Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Note Yet Unsung

GIVEAWAY

ALEXANDER, TAMERA
A NOTE YET UNSUNG

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.

My Review:

Stunningly beautiful. Alexander's words washed over me and soaked into the very fiber of my being. This story is illusive and magical and all-consuming. I couldn't stop reading but I wanted to put on the brakes because I dreaded it being over too soon.

Rich in character and setting and delicious details that make the plot zing. I loved it all -- Tate's family, Rebekah's connection with her grandmother, her villainous step-father and ineffectual mother. Sweet Opal and repugnant Darrow Fulton. The solid threads of faith and family that jar with the cutthroat life in the orchestra world.

This story left me breathless. I'm still enthralled, replaying favourite scenes, rewriting other ones and allowing my imagination free reign on a happily-ever-after expansion.

Tate is a hero I needed to warm up to. I love the way the author slowly reveals intriguing tidbits from his past. Suddenly I was seeing Tate in a whole new light. There's unexpected depth in the taciturn, ambitious, often autocratic maestro! And though it took some time, when I fell for him, I fell hard!

Much like Rebekah. A brilliant, passionate musician who can't follow her destiny because of the ridiculous rules of 'proper' society. Women too delicate and fragile for the rigors of playing in an orchestra! Pshaw! Loved the historical details -- even when they infuriated me.

And I also love the unabashed way Tamera Alexander weaves faith and God into the heart of her story. Uplifting and unforgettable. Definitely one for the keeper shelf!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Note Yet Unsung leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email address in your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter via email please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 4 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!


66 comments:

  1. I won a paperback copy a while back, but haven't read it yet, nor any of Alexander's books (gasp)! I've read other readers reviews on her exquisite writing and know I am missing something good. But maybe I ought to move this one up on the pile? Sounds like a plan to me....beautiful review Kav! You inspire me to reshuffle my TBR all the time ;-)

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    1. Reshuffling a TBR pile is always fun! Be prepared to be amazed once you start reading A Note Yet Unsung.

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  2. I loved this book! Thanks for the review!

    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Kate. Good luck.

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  3. A Note Yet Unsung is one of my favorite reads this year. Just when I thought I knew what to expect the backstory reached out and shed a whole new light on the characters, especially Tate. Loved the ending! Tammy always brings her books to a sigh-worthy conclusion.

    I can't wait until Aug 8 when To Wager Her Heart comes out!

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    1. Exactly! She kept us on our toes the whole read. Such depth in the characters and the plot -- blissful sigh. I didn't realize that the next book comes out so soon. I should have after Reader's Choice week, but I didn't connect the two. Yay for another wonderful book by Tamera Alexander about to come out!!!

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    2. This was book 3 in the Belmont series.

      To Wager Her Heart will be book 3 in the Belle Meade series.

      And if your coming in 2017 list goes as far as the fall, she also has a novella coming out 10/3
      Christmas at Carnton, the prequel to another 3 book series The Carnton Novels, yay! As soon as I see my must read authors upcoming books, I put them on my coming soon list on amazon so I don't miss a one :)

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    3. Yeah -- I saw that this one was the last in the series when I was posting my reviews hither and yon. Must check to see that I am up to date with the Belle Meade series. And yes, I have a full year mapped out by months and when I hear about an upcoming list I make a note. Only have a few listed for the fall. Will and Christmas at Carnton.

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  4. I have always been enthralled by this author's stories. She knows how to tell a tale!! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. I really think this might be my favourite of hers. Good luck, Susan.

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  5. Ahh, I love a good musical story! I haven't read any of Tamera's books yet, but a bunch of them are on my TBR pile! mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. It isn`t often that we`re treated to a novel that features music...or the arts in general. I`m an artsy lovin`person so I am drawn to those themes. Good luck, Karen.

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  6. This is on my Goodreads Want-to-Read list. Glad to hear you liked it so much, Kav. Here's hoping I win! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. I loved it, Cheryl. Good luck.

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  7. Sounds good. Love the review.cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  8. I have been wanting to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. You`re welcome, Paula. Good luck.

