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To Whisper Her Name (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tamera Alexander
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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." 

Editorial Reviews


USA Today Bestseller
"Pure reading pleasure."

~ Liz Curtis Higgs, NYT best-selling author of Mine Is the Night
"Deeply satisfying, both to my heart and my soul."
~ Christy Jordan, Southern Plate

"Beautiful. Powerful. Stirring." 
~ Cindy Woodsmall, NYT best-selling author of Sisters of the Quilt series

From the Author

The setting of this novel, the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN, is a real antebellum estate that still welcomes visitors today. The Harding family, characters in To Whisper Her Name, lived at Belle Meade in the 1800s and many of the events included in this novel were taken from their personal history and then fleshed out in my imagination.

In addition to the Harding family, many of the former slaves who served at Belle Meade inspired characters of this story--Robert Green, Susanna Carter, and many others. In nearly every instance, I used the real names of the former slaves and the positions they held at Belle Meade. However, the characters' personalities and actions are of my creation and should be construed as such.
After two years of research and writing To Whisper Her Name, I invite you to join me on yet another journey into the postbellum world of Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you, faithful readers, for entrusting your time to me. It's a weighty investment that I treasure and will never take for granted.
Visit my Amazon Author Page to watch 2-minute video vignettes filmed on location at Belle Meade Plantation.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2664 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JK5EVY
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Oh. My. The wait for this book has been excruciating, but it was absolutely worth it. To Whisper Her Name sets the bar for historical romance. Once again, Tamera Alexander has created a masterful saga that swept me away, this time to Belle Meade plantation. I adored Ridley Cooper and Olivia Aberdeen. Their individual stories are captivating and heart-wrenching; their relationship is superbly depicted. I loved their clashes and snarky verbal sparring just as much as the tender moments that made me catch my breath. No one can write a scene to quicken the heart quite like Tamera can! This is romance done right--but this is so much more than a romance novel. Infused with rich historical detail, each page pulsates with emotion. Although the Civil War had officially ended, the wounds ran deep in the South and the rejoined states were far from united. Long-held attitudes and opinions about the role of the (now former) slaves, those who fought for the North, and anyone who dared to act outside of the strict Southern code of propriety resulted in tension that could escalate and erupt with the power of one of General Harding's unbroken stallions. Tamera's gift for character portrayal breathes life into the servants, the stable hands, and the Harding family. I could practically smell the horseflesh, taste the beaten biscuits, and hear the servants singing and clapping! A novel as grand as Belle Meade itself, To Whisper Her Name beckons you to sit a spell and experience a year on the plantation. I sighed when I read the last page and reluctantly closed the book. I'm ready for the next one!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tamera Alexander and Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every minute of it! November 1, 2012
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This was an excellent book, if I might say so myself. Author Tamera Alexander outdid herself once again with a story line that is very engaging and has plenty going on, which I love. It was easy to fall in love with the characters at Belle Meade Plantation.

Following Olivia Aberdeen all over the plantation brings its highs and lows. You feel deeply for the way she was treated by her late husband and for the way society is treating her now. Yet, now that she is here at Belle Mead, you know things are going to work out well for her. Even though the story is quite predictable I still loved every minute of it!

From the very start, you are rooting on Mr. Ridley Cooper; a strong headed man who knows what he wants and goes for it. Once he lays eyes on Olivia you know she's in trouble. Their friendly and not so friendly banter and teasing really make the story fun, and reading how each person grows into a stronger relationship with God makes it even better.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on romance, light on plot November 20, 2012
By M. King
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I am not a big romance fan. I generally like a bit of romance, but I want a non-romance plot to drive the story.

To Whisper Her name is predominantly a romance. The plot is pretty thin and predictable. Further, the character of Olivia changes substantially though the book,but I found the rationale for the change to be lacking. Similarly, some of the changes in relationships (example, Olivia and Mary) only seem to be superficially explained.

If you like Christian historical romance, you will probably really, really like this book. If you would like more substance, you may wish to consider reading something else.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Found the romance lacking January 8, 2013
By T Gap
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This is the second novel I've read by Tamera Alexander, and I'm starting to think that she won't make my top list of Christian Historical Romance authors. There are MANY things going for this novel: the depth and beauty of the setting, the side characters are well fleshed out and endearing, and the parallel Alexander makes between Ridley's work with a mare and his pursuit of Olivia is brilliant.
And yet---I found myself eagerly reading for the romantic scenes I was hoping for: a deep and revealing conversation about Olivia's past marriage (didn't happen), a rescue during a dangerous situation (no rescue, and actually, any "dangerous" situation in the book is quickly dealt with little consequence)....just MORE. I wanted MORE out of their conversations. It felt like the romance piece was being ushered along to speed up Olivia's obligatory mourning period for her first husband. Therefore, weeks go by without her seeing Ridley, and when they finally interact, it isn't very exciting!
All in all, days later I am still thinking about the Belle Meade plantation and the characters. I just wish the romance had been more satisfying.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Novel! November 1, 2012
Set at the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN, following the Civil War, this novel presents perspectives from all sides of the spectrum: Southerners who fought on the side of the South, the women who were left behind to defend their homes, a Southerner who aligned himself with the North during the war, the widow of a Southerner who betrayed them all, and last but not least, the slaves who had recently gained their freedom. I've read all of Tamera Alexander's novels and loved each one, but To Whisper Her Name (in my opinion) is the best yet. I couldn't wait to get to the end of the story, but then hated for it to end. I enjoyed it so much I'm ready to read it again . . . a little slower this time because it really is a story that deserves to be savored.
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More About the Author

I grew up reading anything and everything I could, so it was a natural step when my interest eventually turned to writing. To date, I've published ten award-winning and bestselling novels including my April 2014 release, A BEAUTY SO RARE, which debuted on the CBA bestseller list and stayed on the list for three months, thanks to you!

I write what some of my readers have termed historical "grit-lit," which is Southern historical fiction/romance set in post-Civil War Nashville. I also write Colorado Territory historicals set in the wilds and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains where I lived for over seventeen years. At the heart of each of my books is a female and male protagonist at crucial turning points in their lives. As each story has unfolded in my writing, I've taken the couple's journey with them and hope you'll enjoy taking each of these journeys too.

I live in Nashville, Tennessee, with my husband--not far from the antebellum mansions about which I write--and with Jack, our sweet little Silky Terrier. My husband and I have two grown children who live nearby as well, which makes life pretty wonderful.

My next release, TO WIN HER FAVOR, publishes in May 2015, and is the second standalone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series set, of course, right here in Nashville, TN at the famous Belle Meade Plantation founded in 1807. My other Southern series is set at the opulent Belmont Mansion (now surrounded by Belmont University), which was built by Adelicia Acklen in 1853. Both of these mansions are house museums that welcome patrons so I encourage you to visit Belmont and Belle Meade if ever you're in Nashville.

For more about my books, please visit or join me on Facebook at or on Twitter @TameraAlexander

(Photo credit: Mandy Whitley Photography)

--Tamera's Books by series--

Tamera's series novels are "standalones," meaning the stories may be loosely connected by continuing characters, but each novel is a complete story in itself.

Rekindled, Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 1, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 0-7642-0108-5)
Revealed, Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 2, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 0-7642-0109-3)
Remembered, Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 3, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 0-7642-0110-7)
Fountain Creek Chronicles Trilogy, Books 1- 3 in one volume, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7642-0736-5)

From a Distance, Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 1, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7642-0389-3)
Beyond This Moment, Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 2, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7642-0390-9)
Within My Heart, Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 3, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 0-7642-0391-6)

The Inheritance, Women of Faith Fiction, Thomas Nelson Publishers (ISBN 978-1-59554-632-6)

A Lasting Impression, the first stand-alone novel in the Belmont Mansion series, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0764206221)
A Beauty So Rare, the second stand-alone novel in the Belmont Mansion series, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0764206238)
Book Three (2016)

To Whisper Her Name, the first stand-alone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series, Zondervan Publishers/Harper Collins (ISBN 978-0310291060)
To Win Her Favor, the second stand-alone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series, Zondervan Publishers/Harper Collins (April 2015)
Book Three (2016)

A Southern Novella Collection
Among the Fair Magnolias (four Southern love stories, Harper Collins Christian Publishing, releasing Summer 2015)

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