With This Pledge

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Alexander, Tamera. With This Pledge: The Carnton Series- Book 1. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing. 2019.

SUMMARY:
As a governess to the MacGovock’s young children, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Clouston is very capable of handling difficult situations. Yet, when faced with the daunting, heart-rendering job of overseeing wounded soldiers who have overtaken the MacGovock’s home, Lizzie is tested to the limits of her inner strength and feels quite helpless. Set during the Civil War, With This Pledge also follows Captain Roland Jones’s journey as he attempts to save both his limbs while strongly sharing his beliefs. Author Tamera Alexander writes an emotionally intense, historically grounded, and undeniably romantic story in the first book of her new series…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Beautifully portrayed while heartbreakingly experienced, With This Pledge is perfectly told in true Tamera Alexander style.  With full characters, an interesting storyline, and an intended message, I had trouble putting this book down once I started it. Already a fan of this author, I wasn’t disappointed in her newest novel and am glad it is the beginning of a series. With the Civil War full of immense casualties, the backdrop for this story flowed through the characters as they found the necessary strength while exploring and standing behind individual beliefs, creating the heart-tugs this author is known for. Well-written and definitely enjoyed, I will continue to seek out this author in the future.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of With This Pledge from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

A Beauty So Rare

Alexander, Tamera. A Beauty So Rare. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
beautyNot your typical Southern belle, Eleanor Braddock considers herself quite plain, quite tall and quite tired of the color pink. When Eleanor arrives at her Aunt Adelicia Acklen’s extraordinary mansion, she is expected to melt into high society, including her choice of a beau. Not part of the plan is Archduke Marcus Gottfried, posing as an under-gardener, nor is her dream of owning and working in her own restaurant. Though secrets ensue and plans rapidly change, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground, albeit not what is expected of them…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
This book had me at the cover, captivated me through the story, and lead me to a new favorite author! Eloquently written yet with a softly imprinted message that beauty truly starts from within and spreads outward, I truly enjoyed every word in this novel. Though the second book in the Belmont Mansion series, I have not yet read the first book in the series, A Lasting Impression, but had no problems following. An absolutely charming book from cover to cover.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Beauty So Rare from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*