Virtuoso pianist Isabette Grüber 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 balances 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.
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This book follows Isabette Grüber as she struggles to make a name for herself in a male dominated profession, and shows how she fights to achieve her dreams. Not only does she play beautifully, but she also wants to compose music which is almost unheard of for her gender.
Her sister and father both were committed to an asylum, where her father died. That leaves her and her horrible mother (in my opinion). She befriends a singer Amelia Mason from America who helps her gain confidence in herself.
Josef is the next major character that makes an appearance in the book. I did not like him at all. I didn’t like him in the beginning, or the middle, a little more towards the very end (you will understand if you read the book, I don’t want to give away any spoilers). His feeling change repeatedly, and he is super self centered. He deserves what happens to him.
There were a lot of parts of this book that I loved. Pretty much every time Isabette sat at her piano and played was a treasure. The rest of it was just so full of drama and felt really rushed. I would love to have had a couple more chapters. The last sentence left with the potential to be a great happy ending. Instead leave you wondering what really happened. I just keep coming back to I wish that there was an epilogue. That would have pushed me into giving this book 5 stars.
Overall the book was really good, you really felt like you were right there in the salon with Isabette as she plays.