Stella Wade has poured years of study and untold hours of practice into her love of piano. Now she, a nobody in the music world, at last has a chance to gain concert pianist status, if only she can do a superb performance.
Can this twenty-year-old newcomer control her shaking nerves long enough to play for an audience where the reward would be the long-awaited achievement of her concert dream?
Wandering Minstrels is a beautiful story where a budding young concert pianist, Stella Wade, is faced with making her first big performance with the cold, picky, well-know orchestra conductor, Sir Nickolas Polakiev. Nick is a star in his own right, but his freezing silences and scathing criticisms make him a difficult man to work with.
Rather than be cowed by Nick's poor behavior, his icy contempt fills Stella with fury and fuels her desire to show the man what a young woman from the slums can do with a piano. Her performances of "fiery brilliance" with passages of "melting tenderness" fuel her quick rise to the list of top concert performers, but something is still missing in her life. John Tallis introduces her to a new side of life, his warm, loving family, the likes of which Stella has never known. She could marry him and have it made...but.
This story held me so captivated I read it start to finish in one sitting. Wandering Minstrels is a gem, introducing the reader to the heretofor unknown harsh life of a top concert artist, and why they make the choices they do to entertain the world.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
*Reviewed by guest reviewer, Delores Goodrick Beggs.
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