Rebekah Carrington is a tenacious young woman who has trained for years to become a master violinist, and is also fantastically skilled at the oboe, but is denied a place in the new Nashville Philharmonic because of the fact that she is a woman. So she applies for a job at Belmont Mansion as a governess, but when Adelicia Cheatham learns that Rebekah studied music in Vienna, she hires her to teach violin to her daughter Paulina.
Tate Whitcomb regrets not being able to offer a Rebekah a seat in teh orchestra, but he needs an assistant who can transcribe music, and he is saddled with the immense burden of building a orchestra from scratch with part time musicians. He is also composing an all new piece that is to be the show opener, so he asks Rebekah to help him.
Though reluctantly at first, Tate and Rebekah come to respect and admire one another. And as the they work together, sparks fly, and they find that they have more in common than they thought.
Rebekah is a brave, passionate woman, who loves music, and does well with unexpected situations. She is humble and works tirelessly, without seeking recognition, she does everything she can to make opening night a success.
Tate is a determined man, and pushes on despite many disappointments and set backs.
Overall, this was a fantastic book that I just couldn't put down. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time, and is definitely going to be on my all time top ten. I loved the rich history and colorful characters full of faith, and passion for the music that they love. I loved watching Rebekah and Tate grow over the course of the book, as well as the clever dialog. This is a wonderfully entertaining read that you won't want to miss!
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