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?
I’m looking forward to reading the final book in this series based around the historic Belmont Mansion in Nashville.
Tamera Alexander concludes her Belmont Mansion series with perhaps my favorite novel of the trilogy. It’s 1871 and Nashville is a city recovering from the Civil War. Rebekah spent the war in Europe and is saddened by the damage wrought by the fighting, but she still wants to make Nashville her home again. Unfortunately, the money she had is gone and her biggest supporter is deceased. The last thing she wants is to become dependent on her step-father, with whom she has a bad history. Becoming a music teacher is the best she can hope for, but that position is for a limited time. What will she do after that?
A Note Yet Unsung is a lovely story with a mix of characters from all walks of life. Rebekah gets along with both her family’s main servant and Mrs. Cheatham. Tate’s family situation, however, is vastly different and several scenes take place in a cabin in the mountains of Tennessee, which is about as far removed from Belmont as you can get. These scenes were among my favorite in the book. A dark incident from Rebekah’s past is often mentioned. While it isn’t explicitly described, the reader can guess what happened and a near repeat takes place towards the end of the novel. Given that Belmont Mansion is the central location for this series it’s no surprise that the home’s owner (full name Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham) also plays a major part in this novel. Other Nashville characters from the time are also included, such as portrait painted William Brown Cooper.
While this is the last of the Belmont Mansion series, Tamera Alexander does have one more book coming out this year set in Tennessee. To Wager Her Heart is the last of the Belle Meade Plantation novels set just southwest of Nashville. It releases in August and is available for pre-order.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of A Note Yet Unsung, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 31 January 2017
Page Count: 432