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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0310291089
ISBN-13: 9780310291084
Series: Belle Meade Plantation

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Can a railroad man and a Southern Belle turned teacher find a way to work together to achieve their dreams in the new reality of the post-Civil War South?

Sylas Rutledge, former gambler and new owner of the East Line Railway, invests everything he has into this venture, partly to see if he can do it—but mostly to avenge his father. One man holds the key to the railway’s success—General William Giles Harding of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sylas Rutledge is beer and bullocks. Sy needs someone to help him maneuver in high society, and when he meets Alexandra Donelson, he quickly decides he’s found his tutor.

Spurning her family’s wishes that she marry, Alexandra Donelson is pursuing her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen’s university in the United States. But her family does not approve, and ultimately, her father expels her from the family home and cuts her off completely.

Through her friendship with Mary Harding, Alexandra is thrown together with both General Harding and Sylas Rutledge. And she soon finds herself falling in love with a man whose roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility.

Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win the hand of the woman he loves. What he doesn’t count on is having to wager her heart to do it.

Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, To Wager Her Heart is a sweeping Southern love story about a nation mending after war, the struggle to move a country forward, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves for who they truly are—and can be—with each other.

Author Bio

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 Tamera’s two USA Today bestselling Southern series.

 

Editorial Review

"For lovers of historical romance, To Wager Her Heart offers the very best of both history and romance. Tamera Alexander's well-told story details the early years of Fisk University as a school for freedmen after the Civil War. I was fascinated from beginning to end. This thoroughly enjoyable novel proves why Tamera Alexander is one of the genre's most beloved authors - and one of my favorites."

Lynn Austin, Bestselling author of Waves of Mercy and Until We Reach Home
    
 
"To Wager Her Heart is a poignant glimpse into our country's history and conflict after the Civil War. From the very beginning of this novel, Tamera Alexander invites readers on a remarkable journey, traveling alongside resilient characters determined to do what's right even when family and peers choose prejudice and contempt.  Well done, Tamera! This was a journey that I didn't want to end."

Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind 


 "Tamera Alexander has created a story that blends true historical events with unforgettable characters. Her vivid depiction of the struggles of the newly freed slaves, the expansion of the railway, and the journey of the Jubilee Singers brings post-Civil War Nashville roaring to life. To Wager Her Heart interweaves heroic life challenges with rich spirituality and a sigh-worthy romance. The story and characters will stay with you long after the last page is turned."

~Susan Anne Mason, award-winning author of Irish Meadows 

 

"A steadfast heroine, a redemption-seeking hero, and a complex Southern society in post-Civil War America seamlessly combine in Tamera Alexander's To Wager Her Heart. Fans of Alexander's Belle Meade Plantation novels will fall in love with this new installment--but the real stars are the depth of research and the masterful attention to setting the perfect historical scene. Honor. Faith. And love . . . this novel's a journey in them all!"

~Kristy Cambron, Bestselling author of The Illusionist's Apprentice

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  1. Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Conclusion - Love this series!
    November 18, 2017
    Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    To Wager Her Heart is a lovely conclusion to the Belle Meade series. In what Ive come to believe is her signature style, Tamera Alexander brings the Reconstruction to life, rife with racial tension and numerous injustices, yet not without hope and the push for reconciliation.

    Alexandra Jamison is an admirable character, surrounded by other admirable figures those teaching and those daring to learn, in a time when both aspirations were fraught with potential danger. Sylas Rutledge is an outsider, requiring assistance as he navigates a business relationship with General Harding, owner of Belle Meade Plantation. Though they clash a bit at first, Sy soon realizes that Alexandra is his best bet to do this is to get some help from Alexandra. Alexandra, who has just forfeited her home in a high-standing Nashville family in order to teach freedmen at Fisk University and in dire need of her own funds.

    There are a lot of layers and details in this story that make it unique. The details about railroad expansion are both exciting and dangerous. The temerity in the face of adversity of the teachers at Fisk University and the universitys Jubilee Singers makes for one compelling story. In addition, both Alexandra and Sy must overcome personal adversity, that of fear for Alexandra, and a desire for justice for Sy. The culminating wager is not really a wager at all, but a choice that comes easily to Sy and one for which I applauded his character. Most of all, I applaud the Jubilee Singers, who face prejudice and adversity as they strived to raise money for Fisk. I appreciated the authors note that Alexander includes to talk acknowledge both the persecution and the triumph of the real Jubilee Singers.

