My rating: 5 of 5 stars
History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of Tamera Alexander's new series, The Carnton Novels.
On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity of his wounds, believes his life will be spared. But a life without his leg, he can't abide. He compels Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston—governess to the McGavock family at the Carnton mansion—to intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate. True to her word, Lizzie speaks on his behalf and saves not only the captain's leg but also his life.
When a fourteen-year-old soldier dies in Lizzie's arms that night, the boy's final words, whispered with urgency, demand that Lizzie deliver them to their intended recipient. But all she has is the boy's first name. And, as she soon discovers, there's no record of him ever having enlisted. How can she set out alone across a land so divided by war and hatred to honor her pledge? Even more, does she dare accept Captain Jones's offer to accompany her? As he coalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.
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 Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.
With This Pledge begins a whole new series by Tamera Alexander called Carnton. I loved this first installment to the series. Lizzie and Roland’s story starts in 1864 at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee. Even though they are from two different worlds, they had undeniable chemistry. I enjoyed the historical and vivid details. The times were hard ones for the characters and I could just feel what they were going through.
I give With This Pledge five plus stars. I can not wait to find out what happens in the next installment from the Carnton series. I highly highly recommend this one.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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