Thursday, December 27, 2012

To Whisper Her Name



Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a murdered carpetbagger, gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation and the dearest friend of Olivia’s late mother. Expecting to be the Harding’s housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned once again when she learns the real reason why Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Caring for an ill Aunt Elizabeth, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a southern-born son who---unbeknownst to her and everyone else---fought for the Union.

Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him while harboring secrets that threaten his life. As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again…

Set within the remarkable history of Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, comes a story about enslavement and freedom, arrogance and humility, and the power of love to heal even the deepest of wounds.

My Review:

A sweeping saga that packs an emotional punch and makes you think. What a winning combination! Loved the rich history that Alexander so carefully details -- and not just with facts but with feeling as well. I felt each character's struggle, my emotions ranging from horror to euphoria time and time again.

Both hero and heroine are sympathetic characters with complicated lives in a complicated time. The author brings a richness and depth to the story with intricate layers that buried me beneath the pages. A substantial 473 pages, To Whisper Her Name still wasn't long enough for me!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of To Whisper Her Name, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 30 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. All right, this book has been on my TBR list for a while!!! Please enter me for the lovely Tamera Alexander book and thanks so much for the giveaway Kav :)
    Isn't that cover utterly stunning??!!
    Happy New Year and blessings Kav!

  2. Please enter me too! I'm currently reading (and really enjoying) A Lasting Impression and Tamera mentionned that some of the characters in ALI would be found in her latest. Great cover, I can't wait to read this! :-)

    Thank you for the giveaway, Kav! Have a blessed holiday season and wonderful new year. =)

  3. The cover is stunning, isn't it, Kara? Just as stunning as what's inside. Good luck!

    You too, Ganise. And this one is every bit as good ast A Lasting Impression.

  4. I honestly can't wait to read this book! I absolutely loved A Lasting Impression and I have been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it! I absolutely love the cover and it sounds so good! Thank you for the chance to win!

  5. Love the cover! Great review, Kav! ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Abbi, Tamera Alexander's writing gets addictive doesn't it? Good luck!

    Rosie -- that dress on the cover is something else, isn't it? And so is the book! Good luck!

  7. I've heard this one has a great hero! rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  8. To Whisper Her Name has been on my wish list, it sounds beautifully engaging. I do love Tamera's books!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  9. Melissa -- yes, you might consider Ridley in the swoonworthy category! Sigh. :-) Good luck!

    You too, Merry. You know you can't go wrong with a book by Tamera Alexander!

  10. I can't wait to read this book! I read and LOVED Tamera's "A Lasting Impression"! I don't end up keeping many of the books I read, but that one sits on my keeper shelf. :)

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

  11. Would love to win Tamara's latest book! Thanks for the opportunity!


  12. would love to read tamera's latest masterpiece...thanks for the chance, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  13. I'm really looking forward to reading this series! Would love to win this one. :)

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  14. i have been wanting to read a Tamara Alexander book for forever. i would love to win! Thanks for the chance Kav


  15. Pick me, pick me! I've been wanting to read this book, it was on sale for Kindle, but I really want a copy of my own to keep so I didn't take advantage of the Kindle sale...


  16. We have all of Tamera Alexander's books in the Church Library.
    I would love to have this book to add to my personal library.
    Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    Janet E.

  17. I have been wanting this book for awhile. I would love to win.



  18. Thank you for your review. I love American Historical Fiction. I want to get immersed into the times and the place. Thank you also for this giveaway.


  19. I would love to win this book, thank you for hosting this giveaway.


  20. Oh, this book looks so good. I actually bought it for a friend for Christmas, but would love to win a copy for my very own. :) Thanks for this giveaway (and all the lovely ones you do so often!)!

    inspiringdaring (at) yahoo (dot) com

  21. I am super excited to read this book!
    I love Tamera Alexander!
    dymesich AT juno DOT com

  22. Beautiful cover. I really enjoy historical fiction. Thanks!

  23. Kav, I think I would really enjoy reading this book. Thanks for the review.
    Please enter me. Maxie ( )

  24. I've seen this book on almost everyone's "best of 2012" list. I really want to read it!!! Thanks for the giveaway!


  25. i have read your books and LOVE THEM WOULD BE BLBESSED TO WIN THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. This is one book that I have been really looking forward to but I have yet had the chance to get ahold of a copy! Maybe this will be my chance to read it :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  27. Please don't enter me, Kav! I just wanted to let everyone know that this book made it on my list of 2012 favs! Great book!

  28. Oh you brave soul, Diana -- I don't think I could manage to make up a best of 2012 list!!! That's not an activity for the faint of heart!

    Good luck everyone!

  29. Oh my...I really want to read this one.