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Saturday, November 10, 2012

To Whisper Her Name

Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a murdered carpetbagger, gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation and the dearest friend of Olivia’s late mother. Expecting to be the Harding’s housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned once again when she learns the real reason why Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming.

Caring for an ill Aunt Elizabeth, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a southern-born son who—unbeknownst to her and everyone else—fought for the Union. Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him while harboring secrets that threaten his life. As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again…

Set within the remarkable history of Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, comes a story about enslavement and freedom, arrogance and humility, and the power of love to heal even the deepest of wounds.

Café Lily’s Review:

Tamara Alexander sweeps readers away to the old post war south, and incorporates the history of the real Belle Meade plantation into this story. The romance in this novel reminded me many times of Gone With The Wind. Olivia and Ridley are at times, oil and water, and their clashes and disagreements add to the charm of their relationship. The other characters are interesting as well and the author blends a wonderful cast of personalities into this book. I must say, this was a LONG book so it took me awhile to get through it. I’m also not a huge fan of horses, but the historical background on thoroughbred breeding was interesting. Fans of Tamera Alexander will not be disappointed. Her writing is vivid and enables the reader to “see” in their minds, what she is describing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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