Lasting Impression, A Paperback – Sep 1 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on July 12 2012 by Gorky
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. Read morePublished on May 25 2012 by little lady blue
A Lasting Impression is a book about forgiveness and second chances. The situations that the characters find themselves in kept me turning the pages. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2011 by Christina Banks
This is the second historical novel I read from Tamera Alexander and I liked it even better than the first one I read. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2011 by Laura Fabiani
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