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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 "Lizzi 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 convalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.


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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 "Lizzi 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 convalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.

30 review for With This Pledge

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Well, that was excellent and a work of art! It’s so hard to find modern Civil War era fiction that’s layered and conflicted rather than being a “black and white us vs them” (in the sense of moral choice, not in sense of skin color) sort of story. This one had layers on top of layers and was incredibly researched. The stories about Carnton makes me want to up and go visit posthaste, and learning that Roland and Lizzie really did fall in love there (plus getting to read some bits from their actual Well, that was excellent and a work of art! It’s so hard to find modern Civil War era fiction that’s layered and conflicted rather than being a “black and white us vs them” (in the sense of moral choice, not in sense of skin color) sort of story. This one had layers on top of layers and was incredibly researched. The stories about Carnton makes me want to up and go visit posthaste, and learning that Roland and Lizzie really did fall in love there (plus getting to read some bits from their actual correspondence) just makes it ten times better. The prose is beautiful...and as a red-pen gal, I highly appreciated that all the correct spellings were used and all the commas and quote marks were in their proper places...to have perfect editing in a nearly 450 page book made my soul so happy and let me fall into the story without distractions. Overall, the book read more like the vintage-y stories heavily influenced by actual veterans rather than the annoying characters who pop up in some other authors’ work, showing off 20/20 vision two years before the war ends and overturning convention willy-nilly. These characters aren’t certain how to deal with their changing war and they don’t know every single facet of right and wrong. They are layered and real and relatable. It’s very clear that Tamera Alexander immersed herself in the historical world as she did her research. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free reading copy. A positive review was not required.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    This book is just AMAZING!!!!!!! When I think of Civil War fiction I have two favorite authors that I believe nail it and Tamera Alexander is one of them. I read historical fiction because it fascinates me and for what I can learn from it. This book is heavy, don't kid yourself if you read this book you will feel something. It takes place during the heat of the battle and we are there right along with the author in the thick of things. Many of the characters are based on actual people who lived This book is just AMAZING!!!!!!! When I think of Civil War fiction I have two favorite authors that I believe nail it and Tamera Alexander is one of them. I read historical fiction because it fascinates me and for what I can learn from it. This book is heavy, don't kid yourself if you read this book you will feel something. It takes place during the heat of the battle and we are there right along with the author in the thick of things. Many of the characters are based on actual people who lived during this time period it makes the book very realistic. The author does extensive research and the quality of her books show it. I have been waiting to read this book for more than a year after reading Christmas at Carnton. The descriptions are just so realistic, the sights,sounds it's all there for you. I look forward to many more books by this author. Pub Date 08 Jan 2019 I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Thomas Nelson--FICTION through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    With This Pledge is utterly enjoyable and an absorbing historical. Civil War set stories don't always get things right, but Alexander gets a lot right in this one. No caricature-like characters are found here, but layered, flawed people. I adored the friendships and relationships between the characters, the bravery of our main character, Lizzie, and the realistic heart change of Roland. The romance is tender yet subdued, and perfectly suited to the tone and time period of the story. Despite bein With This Pledge is utterly enjoyable and an absorbing historical. Civil War set stories don't always get things right, but Alexander gets a lot right in this one. No caricature-like characters are found here, but layered, flawed people. I adored the friendships and relationships between the characters, the bravery of our main character, Lizzie, and the realistic heart change of Roland. The romance is tender yet subdued, and perfectly suited to the tone and time period of the story. Despite being over 400 pages, I never felt bogged down by the story - it's compulsively readable. The descriptions of the battle and the wounded are heart-wrenching and realistic in a way that doesn't come across as overly dramatic, but still portrays an appropriate gravity. I knew that Carnton is a real place, and at the end, the story becomes even better after reading the author's note discussing which characters are based on real historical figures. I love that Alexander provides readers with an inside look at her research. Her historical details truly come to life and make for an extra special reading experience. Fans of Alexander's novels will find another winner here, and if you're new to her books, you're in for a great experience if you pick this one up. