Book Review: “To Whisper Her Name” by Tamera Alexander

October 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Tamera Alexander in her new book, “To Whisper Her Name” Book One in the Belle Meade Plantation series published by Zondervan  brings us into the life of Olivia Aberdeen in 1866 Nashville.

From the Back Cover:  Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, the most influential thoroughbred stud farm in America’s history, To Whisper Her Name weaves the struggles of real people of the post-war South with 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.

History, Plantations, Horses, Horse racing, this book has it all.  “To Whisper Her Name” explores the South and a nation mending in 1866, just after the end of the Civil War which ended in 1865.  Ms. Alexander deals with the historic Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville.  Ms. Alexander has given us a novel of the South that is filled with scope and grandeur.  1866 is a time in history that will never be repeated by which I mean we will never see this side of the South again.  Unless, of course, it is in a book written by Tamera Alexander.  The characters are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages.  “To Whisper Her Name” may be Ms. Alexander’s best book yet.  Tamera Alexander has written a well done novel that I recommend highly.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from PR by the Book.   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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