Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On My Nightstand - A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander

Claire Elise Laurent wants to escape the family business, but she doesn't know if a new life is even possible. When her father dies in an art robbery, she's sent packing to Nashville. Her late mother's warning to be careful who she loves serves her well.

Willister Sutton Monroe, a southern gentleman and lawyer, carries a boatload of guilt over his father's death. The victorious Federals move to take away his land and his hopes for the future. His position managing the affairs of Mrs. Adelicia Acklen keep body and soul together for the moment.

Tamera Alexander once again gives us an amazing story. She has a soft spot for Frenchwomen, and she's created a vulnerable streak in Claire that endeared her to me.

The author has the whole package: storyline, characters, tension, history, and a cover that makes you want to dive into the book. From what I've read, there will be more written on the doings at the Belmont Mansion. I can't wait for the next story.

Writers: When reading historicals, do you pick up tips for your own writing? Please elaborate.

Readers: Have you read any of Tamera's books? Which ones?


Marja Verschoor-Meijers said...

I have not read any of her books Susan, so thank you for this review, always appreciate your musings on books.

Kathleen said...

I have a bookshelf full of her books. And I think that's "thanks to you" about a year ago. She tells a great story (albeit a wee bit too predictable), and I love her characters.

Blessings for a very merry Christmas,


Unknown said...

Nice to read a review on this book - I've got it cued up on my Kindle, but haven't read it yet! Sounds intriguing! Have a beautiful Christmas, Susan!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja - Tamera is one of my favorite authors. :)

Hi Kathleen - I'm so glad you're enjoying her books.

Hi Maria - One of the reasons I'm not sure I'd like an eReader is because it's too easy to forget what's on it. Now, a big stack of books staring at me from a corner...a little hard to ignore. :)


Susan said...

Hi Susan! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting.

And thanks for buying a computer. I've MISSED you! Susan

Karen Lange said...

I've read a good handful of Tamera's books and enjoyed them all. This was one of my favorites, I think. :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Susan - My computer was shutting down every 10-20 minutes. It makes it hard to get email done much less blogging!

Hi Karen - I'd have to say the Fountain Creek Chronicles were my favorite books. This one comes in at a close second.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for introducing us to tamara. I have not read any of her books, but best wishes for her success! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Stephen -

While there are no car chases or fight scenes, you might enjoy the hero in this story. :)

Happy New Year,