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher; this review is my honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Oh, to try to put into words how good this book is. I am sitting here three days after I finished it, still not able to pick up my next book because I want to keep this story in my mind! If you noticed the five star rating, it is because this is what I love in a book, and it touches on all the important markers for me that make great Christian fiction. Set during the Civil War, you are thrust into the horrible aftermath of the battle. While the author definitely gives you the gritty truth of the se Oh, to try to put into words how good this book is. I am sitting here three days after I finished it, still not able to pick up my next book because I want to keep this story in my mind! If you noticed the five star rating, it is because this is what I love in a book, and it touches on all the important markers for me that make great Christian fiction. Set during the Civil War, you are thrust into the horrible aftermath of the battle. While the author definitely gives you the gritty truth of the settings, she does so in such a way that makes you feel as if you are there. I applaud the author for taking the path not many have, in giving us a look at the war between the states from the Confederate veiw point. Especially in today's setting of jumping to wipe away anything we don't like from history, we need to remember that people are not perfect and never will be. I think this book gave a great message about to veiw those who see differently than us, and how we need to remember the humanity of our opponents. The love story was steadily woven and felt very authentic. I experienced the range of emotions from smiling at the banter and sarcasm, to crying at the heartbreaking scene of loss. To me this is a sign of an author who is skilled with words and storytelling. This author is just that. I have quotes from this book highlighted because I needed this message at this point in my life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a read that transports, challenges, and encourages your walk in The Lord. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    There aren't many authors who can drag me into the Civil War era with only a minimum of kicking and screaming and Tamera Alexander is one of them. I'm Irish Canadian so the War Between the States really doesn't mean a whole lot to my personal history. Plus...Gone With the Wind likely scarred me for life. :-) And I find it really hard to relate to southern politics -- especially slavery -- so, it's just an era I tend to shy away from in my fiction. But then...what can I say? It's Tamera Alexander There aren't many authors who can drag me into the Civil War era with only a minimum of kicking and screaming and Tamera Alexander is one of them. I'm Irish Canadian so the War Between the States really doesn't mean a whole lot to my personal history. Plus...Gone With the Wind likely scarred me for life. :-) And I find it really hard to relate to southern politics -- especially slavery -- so, it's just an era I tend to shy away from in my fiction. But then...what can I say? It's Tamera Alexander! Richly layered, exquisite storytelling beguiled this semi-reluctant reader from the very first page. I became transfixed, completely absorbed in this based-on-true-life historical romance. I've noticed a Carnton Plantation buzz on social media for awhile now but never quite understood the fascination...until reading this book. Every little detail captivated me and this author is renowned for her exacting research skills. A complex plot delivers action and angst with relatable characters that sent this reader into an emotional tailspin. Alexander does such a great job of depicting not just the war raging around them, but the war raging within as well. So...while I'm still not a Civil War aficionado I've been converted enough to declare With This Pledge belongs on every reader's wishlist.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    A real love story in the midst of the carnage of war, well researched and with compelling writing that pulls you into the lives of the people. It is definitely a character driven story, taking place mainly at Carnton, starting with the Battle of Franklin raging around the estate, and its aftermath. I have to admit that many of my preconceived ideas of the Civil War have been challenged by authors like this one, showing how complex the issues were, and that there were good and bad men on both si A real love story in the midst of the carnage of war, well researched and with compelling writing that pulls you into the lives of the people. It is definitely a character driven story, taking place mainly at Carnton, starting with the Battle of Franklin raging around the estate, and its aftermath. I have to