I received a complimentary copy of To Wager Her Heart (Belle Meade Plantation #3) by Tamera Alexander in exchange for my review. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
Y’all know my love for reading and my desire to be a writer, so when Tamera Alexander put out on Facebook that she was looking for reviewers for her launch team for her newest book, I jumped at the chance. Anytime I get to read one of my favorite author’s novels before it hits the streets, I am there.
In her newest novel, To Wager Her Heart, which is book 3 in the Belle Meade Plantation series, I fell head over heels in love. This is the first one in this series that I have read, so now I am going to go back and read the other 2.
There are many reasons why I love this novel.
For starters, this book takes place in Nashville, TN. I only live about an hour and a half from Nashville!! It has been my stomping ground for many, many years.
Another reason is because I love Tamera Alexander’s style of writing. She draws you in by not only painting a picture for you of the scene, but because she makes everything so authentic and real — like you are right there in the novel with the characters.
I found myself congratulating Alexandra on some independence she discovered about herself along the way during this novel. I also loved Sylas — a man that won my heart as the reader, immediately.
This book will not disappoint you at all — so grab a copy here from Amazon 🙂 You will be glad you did!
About the book
With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society’s expectations must work together to achieve their dreams—provided that the truth doesn’t tear them apart first.
Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father’s name. One man holds the key to Sy’s success—General William Giles Harding of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation.
But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks. Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville’s society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he’s found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison’s fiancee—and what has broken her heart.
Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen’s university in the United States. But family—and Nashville society—do 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 her 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? And when Sy’s roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor?
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn’t count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
Set against the real history of Nashville’s 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 history when both were tenuous and hard-won.
About the Author
Tamera Alexander is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous books, including A Lasting Impression, A Beauty So Rare, To Whisper Her Name, and The Inheritance.
Her richly drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide, as well as multiple industry awards.
These awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Bookseller’s Best Award, and being listed among Publishers Weekly and Library Journal’s Top Inspirational Fiction, among others.
Tamera’s books have been translated into numerous languages. She’s toured Germany and The Netherlands meeting readers, and cherishes those connections.
She hopes readers who pick up one of her novels will be swept away into another time and place, that they’ll fall in love with the characters and gain insights into the history of the setting and people of yesteryear. But most of all, when a reader turns that final page in one of her novels, she prays they will have taken a step closer to Christ. Because He’s what it’s all about.
After living in Colorado for nearly two decades, Tamera and her husband now make their home in Nashville where they enjoy life with their two adult children who live nearby, and Murphy—a rambunctious but oh-so-lovable Australian Terrier.