In 1911, Nellie Fielding, an 18-year-old American with ambitions of becoming a concert pianist, travels to Albion Cove on England’s majestic southern coast to attend an elite girls’ boarding school. There she meets her great-aunt, Rose Wickham, who is to prepare her for the concert stage, as she had done years earlier for Nellie’s famous mother, Charlotte Pendleton. Despite Nellie’s burning desire to follow in her mother’s footsteps, she fears Rose’s true intent is to derail her dreams at any cost. Both women find themselves locked in a battle of wills that threatens to alter the course of their lives. Nellie, isolated in a remote village, coerced into roles she did not choose, struggles to find answers. Two young men in Nellie’s life get caught up in her quest for fame and her passion to fulfill her dead mother’s legacy. A mysterious music box, a secluded cottage, and a prestigious contest raise intriguing questions. What roles will a journalist and wealthy socialite play in Nellie’s life? Can the challenges she faces destroy Nellie’s musical aspirations? Will closely guarded family secrets be revealed? In the midst of it all, will Charlotte’s legacy truly be remembered?
HELEN MOTTER is a professional musician with a Licentiate in violin from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, and a Masters in church music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. She is a violinist with Orchestra Kentucky and has also spent nearly thirty years working as an editor in the Christian publishing industry. This is her first novel, a story inspired by her own experiences studying in England. She and her husband live in Kentucky, where they pursue their shared interests in music ministry, performance, and writing. They have three grown children and five granddaughters, who live much too far away in Minnesota.