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Gloria Palmer has had a love of music since she was a young girl, even asking for a piano for her twelfth birthday. She is the dutiful daughter, doing her best to keep both her parents happy. Her love of music and playing the piano has her planning to play for a coveted spot with the Marlowe Conservatory of Music.
George Welbourne, III works for Stephen Palmer and wants to marry Gloria. He placates her music and playing, but he does not support her dreams. He goes as far as to tell her that when she is his wife, she will be mistress of the home and not have time for her music, that she has had her fun. “She had to think about whether the life he offered—the beautiful house, the beautiful life, the security—was a life she truly desired.”
Colin McDougal works in his father’s family pub and plays the piano. He has a talent for playing by ear but can also read and compose his own music. What starts as a one-night gig playing at a dinner club on Christmas Eve, leads to being approached by the Palmer family to tutor Gloria for her upcoming recital at the Conservatory on Valentine’s Day after her father fired her present music teacher. The money is good, the music is not his normal style, but he sees and hears that Gloria has talent.
The plot has two people, both with a love and passion for music and the piano, brought together under unusual circumstances and paired together in a student and tutor situation. Collin can see that Gloria has a love and passion for music but also senses that her mother does not approve, nor does her suitor, George. “You can’t live your life for everybody else. In the end, you won’t make anybody happy.” The more they work together, the closer they become friends, but somewhere along the line, they start developing feelings for each other. Gloria must decide what is important for herself, and she knows a life without music would never make her happy. “Music is my passion—my gift from God. I don’t want to deny it or hide it away. I want to honor it. I want to honor Him with it.”
But what will happen when two people come from the opposite sides of the tracks? One was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and a life of luxury. The other comes from a line of down-to-earth, hard-working, everyday people. Nothing is impossible when there is love, and they make beautiful music together.
Back in the 1800’s the Irish were lower than second class but Gloria is in need of a piano tutor to get her ready for an audition for entry into a prestigious Music Conservatory.
Collin typically just plays at his family’s pub. But he has a chance to step in for a friend for a Christmas Eve performance at a high class dinning house.
He plays and there is one song he played that really moved Gloria and her father sees something in this young man that may help his daughter get ready for this audition when he fired her last tutor when he found out that her last tutor had a son also auditioning.
The father hires Collin but after the first meeting he has with Gloria she dismisses him.
He thinks he is not good enough because he never had formal lessons and is of a lower class, but really she thinks he is so much better than she will ever be.
I think this is interesting that they each think something different.
But her father still wants Collin to tutor his daughter and Gloria just has to go with what her father says.
There are other secondary characters who try to get her to quit what they think is a folly but she knows it is something she has to do. One is her almost fiancée. He wants her to stop so he can tell her what to do when they are married.
More problems occur along the way for them as friends and teacher and student.
More twists and turns have made this even a more wonderful story and I really was surprised at the ending or at least part of it.
I highly recommend you read this story is you love Historical stories and this one is part of the Grandmother’s Quilts series. I loved this story and I will be reading more of Kathryn Albright’s books.
I received an ARC for my honest and unbiased review.