“With the Pledge” by Tamera Alexander, book review


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!


My review:

Lizzie has endured the hardships of the war, but when the battle is literally right outside her front door, she must get involved or more men will die.  During the battle of Franklin, the Carton House, where she lives and is employed as governess, becomes the field hospital.  As the night goes on, she becomes the surgeon’s assistant.  She sees the best and worst of humanity that night.

As the days go on, the wounded men and the residents of the Carton house fall into a routine, and Lizzie tries to ease the pain and loneliness of the men.  One man catches her eye, Captain Jones.  He is a leader, and tries to keep the men in line.  But Lizzy is promised to her childhood friend, who is away fighting.  Towny is the safe choice and will give her children- her greatest heart’s desire.  They will marry after the war.  But now Lizzy is not so sure of her decision.

This is an intense novel with a lot of detail of the battles, injuries and aftermath.  This was a terrible battle and so many lost their lives.  While I knew that there were battles happened here where I live, Tennessee, I was surprised when I drove by the Carton plantation last week while on the way to a doctor appointment.  The area has changed in the last 200+years, but the house and other out buildings remain and have been preserved.  I was really surprised how small the house and other buildings were!  And the graves still exist today.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.  All opinions expressed are my own.


9780718081836Title: With This PledgeSeries: Carnton, Book1Author: Tamera AlexanderPublisher: Thomas NelsonRelease Date: January 8, 2019Genre: Historical RomanceHistory 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.PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository


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alexandertTamera 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.CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram



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6 Responses to “With the Pledge” by Tamera Alexander, book review

  1. Rita Wray says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  2. karenh43 says:

    I enjoyed reading your review of this book. I love touring civil war battlegrounds and plantation homes. I always feel the restless spirits when moving from room to room and especially at the family cemeteries.

  3. It’s amazing that some of the buildings are still standing! I love learning about historical time periods, though I usually skim over the battle scenes.

  4. James Robert says:

    Thank you for sharing your book with us and for the giveaway as well.

  5. Debbie P says:

    I really like the excerpt and I can’t wait to read. this.

  6. carylkane says:

    With This Pledge sounds wonderful!

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