admit that many of my preconceived ideas of the Civil War have been challenged by authors like this one, showing how complex the issues were, and that there were good and bad men on both sides. It was an awful war though, and one that took some of my family members I've learned, one dying at Andersonville prison. The horrors of war are described enough to get a feel for the setting, but the focus is on the people who lived through it. A very good read. One that will make you think, and feel. I shed a few tears along the way. 5*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Sometimes life on this side of the veil is far more difficult than I think it should be. But then, God promises to not eliminate suffering.' Every so often you read a book, that when you finish, you can't even bear to pick up another to read. I stayed up late to finish this powerful story and then the characters populated my dreams and held my mind captive for a long time. This is such a book. November 30, 1864. Franklin, Tennessee. The Civil War is raging. Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Clouston is a gover 'Sometimes life on this side of the veil is far more difficult than I think it should be. But then, God promises to not eliminate suffering.' Every so often you read a book, that when you finish, you can't even bear to pick up another to read. I stayed up late to finish this powerful story and then the characters populated my dreams and held my mind captive for a long time. This is such a book. November 30, 1864. Franklin, Tennessee. The Civil War is raging. Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Clouston is a governess for the McGavocks at their home, Carnton. The battle of Franklin begins that day and rages for 8 hours and kills nearly 10,000 men. Carnton is immediately turned into a field hospital, so full of men undergoing surgery that they spill onto the lawn and beyond. The battlefield is clearly visible from Carnton's windows and it is vicious. So vicious that one soldier said, 'It was as if the devil had full possession of the earth.' An actual soldier of the battle said this. Lizzie is pressed into service as assistant to the doctor and surgeon, administering chloroform as he operates and tending to the wounded and dying. Her heart is breaking at the atrocities she sees. One soldier, Captain Roland Jones, insists she stand up for him while he is under anesthesia and not let the doctor amputate his leg, even if it means he'll never have use of it again. Lizzie hates slavery, even though she lives in the south and works for a slave owner. Roland is himself a slave owner. She is convinced that the south will lose and she hopes for this to happen so that all men may be free. But Lizzie is not vocal about her feelings and this begins to bother her greatly. This book is based on historical fact. There was a real battle of Franklin, as there is still a real Carnton plantation. Almost every character in her story was an actual person. Tamera Alexander's research is impeccable and she makes this dreadful time come alive for her readers. I studied the Civil War in school and have read numerous books that dealt with the subject or set in the time period, but she completely brought it home fully to me. The Battle of Franklin has been called the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Numerous Confederate generals met their death in this battle and it was said that a person could walk across the battlefield and not touch the ground because there were so many dead. As a history lover, this book was eye opening to me. It also made me reach out and do some research of my own. Alexander's descriptions are so vivid, the reader feels as if they are transported back in time, standing right there in the middle of the scene where life and death hangs in the balance for these wounded soldiers. I felt as if I were in those rooms at Carnton where the blood was spattered along the walls, men lay dying and begging for relief. Our hearts hurt as they cry out for someone to let their loved ones know what happened to them. This actually happened! This part is not fiction. The feelings that Alexander conveys are so visceral that the reader gasps at the savagery of it all. I wept through many passages. And all through the book, her spiritual theme shines through. Tamera Alexander manages to include her readers in everything she writes; not just this book, but her others as well. There is such a depth to her writing that it's no wonder I carried these characters with me long after finishing the book. And that they invaded my dreams. This was one of the most powerful and outstanding books I've ever read. I highly recommend this. Not to be missed! