A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the Maestro at the newly-formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are "far too fragile and frail" for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed. Because the conductor—determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music—bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.
Nationally-acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse—and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head—he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music—his father, who is dying. But Tate’s ailment worsens. He knows Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman's trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream?
As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women’s hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history—but the hearts of men.
To Wager Her Heart
Belle Meade Plantation novel 3
** Cover Reveal Coming Soon **
2016 Christy Award Finalist
the 2nd standalone novel
in the Belle Meade Plantation series
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.
An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He's come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he'd wagered, especially when Maggie Linden's father makes him an offer he shouldn't accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie's father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail—Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
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What readers are saying about To Win Her Favor:
"Alexander brings in characters from earlier series titles (To Whisper Her Name), yet this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. Strong characters, a sense of the times, and the themes of love, friendship, and the importance of loyalty and determination make this a triumph."
~Library Journal starred review
"As with To Whisper Her Name, I LOVED this book. I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this and it has exceeded my expectations. Tamera Alexander flawlessly weaves history, racism, horse racing, and in-depth character development. Even the 'minor' characters were fleshed out, and I am overjoyed to know that one of them will have her chance for love in Alexander's upcoming July 2015 novella To Mend a Dream (more on To Mend a Dream below). I also love the cameos Alexander includes from previous books. Tamera Alexander gets better with every book and I cannot wait for her next one!"
~ Katie from Goodreads
“No insta-love here! Readers get to experience the growing attraction between the headstrong and determined Maggie and the swoon-worthy Cullen. The deeply drawn characters move the story along at a steady pace – even Bucket, the dog, and Bourbon Belle, the mare, will win readers over.”
~ RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
"Marriage of convenience stories are my favorite and To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander is no exception. The challenges and dynamics of the unlikely relationship between a southern lady and handsome Irishman sizzle with tension and passion. The plot is as powerful as the magnificent thoroughbreds the heroine rides. A moving story of overcoming post-Civil War obstacles and racial discrimination. Readers won't be able to put down the book until the last page."
~ Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of Love Unexpected
"Tamera Alexander delivers a beautifully-realized novel of love, faith, and redemption. Brimming with rich historical detail and populated with compelling characters both real and imagined, To Win Her Favor is certain to find favor with Ms. Alexander's' fans and to win her many new ones."
~ Dorothy Love, author of The Bracelet and Carolina Gold
"Tamera Alexander is one of my favorite authors, so I expect a lot from her novels. To Win Her Favor is captivating beyond expectation! This novel has everything readers are looking for--rich characterization, page-turning intrigue, a heartwarming romance charged with tension, and more!"
~ Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times bestselling author
"I have rarely read a more wonderful book than To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander. Rich with historical detail and fully developed characters, this novel held me spellbound until the last page. If you read one historical novel this year, make it To Win Her Favor. It will linger with you long after the last page."
~ Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of the Hope Beach series and The Inn At Ocean's Edge
"Tamera Alexander has done it again! To Win Her Favor is peopled with fascinating, richly-drawn characters that drew me into their very hearts and souls. Maggie and Cullen's story captures the drama and tragedy of the post-Civil War era, but more importantly, it captures the humanity of those who triumphed after a dark time in our nation's history to rebuild lives marked by joy and anchored by faith."
~ Deborah Raney, author of The Face of the Earth and The Chicory Inn Novels series
"There's a level of realism to Cullen and Maggie that captured my emotions and immediately drew me to them."
~ Carole Jarvis, blogger/reviewer Books, Music and Life (READ more of Carole's thoughtful review)
a collection of four Southern Love Stories
with four bestselling historical authors
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In the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women—destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war—face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.
To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
(a Belle Meade Plantation novella)
Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner, Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. Can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, one of the heart.
An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he's determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother's homestead, he discovers she's very ill, and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.
A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.
Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
Emily has a secret: She's in love with one of the freedmen on her family's plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.
Each novella in the collection includes a scrumptious Southern recipe inherent to each author's story that's sure to suit your book club meeting to a T! Discussion questions for each story also included.
Tamera and authors Shelley Shepard Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser share what inspired them to write this novella collection, as well as # LittleKnownAuthorFacts
What others are saying about the novella collection Among the Fair Magnolias:
“You don’t have to be a fan of Southern fiction or historical fiction to appreciate and enjoy the fabulous storytelling in this collection. Each story is different and readers will ‘feel all the feels’ as they experience the challenges these characters encounter.”
~ Romantic Times 4 1/2 star review
"Among the Fair Magnolias will sweep you into the past, carrying you into the beauty and battles of the Old South. You will love, laugh, and lament as your heart is inspired to face life with courage and live it more fully."
~ Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times and CBA bestselling author of Amish fiction
"Four talented authors have penned a charming collection of stories that take place in the Deep South. Passions simmer, romance blossoms, and history comes alive. The settings are so real you can almost smell the sweet scent of magnolias on every page. This all adds up to a winning combination that was truly a delight to read."
~ Margaret Brownley, bestselling author of The Brides of Last Chance Ranch and Undercover Ladies series
"Romance, intrigue, and exciting plot twists--all this and more from four stories set in a south so deep I caught the fresh scent of pine, felt the petals of creamy magnolias as I read, and craved sweet tea on a porch swing. I hope there will be more collections from these wonderful southern authors."
~ Cathy Gohlke, bestselling and Christy Award-winning author of Secrets She Kept and Saving Amelie
"The era of America's Civil War has long been fertile ground for memorable stories, and here are four you'll love. I found myself enchanted by these stories of strong women challenged by hard choices--and the ultimate triumph of love and faith."
~ Ann Tatlock, award-winning author of Once Beyond A Time
Tamera's novella, To Mend a Dream, is also sold separately (e-book only)
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2015 Christy Award Finalist
A Beauty So Rare
Pink is not what Eleanor Braddock ordered,
but maybe it would soften the tempered steel
of a woman who came through a war—
and still had one to fight.
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Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows’ and children’s home run contrary to Eleanor’s wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground—and a love neither of them expects.
But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.
From the USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and A Lasting Impression comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to a group of people forgotten by Nashville society--and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.
What others are saying about
A Beauty So Rare
"Bestseller Alexander will delight fans…"
~ Publishers Weekly
"Fantastic. A keeper!"
~ Romantic Times Magazine
"Two-time Christy Award winner Alexander continues her historical series (after A Lasting Impression) with this sweeping Southern romance that is engaging and full of hope. Recommended for fans of Robin Lee Hatcher and Francine Rivers."
"The author does a marvelous job setting the story in history. It is not just a romance that takes place after the Civil War - it is a meticulously researched tale firmly anchored in the Reconstruction era with real people and events. The rise of women's shelters, safe asylums for the insane, troubled relations between Austria and Russia, research with plant genetics and grafting, the search for a potato not prone to rot - all were issues being dealt with at the time."
~ Amazon Reviewer (5 stars)
"Are you ready to be transported to another time and place, one that will capture your heart and attention? If so, then open up A Beauty So Rare. This novel is a treasure trove of delight!"
~ Amazon Reviewer (5 stars)
More blogger review links and interviews below
The inspiration behind A Beauty So Rare
Watch the trailer for A Beauty So Rare
I'm so grateful for these blogger friends who read A Beauty So Rare and gave it their honest review. Check out their sites for more news and reviews on the latest in Inspirational fiction!
Tressa's Wishful Endings
For the Love of Books
Loose Leaf Library
Just a Little Creativity
Books and Beverages
Mocha with Linda
Living Better One Day At A Time
Just a Little Creativity
Dog Days of Kimberfus
Rambles of a SAHM
The Green Mockingbird
Loving the Chaos
A Wisconsin Cheesehead's Book Reviews
Overcoming with God (Noela Nancarrow)
Overcoming with God (Diana Flowers)
A BookLover's Heart
Working Mommy Journal
The Answer is Always in His Word
Southern Gal Loves to Read
Posts from a Recovering Pessimist
Life of Literature
The Great Adventure with the Daniel Family
The Hope Journey
The Engrafted Word
Burton Book Review
Blogging with Carol
Faith, Hope and Cherry Tea
Book Reviews by Shannah
Back Cover of the book
Interviews with Tamera about A Beauty So Rare
Soul Inspirationz Website
Chat with Serena Chase, USA Today
Chat with Author Trish Perry (coming 3/28)
Chat with Author Lisa Wingate on Southern Belle View (coming 4/1)
Overcoming with God
(Tamera shares personally about overcoming with God's strength)
Radio Interview with Pastor Michael Easley (coming soon)
The Belmont Mansion novels
A Lasting Impression, book 1
A Beauty So Rare, book 2
Book 3 coming in 2015
Check out all these lovely Pinterest pins,
many of which were made by fabulous bloggers who
were sharing their favorite quote from the novel.