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  9. I loved this book. A dear friend sent me a copy. I can't wait for Tamera's books coming out this fall...she is a fave author!!

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    1. Isn't it just a beautiful story?! I'm looking forward to her next book too.

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  10. I just love your reviews Kav. If I wasn't already interested in reading this one, your review would have put the interest there. The music thread is so appealing to me. I don't know if I've ever read a romance about musicians.
    Thanks for the giveaway too.
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks, Loraine. This is definitely a novel for anyone who loves music. Good luck.

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  11. Fabulous review, KAV! I've not yet had the pleasure of reading Tamera Alexander's books. Thank you for the chance.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh wow, Caryl. You must give one a try sometime. She's a great author. Good luck, Caryl.

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  12. Has been on my TBR list for forever!

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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    1. Here's hoping you get to read it soon. Good luck, Mindy.

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  13. I love Tamera Alexander's books. I'm really looking forward to reading this book, yet kind of reluctant since it is the last of the Belmont Mansion series. Thanks for giving away a copy.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It's hard to let a beloved series go, isn't it? Good luck, Pam.

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  14. I so want to read this!!
    Karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks from Oklahoma

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  15. I just read the first two Belle Meade novels this spring and absolutely loved them! I need to switch over to the Belmont novels now.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Then you're all set to dive into this one. Good luck, Patty.

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  16. Oooh! Yes! I'm definitely looking forward to this one! And I LOVE all of Tamera Alexander's covers. They're always so beautiful!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. This cover is particularly gorgeous, isn't it? Good luck, Elly.

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  17. Fingers crossed for this one. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. I saw this book featured on another blog at one point, and it said that the dress on the cover was actually a different color (yellow, maybe?) It's amazing what can be done with Photoshop.
    Dianna

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    1. Oh, that's an interesting tidbit. I guess with computers they can alter anything in a picture. Good luck, Dianna.

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  19. Your review and everyone else's posts make me really want to read this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It's awesome! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  20. I love Tamera Alexander's books and this one has been waiting for me on my Nook. I guess it might be my next read. Thanks for the great review.

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    1. Oh yes, do make it your next read, Pam!

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  21. Looks Good Thanks for sharing with us and for the chance to win. :) iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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  22. Tammy Alexander is such a wonderful story teller and has a magical way with words. Thank you for sharing, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes she is! And this book is a perfect example of that magic. Good luck, Melanie.

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  23. oh this review sounds so intriguing and wonderful. what a pretty cover. would love to read this book
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  24. Very much enjoyed your review of this, particularly since I always like her books. Also, it was interesting reading the other comments/updates in regard to upcoming releases and the next series she will author. Thanks! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Love it when fellow readers put their two cents worth into a book conversation! Good luck, CC.

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  25. We have Tamera's books in the church library. Our readers can't get enough of her books. Thanks for giving me a chance to win it.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Janet. Your library patrons will love this one too. Good luck.

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  26. Hi Kav, I'm back - haven't signed in for so long. Really missed coming here and reading your reviews. Love Tamara's writing, would love a chance to win this one for sure.
    beccifortythree(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Welcome back, Becky. Good luck!

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    2. email - becci43(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I still need to read something by this author! I have several on my to-read list
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Oh, this would be a great place to start. Good luck, Nicole.

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  28. Tamera's books are always beautiful and breathtaking and this one just moved to the top 10 on my TBR thanks to your excellent review. Thanks, Kav!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. You can't go wrong with a Tamera Alexander story. Good luck, Diane.

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  29. Oh, I would love to read this. What a gorgeous cover!!
    thanks for the giveaway
    amylsmith at Bledsoe dot net

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    1. Isn't an eye-catching cover? Good luck, Aimee.

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  30. I completely agree with your review, Kav! This was a captivating, wonderful read! I read it in two days. One of Tamera's best!!
    I don't own a copy yet, so please enter me! Thank you!
    dguz55 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Definitely one for the keeper shelf. Good luck, dguz.

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  31. I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Donna. Good luck.

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