Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review of A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander

A Lasting Impression (Belmont Mansion, #1)

A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander

A fake. A forger. More than anything, Claire Laurent longs for the chance to live an authentic life, to become the woman she wants to be. And she'll be given that choice. But will it come at too costly a price?
Claire Laurent's greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she's forced to flee from New Orleans to Nashville only a year after the War Between the States has ended, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe. She considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities. But after he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she's sorely misjudged the man. Finding herself among the elite of Nashville's society, Claire believes her dream to create a lasting impression in the world of art is within reach--but only if her fraudulent past remains hidden.
The Federal Army has destroyed Sutton's home and confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family's honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him and to right a grievous wrong 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 Mrs. 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.

My Take:  What a wonderful book!!  This is the first book by Tamera Alexander I have read and I definitely will be reading more from this wonderful author. 
This historical romance came from a different angle than any I have read before.  I thought it was very creative that the main character was an art forger.  A Very interesting premise. 
I am always interested in the setting of the Civil War or closely after and This adds the setting of a real mansion in Nashville which adds an air of authenticity to the book.

I would recommend this if you like historical romances.

I received a copy of this book for review purposes fro Litfuse and was not required to write a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. I have read a few of Tamera Alexander's books and had mixed reviews on them. This one was new at the library and I thought I would give it a go. I LOVED it! One of my most favorites I have read in a while by any author. I could not put it down. The dialogue between the main characters was just perfect and the story unfolded just right. Even if you weren't a huge fan of Alexander before, read this book and you will love it.


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