Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Lasting Impression~Book Review

About the book:

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A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander is the first book in a new series set in the beautiful Belmont mansion in Nashville, Tennessee.  The story takes place just after the end of the Civil War and tells the story of Claire Laurent a young artist who has recently lost her mother and is being forced to paint forgeries to sell in her father’s art gallery. Claire’s dream is to paint in her own right not copy someone else. After an unexpected turn of events she is forced to leave Louisiana and ends up in Nashville. Claire applies for a job as a liaison to the owner of Belmont, Mrs. Adelicia Acklen. Claire is excited to start a new life, but can she leave her past behind her?  

About the Book

A fake. A forger. More than anything, Claire Laurent longs for the chance to live an authentic life, to become the woman she wants to be. And she'll be given that choice. But will it come at too costly a price?

Claire Laurent's greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she's forced to flee from New Orleans to Nashville only a year after the War Between the States has ended, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe. She considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities. But after he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she's sorely misjudged the man. Finding herself among the elite of Nashville's society, Claire believes her dream to create a lasting impression in the world of art is within reach--but only if her fraudulent past remains hidden.

The Federal Army has destroyed Sutton's home and confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family's honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him and to right a grievous wrong reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined--as well as the woman he loves.Set at Nashville's historic Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, A Lasting Impression is a sweeping love story about a nation mending after war, the redemption of those wounded, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves--and each other--for who they really are.

My Thoughts

I have never read anything by Tamera Alexander  before and I must say that I was not disappointed in this story! It is fully of twists and turns right up until the very end!  I love to read historical fiction and I have never read much about historic Nashville so this new and fresh for me.  Tamera is a wonderful storyteller! You feel as if you are right there in the story! The characters come to life on the pages! You feel the characters struggles and get a true feeling of the time period you are reading about. This story will not disappoint! I am looking forward to reading more of Tamera’s stories!

Enter to win one of Tamera's fabulous prizes and RSVP for Facebook Party on 11/15!

 
Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party from Tamera Alexander! While Tamera and her book,  A Lasting Impression, are traveling across the country virtually (with a few international stops as well!), she will be hosting a Kindle Fire Giveaway (11/4 - 11/15) and preparing for a lavish Southern-Style Facebook Party (11/15) (dripping with hospitality, of course). She will be giving away Southern Food Baskets, books, and an array of other fabulous freebies! Don't miss a minute of the fun. Swoon!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Brand New Kindle Fire (shipped as soon as it releases)
  • A copy of A Lasting Impression and 3 other special books Tamera wants you to have (for Kindle)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 15th. Winner will be announced at A Lasting Impression Facebook Party on the 15th. Tamera will be wrapping up the A Lasting Impression celebration with an author chat and giving away Southern Food Baskets (Loveless Cafe Food Baskets, books, Amazon & Starbucks gift certificates, and copies of Christy Jordan's Southern Plate cookbook), six gift certificates to Starbucks and Amazon.com, and copies of A Lasting Impression! So grab your copy of A Lasting Impression (it's okay if you don't have one yet- you might win one!) and join Tamera on the evening of November 15th for an author chat, a trivia contest (How much do you know about the 1860's?) and lots of Southern-inspired giveaways (complete listing here).

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on the 15th!

disclosure: I received a copy of A Lasting Impression  as a member of Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions in this post and on this blog are my own.

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