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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780764206221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764206221
  • ASIN: 0764206222
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claire Laurent's greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she's forced to flee her home, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe, who shows her kindness by not turning her in to authorities. But when he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she's sorely misjudged him. Finding herself among the elite of Nashville society, Claire believes her dream of creating a lasting impression in the world of art is within reach--but only if her past remains hidden.

The Federal Army destroyed Sutton's home, confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family's honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined--as well as the woman he loves.

Set at Nashville's historic Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Adelicia Acklen, A Lasting Impression is a sweeping love story about a nation mending after war, the redemption of those wounded, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves--and each other--for who they really are.

"Tamera Alexander has once again written a novel rich in storytelling and history, peopled with living, breathing characters who made me laugh, and cry. Better than sweet tea on a veranda, A Lasting Impression is a winner. I want to live at Belmont!"--Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love

"Tamera Alexander paints vivid scenes, not with oils on canvas but with words on the page...A lovely story, sure to please anyone who treasures a good romance."--Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night

"To put it simply: This book is a full-on HIT. Belmont's history is fascinating and provides a rich setting for historical romance. The author has placed a diverse palette of colorful characters within her heady setting, but among them none is quite as vibrantly drawn as The Lady of Belmont herself, Mrs. Adelicia Acklen." - Serena Chase, USA Today

About the Author

Tamera Alexander is a bestselling, award-winning novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thoughtprovoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers worldwide. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two adult children and Tammy's father.

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Bestselling author Tamera Alexander’s newest novel, A Lasting Impression, was released by Bethany House* in the fall of 2011, and is sure to make a ‘lasting impression’ on your heart and imagination. Both humorous and tender, this novel will make you laugh and cry within the span of a few pages! From a historical accuracy standpoint, this incredible story has clearly been researched down to every last detail. In an online interview with Ms. Alexander, she states that the director of the Belmont Mansion today actually read her manuscript before it was published, simply to ensure that all aspects of the mansion were portrayed accurately!

An intriguing aspect of this sweeping story is its remarkable cast of characters, each vividly portrayed and soon ingrained in your imagination. Claire Laurent is a young woman with a regrettable past who is given the chance to alter her future for the better. Sutton Monroe is a beginning attorney whose past is also filled with regrets, but of a different kind. Through an unexpected series of events, Claire and Sutton’s lives intersect at Belmont, a mansion and estate owned by one of the richest women in America at the time, Mrs. Adelica Acklen - an actual person in history, and a vital member of the supporting cast in this story.

Several years before our story begins, Claire was pressured into furthering her family’s business by using her abilities at painting... to forge the works of famous artists. Now a young adult, Claire is forced to make decisions on her own when a sudden crises disrupts her entire world. Soon she finds herself at Belmont Mansion, which turns out to be both the world she’s always dreamed of belonging in, and the worst place in which to keep her previous life a secret.
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By G.C on Dec 28 2012
Format: Paperback
I wrote this review a couple of minutes after finishing this book.

The last page has been turned with a content sigh, the book is beside me now, but as I'm writing this, I'm still back at the Belmont mansion where de-lightful characters have gotten the happy ending they oh-so deserved- which in return, thrilled this reader's heart, because before embarking on this journey she had been just desperate to get her hands on one those rare, thoroughly engaging novels.

You know... the one where the only disappointment was that it ended?

A Lasting Impression... Oh, my word, how I enjoyed it! I finished in two days (and it's quite thick!)

Mellifluous, carefully and richly penned, it made me laugh and at times it truly took me by surprise, while the historical details piqued by curiosity and made me want to visit Belmont Mansion!

And these characters! There were so well-developed. Halfway throughout the story, I already had in mind what to say about Adelicia, but arriving toward the end, I realized that I misjudged her. Not to mention that there were other wonderful characters: Claire Elise (love her name! And I truly wanted to hug this woman many times throughout the story), charming Sutton, graceful Eli, lovable Cordina and more.

I believe readers will take delight in watching the main characters grow in strength and beauty, while the plot will keep them turning pages and the love story will warm their hearts. Especially if you are a hopeless romantic. This is no shallow love story, it unfolds throughout the story like a precious blossom.

This one's a keeper.

I can't wait to get my hands on Tamera's latest, To Whisper Her Name. She's hinted that some of the characters in ALI might make an appearance in that story.
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By Gorky on July 12 2012
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After reading several samples of various books, I chose to read this one, and I'm happy I did. Tamera once again doesn't fail to deliver. This was a great read, and I found myself up far to late reading reading reading. I could barely put the book down. *May contain spoilers* Claire, who is an artist, but got her start as a forger, embarks on a journey to become the woman God wants her to be. After a robbery at her fathers art gallery, she is forced to flee. After some unfortuante circumstances, Claire finds herself in the employee of possibly the richest woman in Nashville, but ever frightened that her past is going to come back to haunt her, leaving her jobless, pennyless and not able to find work again in Nashville. A great read, that will have you laughing, crying and sitting on the edge of your seat. Very descriptive, which brings the setting as well as the characters to life.
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By little lady blue TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 25 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an easy-breezy read of romance with a bit of suspense. It didn't feel as lame as most romance novels which I shy away from like the plague, this one I totally enjoyed. I immediately cheered for the heroine as she tried desperately to escape her difficult circumstances in the very beginning. While there is a touch of Christianity weaved within the story it was not overpowering and I would not call this book a Christian novel. I loved the idea of taking a real stately mansion and creating a story around it and its owners and look forward to more novels set at Belmont Mansion by this author. As soon as I finished the book I immediately looked at the Belmont Mansion web site and was not disappointed, Ms Alexander did it proud. I truly recommend this book - it will leave you with a happy heart and a smile on your face and a great desire to visit the real Belmont Mansion.
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