A Lasting Impression: A Belmont Mansion Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Best-selling author Tamera Alexander has won numerous awards, including the Christy Award and RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance.
Set in Nashville’s historic Belmont Mansion, A Lasting Impression is an affecting tale of romance between an aspiring artist and a man determined to rise from near ruin.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 45 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 08, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #89,975 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#300 in Christian Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#661 in Christian Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,934 in Historical Christian Romance
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2017
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I found both Claire and Sutton to be enjoyable characters, and did enjoy the way their romance progressed. Much like many novels involving romance, it's pretty easy to tell they're going to be the two involved in the book early on, so I'm not giving much away there. But despite knowing that, I will say the path their romance took wasn't completely obvious the whole way through - there are a few points where it doesn't do the "expected", though I don't want to give anything away so I won't be much more specific than that.
The story itself also didn't take a path that I was afraid it was going to at one point - I was a bit afraid that the story would focus too much on Claire's past with her father's art gallery and the forging, but that actually was a secondary story, which was nice. (Otherwise, it ran the risk of being pretty typical - girl hides past, boy finds out on his own, boy gets ridiculously mad, girl gets ridiculously defensive, boy and girl act like children rather than discussing. But I should have realized that was unlikely with this author, having read some of her other books.) It really made the story about Belmont, Adelicia Acklen, and Claire and Sutton's involvement with all of the above much more the center. And given that this is listed as a "Belmont Mansion Novel" I see that as a good thing.
The primary reason I didn't give this five stars instead of four is just because there were a few instances where characters weren't really revisited much, or weren't dealt with more. Admittedly, they weren't vital to the main story, but early on an impression was given that they would be a bit more than they were. Eva (one of the servants Claire meets early on) and Mrs. Routh (who is unfortunately a bit underdeveloped, but one of the only characters to come across that way to me) both come to mind. So that's really only a half star loss to me, and it's possible they weren't covered a whole lot because they'll come along again in the future. After all, this is the first book in a trilogy, all involving Belmont Mansion somehow.
Overall, a 4.5 star book, and one I would definitely recommend it to fans of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, Tamera Alexander, or all of the above!
A Lasting Impression is the first Belmont Mansion novel. The Belmont Mansion series features Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women in the United States in the 1860s. Tamera Alexander visited Belmont Mansion and knew that she was going to write about the home and its inhabitants. Alexander was able to use some of Adelicia Acklen's correspondence to get a feel for what kind of woman she was, as she was developing her character. Fiction novels based on real people and places are always so interesting to me. I love the feeling that I'm learning about history as I read.
As in her other novels, Alexander's writing style has such a great flow to it in A Lasting Impression. I was drawn in from the very first page, and for such a long book, there really were no slow parts. I like the way Alexander moves the story through time so effortlessly. Oftentimes, skipping weeks feels like a jump ahead, and it makes the story feel choppy. Not so with this novel. The plot moved seamlessly forward at a pace that made it hard for me to put the book down.
Claire made a journey to faith in A Lasting Impression, and that part of the story was especially poignant. Alexander wrote it beautifully, and one conversation in particular between Claire and Adelicia really stayed with me.
Claire is an artist, and the emphasis on art made the story feel even richer. I loved following Claire's creative process, even though she struggled at times. Her struggles made her work more authentic for me. And Adelicia's art collection was staggeringly beautiful---and that's just reading about it, not even seeing it!
The character development was very well-done, with a lot of growth in the characters throughout the course of the novel. I loved that. Alexander's imagery, as well, was outstanding.
I really loved A Lasting Impression. I can't get enough of Tamera Alexander's books! If you are a fan of historical, Christian, or clean romance, I would highly recommend this series!
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Enjoyed the tension and internal struggles of the characters, and how they worked through them. Loved it!