History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length novel in bestselling author Tamera Alexander’s new 4-book Southern series… The Carnton Novels
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 forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home, where she is governess, is commandeered as a Confederate hospital; and Lizzie must summon fortitude to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death–even as she fears for the life of Towny, her fiancé and lifelong friend.
A young soldier’s dying words convey an urgent message that Lizzie promises to deliver, yet she 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. Even if it costs him his life.
Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends the wounded convalescing within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is already pledged to another. But Captain Jones holds secrets of his own, which prove costly for Lizzie. Because a betrothed woman shouldn’t harbor feelings for a man other than her intended. Especially not when that man is a slave owner.
When Towny vanishes after a crushing battle in Nashville, Lizzie must confront the costs of war. And torn between love, principles, and promises made, she struggles to be true to her own heart while standing for what she knows is right–no matter the cost.
With this Pledge written by Tamera Alexander is an impressive historical fiction with detailed research. Between the battles, characters and even the letters are real. I was very impressed when I took a look at Tamera's website to find a entire PDF of her research and be surprised, she lays out some spoilers there too, but first make sure you read her book! Not back to the review, I was shocked and surprised at how detailed and in depth she went, but that made this book so rich in history.
Second, I am a huge fan of the character development and enjoy getting to know Elizabeth and Rowland. I loved seeing the bravery in Elizabeth as well as her flaws like the rest of us. I felt that Tamera did a great job at making the characters come to life in a real and tangible way. The characters were intritguing and I kept wanting to read the story to find out what was happening next.
I also thought the theme of this book was very good and I was asking myself some hard questions about leaning into God and trusting him. Overall, I thought this book was well- research, kept my attention and made me want to read more of the Carnton series. This was a great novel and I highly, highly encourage you to grab a copy, especially if you life historical fiction.
About the Author:
Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers in the inspirational historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels.