Spotlight – A Lasting Impression

Spotlight - A Lasting Impression


Book 1 in the blockbuster historical series from USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander . . .  

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.

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Set at Nashville’s historic 1850s 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.

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There is a Reader’s Discussion Guide available HERE.

Other books in the series:

A Beauty So Rare
Book 2, A Beauty So Rare (CBA Bestseller)
A Note Yet Unsung
Book 3, A Note Yet Unsung (#1 CBA Bestseller) 
The three Belmont Mansion novels are each complete stories within themselves. Hence, are “standalone” novels within the common setting of Nashville’s historic Belmont Mansion.

A Little About Tamera:

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Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist and one of today’s most beloved authors of Christian historical romance. Her works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, among them the Christy Award, the RITA Award, the Carol Award, Library Journal’s top honors, and have earned the distinction of Publisher’s Weekly Starred Reviews. Her deeply drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide.
Tamera and her husband reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Nashville’s Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation , the setting of Tamera’s #1 CBA bestselling Southern series. Her upcoming series, the Carnton Novels , launches in fall 2017 with Christmas at Carnton  (October 3, 2017), a Christmas story, which is set at Franklin, Tennessee’s historic Carnton Plantation.

Have you read A Lasting Impression? Are you a Tamera Alexander fan?

Spotlight – Stealing Jake

Spotlight - Stealing Jake


When Livy O’Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-Fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she’s helping to run an orphanage. Now she’ll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.

Sheriff’s deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy—literally while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town—as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off—Jake doesn’t have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can’t seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn’t willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.

My Thoughts

As one of the books on my Top Ten Must Read Historical Romance Novels for 2017 list, this book has been patiently waiting for me for months. While I won’t say this book was perfect (there were a couple brief moments I had to swallow some implausibility), I did thoroughly enjoy reading this book. It was one of those where you can’t quite put your finger on what you loved about it – the pacing? the characters? the plot twists? – but you don’t want to put it down and when you’re done, you’re smiling and eagerly looking forward to more by the author.

My Rating:

3 out of 5 stars