Mozart's Wife, Canadian Edition

Mozart's Wife, Canadian Edition

by Juliet Waldron

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ISBN-13: 9781772990164
Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 12/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 231
Sales rank: 1,162,053
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Not all who wander are lost.” Juliet Waldron was baptized in the yellow spring of a small Ohio farm town. She earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Twenty-five years ago, after the kids left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for herself—and her readers—by researching herself into the Past. Mozart’s Wife won the 1st Independent e-Book Award. Genesee originally won the 2003 Epic Award for Best Historical, and she’s delighted that it’s available again from Books We Love. She enjoys cats, long hikes, history books and making messy gardens with native plants. She’s happy to ride behind her husband on his big “bucket list” sport bike.

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Mozart's Wife 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many a romance novel ends with marriage. The courtship, the chase, the first declarations of love ¿ these things provide the backbone of the novel, and in the end there is marriage and, presumably, a happy ever-after. In Juliet Waldron¿s historical novel Mozart¿s Wife, however, the courtship and marriage of Konstanze Weber and Wolfgang Mozart is only the beginning. The true story begins with the wedded life that follows, when romance and love are truly tested. Konstanze begins the novel as a self-conscious young maiden, overlooked in favor of her more talented sisters. She falls in love with Mozart and can hardly believe that the astonishing young composer has chosen her for his one true soulmate. But marriage to the musical genius turns out to be a tumultuous existence for Konstanze, who quickly must mature into a wife, a mother, and household accountant. Konstanze, who grew up in a musical family, is not unappreciative of Mozart¿s genius, but reality dictates that music be treated as a business, rather than an art. While Wolfgang Mozart follows his muse, creating the music he loves¿whether there is a market for it or not¿Konstanze tries to prevent them from falling into poverty. Mozart is flighty, unpredictable, and easily swayed by his friends. Konstanze has to wrest control of the household accounts from him just to keep their family from ruin. Like many women of her day, she finds herself constantly pregnant every childbirth is a life-endangering horror, and the precious infants are easily carried off by disease. Grief for her children and scandalous rumors of her husband¿s infidelity test the limits of her love, but Mozart¿s emotional bond with his wife proves strong enough to last beyond his death¿surprising even Konstanze. Juliet Waldron has created a believable, multi-faceted portrait of a wife loved but betrayed, adoring and yet resentful, capricious and sometimes spiteful. Mozart¿s Wife is a memorable historical novel about a woman who has been long overlooked and often maligned by historians, but without whose intervention Mozart¿s music might have been lost to the world forever.
ReadingToLearn More than 1 year ago
This truly is a masterpiece of literature. The years of research and care that went into this fascinating story of genius, love, dysfunction, heartbreak, and redemption are apparent on every page. It's as if Stanzi, Mrs. Mozart, finally has a voice, her story told through the willing vessel of author Juliet Waldron. I highly recommend you read this book and then tell all your friends about this hidden gem. "Mozart's Wife" deserves to be on the NY Times Bestseller List.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 'Mozart's Wife' Juliet Waldron makes the bimbo of the film 'Amadeus' into a completely convincing, engaging character in her own right, much more than just the wife of a famous man. The narrative voice makes the shift from teenage girl, to harried wife and mother, to mature woman, without ever losing the reader's sympathy or letting the impeccable research intrude into the personal story. Waldron not only presents an entirely credible picture of a place and a time, and of a relationship, but gives Konstanze Mozart her due as the person most responsible for 'marketing' Mozart's music after his death and making sure he became the genius the world knows and appreciates today. The story covers Konstanze's life past her marriage to Mozart, into her old age. Before reading this book I knew almost nothing of Mozart's life and family -- nothing, in fact, except his music -- so 'Mozart's Wife' offers painless learning along with a thoroughly good and satisfying read. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a solid, well researched historical novel based on fact, and a moving look into a woman's difficult life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story starts where so many stories of love end, and that is at the just-got-married, live-happily-ever-after point. This is a story of the marriage and how love endures through many difficulties. Mozart is not easy to live with. Konstanze can be a nag. There is betrayal. There is the music. There is love. It's a wonderful story about amazing people and a real
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished listening to the audiobook, 'Mozart's Wife.' This book is so vivid --- you feel like you KNOW Constanze and Wolfgang! The reader (I apologize, I've forgotten her name) is great! I would highly recommend --- particularly the audio version!
