30 October 2012

Diana Flowers Reviews To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander


To Whisper Her Name
To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander
Zondervan, 2012


Reviewed by Diana Flowers

5 stars*****



A Simply Amazing Read!

In To Whisper Her Name, Tamera Alexander weaves a riveting tale of love and betrayal set at Nashville's historic Belle Meade Plantation during the post-war South era; where passions run high as people struggle to rebuild their lives while others are just beginning a new one.

Olivia Aberdeen has lost it all--her good reputation and wealth, as her husband is branded a traitor to the South and is shot, leaving her a widow. Receiving an invitation from her "aunt" Elizabeth Harding to come to Belle Meade Plantation to become the head houskeeper there, she is disillusioned to find out the real reason General Harding wants her there. Although Olivia suffers from a crippling phobia which makes it difficult for her to stay at Belle Meade she has no choice but to do so. She has also suffered terrible physical and mental abuse at the hands of her late husband and vows never again to marry.

Ridley Cooper, a southerner who fought for the Union cause, shows up at Belle Meade Plantation, the most infamous thoroughbred farm in the South, to secure a position and learn all he can under the tutelage of the horse whisperer, Bob Green, an ex-slave. Ridley has many inward demons raging within resulting from the war, and is determined to fight them and earn enough money to start his own farm in the savage Colorado territory as soon as possible.

As Ridley and Olivia's lives intertwine can they help one another find healing from the torment raging in their hearts and minds? Many perils lie ahead as Olivia seeks to teach the ex-slaves to read, and dangers of the heart as well as she finds herself falling deeply in love. But when she learns of Ridley's dark secret...will her love turn to hatred? Will she learn that in spite of all she has been through, God has been there with her all the while? And will Ridley follow his dream and move to Colorado, knowing that he will never again be accepted in the South once his secret is revealed?

I have read most of Tamera Alexander's books, and in my opinion this is her best yet! It took her two years to pen this amazing novel and it appears she put her whole heart and soul into writing it. Her characters are very realistic and humanly flawed, having many issues to deal with-post traumatic stress disorder, spousal abuse, panic and phobias, guilt, and feelings of spiritual abandonment. This book was amazing and I literally burned the midnight oil reading this one! Very nicely done, Ms. Alexander!


      *I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.   


Tamera's books can be purchased through AmazonCBDLifeway and other bookstores.



GIVEAWAYS: Tamera is also doing a giveaway for us this week in addition to our giveaways of a book of choice plus one Tamera Alexander paperback that we are giving away ourselves--grand total of THREE giveaways this week. 


Question: Have you ever visited a historic plantation (such as Belle Meade) or site that you feel would make an awesome setting for a book?

90 comments:

  1. DIANA, I have read a quarter of the book and I agree that it is very well written. You make me want to continue reading the book right now! Beautiful review, my friend!

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  2. A stellar review DIANA! And guess what? My book arrived just this morning!! I just stood there after I'd opened it and ran my hands over that gorgeous cover more than I should have lol, and smiling while I thought of the pleasure I'm going to have reading it! :)

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  3. Diana, thank you for this review! I want to read this even more.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  4. MARIAN, thank you so much. This is one of those books that just keeps getting better and better until you realize that you can barely put it down anymore. One more chapter-I'll just read one more chapter...hence my sentence about "burning the midnight oil!"

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  5. Thank you to my new cohort, NOELA! Your comment tickled me b/c I did the same thing! lol The colors in my furniture match the colors of her dress exactly. The reddish-burgandy with the swirls in it, and even the brownish color at the hemline. So this book now earned the spot on TOP of my smaller bookcase where everyone can see it better. It is such a gorgeous book. Have fun digging in!

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  6. AMY, put this one at the TOP of your wishlist and make plenty of time to read it! It is a thick book...chock full of good stuff!

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  7. DIANA, I remember when this cover was first released and I posted about it! I have watched all of Tamera's videos on Belle Meade Plantation and can't wait to read this book. Of course, your review just makes me more determined than ever! CL

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  8. Thanks for dropping by, ANNE! This book is delicious looking in person-or should I say in book? lol Hoping for a win for you, ANNE! We are doing our first drawing tonight...so maybe then!!!

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  9. DIANA, GREAT REVIEW, MY FRIEND!!

    I already bought this book because Tamera is one of my MUST READS, but YOU have just put it up higher on my TBR list, that's for darn sure!!

    LOVE the cover and LOVE Tamera -- the woman is a class act.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  10. JULIE, she certainly is -- as are you! The pages within are as awesome as the cover. Thank you for your kind words AND for dropping by OTT. You are so loved by the whole OTT gang!

