A Note Yet Unsung
Rebekah Carrington is a highly skilled violinist trained in Vienna, but she is forced to return to her roots in Nashville upon the death of her grandmother. The year is 1871, a time when only one woman in the country has been invited to play in the New York Philharmonic. Rebekah is reduced to seeking a position as a governess, since her stepfather has stolen her rightful inheritance from her grandmother. Fate, however, conspires to arrange circumstances so that she boldly shows up to interview for a governess position with Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion. After a grueling examination by Mrs. Cheatham, Rebekah is accepted as a violin tutor for the daughter of this formidable, very rich woman. More importantly, she manages to stun her new employer with her beautiful rendition of a violin piece. Mrs. Cheatham, understanding that Rebekah needs more employment to survive, manages for her to serve as an assistant to Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, conductor of the Nashville Orchestra, who had scornfully rejected her desire to perform with his orchestra because she was a woman.
The story picks up dramatically at this point as their work begins on a new piece, she discovers his startling background, and other events that bring them closer, though with considerable friction in their daily contact. Two poignant crises draw them closer still. What marks this unique novel is the level of skill the characters possess in creating and performing gorgeous music, a level of appreciation the author conveys to readers over and over. Intensity, conflict, suffering, compassion, and redemption fill the pages of this historical novel. An outstanding, inspirational and highly recommended story.