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!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 fiancé 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.
When you read a book like With This Pledge, you think, do my thoughts even matter? At this moment, all I can really say is that you need to read this book for yourself.
This book is not an easy read. Yes, ok, grammatically and style wise, it’s easy to read, but the way Lizzie’s and Roland’s story will storm your emotions will not be easy. The reason for this, most likely, is that this story is not in its entirety made up. Nearly, all the characters were living, breathing people who’s lives were forever changed by a five-hour battle on a field just south of Nashville.
Not long ago, I visited Carnton for myself and it is exactly as Ms. Alexander describes. I could picture the rooms and layout in my mind as I read. She writes of the blood stains in the floorboards– I’ve seen them.
I cried more tears while reading this book than any other. To be honest, I’m still crying while trying to write this review.
I will warn you. With This Pledge is about war. While certain descriptions are dealt with as tactfully as possible, this was a gruesome battle and some images are disturbing. If you are sensitive to discussions of this nature, I don’t recommend this book. However, if you love to read about historical events and the people who lived through them, this is exactly your kind of book.
The themes of this book are Sacrifice, Freedom, and Promises. It begs you to ask the question, “would you be willing to sacrifice everything to do what’s right?”
The strength and fortitude of the women in this story, Lizzie and Carrie, are beyond imagination. With only one hour to spare, their beautiful home becomes a field hospital and Lizzie is called upon to assist in surgery, something she’s never done before. The kindness and compassion both women show as they comfort the dying and honor the dead, is something we can all learn from.
This book is about evaluating your beliefs. Why do you believe what you believe and would you be willing to die for those beliefs? The confederate soldiers died for what they believed in and yet, they were wrong. Slavery is sin. It was emotionally heart-rending to see these characters struggle to understand and come to terms with the battle and the results of that battle. They knew the end was coming. Their whole world was about to change. The question is, could they change with it?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
(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.
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