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To Whisper Her Name: Bell Meade Plantation, Book 1 - Deseret Book
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She's been extended an invitation to come live with "Aunt" Elizabeth Harding, her mother's best friend and the mistress of the renowned Belle Meade Plantation. Olivia wonders what role she's expected to take once she arrives. Although she expects to be the housekeeper, she instead finds herself caring for "Aunt" Elizabeth.
While on the plantation she runs into a southern born son, Ridley Adam, who secretly fought in the Union. Why does Olivia feel so attracted to Ridley Adam and will he ever really notice her? Paperback Number of Pages: A Lasting Impression 1 Tamera Alexander. More Info Add To Wishlist. It was one of the most enjoyable moments, and also my very favorite. I also like that Ridley's deception wasn't glossed over at the end, it wasn't like everyone was fine with it, he did hurt people by doing what he felt was right. But because the author gave the character time to come to terms Ridley's evasion of the truth, Olivia's reaction stayed true to character.
I don't know why, maybe because he would rather do the wrong thing and save face? PG For the suggestion that one of the former slaves was related to the Hardings and for Olivia's abusive husband, no, we don't get details or a story. Because of that, Olivia's trusting is truly a turning point for her; So, you just mustn't miss her story!
One last thing, I'm not a history buff but I'm pretty sure that women were not wearing bustles right at the end of the civil war, because, how could you wear those huge hoops and a bustle? First Bustle, from http: Does it look civil war-ish to you?
Book Review: To Whisper Her Name
HERE is a civil war gown from http: This book is set right at the end of the Civil War. But, I still enjoyed it, none of this took away from my enjoying it. View all 22 comments. Dec 02, Hannah rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this story!
I read it more slowly than usual, yet still finished it in one day I enjoyed so much of it that it's difficult to review. I loved Uncle Bob, and the horses added so much to the story.
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For critique, two things jumped out at me. First, her wearing a bustle and a hoop. Ummm, a little ahead of time I think that was about a decade later. Sorry to break the news, but a mantle is a physical or figurative piece of clothing. If it's something built over a fireplace, it's a mantel. It's sad the publisher's editor missed on both counts.
But the rest was fabulous. View all 4 comments. Mar 12, Staci rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tamera Alexander weaves history and fiction so beautifully. There were many fascinating details about the workings of a horse farm. This novel is highly recommended for fans of historical fiction. I look forward to reading the next novel in this series.
Oct 22, Jane rated it really liked it Shelves: Where I got the book: Ridley Cooper comes to the plantation to learn horsemanship before heading out to the Rockies to start his own farm; he conceals the fact that, although a Southerner, he fought on the Union side against slavery Where I got the book: Ridley Cooper comes to the plantation to learn horsemanship before heading out to the Rockies to start his own farm; he conceals the fact that, although a Southerner, he fought on the Union side against slavery. Smooth, sparkling dialogue and likable characters make this novel a pleasant read, and Alexander provides plenty of plausible conflicts to draw the reader onward.
The historical elements are convincing, my only objection being costume-based. These cavils do not detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.
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View all 24 comments. When I pick up a book from Tamera Alexander, I always know that I will be in for an enjoyable experience and this one truly delivered! She is a gifted storyteller and has the ability to make the reader feel like they have been transported to another time. As far as the characters, I loved Ridley and Olivia. I was entertained by their p Outstanding! I was entertained by their playful banter and enjoyed watching their budding romance.
I also loved aunt Elizabeth and absolutely adored the servants. Although they had been through so much and had previously been denied basic rights, they had such positive attitudes and showed so much love towards others. Of course, Uncle Bob was my favorite. I think the whole world would benefit if we all had someone as wise as Uncle Bob in our life. This was truly a beautiful story about hardship, love, and forgiveness!
I will be thinking about this one for quite some time. Oct 12, Casey rated it it was amazing. The novel is rich and to be savored. I fell in love with the characters as they fell in love with each other. Something I think only an excellent author can accomplish over nearly five hundred pages. There is a tapestry of love and grace and finesse through every single page that brings the characters and reader together, directly into the heart of the story.
There was no doubt the place I sat while I reading this story: Olivia and Ridley are dynamic characters.
The Belle Meade a place of rich extravagance. The voice of the novel a gripping delicacy. Every single word of this novel simply…worked. A well-crafted work of fiction!
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This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review. View all 6 comments. But love it, I did. The setting, the plot, the romance, everything flowed and worked so well together. I felt as if I walked up the long drive of Belle Meade plantation and didn't leave until the story ended. Each of the characters were so well crafted, and though Alexander could have easily relied on "stock" characters, she did no such thing.
They all had their foibles and frailties, their secret sorrows and triumphs. Olivia and Ridley were both fun and exasperating--just the way rwo people falling in love can be. I loved every Southern-infused aspect of the setting and the post-Civil War time period felt so genuine and authentic.
I definitely hope that Alexander returns to Belle Meade, but if not, I am entirely pleased by the outcome of Olivia's journey and am eager to read the Alexander novel I already have waiting on my shelf! I have a growing fondness for books written by Tamera Alexander. While they tend to be long, she manages to hold my attention the whole way through. In both the books I've read, I've really enjoyed her spirited female protagonists.
I also admire the way her minor characters enrich these stories. To Win Her Favor will be my next audiobook indulgence. This was a book I didn't want to end! Why did it have to end?! This has definitely been one of my favorite books I've read this year. It was so rich and beautifully written. I loved the historical setting of the South post-Civil War, all the descriptions of Belle Meade Plantation with its thoroughbred stud farm, and all the wonderful characters that graced this story. Mar 23, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: This was the first of the Belle Meade series, which are meant to be read alongside the author's Belmont series.
Anyhow, as was the case with the first two books of her Belmont series, I really loved this historical novel. It was a complex, sweet story, and I enjoyed the characters. I look forward to reading more of this series, and I can honestly say that Tamera Alexander has become one of my favorite authors of historical fiction.
Jun 12, Alicia rated it really liked it Shelves: A riveting read set in the first couple of years after the Civil War. I loved the thoroughbred theme and the author gave a lot of depth to the main characters. Also, my heart completely melted during the last couple of pages. Such a perfect ending! Apr 09, Arlena rated it really liked it Shelves: Tamera Alexander Published by: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: This story deals with Elizabeth and Ridley a couple of years after the war with secrets that will 'make or break them.
Alexander's novels you will note that this novel is one of her best ones. Yes, this novel somewhat predictable at times but still a good read. The characters are well developed, 'marvelous and meticulously crafted' A few characters like Uncle Bob, General Harding and Rachel could have stories of their own being so complexed and all! To get a real fill for this read you must pick up the good read to find out which way this author is taking the reader. Be prepared for a long read. If you are looking for a novel of faith, love, forgiveness Apr 10, Abbi rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is sad how long it took me to read this book!
I loved the first book of the Belmont Mansion series and could not wait for this book to release. But then it took me a bit to get a copy and review books kept getting in the way but I finally found the opportunity to read it when my copy of the second book in the series arrived. Thankfully I'm able to report that this book was worth the wait and I loved it! I absolutely love all of the research that this author does and it really shines through i It is sad how long it took me to read this book! I absolutely love all of the research that this author does and it really shines through in her books.
Every chapter is filled with rich historical detail but it never overtakes the story, just enhances it. I loved Ridley and Olivia's characters and I really enjoyed all of the banter between the two of them. It was so much fun to watch their relationship play out. The other characters were great too especially Bob Green!
I also really liked getting to visit Belle Meade through this book and it made me want to visit the actual plantation someday. I'm sorry this is a short review but since I read the book a few months ago it's hard to remember all the details!