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  11. I love books that make you want to turn the pages, and this one sounds just like that!!

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  12. MAUREEN, the more one gets into the book the faster those pages keep a-turnin'! lol Thanks!

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  13. CL!

    I have been really interested in this book ever since I heard about it the first time. I've never liked the Civil War itself (such a sad time), but I have always liked stories from that time period. I don't know if it started because of my love of Gone With the Wind or something else...

    This sounds wonderful though!

    Please enter me!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)Chavez

    amada_chavez[AT]yahoo[DOT]com

    Acts 16:31

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  14. Well, this one is right in my favorite genre--historical romance! I'd love to win and Diana, as usual your review leaves me wanting more! Thanks for this opportunity--hoping to win. Blessings on all of you. Darlene

    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

    I am having trouble finding Carrie's author page or I would have "liked it" Maybe I even have int he past, can't remember.

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  15. I love Tamara's books! I would love to win a copy! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  16. Great review, Diana! Always love what you write up! Hugs n blessings!

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  17. AMADA, thank you so much for coming by! This book takes place 2 yrs after the war, so no battle scenes (except in a few flashbacks), for those who don't care for that sort of thing.

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  18. Wow, such a stunning cover and loved the perspective your comments give, Diana! Love those books that keep you burning the midnight oil, very nice :) Thanks for the giveaway!
    Blessings, Kara

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  19. DARLENE, my fav genre as well! I'm so glad the review left you wanting more!! Did you look under Carrie Fancett Pagels Author? I know she appreciates you doing that! Blessings~

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  20. KARA, such a lovely book without and within! Hoping so much you will get a chance to read this one -- you won't regret it!

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  21. Diana, thanks for sharing your review! As always, I LOVE to come here and read what you gals think. :)

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  22. CARRIE, thank you! When did you have time to type that up in all of your busyness today? (wink)

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  23. LADETTE, we love having you here! I'm so grateful you care about our opinions. This one is a keeper for sure!

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  24. I'm a *paw-over* for an enticing antibellum romance! Mmmm...can't wait to read Tamera Alexander's WHISPER HER NAME!!
    Carol, aka Chloe Blaire

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  25. MARTHA, in my opinion this is Tamera's best yet, which is saying alot b/c I have loved all of her books!

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  26. CAROL, look no further! lol This is the one! I can't wait for you to read it and let me know what you think!

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  27. LOUISE, waving to you way up there! Keeping my fingers crossed that you will be reading your second page turner in a row asap!!

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  28. Diana - Wonderful review! I love Tamara's previous books and am looking forward to reading this story also. I have not been to any southern plantations. Maybe that needs to be a stop on the next road trip south.
    Sharon

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  29. Welcome, SHARON, and thank you! Would you believe I live in the South and have not visited any either?! Not any famous ones anyway. Please come back, dear, and leave an email so that we may contact you should you win!

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  30. Diana, I hate to admit it but I don't know how to find Carrie's "author" page. I've looked and looked at different ways to come across it. I guess I'm not as computer savvy OR my eyesight isn't that good! Altho she is my friend on FB-I can't get it together! :( Darlene

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  31. DARLENE, it's real easy, sweetie. Go to the top of your facebook where the empty white bar is that says search for people, places, and things. Type in Carrie Fancett Pagels Author and it will pop up. Then just click on. Maybe you forgot the "Fancett"?

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  32. I have never got to visit a Plantation, but have always wished I could. Only time I could was through the books I've read. Would love to be a winner here. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  33. I have not visited one yet, but would love to visit a historical place! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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  34. Isn't it wonderful all the places we get to visit, MAXIE, in a novel? I just can't imagine being a person who doesn't like to read! I've been all over the world! ;)

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  35. MEGAN, I live in historical South Carolina and I think I need to get out more and do some sightseeing! Good luck in the drawing!

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  36. http://villalouis.wisconsinhistory.org/Explore/ExploreMap.aspx

    Definitely Victorian Villa Louis Mansion in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. I have visited more than once. I especially liked viewing the china in the kitchen.
    Two other Wisconsin histories I liked are The Milton House in Milton, WI, and The Lincoln-Tallman House in Janesville, WI. These houses were on the Underground Railroad. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  37. I am disappointed this book not yet available in audio. Sigh... My fave place, of course is SHIRLEY PLANTATION!!! Where I set The Overseer's Daughter, which I believe God will put into print. Love that place and the people there!

