous, Herr Dietrich was a nasty, greedy reprobate. This novel needed more work especially on the development of the characters. I give A Woman of Note 2 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of A Woman of Note from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.