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    I love reading Tamera Alexander books, and each of them is written with a graciousness that I especially noticed in this particular book. The writing is inviting right from the first page, and it is so easy to imagine yourself with the characters and conversing with them. It took me easily a day to finish this story as I felt like I was glued to the inside of this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Focusing on the Battle of Franklin fought at Franklin, Tennessee during the Civil War, this battle was one of the most devastating in the numbers of Confederate deaths and the battle that began the end for the Confederacy. Carnton is a plantation home near the battlefield where numerous wounded and dying soldiers were brought after the battle. Alexander's extremely in-depth research resounded throughout the story, and most of the characters were real people involved in the battle and aftermath c Focusing on the Battle of Franklin fought at Franklin, Tennessee during the Civil War, this battle was one of the most devastating in the numbers of Confederate deaths and the battle that began the end for the Confederacy. Carnton is a plantation home near the battlefield where numerous wounded and dying soldiers were brought after the battle. Alexander's extremely in-depth research resounded throughout the story, and most of the characters were real people involved in the battle and aftermath care of the soldiers. The intricacies of the relationships she developed between the plantation people and the soldiers were amazing. The slowly developing relationship between Capt. Roland Jones and Carton governess, Lizzie Couston, was filled with sweetness as they each worked out prior events in their lives. I admired Lizzie's staunch support for the black slaves and her desire for them to have the lives that she strongly believed God had for them and not as property of white owners. Roland's beliefs about slavery underwent many changes as he watched, prayed, and listened to Lizzie. This was definitely an in-depth look at a particular Civil War battle and it's aftermath that I knew nothing about and came away with the horror and travesty of war planted in my mind even though this war brought about the beginning of a lengthy change in American society. There was one word that bothered me throughout the book. Alexander refers to military personnel who aided the doctor as "corpsman." This term was not used until the late 1890's and wasn't official until just before World War II, and a "corpsman" always refers to a Navy medical assistant. My husband was a "corpsman" in Vietnam. The only medical personnel in the Civil War were ambulance drivers who were not known as "corpsman."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2HsixUC With This Pledge is a masterpiece – a literary work of art that, like an intricate painting, engages your senses as you discover more and more through its complexity, and it forever lingers in your thoughts. Through what must have been exhaustive research, Tamera Alexander has fleshed out real-life events and characters into a novel that entertains, resonates with the reader, and challenges your thinking. With This Pledge ranks among the most Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2HsixUC With This Pledge is a masterpiece – a literary work of art that, like an intricate painting, engages your senses as you discover more and more through its complexity, and it forever lingers in your thoughts. Through what must have been exhaustive research, Tamera Alexander has fleshed out real-life events and characters into a novel that entertains, resonates with the reader, and challenges your thinking. With This Pledge ranks among the most moving of Alexander’s novels and is the first to go on this year’s “best of the best” list. "Odd how war had a way of leveling life. Of making what once seemed so important – not quite so significant. And in turn, it made what truly mattered – people, taking care of one another, life – of utmost urgency." Set in Franklin, Tennessee, With This Pledge is a story of hope in the midst of tragedy, multilayered in both characters and plot. Viewing a devastating battle in the distance from the balcony of the plantation where she works as governess, Lizzie is drawn into the harsh aftermath of war as the home becomes a hospital. The atmosphere of tragedy, grief and loss is palpable – as is that of strength, courage and sacrifice. Through Alexander’s exquisite writing, the romance of Roland and Lizzie is a touching bright spot in the midst of turmoil. In a war where North and South both believed God was on their side, where atrocities were committed on both sides, Alexander’s writing challenges conventional thinking about the morality of slavery and leaves readers with much to reflect upon. And so relevant for us today is the fact that believing in God doesn’t prevent asking the timeless question of Where is God in the midst of all this? Very highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    I love reading historical fiction based upon factual events. Many of the main characters and events were based upon 1864 Franklin, Tennessee. Carnton became a hospital following a huge battle. I loved how main character Lizzie read A Christmas Carol aloud to take everyone's mind off of their current situation. She was a fabulous doctor's assistant even with no experience! I also enjoyed Sister Catherine Margaret. Her boldness and humor were nice additions. I love reading historical fiction based upon factual events. Many of the main characters and events were based upon 1864 Franklin, Tennessee. Carnton became a hospital following a huge battle. I loved how main character Lizzie read A Christmas Carol aloud to take everyone's mind off of their current situation. She was a fabulous doctor's assistant even with no experience! I also enjoyed Sister Catherine Margaret. Her boldness and humor were nice additions.