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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.
Number of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)|
Series: Belle Meade Plantation
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 itbut mostly to avenge his father. One man holds the key to the railways successGeneral William Giles Harding of Nashvilles 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 hes found his tutor.
Spurning her familys wishes that she marry, Alexandra Donelson is pursuing her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmens 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 doesnt count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
Set at Nashvilles 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 areand can bewith each other.
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.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Blend of Faith, Fact, and Fiction!August 14, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"And you my dearest, are caught in an . . . . . . in between time."
Caught between her parents' misguided expectations for her future and her incessant grief over losing the love of her life, Alexandra Jamison takes a bold step of faith; she applies for a teaching position at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the first freedman's university in the United States. Upon learning of her decision, Alexandra's outraged father banishes her from the household with only the clothes on her back.
When railroad owner Sylas Rutledge happens upon the lovely, but utterly exhausted, Alexandra Jamison along the road to Belle Mead Plantation, he cannot deny that fact that it might be interesting to make her acquaintance for the second time. She was merely a silent fixture in her father's office when they initially met following his arrival from Colorado, but this version is quite attractive and could definitely use his assistance. Perhaps Sylas can convince this gentlewoman, with an acute knowledge of business deals, to tutor him through the nuances of brokering contracts between Southern gentlemen. His future depends on it.
As is often the case, a budding friendship between a woman and a man faces many hurdles, but the barrier between Alexandra and Sylas is tightly wedged, for his father engineered the very train that took the life of Alexandra's beloved, in the fiery crash on Dutchman's Curve.
As gentle as a breeze, Tamera Alexander captures the essence of history as she blends faith, fact, and fiction into the fiber of her characters, while leading them and her reading audience closer to the One who is worth every risk of the heart. "Give me Jesus", indeed.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Historically significant story that will move the reader's heartAugust 13, 2017Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5To Wager Her Heart
A Belle Meade Plantation Novel #3
By Tamera Alexander
1871, Tennesse is not an easy place to live. The War between the States has left many with a bitterness in their hearts and a distrust of those without Southern roots. And it is to this world that Sylas Rutledge finds himself trying to build his railroad future. But Sylas has one big problem in getting investors - he's from Colorado. His other problem doesn't understand Southern society and the convoluted manners that go with securing business success.
Sylas needs help and he thinks Miss Alexandra Jamison may be the perfect person to teach him the manners he needs. But Alexandra has problems of her own - she has determined that she needs to make her own way and to make a difference. And her determination has led her to Fisk University - a school for freedmen. Alexandra's choice is one most frowned upon - no proper Southern lady of a good name would ever teach former slaves. But with her father determined to see her married to a man that she wants nothing to do with Alexandra sees little choice in the matter.
Can two more unlikely people forge a partnership that could change their world as they know it? With help from unexpected sources, they both may find what they have been seeking - love, honor and the truth.
I'll be honest this is the first book by Tamera Alexander that I have ever read, but the cover caught my attention and then description intrigued me. The idea of a freedman's university in the South shortly after the Civil War was something I had never heard of and I wanted to learn more about this pertinent information that was somehow lacking in my history books.
Well, I was not disappointed in this book and the author's notes following the story explaining the historical aspects of the story were greatly appreciated. Learning about Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers was such an added bonus, one that will touch the heart.
Though it is the third book in the Belle Meade Plantation series I found this book easy to follow and was not at a loss from not reading the previous books in the series (though after reading this book I would like to read the first 2 books). I highly recommend this book regardless of your previous experience with this author - it is well worth your time.
I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher through the BookLook blogger program with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5To Wager Her HeartAugust 13, 2017Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5To Wager Her Heart is the third and final installment to Tamera Alexander's Belle Meade Plantation series. I love how the actual real life, historical events surrounds the story. The author really did her research. I just love the characters, Alexandra and Sylas. The scenes with those two were my favorite. So much fun to "see" them together.
Any reader that is looking for a fun, great, clean, andfull of historicaldetails in a book, then To Wager Her Heart is one for them. I cannot wait to see what the author is releasing next.
