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The Street of Seven Stars

Mary Roberts Rinehart

Book Overview: 

This novel tells the story of Harmony Wells, an innocent and beautiful American in Austria to study violin. Harmony has talent and she dreams of a career in music. After her friends run out of money and return to the States, Harmony stays on in hopes of earning enough money to continue her lessons. Along the way, she meets Peter Byrne, an American doctor in Vienna following his dream to study surgery. Peter is already watching over an orphan boy in a local hospital and now he takes it upon himself to protect young Harmony from the unsavory side of life in the big city. With life pressing in, Peter and Harmony each must decide how much to sacrifice for the sake of their dreams - and for each other.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Harmony had pleased the old man to one of his rare enthusiasms.

"Six months," he said, "and you will go back to your America and show them how over here we teach violin. I will a letter—letters—give you, and you shall put on the programme, of your concerts that you are my pupil, is it not so?"

Harmony was drawing on her worn gloves; her hands trembled a little with the praise and excitement.

"If I can stay so long," she answered unsteadily.

"You must stay. Have I so long labored, and now before it is finished you talk of going! Gott im Himmel!"

"It is a matter of money. My father is dead. And unless I find something to do I shall have to go back."

The master had heard many such statements. They never ceased to rouse his ire against a world that had money for everything but music. He spent five minutes in indignant protest, then:—

"But you are clever and young, child. You will . . . Read More

Community Reviews

There is certainly a lot of character development here.

The book seems to be about an American girl named Harmony who seeks to make her fortune as a musician, in Germany. She meets a guy (Peter) who takes it upon himself to protect her (whether or not she wants it). However, she wishes to be independ

Of course it's odd to keep filing these books as "historical," since they were contemporary when they were written -- at least for the most part -- but I think that's part of their appeal for me now.

This is a sweet romance; while there are plenty of the typical plot twists to keep the characters apa

“We trace a life by it’s scars, as a tree by it’s rings.” – Mary Roberta Rinehart

The pre–World War One city of Vienna, Austria was considered “THE PLACE” for a budding violin talent who had their sights set firmly on a career as a concert soloist. Based on that criteria, American violinist Harmony W

I was hoping for a mystery at least or a ghost story at best but this is neither. It is a too long melodrama, complete with poor but goodhearted lovers who are kept apart by every possible real and imagined dilemma, including a dying but oh-so-inspiring child. When I finally understood the direction

By now, you probably already know that I'm obsessed with her work. She is quickly taking a seat right next to Agatha Christie in my love of a good mystery. There is something so wonderfully lush about her narrative style that I get transfixed by what is taking place on the page. The plots and charac

Rinehart, a nurse who married a doctor, does like to set her romances around medical professionals, doesn't she?

Anyway, this is one of her non-mysteries, here in pre-World War I Vienna. The main plot/romance between a budding violinist and a student doctor is OK, at best, but there are all sorts of

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