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CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Civil War HistoryJanuary 19, 2019CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tamera Alexander has outdone herself with this book! I have loved all of her books but believe this is the best yet! So much history! I knew the civil war was terrible but the Battle of Franklin must have been horrendous beyond belief! Captain Roland Jones is a strong male protagonist who is fighting for what he believes. He is also an honorable man who will not pursue a relationship with a woman who is promised to someone else. Governess Lizzie Clouston is a courageous woman who believes slaves should learn to read. When Lizzie is called upon to assist the surgeon with amputations, she fulfills the task! Mrs. Alexander has researched Carnton Plantation and the Battle of Franklin so is able to provide many details and descriptions. With This Pledge is based on true facts from the Civil War. If you enjoy history, you will not want to miss this book! I received an e-book through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
BrandiRaae5 Stars Out Of 5Riveting Historical Romance!January 18, 2019BrandiRaaeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Near Civil War's end, a five-hour battle wreaks havoc on the land.
Lives are disrupted as nearby Carnton Plantation is suddenly transformed
into a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers.
Amidst unimaginable suffering, friendships are forged, promises are made,
and an unlikely romance is kindled.
ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" CLOUSTON is a warm and dedicated governess at Carnton Plantation. Her life changes in an instant when she's asked to be a surgeon's assistant following the aftermath of the Battle of Franklin. Though she quietly disagrees with the Southern Cause, she lovingly tends to the wounded soldiers in her care. One soldier in particular captures her attention even though she's pledged to another.
CAPTAIN ROLAND WARD JONES is a sharpshooter from Mississippi who's been badly wounded in battle. He is quite drawn to the beautiful and kind hearted governess and is grateful to her for keeping her promise to convince the surgeon to let him keep his leg. When he finds out about her promise to find the mother of a young soldier who died in her arms, he agrees to help in any way he can.
While the captain heals and hopes to regain the use of his legs, he and Lizzie become friends. It's clear that they're both attracted to each other, but too many obstacles stand in the way. For one, Lizzie is betrothed to her best friend from childhood, and two, Roland is a Confederate who owns slaves. Will Lizzie set aside her principles and promises to pursue romantic love or will she stand for what's right no matter what?
With This Pledge is the first full-length novel in the Carnton Novels collection. Tamera Alexander, best-selling author, weaves a compelling tale based on the real lives of Elizabeth Clouston and Captain Roland Ward Jones.
With This Pledge is riveting and masterfully crafted! I felt like I was right within Carnton's walls experiencing the horrors of war. I wanted to be Lizzie Clouston assisting the surgeon and comforting soldiers in their time of greatest need. Through the pages, I felt the intense grief of a mother losing a son, or of a wife losing a husband. Even though certain parts were very sad, the hope and joy woven throughout brought smiles to my face.
My heart ached for Lizzie and the choices she had to make. My heart ached for families who lost loved ones and for slaves who hoped for freedom. It's even more heartbreaking knowing that so much of the story is based on true events and characters in our country's history. I was emotionally engaged from the first page until the last. Even though I read lots of Christian fiction, I won't be forgetting this story any time soon. The story came alive even more after I read about the history and saw photographs of some of the characters on the author's website.
I enjoy reading Tamera Alexander's books! In fact, I'm pretty sure I've read all except for two. After reading this novel, I'm for sure checking out the two I have yet to read. And then I will have to try and wait patiently for the next installment in the Carnton series. ;)
If you're a fan of Tamera Alexander or historical romance in general, you'll want to read this book! Be sure to keep some tissues handy.
Book Rating: 5 stars
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome Historical RomanceJanuary 18, 2019Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With This Pledge is Tamera Alexander's awesome first full-length novel in her Carnton series. Last year she set the stage with her captivating novella, Christmas at Carnton.