dsalerni on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Many a romance novel ends with marriage. The courtship, the chase, will they or won't they - these things provide the backbone of the novel, and in the end there is marriage and, presumably, a happy-ever-after. In Juliet Waldron's historical novel, however, the courtship and marriage of Konstanze Weber and Wolfgang Mozart is only the beginning. The true story is of the marriage that follows, which every wife knows is when romance and love is truly tested. Konstanze begins as a self-conscious young maiden, overlooked in favor of her more talented sisters. She falls in love with Mozart and can hardly believe that the astonishing young composer has chosen her for his one true love. But marriage to the musical genius turns out to be a tumultuous existence for Konstanze, who quickly matures into a wife, a mother, and the household accountant. Konstanze, who grew up in a musical family, is not unappreciative of Mozart's genius, but reality dictates that music is primarily the thing which brings money into the house; it is their livelihood; it serves a purpose. While Wolfgang Mozart follows his muse, creating the music he loves - whether there is a market for it or not - Konstanze tries to prevent them from falling into poverty. Mozart is flighty, unpredictable, and easily swayed by his friends. When flush with cash, he spends it like water, gambles it, and lends it to his friends. Konstanze has to bully him to take charge of the household accounts and keep them from ruin. She finds herself constantly pregnant, every childbirth a life-endangering horror and the precious infants too easily carried off by disease. Besieged by scandalous rumors, Konstanze does not want to believe her husband is unfaithful to her, but soon the unpleasant truth cannot be ignored and her husband scarcely bothers to hide it. Juliet Waldron has created a believable, multi-faceted portrait of a woman loved but betrayed, adoring and yet resentful, capricious and sometimes spiteful. Her characterization of Konstanze Weber Mozart far outshines that of the genius composer himself, who becomes rather a minor character by the end of the novel. Mozart's Wife is a memorable historical novel about a woman who was long overshadowed and forgotten in the shadow of her husband, but without whose intervention his music might have been consigned to obscurity.
achickwhoreads More than 1 year ago
Nightingale was the first book by Juliette Waldron that I read, and I'm glad I did, because she brings her characters to life so well. In Nightingale we caught a glimpse of Mozart, now we have a full book! This one feature's his wife and is told from her point of view. I absolutely devoured this book.  Konstanze is quite a character and this book really made me want to learn more about Mozart. I found myself googling him more and more throughout the book. He was really quite the character, a rock star of his time.  He was a regular ladies man and he was terrible with his money.  Their relationship was full of trials and tribulations, but whose marriage isn't? But that is what brought both characters to life for the reader.  You also so Mozart as a man. A man who loved his music but who loved women just as much. And you saw how that changed his marriage. I felt sorry for Konstanze. She had all that to deal with and she had several children, nearly dying in childbirth more than once, and with most of her children dying in their childhood. This is a fantastic book about Mozart and his family. If you haven't read any of Juliet's books, this is a great one to start with.
LJ_Walker More than 1 year ago
Mozart's Germany came to life for me. The details in the book, from the domestic arrangements to the masquerade balls, are colorful background for the story. Costanze Mozart's life is written in her own words, detailing the joys and sorrows of marriage, motherhood, and sensuous femininity. This would make an excellent discussion book for women interested in issues of marriage and fidelity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was blown away by this novel because it truly is excellent. Waldron's prose is gorgeous all the way through, capturing the reader because of its reality and passion and lyrical quality in a way that enhances the scope of the story, based on history. To travel along throughout Constanze's life as she deals with the difficulty of being married to a genius like Mozart is a real treat. I've always felt history should be compelling and fascinating, and it can be. Waldron just proved it with this excellent book. It's easy to see why it won the Independent E-Book Awards when it was first an e-book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An overlooked gem of a novel that brings to life the story of Konstanze Mozart, wife of the talented, eccentric, irresponsible, and promiscuous genius Wolfgang Amadeus. Waldron clearly poured years of research and passion into her novel, for her 18th-century world springs vividly to life, and each character--from Konstanze to the lowliest servant--is intricately and thoughtfully drawn. Proving that 'historical fiction' should not automatically be equated with a dry, heavy read, MOZART¿S WIFE successfully combines romance, history, music, and even erotica and leads the reader on a memorable journey through the life of a long-ago superstar. A must have.