A story that will steal your heart... With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander (Review & #Giveaway)


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With This Pledge
(Carnton #1)
By Tamera Alexander
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 448 Pages
January 8th 2019 by Thomas Nelson

Summary

History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of USA TODAY bestselling Tamera Alexander’s new series, The Carnton Novels.

What can a woman—a mere governess—do against the scourge of slavery?

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause—but when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home where she is governess is converted into a Confederate field hospital, and Lizzie is called upon to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death. Faced with the unimaginable, she must summon fortitude, even as she fears for the life of Towny, her fiancĂ© and lifelong friend.

As a young soldier lies dying in Lizzie’s arms, she vows to relay his final words to his mother, but knows little more than the boy’s first name. That same night, decorated Mississippi sharpshooter Captain Roland Ward Jones extracts a different promise from Lizzie: that she intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate his leg.

Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends to the wounded within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is pledged to another. But as Lizzie’s heart softens toward the Confederate captain, she discovers that his moral ground is at odds with her own. Now torn between love, principles, and promises made, she struggles to be true to her heart while standing for what she knows is right—no matter the cost.

From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.

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My Review

WITH THIS PLEDGE is a story of faith and love in the midst of war. Set during the US Civil War where a governess and the family she serves see more than most when they fill in as a hospital for the Confederate army during a fight just a few miles from their doors. The occurrence impacts the soldiers they house while also greatly impacting their own lives. This is one beautifully written romance that will steal your heart and inspire.

Alexander never disappoints. Her historical details and characters always tug on the heart, bring out all the feels, and leave you with a perfectly satisfying ending. The beginning of this story starts off quite intense. I didn't really take my first breath until 40 pages in or so, if even then. I was immediately pulled in and was also easily invested in these characters who were so well drawn. Lizzie has a quiet reserve about her, while also having such inner strength as she serves the soldiers and then begins to push forward her own beliefs. I admired her in so many ways. Roland is a character that quickly captured my heart as he deals with his losses and shows his strength. I loved the dialogue between these two and how their relationship grows and continues through letters. I also loved the other characters who so uniquely played their roles. The children were precious, and I especially loved Tempy. I appreciated how well the author describes the fight and war, and then weaves these characters and the romance through it. The inspirational elements were spot on as well. This was a perfectly written story and I'm looking forward to the following books in the series.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story from beginning to end. Highly recommended!

Content: Some violence and gore due to the setting, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through JustRead Tours, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author


Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal's top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of Tamera’s two USA Today bestselling Southern series.


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