Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

A Note Yet Unsung is the 3rd book in the Belmont Mansion series by Tamera Alexander. It can, however, stand alone.  In this book we read the story of a young gifted musician who happens to be a woman in post civil war settled in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon the death of her beloved grandmother, Rebekah returns from being abroad in Vienna where she has been studying music from a composer. Her dream is to play with a symphony. At this time, women were not admitted at all, but she is determined to try. Meeting with the Nashville Conductor, Tate, she auditions by playing the oboe. She is also proficient in the violin and the piano. Things do not go well and she is still determined to find employment due to her cruel stepfather. She meets Mrs. Adelicia Cheatham, the mistress of Belmont, who in turns offers her the position of violin tutor to her daughter. Mr. Whitcomb, who turned her down for the symphony, wants to help her so he hires her as a transcriber for the music. From here, Rebekah and Tate build a friendship that soon turns into attraction.
I love the banter between them. They love to argue! I love how Tamera Alexander weaves the beauty of music into something amazing. I had the hardest time stepping away from Rebekah and Tate’s story. I felt drawn to find out what would happen next. There are so many situations that I had no idea would happen. Like Tate’s background for example and so much more.   
Whenever Tamera Alexander has a new book, I get excited because I know it will be great. A Note Yet Unsung was no exception. There was music, mystery, and romance. I loved Tate and Rebekah. You couldn't help but cheer for them and mourn with them because of their individual challenges. I was happy to catch up a little with characters from the the other Belmont Mansion novels, A Lasting Impression and A Beauty So Rare, although this one can totally stand alone. I am always impressed with Ms. Alexander's historical research. I always learn from her books, without feeling like I've taken a history lesson. It always flows so beautifully. 4.5 stars