Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book review: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamara Alexander

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 Review


This was a rich, full novel in which the main characters, Rebekah and Tate, taught us so many beautiful lessons:
  • Hard work and depth of character would give the strength to overcome obstacles and realize dreams.
  • Show gratitude and appreciation when it is due.
  • Love deeply.  It can bring heartbreak, but oh, so much joy!
  • Family takes care of family.
I loved reading this book!  It was so well-written.  It was about symphonic, classical music and I felt like I could hear the music as I read. This is the third of the Belmont Mansion series, and there were references to the previous two books, but this book was so grand and stood alone well.  I will definitely be reading more by this author!

Not only was this an amazing book, but THE COVER!  Sumptuous!  And, if you go to Tamera Alexander's website you can access the playlist of the music from the book to listen to as you read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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.


  1. Proverbs 24:17
    [17]Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: -KJV
    This the verse that comes to mind when I
    think of the conductor's delimma.