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Mozart's Sister (Ladies of History #1)

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The year is 1763. Eleven-year-old Nannerl Mozart is performing before the crowned heads of Europe with her younger brother, Wolfgang. But behind the glamour lurk dark difficulties-- the hardship of travel, agonizing bouts of illness, and the constant concern over money. Their father, Leopold, is driven by a desire to bring his son's genius to the attention of the world. ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2006)
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Aug 10, 2009 Sheila rated it it was ok
Interesting subject but I did not care for the writing or execution. The first half of the book about Nannerl and Wolfie as children and all the traveling and performances was interesting. The last half of the book could have been summed up in about 30 pages. What really turned me off was the contemporary writing style and words supposedly spoken by a girl in the 1700’s and the liberal use of one and two word sentences. Whatever happened to a well constructed sentence that conveys the time ...more
Jul 03, 2009 Wendy rated it it was ok
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Jun 14, 2013 Chloé rated it it was ok
I wanted to give this book a good rating... but I just couldn't. I have played the piano since I was little and love it. I have always loved learning about composers and their lives. So when I saw this at the library, I gave it a try.

The pacing was weird. I honestly felt like half of the book was this:

We went to this city. Wolfgang played and I was only allowed to accompany.

Wolfgang and I got sick.

We recovered and moved on to another city.


Then, when we finally moved on from that, which I
Jan 10, 2011 Denise rated it did not like it
Absolutely HATE the way the author uses contemporary phrases as if they came from Nannerl's mouth. For instance "I can't get my mind around...".

and secondly, I wish someone had warned me that a secondary character in this book is GOD. God wants me to do this. God wants to me do that. If I pray my brother will recover from disease. And then God thinks I am important.

Also, I read a bunch of these reviews and they say "Nannerl was just as talented as Wolfgang" but the author actually takes pains t
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
This is a bio-novel about the not-so-famous sister of Mozart. A bio-novel is where the author takes their true life stories and writes a novel, but sometimes has to come up with parts of it, like dialogue. As a musician, avid reader, and a person intersted in history I loved this book. I am not a big fan on biographies, so to read one that is like a novel is more enjoyable for me. I found it educational, captivating, and a real page turner. I checked a lot of parts in the book to see if they ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This is an interesting portrayal of what it must have been like living life in the shadow of W A Mozart. A talented musician in her own right, Nannerl struggles with her self-worth and frustrated ambitions as her father promotes Wolfgang as the future of the family's success. While the author focused most of the attention on Nannerl, I did like that she also considered how much pressure Wolfgang himself was under to be successful and support the family, so much so that he likely envied his ...more
Feb 19, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Being a musician myself, I of course was extremely interested in this book. I love historical fiction and I find it interesting to read the possibilities of history. I loved that this book's focus was on Mozart's sister and not directly about Mozart--especially in that she was a musician as well and a very talented one at that. It made me grateful that life is more fair and equal for women in this day and age. Had his sister been a boy, we could have possibly had two "Mozart's" in the history ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Allison rated it did not like it
I actually only got a chapter or two into this book and couldn't handle it anymore. Maybe it's because I was at the beach distracted by children? But, most likely it was because I thought the writing style was crappy. It was written in the first person, but so awkwardly. Like, "I grew up with Mozart. I am his sister. Today I am visiting his grave. Oh no. He doesn't have one. Let's go back so I can tell you how it happened." That was just the first chapter, but I couldn't take it so I laid it ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Bethany rated it really liked it
I couldn't call this book a page-turner or thrilling, but it was good. In truth, I would give it 3.5 stars if I could. It was intriguing to get a glimpse into Nannerl Mozart's life. She was an lovely and determined lady if she was only half of the woman portrayed here. The last 50 or 60 pages were my favorite. Her life with Johann and the children was interesting to me. All in all, a very nice read.
Oct 23, 2015 Danielle rated it liked it
I wish the book rating were on a 1/2 star scale or out of 10 stars. The book was well written and I would like to give it a 3.5. I may change my mind and bump it up to a 4 later because I did enjoy the book I just felt it was slow paced.
Jun 10, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This is another new favorite on my list. It is a well-researched and well-written historical novel about the life of the Mozart family, mainly focusing on "Nannerl" Mozart. I really enjoyed the characters and the journey through Europe.
Jun 28, 2012 Carrie rated it did not like it
One word - Laborious!
Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser

I received this book as a Kindle freebie a few months back, and it has been on my list of "to-read" books for quite a while.

