With This Pledge: The Carnton Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of USA TODAY bestselling Tamera Alexander’s new series, The Carnton Novels.
“The beautifully-drawn characters and rich history in With This Pledge work seamlessly to demonstrate that Christ’s love and romantic love can triumph even in our darkest moments.” (Lynn Austin, best-selling author of Legacy of Mercy)
What can a woman - a mere governess - do against the scourge of slavery?
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause - but when 40,000 soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home, where she is governess, is converted into a Confederate field hospital, and Lizzie is called upon to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death. Faced with the unimaginable, she must summon fortitude, even as she fears for the life of Towny, her fiancé and lifelong friend.
As a young soldier lies dying in Lizzie’s arms, she vows to relay his final words to his mother, but knows little more than the boy’s first name. That same night, decorated Mississippi sharpshooter Captain Roland Ward Jones extracts a different promise from Lizzie: that she intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate his leg.
Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends to the wounded within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is pledged to another. But as Lizzie’s heart softens toward the Confederate captain, she discovers that his moral ground is at odds with her own. Now torn between love, principles, and pledges made, she struggles to be true to her own heart while standing for what she knows is right - no matter the cost.
From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.
Download the audiobook companion PDF to taste a piece of history with Civil War-era recipes.
“Tamera Alexander has once again given readers a beautifully written story full of strong characters and tender romance—all while staying true to the actual history of the people and events she describes. From the horrors of war to the hope of blossoming love, Lizzie and Roland’s story will live in my heart for a very long time.” —Anne Mateer, author of Playing by Heart
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 31 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 08, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #50,669 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#147 in Christian Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#154 in Clean & Wholesome Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#272 in Christian Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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There have been a handful of times in my life when I have experienced a sense of helplessness. But I admit that I truly did not understand that word in its fullest sense until two weeks ago. Two weeks ago, my dad was killed in a car accident. Someone swerved in front of him on the freeway, and changed my family’s lives forever. There was literally NOTHING anyone could have done after that man made his choice to drive selfishly rather than safely. You want to know what true helplessness looks like? It’s watching your precious mother say goodbye to her best friend before the crematorium workers take your father’s body away forever. It’s knowing that there is absolutely NOTHING I can do to help my mom. It’s knowing that my beautiful daughter, nieces, and nephews will never again get to play with their beloved grandpa this side of Heaven. It’s knowing that my brothers, sister, and I have to wait until it is our turn to go to Heaven before we can hug and kiss our dad again. One man made a decision and there is NOTHING I can do about that. This is true helplessness. I completely understand how Lizzie feels in With This Pledge, and with every fiber of my being I wish I didn’t.
There are several timely themes weaved throughout With This Pledge; all so important for today’s readers to consider. The theme that most resonates with me is that while life is uncertain and there are no guarantees, we who love and cherish God can rest assured that He orders our steps. Nothing surprises God. Nothing shocks Him. God puts every single one of us on a path, and He promises to be with us every step of the way — even in our most helpless of moments. With my heart currently battered, shattered, and bleeding, I really needed this reminder that God is always in control and He is always near. This takes the sting out of what seems like chaos to me.
Tamera Alexander is incapable of writing a bad story. She truly is one of today’s leading Christian Historical Fiction authors. With This Pledge may be Alexander’s best book to date. With a setting that pulls the reader in from page one, characters who are brilliantly and realistically crafted and who worm their way into the reader’s heart, and timely themes, With This Pledge is a definite must-read for 2019. I highly recommend this stunning novel!
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via NetGalley through TLC Book Tours. I also purchased a copy of this novel on January 9, 2019 to read and review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
The ravages of our nation's Civil War had reached the lovely Carnton estate; spreading death and destruction across the rolling hills of Tennessee as far as the eye could see, following the heinous battle of Franklin. Governess Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston's job quickly detoured from teaching students the basics of education to assisting a field doctor with the grizzly task of removing limbs and suturing indescribable wounds; the McGavock's fine home being populated with dozens of wounded soldiers.
Among those brought to the estate for surgery is Captain Roland Jones, who with Lizzie's perseverance, convinces the army surgeon to save both of his legs, paving the way for a painstakingly slow road to recovery. In the meantime, their hearts begin to travel the path of attraction, only to be reminded that Lizzie is already betrothed to another and the dear captain remains convinced that owning one's fellow man is perfectly humane. It's an impasse that seems impossibly improbable to span.
"Freedom. Choices. Promises." In the author's own words, "these three themes run with vivid undercurrent through this story, just as they continue to run through our still too-divided country". Rich in character and resonating with the depth of history, "With This Pledge" is a story that offers a lasting tribute to those who fought to the death and to those who lived to make a difference.
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Franklin Tennessee was moving and poignant whilst allowing the strength of the characters’ convictions and conscience to move from the bleakness and horror of the war to the realisation of the need for a new beginning.