The Kingdom of Back


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Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish--to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she'll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age--her tyrannical father has made that much clear. And as Nannerl's hope grows dimmer with ...

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Jul 27, 2020

Beautiful writing, but fell flat

The premise and gorgeous cover made me snatch up this book immediately. I've read this author's work before and loved the story arcs and well-rounded characters, so I really had high hopes of loving this novel with a character who like me, immerses herself in classical, baroque music.

I enjoyed the writing and found it perfect for historical fiction; I felt like I was being told a story as I read. I loved the brother/sister relationship between the Mozarts. I also enjoyed the passion these characters felt about music and how hard they practiced and spent time writing music too. I also felt for Nannerl as society refused to let her follow her dreams or accept her talents.

However, I found the pacing of this book slow or even stagnant at times and the characters seemed flat or stereotypical. I never felt surprised or found unexpected twists. I guessed the ending quickly and was so disappointed that I was correct. Also, what happened with Johann? When he became part of the story, my hopes soared for a plot twist, such as Nannerl secretly goes against her father's wishes to pursue a relationship with Johann, but this character just faded away.

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