Mozart's Sister is about exactly what it sounds like it is about, Mozart's older sister, Marie Anna "Nannerl" Mozart.

The story is told from her point of view, in the first person. The story begins when the Mozart children are both fairly young, and their father Mozart has prepared to begin taking them, the Wunderkins (Wonder Children) on tour a
Sep 30, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I loved this whole series, but this was my least favorite. It was still historically strong and I got to know the Mozart family, but the story was very sad. Of course, not all real stories are happy, and this one was one of them. While a great book and very positive, it still made me feel sad.
Dec 12, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: 18th-century, mozart
(This is a copy of a review I submitted to Amazon on 3/29/07.)

As noted by Mrs. Moser and other reviewers, books on Mozart's sister have been sorely lacking. However, details of her life are brought to light in Mozart's Sister. I am an avid reader of anything Mozart and, as a Christian, even more excited to see something related to him published by Bethany House.

I didn't have much trouble getting into the book. What I gradually found grating, though, was her writing style and the phrases she used
Nov 05, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free Kindle download. Before I read this, I expected I would be comparing this book to Mozart's Blood by Louise Marley or Booth's Sister by Jane Singer. Having read this now, the comparison to Booth's Sister isn't so farfetched, but I would also add The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and Secrets of the Tudor Court by D. L. Bogdan for the sake of comparison.

Mozart's sister Nannerl is a largely unknown person, and according to the author's note, at the time Nancy Moser wrote this book there
May 14, 2011 Sensitivemuse rated it liked it
I thought this was an interesting point of view to see Mozart from a different angle. (In fact, I didn’t even know he had a sister). This book was really good when it came to historical accuracy and it was well written. I really did like Nannerl, and really did sympathize with her once her father started pushing her aside and focus more on Wolfgang.

You could really see the extreme differences on how each gender was treated in this book. It’s so blatantly different and the gap is so wide especia
Sep 16, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. Nannerl (mozart's sister) is hard to really like for a great deal of the book. The author wrote in first person from Nannerl's point of view. While I found her to be self absorbed and petulant I gritted my teeth and overlooked it in the beginning because she was a child but 7 years later as a young woman she's still whining about the same things. There were redeeming moments of clarity and even a special moment with God's message to her. But then she falls ...more
Jun 25, 2012 Elaine rated it really liked it
Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart (30 July 1751 – 29 October 1829), nicknamed "Nannerl", was a musician, the older sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and daughter of Leopold and Anna Maria Mozart. Five other children died.

