Book Review, Books and Reading

To Wager Her Heart

    The War Between the States has ended but its wounds are still fresh. However, for Sylas Rutledge, the rawest of wounds is his stepfather’s death and the blame put on him for the train accident that cost many their lives. Sy cannot believe his stepfather, one of the best engineers, could be at fault, and he is determined to prove it.

Alexandra Jamison is everything Nashville’s high society looks to. That is, until she refuses the arranged marriage her father has set before her and chooses, instead, to teach at Fisk University, a school for freedmen. Doing so costs Alexandra everything she has ever known. Both Sylas and Alexandra must make their way in their new endeavors, overcoming obstacles and fears. Their friendship is a part they each hold dear, but could there be more than just friendship? And when truth is revealed, will their relationship hold?
As always, Tamera Alexander captures post-civil war Tenessee with rich details and characters that are real. Each person has a life, a goal, fears, hopes. I greatly enjoyed reading about Fisk University, the Jubilee Singers, and trains. Not only does Ms. Alexander write beautiful stories, I love how she adds true events that blend so well you don’t even realize you are getting a history lesson.


*I received this book free from Zondervan and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts, and I was not compensated in any monetary way*

Book Review, Books and Reading

Christmas at Carnton

02716581f9673e85c0d0095a975b3f20    Aletta Prescott is recently widowed and losing her house. How is she supposed to care for her son and herself? Captain Jake Winston is a revered sharpshooter, until a head injury during a battle sends him away to recover. He fears losing his greatest skill and his identity as he knows it. Can either of them learn to work with what has been thrown at them? Or will things become too hard to bear?

Set in Franklin, Tennessee, Tamera Alexander vividly describes the backdrop of the story. The characters were easy to relate to and follow. This was a sweet story. My only “negative” thought on it is the story did not feel long enough for me. When the story ended I wanted more. Is that really a negative point, though? This was a sweet taste of things to come from Ms. Alexander and I am looking forward to her new series.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any financial way*

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The Loyal Heart book review

2e77626e0328274c7653a1c31420a7b0    A pact made between brothers in arms. A promise fulfilled to a dying man. Can love be found in the unlikeliest of places?


Phillip Markham makes a pact with his fellow soldiers. If anything happens to either of them, their fellow brothers in arms would look after their buddy’s family. Robert Truax joined that pact, never dreaming he would be fulfilling that promise go Phillip’s widow, Mirada. She is depressed, lost, and an outcast. Robert makes it his duty to protect her. Throughe it all, however, he knows something about Phillip that could change Miranda’s view of her husband forever.


I tried so hard to get into this story, however, no matter how hard I tried I could not connect with it. I can’t quite put my finger on it, there was just something about it I could not follow. Unfortunately I did not finish the book.


*I received this book free from Fiction Guild and Zander an in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed as entirely my own thoughts*

Book Review, Books and Reading, My Life

Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray book review

c7ca9849876147b0ed4e940ed92d37c9    The bonds of friendship extend beyond age, race, culture and events in this remarkable, beautiful, memorable story.


Mary Anna Curtiss Lee is a daughter and the wife of well-known family. Selina Norristown Gray is a d aughter born into slavery. They  forge a friendship as Mary teaches Selina how to read and write. They stay close as they grow up and gain their own families. Selina even becomes Mary’s close confidante.


Words cannot completely express the feelings I have for this story. As it is quoted in this very book…. “There are times where feelings go deeper than words”. This story has proved this to be true. Mrs. Lee & Mrs. Gray has become  favorite of mine.


*I received this book free from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts*