Author: Tamera Alexander
Series: Carnton Book 1
Chapters: 43 Plus Epilogue
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
If anyone can get me to read a book American Civil War novel its Tamera. I’ve haven’t read a book of hers that I didn’t like. Outside of novels about the America Revolution I tend to only read non-fiction book about war. As most authors tend to Sugar coat it. Or show only one side of the war.
Tamera doesn’t do that with this one. She shows the horrors of war without shocking you as well as showing what the woman and children went through.
What makes this novel so real and heart wrenching is that is novel is based on a real place, a real family the McGavocks and their home Carnton which was turned in to a field hospital after the battle of Franklin. Their governess Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston is soon turned into a nurse. Reading this novel has me wanting to visit Carnton. Much like I did with Belmont and Belle Meade after reading Tamera's previous novels set in Tennessee.
Captain Roland Ward Jones a confederate sharpshooter is injured in the battle, but Lizzie makes him a promise she somehow manages to keep. As a sharpshooter and a rebel one at that he's hated by the union. Mainly because sharpshooters hide and killed troops without them knowing. But both sides used sharpshooters they were the forerunner of our modern day snipers. So I would say this book is one of Tamera's darker and more graphic books in the terms of war and violence.
I loved the slow burn romance of the hero and the heroine. This is the first historical fiction that the main couple were both based on historical figures though lesser known that most. I like my historical fiction with a romance. Not a romance with a hint of historical fiction and Tamera does a great job at that. The romances in her books add to the story they don't take away from that.
I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, Tamera’s other books as well as fans of Lori Benton, Laura Frantz (though it is a different time period than these two.) Jocelyn Green and Roseanna m white.