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  38. So appreciate your kind review, Diana. Made my day, lady! And I appreciate everyone else's encouraging comments too. Y'all make me want to write even more! ; )

    I love writing about real antebellum mansions and real people. Love the research and delving into the history. If ever you come to Nashville, please take some time to tour Belle Meade Plantation and Belmont Mansion. They're both magnificent places!

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  39. Great review! I have been wanting to read this book from the moment a heard about it which was a LONG time ago! I have been watching all the videos of Belle Meade and they made me more excited for the book! I love seeing the history behind stories and it was so cool to actually see the place the book is set. I haven't really been to any story worthy places but Tamera's book A Lasting Impression made me long to visit Belmont and now I want to visit Belle Meade as well!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Would love to win a copy please .I love the cover of this book .Thank you ,Dana "Girl" Spille
    jaskbk@earthlink.net

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  41. Okay, Diana, just slap me and call me "Darlin' " Thanks for the tip--some days!!!! Well, I "liked" Carrie's page. Maybe that will win me one of the books. :D Thanks!! Darlene

    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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  42. DARLENE, yay! You are so funny! I'm glad you found it and I know CARRIE will appreciate the fact that you were so persistent in looking for her page. We love that quality here at OTT (persistency.)

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  43. DANA, that is one of the most beautiful books I have ever held in my hands! Like NOELA said above I kept looking at it, and turning it over, and looked at it some more. lol And although I have finished it, I'm still looking at it! Thank you and hoping for a win for you!

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  44. ABBI-thank you for coming by and leaving a comment! I just love how these authors bring these historical plantations back to life!! Loses the reader in another place and time and I love it!

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  45. CARRIE, I can't wait until I hold the lovely Overseer's Daughter in my hands! I would love to see Shirley Plantation and Belle Meade!

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  46. nice book trailer. love to win this book thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  47. TAMERA, you are so welcome! I know you did extensive research in bringing Belle Meade alive for us readers! I got lost there for awhile and thoroughly enjoyed myself! Keep writing these great books!

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  48. KATHLEEN, I have never heard of that mansion--but the Underground Railroad?...sounds fascinating! Thank you for sharing that with us!

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  49. APPLEBLOSSOM, isn't that a great trailer? This book would make a great movie!!

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  50. We love persistency here at OTT and I am entering a comment for CATHY HORNE, who entered a comment twice and they disappeared into cyberland. CATHY also "liked" CARRIE's page-so CL!


    Thanks so much, CATHY!

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  51. I am so excited to read this book! I have read all of Tamera's other books and LOVED them! I am sure this is even better than the rest!

    I have never been to a historic plantation, maybe some day...But I can read about them! (That's almost as good right?....)

    Thank you for the interview and giveaway!
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  52. LEAH, welcome to OTT! And yes, that's almost as good...maybe even better b/c the author relives the people's lives who have lived there and we get to take a peek! Good luck in the drawing!

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  53. ...relives the people lives who have lived there??? Oh, well, I can blame it on this headache. LOL LEAH, you know what I meant -- hopefully. :)

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  54. a wonderful review/posting...can't wait to read tamera's latest masterpiece..thanks for the chance...and no, i've never visited a plantation, yet!

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  55. KARENK, thank you for coming by and lots of luck in the drawing! This one is a masterpiece to be sure!

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  56. Hi Diana, To Whisper Her Name is on my wish list. I would LOVE to win it!

    I great setting for a book, Mackinac Island. I love that place.

    ~Melissa

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  57. I love a good "page turner", just finished one last night :) This book sounds so good I can't wait to read it. I hope I am picked to receive a copy.
    winterrose at comcast dot net

    C.L.

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  58. Soooo looking forward to reading this book! I think this is the first review I have read of it... From Tamara's other books I knew I wouldn't be disappointed, but it's always nice to read a great review=)

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. I would love to win a paperback copy of Tamera Alexander's new book 'Whisper Her Name'.......I have shared on facebook and twitter.........babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

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  60. MELISSA, so great to see you here -- love your fabulous blog! CARRIE loves Mackinac as well, and I have a book set there that I'm itching to read! I pray you get a chance to win TWHName! Put it at the TOP of your wishlist, my dear friend! It's so well worth it.

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  61. EYBALLLUCY, thank you so much for sharing the giveaway! You are so thoughtful to do that! Throwing your name in the hat!

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  62. PATTY, I'm so touched -- thank you. I am especially encouraged by your comment, feeling that for certain I could never do this fabulous book justice in a review. But I DID try and hopefully that shines through! So thank you again for your kind words.

