Kathryn Albright’s Gloria’s Song was such a lovely book. Well-heeled Gloria has a dilemma. She is expected to wed a rich man who can give her anything in the world except the thing that means the most to her, music. As a musician myself, I could easily relate to how empty such a life without music would be for Gloria. I also could perfectly understand her powerful attraction to Colin, the hard-working young man from the wrong side of the tracks who is hired to tutor her for an audition that has the potential to make her dreams come true.
Albright humanized Gloria by showing her initial dismay when she realized that, despite her training, she had less innate musicality than did self-taught Colin. That observation is quite realistic. Some lucky souls are blessed in that way. That Gloria did not let jealousy consume her speaks to her character.
How difficult it must have been for young women in the time period in which this book is set to buck the conventions of their time. Following one’s passion’ however, is never out of date.