The Mozart Code

About the Book:

Title: The Mozart Code
Author: Rachel McMillan
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: March 15th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

No matter how you might try to hide in a war to escape your past, it is always close at hand.

Lady Sophia Huntington Villiers is no stranger to intrigue, as her work with Alan Turing’s Bombe Machines at Bletchley Park during the war attests. Now, as part of Simon Barre’s covert team in post-war Vienna, she uses her inimitable charm and code name Starling to infiltrate the world of relics: uncovering vital information that could tilt the stakes of the mounting Cold War. When several influential men charge her with finding the death mask of Mozart, Sophie wonders if there is more than the composer’s legacy at stake and finds herself drawn to potential answers in Prague.

Simon Barrington, the illegitimate heir of one of Sussex’s oldest estates, used the previous war to hide his insecurities about his past. Now, he uses his high breeding to gain access to all four allied quarters of the ruined city in an attempt to slow the fall of the Iron Curtain. He has been in love with Sophie Villiers since the moment he met her, and a marriage of convenience to save Simon’s estate has always kept her close. Until now, when Sophie’s mysterious client in Prague forces him to wonder if her allegiance to him—and their cause—is in question. Torn between his loyalty to his cause and his heart, Simon seeks answers about Sophie only to learn that everything he thought he knew about his involvement in both wars is based on a lie.

Book Review:

I wanted to like this book, and I did end up enjoying it. However, I was a bit confused while reading the book, and it made it hard to understand and get into the book. But I did end up liking it by the time I got to the end of the story. There are still a couple of things that I think I missed but otherwise it was really good. The Mozart Code is my first book by Rachel McMillian, and it was really fascinating and thought provoking. 

I picked up this book because I thought that it would be interesting, and it definitely met that expectation. The characters were very unique and it was intriguing to read from their perspectives and see things from their eyes. 

Sophia and Simon were drawn together because of a marriage of convenience. They were both using their marriage to help themselves avoid situations. They never expected to be anything more than friends. However, as the secrets of their work are drawn to light, things become more complicated than they expected. They were both playing games that could lead to someone getting hurt. They were working a thin tightrope together between friendship and love all the while trying to complete tasks secretly. 

I liked Sophia and Simon. They had a flair and a secrecy to them. It was cool to read about Simon’s connection to chess and how it affected his view of life. And how Sophia loved music and the way her mind could see the music. They were both trying to do good in their own ways. He worked for the government while she tried to return artifacts to their rightful owners. I liked the chemistry between the characters, and I could definitely see how well they fit each other. It was a bit frustrating to see them dancing in circles around each other, but at the same time, I understood them. They were both afraid of different things, and it affected their ability to love each other. 

The storyline was engaging, but I really didn’t know what was going on til at least half way through the book. It made it harder for me to read, and I kept on having to take breaks. I did enjoy the book by the end of it, but it was harder for me to understand. I felt as if I was missing a lot of things. All in all, this was a good book. I would recommend The Mozart Code to those who enjoy historical fiction that stimulates your mind a bit to think. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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