2022 Book Review: The Mozart Code

The Mozart Code

The Mozart Code by Rachel McMillan

A Historical Romance, 2022 from Thomas Nelson, 368 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • If we take this as a serious historical book, it has issues. I didn’t feel like I learned anything in particular about the historical climate, even with the introduction by the author to give me more facts. I can tell she did her research, but other than places and people who were important this misses something about the importance of the times and issues. 
  • If we take this as a romance, it’s missing something. In my opinion, which of course all reviews are, this didn’t have any heat between the two at all. If it wasn’t for the fact that they both tell us how they feel when we’re in their minds, we’d never know.
  • The characters are not everyday people. They’re not even everyday people in terms of the historical context we’ve put them in. They’re privileged and upper-class. The idea of them turning into dangerous spies was appealing, but I’m not sure it landed. 

What I Did Like:

  • There are some well written action scenes in the book where one character of the other lands themselves in a dangerous situation that has to be dealt with. 
  • The concept had promise. I generally enjoy books written during the era of WWII or the Cold War and this promised to be something a little different. 
  • Well edited and with great descriptions. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • I’m leaning toward saying if you are a regular romance reader who wants to break into more of the historical side of things and enjoys intrigue may like this (of course they’d have to be someone who doesn’t like romance to burn hot). 

My Rating: 2 Stars.

Remember to take that rating with a grain of salt. Reviews are completely subjective and, honestly, a lot of other advanced readers loved this one. For me it was simply problematic because it didn’t have what I wanted out of a historical novel OR a romance.

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