Saturday, January 19, 2019

With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander, the first full novel of the Carnton series, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


9780718081836 Title: With This Pledge
Series: Carnton, Book 1  
Author: Tamera Alexander  
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 8, 2019  
Genre: Historical Romance  

History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of USA TODAY bestselling Tamera Alexander’s new series, The Carnton Novels.  

What can a woman—a mere governess—do against the scourge of slavery?
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause—but when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home where she is governess is converted into a Confederate field hospital, and Lizzie is called upon to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death. Faced with the unimaginable, she must summon fortitude, even as she fears for the life of Towny, her fiancĂ© and lifelong friend.
As a young soldier lies dying in Lizzie’s arms, she vows to relay his final words to his mother, but knows little more than the boy’s first name. That same night, decorated Mississippi sharpshooter Captain Roland Ward Jones extracts a different promise from Lizzie: that she intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate his leg.
Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends to the wounded within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is pledged to another. But as Lizzie’s heart softens toward the Confederate captain, she discovers that his moral ground is at odds with her own. Now torn between love, principles, and promises made, she struggles to be true to her heart while standing for what she knows is right—no matter the cost.
From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.

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My Thoughts
I am always amazed by authors who have the ability to completely transport you to another time and place, and Tamera Alexander is certainly one of those authors. The vivid descriptions and rich history woven into the story made me truly feel like I was there with the characters. Experiencing their pain, fear, horror, relief, joy, and hope right along with them.
The Civil War was one of the darkest times in our nation's history, men fighting their own countrymen, and men dying for the unconscionable belief that they had the right to own another human being. The author handled everything with grace, staying true to what people actually thought and did in those days while still conveying the biblical truth that all men are created equal.
I loved Lizzie, her strength and grace during such a horrendous event was truly admirable. She was thrust into the heart of a battle's aftermath and without thought to herself worked tirelessly among injured and dying. And she didn't just care for their physical needs, her kindness reached beyond that with her words and actions. I also loved that she didn't let her enviroment control her beliefs. Even though she lived in the south she firmly believed that slavery was wrong refused to be swayed.
It was tough for me to pin down my feelings on Roland, on one hand I liked him. He was a gentleman, kind and respectful, and he had a bit of a humorous side. But the fact that he was a Confederate slave owner who firmly believed in the cause was hard for me to reconcile with. And yes it was the way he was raised and "how things were done" then but it doesn't change the fact that it was wrong. And it's not easy to love a hero who was willing to fight for the right to own another person. But beyond that I really did like the rest of who he was and I loved his and Lizzie's relationship.
There was so much packed into this book that it took me much longer than normal to read because I had to slow down and experience it all. Lovers of Civil War fiction will surely love this rich story!


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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.  

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(1) winner will win a release copy of With This Pledge + $10 Amazon Gift Card

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 14, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm January 28, 2019. US only for a print copy of the book. International winners will receive an ebook. Gift card prize will be issued as an e-gift card. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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