Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Change in Tune by Ashley Rescot, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Change in Tune Series: The Strings of Sisterhood #1 Author: Ashley Rescot Publisher: Rescot Creative Release Date: September 15, 2021 Genre: Christian Romance, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, Music Fiction
Violinist Victoria Pearson dreams of attending Johann Conservatory of Music in New York City for graduate school. As the oldest of five sisters, she hopes to escape her Midwestern college town and hectic family situation to fulfill her passion in life—music. But when she decides to participate in Belton University’s Concerto competition to bolster her chances of acceptance, Victoria finds herself competing against her sister Adrienne and lifelong cellist friend Jerry Chang. This sets in motion a rivalry that questions the roles of sisterhood, friendship, and maybe love.Victoria wants to maintain the rigors required of a professional classical musician without losing her family and friends, not to mention her sanity, in the process. The demands of her large family might hinder her ability to achieve her dreams. What sacrifices will she make to reach her goals, and are they worth the cost? A new, twenty-first-century generation of little women takes the stage in A Change in Tune.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(4) winners will receive a print copy of A Change in Tune plus ONE of the following stories featuring a violin: The Main Dish by Victoria Kimble, A Note Yet Unsung by Tamara Alexander, A Song Unheard by Roseanna White, or Night Song by Tricia Goyer.
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight September 21, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 28, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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About A Change in Tune
In A Change in Tune, we meet Victoria Pearson, one of 5 children in a musical family. She is the violinist; her sisters play piano, other stringed instruments, and sing. Victoria is a senior and her plans are already made; to study at a renowned musical conservatory in Manhattan. Of course, to win a place to study there, she has to keep her first chair standing in the college’s orchestra. And ace the audition.
She’s working hard on all these things. But it’s hard living in a loud home where someone is always practicing or getting into her business. Her next younger sister, Adrienne, is many things that Victoria is not (all the annoying things, anyway), yet Victoria finds herself inadvertently in competition with her sister both inside the orchestra and out. It doesn’t help that their good friend, cellist Jerry Chang, is being romantically targeted by Adrienne, just as Victoria thinks that she might have feelings for him.
Ahead of the sisters are arguments, duets, difficult decisions, and events that might just bring heartbreak. How on earth will Victoria be able to achieve her goals with her sister seemingly undermining her at every turn?
I was drawn to this book when I saw it was described as “a modern-day Little Women.” And indeed, it does resemble that beloved book of my childhood (and even adulthood!). Although sometimes it’s more like the sisters in Pride and Prejudice in their frequent disagreements. Anyway, it was a fun book to move into. I definitely found myself identifying with a character or two!
I enjoyed a foray into a book where most of the characters were musicians. I never played a string instrument but was fascinated by Ashley Rescot’s descriptions of the joys and challenges the protagonists experienced both with their instruments, individual performances, and playing in an orchestra. I could imagine and visualize the scenes quite easily. As a musician herself, Rescot understood and described the great pressure that a top musician faces, and the various ways they might deal with that pressure.
The characters’ faith was definitely present, although at first, it didn’t seem to inform or direct the siblings’ squabbles (all quite normal) or relationships much of the time. Yet Victoria definitely thaws a bit and allows God to heal and help the relational challenges that many face in families. She’s fortunate that they do all have their faith in common. Also, while there is a good bit of smooching in the book, the author keeps it on the G-rated side.
If you: are interested in music or a musician yourself; if you have sisters or a large family; if you’d like to see a modern Little Women-esque novel in the Christian fiction category, this book is for you! It’s also good news to hear that Rescot’s book is the first of several about the musical Pearson sisters!
DISCLAIMER:I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.