I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Crystal5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Southern Romance!August 10, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Alexandra Jamison, daughter of a wealthy attorney and part of Nashvilles elite upper class society, is growing more restless with her life. After the untimely death of her fianc in a tragic train wreck, she wants her life to count choosing to teach at Fisk University, the first university for freedmen. Sylas Rutledge, new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, is also searching for answers. Not only does he hope to gain information about the same fatal train crash to clear his father of blame, but he also desires to boost his growing rail business by winning a bid on General Hardings new train project for Belle Meade Plantation. As an outsider, Sylas hires Alexandra to tutor him in southern business relations in hopes of increasing his chances. As Alexandra and Sys relationship cautiously shifts from business acquaintances to friendship, she begins to find comfort and support from his friendship after she is shunned by both her family and friends for choosing to teach at Fisk. As their desire to spend more time together increases, they soon discover the beginnings of a long lasting love and a desire to share a future together.
Alexandra and Sys love story is one of the most well-crafted romances I have had the privilege of reading! Alexanders subtle transitions in the characters feelings for one another lay out a gentle, slow progression from miscalculated first impressions to friendship to a deep and abiding love. Enjoyed how the author cleverly uses the surprises Sy bestows upon Alexandra as discreet markers of the transitions occurring in the relationship. I also appreciated Alexanders compassionate depiction of Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers. As a former Nashvillian myself, I can attest that they are still true American treasures! Lastly, it is worthy to note that several of the subplots did not necessarily have the endings the reader expected adding depth and a genuiness to the story. This one is a must read!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Final book in A Belle Meade Plantation series!August 9, 2017The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander is the latest A Belle Meade Plantation Novel. It is August of 1871 in Nashville, Tennessee. Alexandra Jamison is still grieving the loss of her fianc, David Thompson who died one year prior in a train accident at Dutchmans curve. Alexandra blames the train engineer, Harrison Kennedy for the incident. Barrett Jamison, Alexandras father, is pushing her to marry Horace Buford. Alexandra, though, wishes to do something meaningful with her life. After a disagreement with her father, Alexandra is out walking when she hears singing. It is the Fisk University Jubilee singers giving a concert and after the program there is an appeal for teachers. Alexandra has found what she wants to do, but is she ready for what it will cost her.
Sylas Rutledge has arrived in Nashville to bid on the Belle Meade railroad project and to clear his stepfather, Harrison Kennedys name. Sylas is unprepared for Southern society after living in Colorado. He needs someone to help him navigate Nashville society. Sylas feels that Alexandra will be the perfect tutor, but Alexandra is less than willing to pair up with him. But after her father casts her out of his house when she refuses to marry Mr. Buford, Sylas offer to pay for her tutoring is answer to her prayers. Over time, Alexandrea grows to respect and start to care for Sylas. Their bond will be tested and Sylas could lose everything.
To Wager Her Heart is nicely written and has a beautiful setting. The romance portion is light and subtle which I appreciated (it was predictable though). The main focus of the book is on Fisk University and the Jubilee singers (the hardship they endured on their journey). Ms. Alexander did a superb job with her research and incorporating it into her story. I like how she incorporated historical figures and events into her narrative. It was interesting to learn about the college as well as the struggles faced by the university, the faculty, and the students. It is a shame this historical tidbit was never included in school curriculum. The author did a remarkable job at capturing the time-period and locale. I did find the pace of the novel to be a little slower than I would have liked, but I have discovered that it is normal in novels rich in historical detail. The Christian element was just heavier than I would have liked (I prefer a lighter touch), but I liked the themes which included the power of prayer and trusting in God. My rating for To Wager Her Heart is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). While To Wager Her Heart is part of a series, it can be a stand-alone novel. It is nice, though, to catch up on the characters from the other books in the series especially Uncle Bob. I am glad that I read To Wager Her Heart. It encouraged me to find out more about the Jubilee singers and Belle Meade.