A Note Yet Unsung: Belmont Mansion, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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. Far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music - his father, who is dying. But Tate's ailment worsens. He knows 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?
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 11 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 31, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #129,685 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Comments on the classical musicians and their works. I also appreciated the verses and the thread of seeing the Lord’s leading and blessing.
Tamera Alexander is a masterful storyteller!
Tamera Alexander writes the most exquisite novels. Her Belmont Mansion series and her Belle Meade Plantation series hold much of her best work. A Note Yet Unsung is the last of the Belmont Mansion series. I am disappointed to see the series end—I’ve come to love the mistress of the mansion, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, and the personalities who are drawn to her and surround her. A Note Yet Unsung brings us yet another cast of fascinating characters.
Rebekah Carrington comes back to Nashville from almost ten years in Vienna where her grandmother had sent her to perfect her music. But her beloved grandmother has died and the funds for Rebekah’s living have ceased. Dreading her return home, Rebekah dallies across the street from the house remembering her disgust for her stepfather, Barton Ledbetter. She is accosted by a street urchin selling papers. After an interesting interchange, she persuades him to go to the house to deliver a paper there and to see if her mother is at home. With the knowledge her mother is not there, she pays him the three nickels promised and delaying still, begins reading the paper.
Rebekah reads about a position open at the Nashville Symphony for a personal assistant for the maestro, Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb. Deciding she has nothing to lose and determined to show him her musical ability, she heads to the opera house. Having talked her way past the dragon lady guarding the maestro’s time, she pauses in the hall outside his office, hearing a lecture going in within. The lecture ends, the door opens and who should emerge but her childhood nemesis, Darrow Fulton. True to past form, Darrow scathingly attempts to put her down but finds the older Rebekah a match for his taunts.
Tate Whitcomb is frustrated—the orchestra and Darrow are not performing up to his standards. And now he must put up with interviewing another simpering female who wants the job, but mostly wants the conductor. Finally making Tate understand she was not there for the assistant position, Rebekah masterfully plays her oboe for him and asks for a position in the orchestra. He turns her down flat—women are not allowed to play in the orchestra—it just isn’t done! The maestro then rushes out for another appointment. Surprisingly, the dragon lady, Mrs. Murphey, give Rebekah a lead for another position—at Belmont Mansion. And so all the characters are in place.
You will love this last story in the series—and you’ll love Rebekah and Tate. You’ll wonder if either of them will ever attain their dream. And you’ll come to appreciate Adelicia Alklen Cheatham even more than you have if you’ve read the other books in the series. Five stars!
Tamera Alexander has five series to her credit. She is a USA Today best-selling author. She is also a genuinely nice person, who cares for her readers and her fans. Her novels are well-researched and she willingly shares the research with us—down to recipes for beaten biscuits or classical music. Find out more about Tamera at TameraAlexander.com
I purchased my copy of A Note Yet Unsung, so I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.
Rebekah Carrington reminded me so much of myself, although at the same time we are also very different. But her passion and determination, and refusal to be put down because of her gender, spoke to me from the first few pages. I couldn’t help but hope that she would one day achieve her dream, and I loved being able to read how she tried to go about it. Plus, just her disregard for silly social rules made me laugh, while I also honestly agreed with her.
Tate Whitcomb was a character it actually took me a little longer than normal to really love. But once I started, there was no going back, because underneath his somewhat harsh, anti-feminist exterior, beat a truly thoughtful, compassionate heart. Besides, once I learned his secrets, I couldn’t help but love him all the more. And his passion for his music was a characteristic I wish I shared, as it is so difficult to really work at it like he did.
All in all, I really loved this story, and I cannot imagine giving it anything but all five bookshelves. Tamara finished this series in the most perfect way, and I can’t wait to read more of her novels. Since these three books all made it onto my favorites list, I cannot help but believe that more of her books will as well.
(This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
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Wonderful and moving, I was in tears for quite a lot of the second half of the novel and whilst most of the plot was predictable, there were enough twists and extras to the main plot to sweep me along, so that I found it hard to put this story down!
Standing ovation from me!