Alejandra Stanford is born into a privileged bicultural family in Minneapolis of 1902 Growing up, she and her artistic family experience the intermingling of American, Mexican, and European cultural influences, as well as national events that challenge their lives yet, Alejandra finds music is the perfect expression of her own artistic inclinations, emotions, and ambitioAlejandra Stanford is born into a privileged bicultural family in Minneapolis of 1902 Growing up, she and her artistic family experience the intermingling of American, Mexican, and European cultural influences, as well as national events that challenge their lives yet, Alejandra finds music is the perfect expression of her own artistic inclinations, emotions, and ambitions As a young pianist and budding composer, she is affected by Minnesota s musical pioneers and resolves to become an orchestral conductor despite the obstacles Alejandra travels to the great cities of the world in pursuit of her dreams Along the way, she will meet two men who are her match in ideals and intellect Ultimately, it is the passion for music and love which guide, inspire, and determine Alejandra s destiny History and fiction converge impeccably in this historical novel infused with music, art, and romance, creating a compelling first installment to the A Song in My Heart trilogy.
A Song in My Heart Alejandra Stanford is born into a privileged bicultural family in Minneapolis of Growing up she and her artistic family experience the intermingling of American Mexican and European cultural i
I just finished A Song In My heart, a historical novel, and I think it is one of the best books I have ever read It has the three qualities necessary for a very good book First, the writing is very entertaining Secondly, it is an intelligent book and interesting I particularly loved the historical events and references to the arts during this period as some of the characters in the novel are artists and play a significant role in the protagonist s life The author takes the reader on a journey fr [...]
Loved it The history, the characters, and the music, a unique combo of narrative and songs Read it in three days, and could not stop.
Very interesting, page turner, love the characters and the music that comes with the story Looking forward to book 2 in the series.
Award Winning book by Mom s Choice Awards Award Adult Fiction Multimedia GoldALL PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS SEE romastocks reviewsml1 Book Reviewer List Archer Anderson An Extraordinary Fusion of Music and Literature A Song in My Heart Through her novel, Calatayud Stocks establishes herself as a first rate storyteller, showcasing her equal talents for both writing and music through the story of Alejandra Stanford The theme of music is interwoven throughout the storyline and Calatayud Stocks deftly int [...]
A great book taking place in 1920 Minneapolis The story is about a girl, Alejandra, from a wealthy family who grows up surrounded by music and the arts She learns to love art galleries and concerts as she learns to play piano Her real dream is to become an orchestra director, though that is not thought of as something a female would ever be able to do She searches out other women in music and aspires to make her dream come true Events in her life influence her goals traveling to relatives in Mex [...]
Haven t received the book yet, just received notice I had won 7 8 11Received my copy in the mail Have 2 wins ahead of it but hope to start really soon 7 13 11Started this morning 7 18 11Finished Saturday 7 23 11Alejandra Stanford is born into a privileged bicultural family in Minneapolis of 1902 First line of blurb on book Her mother is from Mexico and her father is European The story is about her life as she visits, lives and studies music in Mexico, New York, Europe, and at hom in Minneapolis [...]
is an interesting blend of music and story This novel comes with a CD of original music specifically written for this novel by the author, Roma Calatayud Stocks Throughout the story, the reader is encouraged to listen to specific tracks at the ends of some chapters Music is as much a part of this novel as the story itself, and lends much to the overall enjoyment of the tale In this book, the first of a trilogy, we follow the life of Alejandra Stanford from her birth to having children of her own [...]
I won this book for free through giveaways.This book was amazing At first I was intimidated because I do not know much about fine art and music, but the author captured my attention, interest and heart almost immediately Then, to top it off with putting music with the book, just made it even beautiful to read I love this book and the music I m also a big fan of storied about old recipes The book The Perry cookbook was mentioned and I actually found it and the recipes on line Just a fun little b [...]
While this book got off to a slow start and I hadn t finished by time we met the author at book club, I did really enjoy it The music was good but a distraction as I felt I needed to stop and listen at each point and I didn t always have the music with me.Meeting Roma was fabulous, I think perhaps part of the reason the book started off slowly was that English is not her native language She is very detailed and this shows in her book I do look forward to the second one which she says is due in 2 [...]
Really enjoyed this book about a bi cultural family in Minneapolis, starting in 1902 The music and discussions of art as well as the characters are very well done The CD that comes with the book is fantastic and really adds a nice touch to the story Covers a lot of historical and cultural ground as well as Alejandra s romantic life First in a trilogy will be reading the 2nd.
Received the book for free through First Reads.
I highly recommend this book for anyone FTC I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.