Thursday, November 3, 2011

CFBA Blog Tour for A Lasting Impression

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Lasting Impression
Bethany House (November 1, 2011)
Tamera Alexander


Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of Rekindled, Revealed and Remembered, the critically acclaimed Fountain Creek Chronicles historical series with Bethany House Publishers. Her second historical series, Timber Ridge Reflections (From a Distance, Beyond This Moment, and Within My Heart) continue her signature style of deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose which has earned her devoted readers—and multiple industry awards.

These awards include the 2009 and 2008 Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the 2010 and 2007 RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, the 2010 and 2007 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2010 HOLT Medallion, the 2007 Bookseller’s Best Award, the 2007 National Reader's Choice Award, and Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction for 2006, among others.

Tamera's newest novel A Lasting Impression is the first of a brand new three-book Southern historical series, and the first two chapters are available for review. She's at work on her ninth novel which will release in fall 2012.

After living in Colorado for seventeen years, Tamera has returned to her Southern roots. She and her husband now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, along with Tamera's father, Doug, and with their two adult children who live near by. And don't forget Jack, their precious--and precocious--silky terrier.


To create something that will last is Claire Laurent's most fervent desire as an artist. It's also her greatest weakness. When her fraud of a father deals her an unexpected hand, Claire is forced to flee from New Orleans to Nashville, only a year after the War Between the States has ended. Claire's path collides with that of Sutton Monroe, and she considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities. But when they meet again and he refuses to come to her aid, she realizes she's sorely misjudged the man. Trading an unwanted destiny for an unknown future, Claire finds herself in the middle of Nashville's elite society and believes her dream of creating a lasting impression in the world of art may finally be within reach.

All that Sutton Monroe holds dear lies in ruin. He's determined to reclaim his heritage and to make the men who murdered his father pay. But what he discovers on his quest for vengeance reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined.

Set at Nashville's historical Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America in the 1860s, A Lasting Impression showcases the deep, poignant, unforgettable characters that set Tamera's stories apart and provides an inspiring love story that will capture readers' hearts and leave them eager for more.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Lasting Impression, go HERE.

MY REVIEW-I really enjoyed this story. I have read all of Tamera Alexander's other books and this one is a different time period but still as good. I am not sure which one I like better. This was a very good novel!! I love Tamera's style of writing. She draws pictures with her words and I just feel like I am there. I personally loved Sutton and Claire. I felt Sutton was a good match, even though he was deceptive at one point without meaning to. How they first meet is soo funny!! If you like a good historical with a lot of pages to it, this is the one for you! I love a big book!!

I received a copy of this book for review. I did not receive any monetary compensation.


Karen Lange said...

I am reading this book now and I love it! I am a fan of Tamera's and I admire her writing style. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Charity.

mamabunny13 said...

I can't wait to read this, I love this time period! I loved your comment "She draws pictures with words". She's my kind of writer!
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

Sverige said...

Oh my goodness I enjoyed this book! When I first started it, I was in a place that had nothing to do with the Belmont Mansion but that was needed to have the story make sense. It was a dark place our heroine needed to escape from to find out who and what she is.

Claire Elise Laurent and Willister Sutton Monroe are the new Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler. I fell in love with them immediately. The sexual tension between them fits right in with the story and gives the story depth. He, a promising attorney who will protect his employer at any cost, and she, a gifted artist with a secret.

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