From #1 CBA Bestselling Author Tamera Alexander
SERIES: Belle Meade Plantation #3
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2017
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Tamera Alexander has been one of my go-to authors since I rediscovered my first love of reading. Everything she writes is beautiful, heartfelt, and sincere. Her books are the kind you must keep reading until you’ve savored every last word. To Wager Her Heart is no exception. (While this is the 3rd book in the Belle Meade series, each book can be read as a standalone.)
Alexandra is my kind of heroine – stronger & smarter & braver than she realizes, yet still decidedly feminine. And Sy is book boyfriend material for sure with his black duster, the gun at his hip, the dog by his side, and the tender smile on his face. Not to mention those kisses. Whew! I love the nod back to Alexander’s Colorado Territory books, too, in Sy’s own roots.
But even more than the romance, I love Sy’s spiritual and emotional journey over the course of the novel, as well as the rich history that the author weaves seamlessly into the fabric of the story. The Fisk University students and specifically the singers are inspiring and humbling – their courageous spirit challenging me in my own journey. The scene with the chains… y’all. I was undone. The persecution they endured on a regular basis, not to mention as they set out to gain support for their school, and their drive to learn what had previously been forbidden to them (like how to read) is something I will carry with me for a long time. Additionally, the reminder that life isn’t always tied up with a neat bow gives this novel greater dimension and grounds it even further in reality.
Bottom Line: To Wager Her Heart reminds me yet again why I love Tamera Alexander’s novels. She gets to the heart of the history while maintaining the heart of the gospel. Her characters are vivid, sincere, and diverse without straying into stereotypes or losing dimension. The historical themes are compellingly timely for our current world, and the emphasis on doing the right thing no matter the cost is timeless. Go ahead and plan not to get anything else done while you’re reading To Wager Her Heart, because you won’t be able to tear yourself away once you’ve begun.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / Exquisite and heartfelt
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
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Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers in the historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels.
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