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To Whisper Her Name (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) by [Alexander, Tamera]
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“Alexander writes a beautiful story of love, friendship and finding purpose. The passion the characters have for one another and their dreams will keep readers engaged to the very last word. Book one in the Belle Meade Plantation series reminds readers that their path in life may twist and turn in unexpected ways, but God still has a good plan for their lives.' (RT Book Reviews, four stars)

“Already a USA TODAY bestseller, this novel draws a fresh thread in this author's historical fiction tapestry. Tamera Alexander's painstaking research into the people, places and times of which she writes is evident on every page and she depicts the famous residents of post-bellum Nashville with great detail and even greater affection. Flitting among famous Southerners, Alexander's fictional protagonists are endearing and their romance sweet---with just the right amount of heat in their attraction. Both Ridley and Olivia grow in character over the course of the novel and readers will delight in seeing this Southern-bred Yankee and his Nashville belle reach their Happy Ever After.” (usatoday.com, Serena Chase)

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USA Today Bestseller
  
From the USA Today bestselling author of A Lasting Impression and A Beauty So Rare comes an exquisite historical novel set against the real history of Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN that explores the struggles of real people of the post-war South and the journeys of a man and a woman scarred by betrayal.
 
Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a man shot as a traitor to the South, is shunned by proper society and gratefully accepts an invitation from "Aunt" Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation. Expecting to be the Harding's head housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned when she learns the real reason Elizabeth's husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Not finding the safe haven she expects, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems anything but a Southern gentleman.
 
Branded a traitor by some, Ridley Cooper, a Southern son who chose to fight for the Union, is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him. Determined to learn "the gift" that Belle Meade's head horse trainer and former slave, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley harbors secrets that threaten both their lives. 
 
As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for "betraying" the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again.
  
[Excerpt from Chapter 1]
"...Settled on the carriage seat, Olivia drew in a deep breath, the first in what felt like five years. She knew it was wrong, what she was feeling. Because a widow of only a week shouldn't wish to dance a jig. But God help her, that's precisely what she wanted to do. Not on the grave of her recently deceased husband, of course--that would be considered rude. Just off to the side would suffice." 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2173 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (Oct. 23 2012)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JK5EVY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander.

First five stars read of the year for this reader, and it's by one of the best authors in Christian Fiction, no less.

Tamera's novels have distinguished themselves because of their richness in historical details, relatable characters and plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats - and her latest novel does not disappoint.

Each word in To Whisper Her Name is carefully penned and transport readers to Belle Meade Plantation where Ridley Cooper ( ahem.. ladies you are not ready for this one. 'Handsome gentleman' is an understatement) and characters such as Olivia, Uncle Bob, Betsy and the other servants will captivate Alexander's readership's attention with their unique personalities invigorated quite thoroughly by the author, making this a satisfying and engaging read.

While I enjoyed getting to know these characters, I'll honestly confess that I didn't care much for the character of the man who owned the estate. The General Hardings portrayed in this novel is not a very likable man, in my opinion. Proud, selfish, stubborn, arrogant. While reading, I kept hoping that he had a soft side hidden, but even when I closed the last page of the book I still felt frustrations toward him.

However, this book in all fairness deserves a five stars, (in my opinion). Tamera has a gracious and scrumptious way of unravelling a story that is just a pure delight to savour.

A romance that will melt your heart, a good number of characters - especially the servants- that will make you laugh and will melt your heart even more (never mind General Hardings) To Whisper Her Name has it all and is graced in the end with a lovely ending.

Historical Romance fans, I would encourage you to make space on your TBR pile for this one! Well done Tamera! - once again.
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To pick up and read this novel, was a true pleasure. The plot was immediately engrossing and I found myself rushing to get back to the book whenever I had to put it down. The story opens with the widow Olivia Aberdeen arriving at Belle Meade in dire straights because her husband was shot for being a traitor to the south. Expecting to become housekeeper and companion to her mother’s best friend, she soon learns she will be expected to remarry.

Ridley Cooper is a man haunted by the Civil War. Born in the South, he defied expectations when he decided to fight for the North. He comes to Belle Meade only to work for a short with the black horse trainer who exceptional talent as a horse whisperer impressed Ridley when he encountered the man hiding prize horses during the war. He must keep his role in the war a secret at Belle Meade because the owner is a staunch Southern military officer and Ridley would face exposure and capture if the truth about his past is discovered.

A love story soon evolves between Ridley and Olivia, but it is by no means the main thrust of the story. This story is fabulously rich in plot with fascinating characters whose interactions with each other impress and surprise with every turn of the page.

The novel opens after the final days of the American Civil War. Historic detail and the intricate plot based upon the poignant issues surrounding the story’s characters made this a story that delights from start to finish. And because the setting is the actual Belle Meade Planation, the story was all the more intriguing. From its beautiful cover to the rich prose and tale secreted in its pages, this is historical fiction at its very best - a wonderful reading experience.
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I don't read books very often but when I do, generally they're by Tamera Alexander. I find her reading so beautiful and the characters so real. Ridley has held my heart from the first minute I met him. He is charming, witty, quick, and not afraid to say what he feels, while Olivia is exactly the opposite - or at least, so she thinks. He slowly begins to give her the confidence she desperately needs to step out of her comfort zone and be herself. It's such a beautiful love story and it will stay with you long after the final page! I've already recommended it to many people and will continue to!
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By Kav TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Dec 29 2012
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A sweeping saga that packs an emotional punch and makes you think. What a winning combination! Loved the rich history that Alexander so carefully details -- and not just with facts but with feeling as well. I felt each character's struggle, my emotions ranging from horror to euphoria time and time again.

Both hero and heroine are sympathetic characters with complicated lives in a complicated time. The author brings a richness and depth to the story with intricate layers that buried me beneath the pages. A substantial 473 pages, To Whisper Her Name still wasn't long enough for me!
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