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    With sensitivity, grace, and an unflinching attention to history, Tamera Alexander has given us her most powerful novel yet (at least of the ones I've read). It's easy to see why this is a Christy Award finalist. I can't wait for the next books in the series. With sensitivity, grace, and an unflinching attention to history, Tamera Alexander has given us her most powerful novel yet (at least of the ones I've read). It's easy to see why this is a Christy Award finalist. I can't wait for the next books in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    The first book in Tamera Alexander’s new series is a thoroughly engaging read from first page to last and brings home both the personal and collective cost of war. I became almost as attached to some of the soldiers Lizzie tended as she did, even shedding tears with her at various times during the story, and I have nothing but admiration for Lizzie and for the countless women and men who have done as she did throughout the pages of history: stepped up to assist with the medical and emotional car The first book in Tamera Alexander’s new series is a thoroughly engaging read from first page to last and brings home both the personal and collective cost of war. I became almost as attached to some of the soldiers Lizzie tended as she did, even shedding tears with her at various times during the story, and I have nothing but admiration for Lizzie and for the countless women and men who have done as she did throughout the pages of history: stepped up to assist with the medical and emotional care of wounded soldiers. I love the historical research that goes into Tamera Alexander’s novels, and this one is no exception. In fact, it was even better, knowing that so much of this story was based on what really did happen at Carnton following the Battle of Franklin—even the developing relationship between Captain Jones and Lizzie. It also takes a writer of keen insight and sensitivity to set stories in the South during this time period without either demonizing all who fought for the Confederacy or minimizing the injustice and inhumanity of slavery, and I particularly loved the way Captain Jones grappled with his beliefs and practices regarding owning slaves as the story progressed. But beyond its historical aspects, it was the relationships that hooked me into this novel: the dedication Lizzie showed towards the wounded soldiers, fighting not just to save their lives but to restore their spirits and fulfil last requests; her determination to treat Tempy and George as equals in humanity, if not yet in social status, regardless of what it might cost her; and her struggle to keep her promise to Towny, even as she recognised her regard for Captain Jones was moving beyond simple friendship. This is a definite must-read for lovers of Civil War fiction, and highly recommended for all other readers besides. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "She's given her pledge, and she's a woman of her word." The ravages of our nation's Civil War had reached the lovely Carnton estate; spreading death and destruction across the rolling hills of Tennessee as far as the eye could see, following the heinous battle of Franklin. Governess Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston's job quickly detoured from teaching students the basics of education to assisting a field doctor with the grizzly task of removing limbs and suturing indescribable wounds; the McGavock's "She's given her pledge, and she's a woman of her word." The ravages of our nation's Civil War had reached the lovely Carnton estate; spreading death and destruction across the rolling hills of Tennessee as far as the eye could see, following the heinous battle of Franklin. Governess Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston's job quickly detoured from teaching students the basics of education to assisting a field doctor with the grizzly task of removing limbs and suturing indescribable wounds; the McGavock's fine home being populated with dozens of wounded soldiers. Among those brought to the estate for surgery is Captain Roland Jones, who with Lizzie's perseverance, convinces the army surgeon to save both of his legs, paving the way for a painstakingly slow road to recovery. In the meantime, their hearts begin to travel the path of attraction, only to be reminded that Lizzie is already betrothed to another and the dear captain remains convinced that owning one's fellow man is perfectly humane. It's an impasse that seems impossibly improbable to span. "Freedom. Choices. Promises." In the author's own words, "these three themes run with vivid undercurrent through this story, just as they continue to run through our still too-divided country". Rich in character and resonating with the depth of history, "With This Pledge" is a story that offers a lasting tribute to those who fought to the death and to those who lived to make a difference.