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  63. LOUISE, this is definitely a pageturner and I'm so hoping you get a chance to read it!

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  64. I haven't visited many places, but I have been to the Biltmore House in Ashville, and I think it would make a great setting for a novel!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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  65. I have been to the Plymouth Plantation. That was pretty neat.

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  66. I have always wanted to visit a plantation but have not. They make beautiful settings for a book.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  67. I have visited numerous Southern Plantations through the years, but haven't made it to the Belle Meade Plantation, yet. I definitely would like to visit there.
    may_dayzee[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  68. Ouh, ouh I'd love to be included, please!
    Great review, Diana. So exciting.

    It's definitely a must read for me!

    :-) Thanks,

    Ganise

    g.gclermont AT gmail DOT com

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  69. BETH, the Biltmore House is so beautiful, and I agree! -- it would be a gorgeous setting for a novel!

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  70. GANISE-love your enthusiasm! lol I hope you get a chance to read this one ASAP!

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  71. KAYM, after reading about Belle Meade through the eyes of Tamera Alexander, I feel as though I have already been there -- almost. ;)

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  72. RUBYNREBA, give me a book about a plantation especially in the South and I'm there! I have always loved those settings as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  73. How cool, SUSAN! I'm not exactly sure where that is, but any plantation is cool in my book -- pardon the pun!

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  74. I love the cover of this book! The cover draws me in more than anything...If I like the cover, I read the book!
    Anyway, thanks ladies for the interview and review. Sounds like a wonderful book and would love to win it!
    Blessings....Joy Hannabass ibjoy1953@yahoo.com

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  75. JOY, how could anyone pass this by sitting on the shelf in a bookstore? Not I. And in this case you can judge the book by it's cover!

    Joy, I hope you are recuperating nicely from your surgery, and I hope the Lord sees fit to bless you with a win.

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  76. I have visited a plantation type house in Williamsburg, VA.
    I would love to win a paper copy of To Whisper her name.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. Oh, yes, I live right in the heart of Southernality and there are lots of old plantations around here begging for a book to be written about them. :) Maybe someday. :)

    Thank you for this great review and the giveaway, of course! This is such a beautiful blog.

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  78. JAN, CARRIE lives in VA so she has probably visited the same one. Thanks for coming by and good luck in the giveaway!

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  79. RACHELLE, thank you for your kind words about the blog! I'm right in the heart of the South, too, and yes there are alot of places here begging to be the setting in a novel!

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  80. I would love to visit a historic plantation as that is what my dream house would look like is an antebellum house. I love all things from that time period as well. I also want to say I love the covers of all of Tamara's books.

    Thank you for the chance to win
    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  81. Ok, after going back and watching the trailer, I am of the opinion that THIS BOOK would make a WONDERFUL MOVIE!!! I can't wait to read it :)

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  82. I absolutely agree, ANNE! And especially after reading it! That would be awesome. Hope you get a chance to read it soon, but allow yourself some time for it (it is Julie Lessman looooong):), unless you plan to stay up late burning the proverbial midnight oil!

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  83. WOW, your dreamhouse, ANGELA! You dream big and that's a good thing! I'm satisfied here in my cottage (well a cottage compared to a plantation -- lol!) That would be a whole lotta house to clean-yukk! Her covers are all awesome, I agree!

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  84. Hey friends! I've been involved in a writing retreat this week so have been out of pocket the last two days. But y'all have been having a PARTY! So enjoyed reading through your comments, and I wish I could host all of you at Belle Meade Plantation here in Nashville. What fun we'd have! Bless you for your kind words, and thank you for reading!

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  85. AWESOMENESS, TAMERA!!! I wondered where you all were at in those amazing pictures! Wish I could have been there!

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  86. I think I have visited the Belle Meade plantation or another one around Nashville. It was beautiful! I love history, so any historical site would make a great setting.

    shopgirl152nykiki@yahoo.com

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  87. Great review! I've visited a few historical places, but unfortunately a lot of them were when I was younger and I didn't read all that much... =/ I did go to Gettysburg last year, though, and had my imagination running wild as we drove through the battlefields!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Can't wait to read one of Tamera's books! =)

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. VERONICA, how exciting! You didn't happen to see TAMERA there, did you? LOL Thank you for coming by!

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  89. ELYSSA, thank you! I visited more when I was younger as well, and don't know that I appreciated the rich history within as I would now. Blessings~

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  90. Congrats to ROSEMARY FOLEY for being our first winner! YAY!

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