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*

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Book Review, Books and Reading

A Note Yet Unsung

a note yet unsung“Women aren’t allowed to play in orchestras.”

 

Although a master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington’s hopes of playing in the Nashville Philharmonic are quickly dashed due to her gender alone. Nashville’s new orchestra leader. Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, agrees that Rebekah has talent, but what a shame she is female. He chooses to bow to public opinion. However, when it becomes clear he needs an assistant to help him finish his symphony he believes Rebekah is the one to ask. Yet how does he win back the trust of a woman when he has dashed her dreams?

Tamera Alexander brings music to life within these pages. Music, the city of Nashville in the 1870’s, as well as Chicory Hollow (two completely different settings beautifully flow together in this story). Ms. Alexander always has a way of bringing history to life with words. This is a beautiful story I greatly enjoyed.

 

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*