Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

“You won’t ever be the musician you want to be until you step aside and become second, because in the end it’s not about the musician, It’s about the music and honoring the One who gave it”  - Rebekah Carrington, A Note yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Hey Readers, Happy March!
I cannot believe that we are already in March 2017 (OK, this was posted on the last day of February, but  March is tomorrow) So I have another AMAZING “Must Read” to show you, It is Tamera Alexander’s new book, A Note Yet Unsung.

A Note Yet Unsung is the story of master violinist Rebekah Carrington who has been studying abroad in Vienna but has recently returned back to her hometown, Nashville Tennessee. Rebekah has always had a dream to perform for an audience but unfortunately in 1871 women did not or were not supposed to play the violin, Especially in an orchestra. But doing things that normal people did not do never stopped Rebekah so she manages to get an audition with Maestro Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb (aka: Tate). As Tate hears Rebekah play the Oboe (because she figured that it would be more acceptable than he violin) He is amazed as her talent but cannot let her join the orchestra because it would be hard on her AND it would not look good on him to have women in his newly formed Nashville Philharmonic. So he swiftly and honestly tells her that she is not accepted. Rebekah is crushed; her dream was so easily destroyed by the simple word “No”. Not willing to give up completely but knowing that she needs a position to support herself, She finds a position as  a Violin Teacher to the daughter of one of Nashville’s richest and influential people, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham.
Maestro Tate is on the verge of making a name for himself, He knows that he must finish his symphony before the Grand Opening and before his inspiration for the piece dies (his Dad was dying) but with a strange buzzing in his ears and severe pain in his head he is having a hard time concentrating on the music. He knows that if he is to finish this piece on time he is going to need help and can only think of one person who seems to have the same passion for music that he does and that is Rebekah. Now he just needs to convince her to trust him, but after he crushed her dream, can he really expect her to help him fulfill his? 

 As Rebekah works with Tate, She starts to see a different side of the arrogant, know-it-all Conductor and finds that she is starting to fall in love with him, but she will be leaving for New York to chase her dream and Tate will be staying in Nashville to fulfill his, So there is no point in growing closer together... Right?

With Tate’s health failing and his Father’s growing worse by the minute, Will they be able to finish the Symphony by the deadlines they have been given?

What did I think ? 
I thought the book was Amazing, Once I started the book, I really did not want to put it down.This is the third book in the Belmont Mansion series but I read it as a standalone ( then I went and purchased book 2 and read it...) The characters are not the same as in the first two books except Mrs Cheatham ( and some small cameo appearances from the characters in the first two books)  There is no suspense in the plot but the book's simple plot is so intriguing that you find yourself wanting to finish the book just so you can see not only what happens to Rebekah but what happens to Tate. I LOVE that the author so clearly portrays that our music that we create either by singing or by an instrument is to praise God because it is He who gives it to us.  Overall, I LOVED the book, It is definitely one of my favorite "Must Reads". I would recommend the book to anyone who loves music, who likes Historical Fiction or wants a book with a steady plot ( No boring moments)  that flows from the beginning to the end.  Overall I rate the book 5 out of 5 Stars! *****

If you want to check out Mrs Alexander's other books ( especially the books in this series) Here is the link: 

 Happy Reading :) 

  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

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