Leopold took her and Wolfgang on tours of many cities, such as Vienna and Paris, to showcase their talents. In the early days she sometimes received top billing and she was noted as an excellent harpsichord player and fortepianist. Equally as talented as her brother she was dow
Aug 14, 2014 Dana rated it it was ok
This historical fiction is the "untold story" of Mozart's talented older sister, published by Bethany House. At the end of the book, the author admits that she is new to historical fiction, and it shows. Her research is thorough, but her heroine embodies the attitude of a modern whiny teenaged girl more than one of the era. (When will historical fiction authors desist from the "I hate my corset/stays" and "if only I were a boy" plots? Girls of the time knew how valuable their roles were--even if ...more
Aug 15, 2013 Evelynn rated it it was ok
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Mar 09, 2011 Dailycheapreads rated it liked it
Thank goodness I stuck with this book to see it through to the end.
This book by Nancy Moser is, obviously, about Mozart’s Sister Anna Maria, who usually went by Nannerl. It is clearly a fictionalized account, but is thoroughly researched so it makes for a lazy way to learn some interesting history.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, known to his older sister as Wolfie, begins to display his musical genius as a young boy. For an older sister who is nearly as gifted at playing the piano, this makes for a str
Janis Harrington
Oct 10, 2014 Janis Harrington rated it liked it
Thanks to several books about Nannerl Mozart, she is no longer the talented, forlorn, and forgotten sister of Wolfgang Mozart. Equal in talent to her brother, once she reached marriageable age, she no longer toured with him according to climate of that time period. Leopold, their father, denies her the marriage to the love of her life, Franz d'Ippold, because he is a teacher in the archbishop's school. She would marry down in status. Long past marriageable age at thirty-three, he convinces her ...more
Julie Carpenter
Jul 30, 2016 Julie Carpenter rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, historical
I picked this book up from the library the other day. I walked in and it was sitting on the shelf so I grabbed it thinking I wanted to learn a little bit more about Nannerl. I have seen some movies, tv series and other books on her but haven't picked any up. Well I finally did.

I debated about whether I was really going to read it or not because I have a busy schedule right now and other books I'm working on reviewing, so I looked at the reviews. They were pretty mixed on people loving it or it j
Debra Martin
Nov 05, 2010 Debra Martin rated it really liked it
MOZART'S SISTER is a beautifully told story from Nannerl Mozart's viewpoint, the long forgotten older sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The story propels the reader back in time and gives us a sneak peak of what life was like for a female during the 18th century. Unfortunately, it's not an easy or charmed life and Nannerl learns early on that being a girl is a severe strike against her, no matter what her musical talent. Her father, Leopold, constantly promotes her brother, Wolfgang, a ...more
I kind of hope this story was more fiction than fact. An odd thing to say, but...if true, Wolfgang Mozart was a pretty awful man (I'm thinking some of this is likely true), and Nannerl's life was very self-centered. She did things for others, yet her heart was not in them. She longed for recognition, travel, a career, love....The love part, and indeed all of it, are quite understandable, yet--what of God's glory? What of the true godly virtue of joyful obedience? Hard to be happy in such ...more
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
The question is asked...

Is the recognition she (Nannerl Mozart) so longs for the truest measure of her gifts?

This is a question that I believe we all need to ask of ourselves... is fleeting fame or our name in the footnotes of history the truest measure of what God has given us?

Extremely well-written, Mozart's Sister is more than a story of a sibling living in the shadow of her very talented brother... it is a sharp glimpse into a world where a woman's choices - regardless of her talents and abi
May 31, 2011 Lissette rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. While I'm not much of a classical music afficionado, I've always held a curiosity about Mozart's life.

Nancy Moser provided a very unique view into his world via the eyes of his sister, Nannerl. Their world comes alive as Nancy describes in vivid detail how they traveled all over Europe with their parents in hopes of making some kind of life for themselves. We can feel every triumph, every disappoint, as they grow up and grow apart as the years go by.

Nannerl's happin
Beth Bedee
Feb 26, 2011 Beth Bedee rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've always been fascinated by Mozart. It was interesting to learn about the rest of his family and also to learn more about him from a different angle.

Their father, Leopold, is painted as a sinister man in most accounts I've read. He starts off being unlikable in this novel, but about halfway through, he becomes a hero. The person who actually becomes unlikable to me is Mozart himself.

I found it to be very interesting to learn how Nannerl Mozart was as talented a
Jan 15, 2016 Loraine rated it really liked it
I loved reading about Mozart's sister. I am a musician myself, and how difficult it must have been for her to be overlooked in favor of her younger brother. First, because he was a child prodigy (she was too), and second because he was male. I admired her for the love she had for him all her life. The love she had for her parents, too. It was a very moving story about life and death in the 1700's. Mozart was a genius, but so was Nannerl. My heart went out to her when her marriage was decided for ...more
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