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To Whisper Her Name (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) Audio CD – CD, May 16, 2017
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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.
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Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal's top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of Tamera's two USA Today bestselling Southern series.
- Publisher : Zondervan on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 16, 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 154360501X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1543605013
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.75 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,709,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tensions are high in this novel, especially between the hero and heroine, but also with the Ku Klux Klan spreading terror. The sizzling chemistry was tastefully written. I always enjoy watching characters fall in love and overcome obstacles. In Christian fiction, I savor how God is intertwined in the story and how the characters grow in their faith. I appreciate how Alexander wove this naturally throughout the story.
Another touching part of this love story is the love and respect that Maggie and Cullen each felt for Maggie’s father. Cullen’s determination to live up to his promises is an endearing trait.
I really enjoyed this novel.
Olivia and Ridley caught and kept my attention immediately, because they are well-rounded characters. She's a mix of Southern propriety and independence, trepidation and determination. He's a Southern son who fought for the Union in order to stand against slavery. Still dealing with the trauma of being a prisoner at Andersonville, he can nevertheless be stubborn, high-handed, and anything but a victim. When Olivia and Ridley are constantly thrown together, sparks fly like you wouldn't believe. Eventually though, they settle into a warm relationship full of banter that's fun to watch. You know each one is what the other needs, so you root tirelessly for them to be together, despite conventions of the time period dictating Olivia must marry for convenience and money.
Olivia and Ridley's relationship makes for a multifaceted plot full of the little incidents and scenes that make up the lives of real people. When Olivia's feet get horribly blistered from walking around Belle Meade in unsuitable shoes, Ridley washes them and gets her to a healer. When Ridley finally tells Olivia his secrets, she's understandably frustrated and confused, but eventually sets aside her past prejudices to accept who he is and what he stands for. The two cement their relationship in unique ways, such as through a dance at a servants' party and systematic desensitization of Olivia's equine phobia.
As noted, the secondary characters and plots are great as well. Olivia's position as teacher in a freedmen's school was one of my favorites; I wanted to see more of that. I also would've liked to see a little more about how Ridley came to fight for the Union, how he coped at Andersonville, and how he dealt with post-traumatic stress. Again, I love that he was never a victim, but I feel slight shading in these areas would have given him a softer side.
The book seems too long and drawn out in places, and at times, it feels the characters are doing too much and experiencing too many stakes. For instance, even though I loved Olivia's determination to teach, I wondered if she needed to deal with it on top of overcoming what Charles put her through. However, I can safely recommend this book, especially if you like a sweeping Civil War novel or are partial to horse stories.
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All the way through the tale you are expecting Ridley's secret to come out and are fearful of the consequences. It's heart-breaking that such a war ever happened but that it turned brother against brother , father against son was awful. Ridley had and still has his reasons for his actions and they are commendable for without men like him those dark attitudes would still be prevalent. To some he would be a traitor to more he would be a hero. The author really makes you feel each characters turmoil and you can't help but sympathise and empathise with their Dilemmas, even The General gains your respect. Uncle Bob is the father figure you have ever dreamed of having with his gentle and encouraging ways. Thoroughly entertaining though the underlying serious subject of slavery war and destruction is not lost either