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Set in Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, Alexandra is a young southern woman of wealthy upbringing in Nashville. She lives with her parents. Her father is controlling and is pushing her to marry a man older than her. Alexandra’s brother died during the Civil War and her fiancé died in a train accident. She tries to live in his example to follow her original dreams and goes into teach at the Freedman’s school of Fisk University. Alexandra meets Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the East Line Railway who is eager for her to teach him all she knows about high society. As feelings start to stir, she wonders if the two can fulfill their dreams and be together.
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Publication Date: 2017
Series: Belle Meade Plantation
Set against the real history of Nashvilles Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won.
With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from societys expectations must work together to achieve their dreamsprovided the truth doesnt tear them apart first.
Sylas Rutledge, new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this new venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his fathers name. One man holds the key to Sys successGeneral William Giles Harding of Nashvilles Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.
Sy needs someone to help him maneuver through Nashvilles society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides hes found his tutor. But he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandras fiancé and shattered her world.
Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmens university in the United States. But familyand Nashville societydo not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.
Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for?
Sy is willing to risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesnt count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal's top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of Tameras two USA Today bestselling Southern series.