|To Whisper Her Name|
Reviewed by Diana Flowers
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.
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?