    Im so glad to have finished such a wonderful series, and recommend all three books and the novella for fans of rich historical fiction, with endearing characters and heartfelt messages.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a review positive or otherwise.
  2. mjk108
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Step Back in TIme!
    November 3, 2017
    mjk108
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for To Wager Her Heart.
    "No matter where you're going, God is already there. He's already on the train. He's already waiting for us at the first stop in Cincinnati. There is nowhere we can go--by carriage, wagon, ship, or train--where he is not already there, holding us in the palm of his hand."

    --Words of wisdom from Ella's mom

    Tamera Alexander once again transports us back in time to Nashville during the year 1871. A wonderful blend of true historical facts mingled with a fiction storyline runs through this outstanding novel highlighting Alexandra Jamison's heartfelt battle for independence to follow her heart's calling as an educator.

    Alexandra must first break free of a domineering father and the expectations of society in order to fulfill her dream. Getting hired by the Fisk University, a freedmen's university, is only the start of a life changing course of events for Alexandra. Her choice to teach at the university leaves her without a home, money, or family.

    However, during the course of events, Alexandra meets Sylas Rutledge, a mine owner from Colorado trying to bid on a railroad near the Belle Meade Plantation. The story follows Alexandra and Sy as they each pursue their dreams and struggle to find out if they can surmount a past that stands between them and build a future in spite of their differences.

    The historical detail encompasses railroads, Fisk University and its Jubilee Singers, and touches once again on Belle Meade Plantation, in addition to the struggles for the general recovery of the South following the Civil War. The characters feel like real people that will touch your heart with their stories, struggles, and efforts. The themes running through the novel are many; forgiveness, acceptance, family, prejudice, and realization of fulfilling dreams in different ways.

    A great read! I highly recommend this novel for anyone with an interest in historical inspirational fiction. An engrossing story that will hold your attention!

    This ARC copy was received from Zondervan and The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
  3. Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful..Impactful
    November 1, 2017
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Powerful, well researched, well written, and emotional read are just some thoughts that come to mind upon finishing. This is book three in the Belle Mead Plantation Series, but I had no problem reading it as a standalone. This era of history is brought to life in a beautiful story that you can easily identify with. The characters are real and the sacrifices that were made to educate freedmen were selfless. The scene at the slave pens was so emotional and you will definitely need tissues. I can almost hear those Jubilee Singers and see their faith. What an example to us to be better people. Tamera Alexander has a gift to pen a book that draw us in and keeps us engrossed till the end. One of my favorite books this year. Deserves to be read and reread.

    I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
  4. Jennybug52
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    To Wager Her Heart
    October 11, 2017
    Jennybug52
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    4 stars- Tamera Alexander is one of my all time favorite authors. I devour everything she writes. Her storytelling is masterful and she has a way of weaving together a tale that is both heart warming and real. Many of her characters in past books have endeared themselves to me. And not always just the main characters. Oftentimes, minor characters and their stories will stay with me long after I've read the book.

    This story is no different. I fell in love with Alexandra and Sylas, the main characters. They both had heart wrenching backstories and I enjoyed reading how those circumstances/events/people helped mold their character. Even though neither Alexandra's fiance nor Sylas' stepfather were alive in the book, their influence and integrity lived on.

    For me this book was all about overcoming adversity; realizing that God created you for a purpose, figuring out that purpose (often through the help and influence of others) and then boldly striving to live out that purpose. I loved how Tamera weaved the story of Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers into Alexandra and Sylas' story. The combination of fact and fiction was very fascinating. Ella and the other singers were another amazing example of boldly believing in God's purpose and striving to fulfill it even when it seemed impossible. Having to overcome centuries of prejudice and fight for the very things that so many of us take for granted, the students at Fisk were an inspiration.

    I always look forward to Tamera's books and can't wait to read her next one. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
  5. vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    perfect mix of history and romance
    October 11, 2017
    vjones
    St Paul, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    To Wager Her Heart is the perfect combination of history and romance. It is a fascinating story depicting the struggles of newly freed slaves and post-Civil war America. `In this newest installment, the characters are unforgettable and truly captured my attention. I am a big fan of historical fiction. And I always enjoy Tamera Alexanders books because of her attention to detail and significant research. To Wager Her Heart is filled with historical facts about the first freedmens University and Belle Meade Plantation.

    In To Wager Her Heart, one of the main characters is faced with the decision of following a dream even when it disagrees with popular opinion or beliefs of both family and friends. Alex has to adapt to a much different social status . She also had to come face to face with her own preconceived notions and prejudices. It is fascinating to watch her journey which started with losing everything that was dear to her. She was sent from her home with nothing except the clothes on her back.

    To Wager Her Heart is the third of the Belle Meade Plantation series. While each can be read as standalone, so much can be gained by reading all three in the series. Many of the characters are in all three books. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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