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Lasting Impression (Belmont Mansion Novel) Paperback – November 1, 2011
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The Federal Army destroyed Sutton's home, confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family's honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him 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 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.
"Tamera Alexander has once again written a novel rich in storytelling and history, peopled with living, breathing characters who made me laugh, and cry. Better than sweet tea on a veranda, A Lasting Impression is a winner. I want to live at Belmont!"--Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love
"Tamera Alexander paints vivid scenes, not with oils on canvas but with words on the page...A lovely story, sure to please anyone who treasures a good romance."--Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night
"To put it simply: This book is a full-on HIT. Belmont's history is fascinating and provides a rich setting for historical romance. The author has placed a diverse palette of colorful characters within her heady setting, but among them none is quite as vibrantly drawn as The Lady of Belmont herself, Mrs. Adelicia Acklen." - Serena Chase, USA Today
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0764206222
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764206221
- Item Weight : 15.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.08 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #269,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Lasting Impression is a complex and deftly written historical novel set during one of my favorite periods. Tamera Alexander clearly researched Belmont, 1860s Nashville, and the Reconstruction period with a well-honed eye, and it shows without making the book dry or dull. 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. Claire and Sutton have big external stakes, and they deal with those realistically, yet gracefully. Sutton won my sympathy and respect as he waited for a decision on his inheritance. As for Claire, I loved her spiritual arc as she struggled with what she had been forced to do in life vs. her desire to start over. Scenes in which she speaks to God and undergoes a private, personal baptism, stand out.
A Lasting Impression is a little long, and the reveal of Claire's secret was a bit dragged out. I also might have liked to see more of New Orleans. Overall though, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read that left a good impression.
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!
I have found some historical novels too slow paced for my taste but Ms. Alexander added the right amount of tension, description, and page-turning drama to keep me engaged. I highly recommend this read!
Considering how long the book was and how slow some parts were, the ending felt a little rushed, but the conclusion was satisfying.
I look forward to reading more books by Tamera Alexander.
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Enjoyed the tension and internal struggles of the characters, and how they worked through them. Loved it!