To create something that will last is Claire Laurent's most fervent desire as an artist. It's also her greatest weakness.
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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.
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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 historic s Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America in the s, 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.
The three Belmont Mansion novels are each complete stories within themselves.
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Hence, are "standalone" novels within the common setting of Nashville's historic Belmont Mansion. Meer lezen Minder lezen. No customer reviews. Deel je gedachten met andere klanten. Klantenrecensie schrijven. Nuttigste klantenrecensies op Amazon. Geverifieerde aankoop. This was my first Tamera Alexander book, and a good one at that.
Claire Laurent is a gifted artist dreaming of making a name for herself in New Orleans.
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But her father and a shady family "friend" are determined to keep forcing her to forge paintings and sell them as originals in their gallery. After a disaster at the gallery, Claire flees to Nashville and soon finds herself working at Belmont Plantation, personal liaison to Mrs. Adelicia Acklen.
She also finds herself falling for Mrs. Acklen's attorney, Sutton Monroe, despite her efforts not to. Claire is determined to create a new life for herself, but the past threatens to smear it with brushstrokes she no longer wants to see. A Lasting Impression is a complex and deftly written historical novel set during one of my favorite periods. Tamera Alexander clearly researched Belmont, s Nashville, and the Reconstruction period with a well-honed eye, and it shows without making the book dry or dull.
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Belmont comes to life, almost functioning as a character itself. But the characters within Belmont were what captured my attention. Claire, Sutton, Cordina, and even antagonistic characters like Cara Netta, are all well-developed and endearing. I also loved Tamera's portrayal of Adelicia Acklen, who really existed.
She could have come across as demanding and exacting, but while she possesses those traits, she is more importantly intelligent, shrewd, and the possessor of a surprising depth of empathy. The plot, particularly the romance between Sutton and Claire, is engaging. I appreciated though, that A Lasting Impression does not run entirely on romance.
Olivia Aberdeen willingly accepts an invitation by "Aunt" Elizabeth Harding- a mistress of Belle Meade Plantation- after being disdained by proper society for being the widow of a man shot as a traitor to the South. Despite failing to find the refuge she so needed, Olivia falls for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems far from a Southern gentleman.
Ridley, who has been branded a traitor by some for choosing to fight for the Union, is adamant to learn "the gift" possessed by Bob Green- a former slave who is now Belle Meade's head horse trainer. In a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden, a gifted rider, is convinced that her horse can win the Peyton Stakes - the richest race ever run in America. Yet Cullen McGrath, the only man who can help her, has made an eternal vow to stay away from thoroughbred racing.
Cullen once lived a fortunate life in England, but the Irishman moved to Nashville to start afresh after a horse racing scandal nearly left him in ruins. The new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, Sylas Rutledge, invests everything he has into the new business, so much for the challenge as it is to clear his father's name. Claire Laurent has an overriding ambition to make a long-lasting impression in the world of art, but working as a copyist forger - which her father encourages her to do - threatens to jeopardize her dream.
The dream of making a name in the art world draws ever closer after she finds herself among Nashville's elite society, but the destruction and confiscation of Sutton's home and his resolve to reclaim what is rightfully his reveals a truth that may cost him everything. Eleanor Braddock is convinced she will never marry and that her life has no meaning, but the whisper of a dying soldier makes her determined to find his widow.
Languishing in poverty and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor decides to move to Belmont Mansion to her aunt, Adelicia Acklen - the richest woman in America. Rebekah Carrington, a master violinist trained in Vienna, manages to persuade her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly established Nashville Philharmonic. Her hopes are however crushed after the conductor, determined to leave his imprint in the world of classical music, bows to the prevailing opinion that women are "far too fragile and frail" for the orchestra.
Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is a nationally acclaimed conductor and Nashville's new orchestra leader, but a strange recurring pain in his head may impede him from finishing composing his symphony poised to be performed on the grand opening of the new opera hall. Although determined to finish the composition as a tribute to his dying father who was his musical inspiration, Tate ends up requesting Rebekah to help after his own condition worsens.
But will she help, even after being robbed of her own dream? Kathryn Jennings made a vow for better or for worse and still holds dearly to it ten years later, despite the fact that her marriage has not panned out they way she had hoped. On top of that, she then faces great obstacles in a bid to keep their ranch after her husband fails to return home one fateful, stormy night in the winter. A look into her husband's past however unearths a hidden truth; one that she wouldn't give to go back in time and still love her husband for what he was, rather than for what she wanted him to be.
Annabelle Grayson has been gifted with a second chance at life, but she is unable to claim it given the grey clouds from her past hanging over her in Willow Springs. She therefore advertises for a trail guide to accompany her to Idaho following the death of her husband, but an improbable candidate in Matthew Taylor applies for the job.
Matthew- who is a fugitive continuously haunted by mistakes from his past- ends up having a distasteful interaction with Annabelle on their very first meeting. However, when they cross paths again, what she reveals is devastating to Matthew; one so volatile that if he could, he would either go back in time and make amends for his wrong or simply make Annabelle Grayson pay. Her father, Pierre Girard, left the French capital with the promise of sending for his wife and daughter after amassing enough wealth from fur trading in the Americas. Nonetheless after nearly a quarter of a century without fulfilling the vow, her daughter embarks on a dangerous expedition in search for a man she barely remembers, yet still feels eternally bound to.
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As he heals, he reluctantly obliges with orders to assist with a local Women's Relief Society auction, but soon meets a lady that will change everything.
Elizabeth Clouston, governess of the Carnton home, has closely guarded principles that oppose those of the Southern Cause, but things change quickly when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee. When the Carnton home is converted into a Confederate hospital, Lizzie is summoned to assist the military doctor with surgeries that could be the difference between life and death.
But when she falls for the Confederate captain, whose moral ground is at odds with hers, Lizzie becomes stuck between love, principles and pledges she made to two soldiers; one dead and the other severely injured. Driven by the ambition of becoming among the country's premier newspaper photographers, Elizabeth Westbrook travels to the Colorado Territory to capture the mountains surrounding Timber Ridge town in all its glory and grandeur.
She also hopes that the cool Colorado air and its famed hot springs will heal her of the mysterious illness that is threatening her career and by extension, her life. Fate however makes Elizabeth to cross paths with Daniel Ranslett, a former Confederate sharpshooter, who is seemingly haunted by his past. When the unequivocal photographer puts her life in danger after capturing an image that could possibly solve a murder, an indebted Daniel is called upon to repay the debt; one that may expose secrets from his past.
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