TO WHISPER HER NAME by Tamera Alexander is an exciting inspirational historical romance. Set to the backdrop of the historic Belle Meade mansion,a Thoroughbred stud farm in Nashville, Tennessee and post Civil War. Follow,a Southerner,who fought for the Union, Ridley Adam Cooper and widow Olivia Aberdeen on a journey of healing and love. Filled with inner turmoil, secrets,horses,horse trainer,thoroughbred horses, enslavement,humility,healing,forgiveness,betrayal,freedom, arrogance,Nashville history,faith,and the power of love. If you enjoy history,horses,Nashville in the 1860's,romance,you will definitely enjoy this title. Written with historical facts,engaging and unforgettable characters, to the backdrop of post-Civil War. A powerful,although, heart wrenching,and stirring story. A must for anyone who enjoys a lesson in humility,the power of love and healing. Another hit for Ms. Alexander. She always captures the heart and soul of her characters and leaves her readers spellbound. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at the author's website,Zondervan, and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
I have enjoyed all of the author's previous titles, especially her Colorado historicals, but I have to say, this latest Southern antebellum novel in "To Whisper Her Name" evoked a love for southern fiction I didn't know I possessed.
The novel is rich and to be savored. I read the story slowly, not because it didn't thoroughly capture my attention, but only because it didn't feel right to blaze through for the sake of simply reading. 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: the veranda of the Belle Meade.
Olivia and Ridley are dynamic characters. The Belle Meade a place of rich extravagance. The voice of the novel a gripping delicacy. Description doesn't rule the novel, which is one thing I appreciated about it_I saw the characters interacting with their surroundings and it worked. Every single word of this novel simply_worked.
I'm impressed, grateful and eager for the next novel in this Belle Meade series. A well-crafted work of fiction!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
Olivia is newly widowed, and trying to get out from under the dark cloud that her late husband cast on her and those surrounding them, so she flees to her "Aunt Elizabeth" at Belle Meade plantation planning to become a housekeeper. On her way there she comes upon Ridley Cooper in the most unusual of circumstances.
Ridley Cooper has a dream of going west, but first he wants to learn how to train horses from a man called Uncle Bob at Belle Meade. But Ridley has a secret that could destroy everything...
When this book came in the mail it was so much longer than I had thought that it would be, but don't let the length scare you! I absolutely loved the characters and how they grew throughout the course of the story.
Ridley had alot to learn about horses and women, and he learned that just like you don't want to rush into a relationship with a horse, you don't want to rush into a relationship with a woman either. Olivia struggled to find her place again and escape the shadow that her late husband cast on her life. I really liked the character of Uncle Bob, because he was a smart and sensible man who had lived and learned.
To Whisper Her Name was an engaging read, and I found that the pages flew by far faster than I would have imagined. The book as a whole was just so well developed, and excellently executed, which says oh-so-much about all the little details that add up into a magnificent book.
Overall, this book was a complete experience, that was so thoroughly researched. And it was cool to see a small tie-in to Ms. Alexander's other series A Lasting Impression (Belmont Mansion Series). I loved the horses and how much of a huge role they played in the story. An amazingly excellent read, that I highly recommend!
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thank you!!!
I pre-ordered this book months ago and could not wait for it to be released!!! I love all of Tamera's books but this one is my favorite. I tried to read it slowly to make it last long but I gave up half way through because I couldn't wait to see how it ended. I loved all of the details about this time period. I now want to go visit Belle Meade and see it all for myself. I would give it 10 stars if I could!! You will not be disappointed!!