Bethany House - Historical Fiction
What led you to pick up this book? After reading Washington's Lady, I wanted to read more by the author.
Summarize the plot without giving away the ending. Mozart's Sister is a literal title. It tells the story of Wolfgang Mozart's only living sibling, Nannerl, from about the age of 10 until her father's death, with a "Coda" (or epilogue) about the end of her life. I'd never heard this, but Nannerl was every bit as talented as her prodigious younger brother. However, because she was female, she traveled and played with her brother for a limited time and then was expected to help keep house until marrying.
What did you think of the characters? They were all fascinating. I love reading about different time periods and enjoyed visualizing life from the perspective of the sister of Mozart. Nancy Moser writes wonderful notes on her research, at the end of each book, so you get a good idea just how much is fictionalized and how much is real. I love that. I actually often flip to authors' notes before reading a book and, in the case of the notes I've read in Moser's books, they haven't contained any spoilers. They just help to fill things out a bit and give you an even better feel for the real-life characters.
Describe your favorite scene: I loved the scene in which Nannerl returns to Salzburg to visit her son Leopold (who lived with her father, for a time) and her true love, Franz, showed up. The interaction between Franz, Nannerl and the little one was charming; so was the way Papa Mozart put little Leopold to bed.
In general: A quiet, slower-paced book -- and yet very eventful. I think the one thing that really jumps out at me when I read fact-based historical fiction is the rampant disease and high infant mortality rates. Like Juana the Mad in The Last Queen, Nannerl experienced a lot of illness and grief, yet she had some amazing life experiences.
Cover thoughts: I've become weary of the chopped-off-head covers, but that lovely dress looks quite similar to the actual dress in the portrait of Nannerl inside the book's opening pages and the little boy playing in the background adds appeal. It's not my favorite, but I like it.
Next up: A review of Bedlam South by David Donaldson and Mark Grisham.
Addendum: I opened a gmail account, this week because I thought the yahoo spam was just getting out of hand. Some days I wake up to as many as 60 new spams. And, I have to fish perfectly decent mail out of the spam box. But, suddenly, I've gone low-spam at my yahoo mail. And, I'm thinking . . . I feel lonely. Something is not right about that. It's possible I need to get a life.
Wishing you all a terrific weekend!