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To Whisper Her Name (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel Book 1) by [Alexander, Tamera]
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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.
 
Warmly,
Tamera
 
Visit my Amazon Author Page to watch 2-minute video vignettes filmed on location at Belle Meade Plantation.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2173 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 23, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JK5EVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Tamera Alexander is one of my favorite authors and I don't think that I have been disappointed after reading any of her books. This one is set in post Civil War Nashville on Belle Meade Plantation, a place that raises thoroughbreds.

Olivia is going to live with her "aunt" who was a close friend of her mother's. Olivia's husband has just been murdered for being a crook and traitor to the south. He was hardly a loving, caring husband to Olivia, but she is now paying the price for his actions. She has been rejected by Nashville society and is now on her way to Belle Meade.

When we meet Ridley Cooper, it is before the end of the war. Being from South Carolina, his family expected him to fight for the south, but Ridley's conscience wouldn't allow that. He comes across a man from the Belle Meade plantation that is hiding some of the horses from the Belle Meade Plantation. Ridley allows the man to take the horses, but is captured by Confederate soldiers as he leaves the mountain.

Olivia and Ridley meet when the carriage that Olivia is riding to the plantation is overturned. She is unhurt, but she is trapped in the carriage. Terrified of horses, her scream when one approaches her draws the attention of Ridley and they eventually become friends. Ridley has come to learn how to train horses from the man he met on the mountain. He is sworn to keep his past a secret, because if the General finds out that Ridley fought for the north, both Ridley's and the trainer's life could be in danger.

Olivia and Ridley fall in love, but he is determined to head to the Colorado Territory. He has land waiting for him and he has a set amount of time to improve the land. Olivia is just as determined to stay in Tennessee.
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