This story drops you right into a major battle of the Civil War fought on and near the grounds of the Carnton plantation just outside Franklin, Tennessee. Thanks to her fantastic storytelling skills, Tamera Alexander makes you see, feel, and hear the horrors and tragedy of the Battle of Franklin and its aftermath, without unnecessary graphic details. Her characters are full of passion, conflict, loss, fear, hatred, and love. And they battle with those feelings as they go about the necessary activities of trying to put their damaged bodies and lives back together and face an unknown future. The author lets you experience those struggles through the eyes of a wide array of characters -- from battle-weary soldiers to concerned property owners, ministering nuns, apprehensive slaves, small children, and a compassionate governess. And as always, you can count on authenticity in the historical setting of a Tamera Alexander novel.
I highly recommend With This Pledge to anyone interested in extremely well-written historical romance. Thanks to JustRead Publicity Tours for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Brings Local History to LifeJanuary 17, 2019SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Since I live in Franklin, TN, I have visited the Carnton Plantation a few times. I've taken the tours, listened to the guides talk about the home being used as a military hospital after the Battle of Franklin, seen the blood stains soaked into the floorboards of the home with my own eyes, and walked around the grounds where soldiers fought during the Civil War.
In With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander, the time and place of that battle are brought to life, giving words and stories to the people who once lived at Carnton. Alexander takes readers on a journey of family, survival, and making a stand for your convictions, even when they aren't the popular opinion.
Lizzie and Roland's storyone told from the Confederate viewpoint, with constant company, and two people committed to someone elseis not at all conventional, but it's one that swept me away and kept my interest from the first pages. One that I'm still thinking about days after I finished reading the book.
With many characters true historical figures, Alexander's attention to facts and details make With This Pledge even more special and truly worth top ratings. I, for one, can't wait to read what Alexander has in store for us next.
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
BeccaRae5 Stars Out Of 5Must-Read!January 17, 2019BeccaRaeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! I don't know if I even have all of the words to say how amazingly well this story was written. Tamera Alexander takes the reader on a journey straight into the trenches of the civil war, both physically and emotionally. When a war is being fought between brothers and neighbors, there is no escape--the war is guaranteed to leave it's mark on all.
While the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery, it also held a lot of death and bloodshed. One question that was constantly posed throughout the story was "is it worth it?" Before being sent into war, men had to ask themselves if they were willing to die for what they believed. For many, as the war continued, their answers changed once it was too late. War is an ugly thing, and it both ends and destroys lives. Why did so many have to die before they would talk?
What I loved about this story was that it showed that while not everyone fought on the physical battle lines, the war touched virtually everyone. Men didn't just lose their lives--but wives lost their husbands, children lost their fathers, siblings lost their brothers, parents lost their sons, and so on. Many witnessed events that would surely traumatize them for the rest of their lives. This story shares the painful truths of just how deeply the war had affected everyone. Tamera Alexander was able to masterfully weave the stories of multiple types of people into a story drenched with brokenness yet blanketed in hope.
I have an ARC copy so I'm not sure if this will exist in the beginning of the full published version, but in my copy there is a note in the beginning from the author to readers mentioning that she wanted to be as historically accurate in this story which leads to some content that may be difficult for some readers. She states, "I've written this novel with a careful consideration of history--including oftentimes disturbing descriptions of combat--coupled with a deep desire to weave a compelling story of hope" (pg ix). In my opinion the author did a flawless job with this. Yes, there are some graphic details, but I don't believe they were avoidable while maintaining a historically accurate and realistic novel. Mentioned in the Afterward at the end, is the knowledge that many of the characters including the main characters, were actually real-life people and that Tamera's web-page contains more information on what was fact vs fiction about them in the story. I have every intent to visit since I am fascinated about learning about the real people behind history.
I honestly don't believe I could recommend this book enough. Yes, there are some difficult moments, but Tamera Alexander has made history come alive in a way that will stay with you forever. Just as the war left no one unchanged, so this book will leave no reader unchanged. This is absolutely a MUST-READ!
*I received a copy of this book from the author through JustRead Publicity Tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.