Book Review: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander (A Belmont Mansion novel)


"But the fact remains, you are a woman." (38)


Title:  A Note Yet Unsung
Series: Belmont Mansion, Book 3
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  January 31, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction


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.


A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander is the last of the Belmont Mansion series, and truly this story of Rebekah and Tate, societal constraints, freedom to be who you are and trusting in God's plan for you caps this series beautifully. The melody of all three novels, from art, to nature and finally to music captured the essence of the series and Adelicia Acklen's three loves. With A Note Yet Unsung, music is at its core and it weaves through the storyline like everything was part of its composition. 

The romance almost takes a back burner to the strong imagery of social injustice and gender inequality in the music scene, but it still stands strong and heats the pages whenever we see Rebekah and Tate's interactions. 

"Tate took her in his arms and kissed her . . . 'If this is how we argue. . . then I'll let you win every time.'" (284)

I'll have to let you enjoy that moment yourself. It's good. Besides romance, the strong notes of true friendship and loyalty rounds up what we can visually read and emotionally feel. May I be as bold to say A Note Yet Unsung played an enchanting score of drama, solemnity, poignancy and sensitivity filled with light and eagerness that captivates you. I played the song list from A Note Yet Unsung as I'm writing this review, and I felt every high note, and every twist and every beat of the story. I hope you'll enjoy this story as much as I did.  If you're interested in the playlist, Tamera Alexander had posted it on her website. Click HERE to head straight there. 



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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.

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2 comments:

  1. I absolutely love all your books and can't wait to read your next one!

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    1. hahahh. LOVE your enthusiasm!! Tamera's a favorite of mine as well!!

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