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Happy Wednesday! Is everyone recovered and getting back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving? I pray all of you had a blessed holiday.
This week I’m highlighting a local author. Tamera Alexander’s historical fiction is set in historical plantations around Nashville, and the one in her new Carton series is right down the road from me. I toured this plantation with my brother and his family two summers ago so I’m looking forward to seeing how Alexander brings the place to life through her characters and stories.
History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of Tamera Alexander’s new series, The Carnton Novels.
On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity of his wounds, believes his life will be spared. But a life without his leg, he can’t abide. He compels Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston—governess to the McGavock family at the Carnton mansion—to intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate. True to her word, Lizzie speaks on his behalf and saves not only the captain’s leg but also his life.
When a fourteen-year-old soldier dies in Lizzie’s arms that night, the boy’s final words, whispered with urgency, demand that Lizzie deliver them to their intended recipient. But all she has is the boy’s first name. And, as she soon discovers, there’s no record of him ever having enlisted. How can she set out alone across a land so divided by war and hatred to honor her pledge? Even more, does she dare accept Captain Jones’s offer to accompany her? As he coalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.
From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.
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Is anyone else staring down a January TBR pile already?
Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know says
Yes! I’ve featured this one a few weeks ago myself. It looks really good! Hope we both enjoy it!
Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know
Jennifer Tar Heel Reader says
This sounds like such a good read, Suzy. I didn’t realize Carnton was a real place and near Nashville. I need to visit some time too! I hope you enjoy the book!
Mary @StackingMyBookShelves! says
Ohhh the old south and war and love. Hey, love and war. Ok yes, I will add this one to my list. Good pick!
Ashley S. says
I really need to read a Tamera Alexander book sometime. This one sounds interesting and how cool that you toured the actual plantation! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Michelle @Because Reading says
I miss reading these types of books. This sounds like such an amazing story. Great pick! 🙂