Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Woman of Note by Carol M. Cram (with giveaway)

A Woman of Note
by Carol M. Cram

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Just released: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Historical, Music
Paperback: 368 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
The panic was back, blossoming to such monstrous proportions that Isabette feared she lacked the strength to propel herself across the stage.

Virtuoso pianist Isabette GrĂ¼ber captivates audiences in the salons and concert halls of early nineteenth-century Vienna. Yet in a profession dominated by men, Isabette longs to compose and play her own music—a secret she keeps from both her lascivious manager and her resentful mother. She meets and loves Amelia Mason, a dazzling American singer with her own secrets, and Josef Hauser, an ambitious young composer. But even they cannot fully comprehend the depths of Isabette’s talent.

Her ambitions come with a price when Isabette embarks on a journey that delicately walks the line between duty and passion. Amid heartbreak and sacrifice, music remains her one constant. With cameos from classical music figures such as Chopin, Schubert, and Berlioz, A Woman of Note is an intricately crafted and fascinating tale about one woman’s struggle to find her soul’s song in a dissonant world.

My two-bits:

Got a good sense of female musician life and limitations in the early 19th century. And, how love and romance come into play.

The passion of and for music is felt and is the force in this book.

I liked the brief bits about real life composers mentioned in throughout the story.


* SIGNUP to win this review copy (here).

* review copy courtesy of book tour sponsored by BookSparks. @booksparks

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