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Tamera Alexander was included in my Top Ten Christian Fiction Authors I’m Dying to Read. I’m happy to report that I have now rectified that situation! 😉 If you haven’t yet read any of her books, she needs to be on your list of authors to read! Here are a few thoughts on To Whisper Her Name to whet your appetite.
To Whisper Her Name
by Tamera Alexander
From the back cover:
From the USA Today bestselling author of A Lasting Impression and A Beauty So Rare comes an exquisite historical novel set against the real history of Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN that explores the struggles of real people of the post-war South and the journeys of a man and a woman scarred by betrayal.
Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a man shot as a traitor to the South, is shunned by proper society and gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation. Expecting to be the Harding’s head housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned when she learns the real reason Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Not finding the safe haven she expects, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems anything but a Southern gentleman.
Branded a traitor by some, Ridley Cooper, a Southern son who chose to fight for the Union, is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him. Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer and former slave, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley harbors secrets that threaten both their lives.
As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again.
You can find To Whisper Her Name here:
About the author:
USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander is an award-winning novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose have earned her devoted readers worldwide, and multiple industry awards. Among them, the Christy Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award, and the prestigious Library Journal’s top honors for Inspirational Fiction. Tamera has over a million books in print worldwide and will be visiting Germany and Switzerland on a book signing/speaking tour in June 2014. Visit TameraAlexander.com for more details.
Who defines what is right? And just how far do you go to stand for what you believe?
The Civil War created divisions, and rebuilding lives after the war took time and effort. Ridley and Olivia are both “branded” by the war, and yet their time at Belle Meade will challenge both the “brands” and the cultural influence that caused them.
I loved so many of the characters. How could you not love Uncle Bob? And little Jimmy, and sweet Aunt Elizabeth, and even Mary with her struggles… I think, if I were to visit the plantation, I’d recognize each one without an introduction!
To Whisper Her Name has a wonderful blend of description, emotion, and humor that will keep you reading late into the night. It’s the first in its series, and this is one series I certainly want to finish!