Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lasting Impression - A Book Review

I chose this book because the setting was in Nashville, Tennessee (my home state) at the Belmont Mansion.  The Author, Tamera Alexander, did an excellent job in setting the scenery.  I felt as if I were back in time and I wanted to go to the Belmont Mansion.  (I think I'll plan a family day trip there this summer.)

Claire Laurent overcame what seemed like near-impossible obstacles and she even won the heart of an up-and-coming lawyer, Sutton Monroe.  Claire's background and the past she left behind was coming back to haunt her.  If things were to get out, she could loose her job, her home and Sutton.  Could she tell Sutton before he found out and he still love her?  Sutton had a few hidden secrets of his own.  Would Claire still want him knowing he could be destitute and not able to provide for her future?  What would he have to offer her?

The book is an historical fiction novel.  I checked out some of the history and the author was accurate in her facts.  Tamara Alexander is very knowledgeable about art and it shows throughout the book.  The story starts out strong and ends well, but the climax left me a little disappointed.  I was expecting more and I was left wanting more.  While I was at the climax of the story - I was very disappointed and wasn't sure I wanted to finish the book.  I did finish the book and the ending was done so well, that it partially made up for the climax.   I am glad that I stuck with it and read through to the end.

The book is worth the read.  You will come away more with more knowledge about the history of the Belmont Mansion, art and Nashville's history as well.

I received this book for free from Bethany House for this review, but the review and opinions are my own.

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