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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Zondervan
- Audible.com Release Date: August 8, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06ZYRXVTM
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To Wager Her Heart: A Belle Meade Plantation Novel, Book 3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Caught between her parents' misguided expectations for her future and her incessant grief over losing the love of her life, Alexandra Jamison takes a bold step of faith; she applies for a teaching position at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the first freedman's university in the United States. Upon learning of her decision, Alexandra's outraged father banishes her from the household with only the clothes on her back.
When railroad owner Sylas Rutledge happens upon the lovely, but utterly exhausted, Alexandra Jamison along the road to Belle Mead Plantation, he cannot deny that fact that it might be interesting to make her acquaintance for the second time. She was merely a silent fixture in her father's office when they initially met following his arrival from Colorado, but this version is quite attractive and could definitely use his assistance. Perhaps Sylas can convince this gentlewoman, with an acute knowledge of business deals, to tutor him through the nuances of brokering contracts between Southern gentlemen. His future depends on it.
As is often the case, a budding friendship between a woman and a man faces many hurdles, but the barrier between Alexandra and Sylas is tightly wedged, for his father engineered the very train that took the life of Alexandra's beloved, in the fiery crash on Dutchman's Curve.
As gentle as a breeze, Tamera Alexander captures the essence of history as she blends faith, fact, and fiction into the fiber of her characters, while leading them and her reading audience closer to the One who is worth every risk of the heart. "Give me Jesus", indeed.
Alexander has once again written a historically rich, beautiful and evocative tale! Fans of historical fiction and of the series will enjoy curling up with this one. Alexander takes readers into the the time, place and experience of those at Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers; really it is but a taste of what they experienced and most likely felt, but worthy reading all the same. While there is a bit of romance to this tale with Sy and Alexandra, really this story reads as more of a historical account of the times and the strides, victories, and tragedies found in it. Well written, with moments of insight and inspiration this is one to add to your read list.
On another note, I always look forward to reading her Author's note section to learn more about the actual history/people her novel is based upon. I hope to explore these places for myself one day. While this was not my favorite of the series, there is much to recommend it.
I binged this, listening to it on the audible recording as well as reading it over a weekend. It was a delightful weekend as I got to know the players in this post civil war era where prejudice boiled to the surface both North and South. Excellent storytelling.
Any reader that is looking for a fun, great, clean, and full of historical details in a book, then To Wager Her Heart is one for them. I cannot wait to see what the author is releasing next.
I've read all of Tamera's novels (faves including To Whisper Her Name, To Win Her Favor, A Lasting Impression, Beyond This Moment), and just didn't think this was as good as those. If you're a Tamera Alexander fan, I'd still recommend this book, but just don't expect a full romance story with it.