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I found myself lost in thought after finishing this novel, reflecting on the history presented within its pages. The tremendous loss and suffering was vividly, though not unnecessarily, described and the turmoil of country and people was remembered. Though there was a lot of sorrow, there was also joy, love, courage, change and hope reflected in this story. My two favourite characters were supporting characters- Sister Catherine Margaret and Tempy, a nun and slave who both helped nurse the soldi I found myself lost in thought after finishing this novel, reflecting on the history presented within its pages. The tremendous loss and suffering was vividly, though not unnecessarily, described and the turmoil of country and people was remembered. Though there was a lot of sorrow, there was also joy, love, courage, change and hope reflected in this story. My two favourite characters were supporting characters- Sister Catherine Margaret and Tempy, a nun and slave who both helped nurse the soldiers at Carnton. I also really liked the two main characters, Roland and Lizzie, who showed good character and were really sweet together. Knowing that these were real people made the story even more amazing! As always, impressive writing from Tamera Alexander. I didn’t like it *quite* as much as a couple of her other books, but still loved it. 4.5 stars!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emilee

    Based on true events, With This Pledge is rich in historical detail. The realities and brutality of the war made this book hard for me to read. The crude medical practices, the poverty, the hunger and even the youth and innocents of many solders was shown in vivid detail throughout this novel. I appreciate the author's point of view so much. She was able to show the heart of the South without making Southern plantation owners out to be monsters. The wrongs that were done were brought to light an Based on true events, With This Pledge is rich in historical detail. The realities and brutality of the war made this book hard for me to read. The crude medical practices, the poverty, the hunger and even the youth and innocents of many solders was shown in vivid detail throughout this novel. I appreciate the author's point of view so much. She was able to show the heart of the South without making Southern plantation owners out to be monsters. The wrongs that were done were brought to light and addressed. I love that the main character, Roland, had to come to terms with the defeat of the war but also with his own role in the evil of slavery. Tamera Alexander has been one of my favorite authors since her very first book, Rekindled. I highly recommend all of her books to readers of historical fiction.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Savanna Kaiser

    Once I started this book, I did not want to put it down. The chapters flew by without notice. The story grabbed my heart and stole my breath away. Even now, I keep thinking about it. The Civil War and its horrific aftermath are painted with a delicate hand. I won’t forget this book, nor Lizzie or Roland. If you love historical romance, you can not miss this story, or really any of this author’s fantastic work. With This Pledge is a chilling read at times, but it also brought me to tears more tha Once I started this book, I did not want to put it down. The chapters flew by without notice. The story grabbed my heart and stole my breath away. Even now, I keep thinking about it. The Civil War and its horrific aftermath are painted with a delicate hand. I won’t forget this book, nor Lizzie or Roland. If you love historical romance, you can not miss this story, or really any of this author’s fantastic work. With This Pledge is a chilling read at times, but it also brought me to tears more than once. Highly Recommended! I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    Y’all! This. Book. Was. Amazing. I don’t know why I’ve never read anything by Tamera before. This book had sooo much history, but it was handled so well. I’m so thankful books like this exist. I know more about the Battle of Franklin now, and it made me want to visit Tennessee to see the house now. Life changing book! 5/5 stars!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Tamera Alexander has once again exceeded my expectations in delivering not only a novel that is both fascinating and view changing, but a story that holds some relevance to today. I have always been interested in the history of the American Civil War but only recently I've wondered about the people who were impacted by a war that proved so monumental. And with With This Pledge I had the chance to step in those people shoes for a moment and see the war through the lens of back then instead of seei Tamera Alexander has once again exceeded my expectations in delivering not only a novel that is both fascinating and view changing, but a story that holds some relevance to today. I have always been interested in the history of the American Civil War but only recently I've wondered about the people who were impacted by a war that proved so monumental. And with With This Pledge I had the chance to step in those people shoes for a moment and see the war through the lens of back then instead of seeing it through the lens of today's perspective. Which was a heart-gripping experience for me. I must admit that sometimes throughout reading this novel I felt the urge to stop and put it aside only to find out I couldn't. Alexander translated one of the most painful parts of American history into a novel sure to make readers reflect and relate. But what I loved most about With This Pledge? How the leading characters are based off of historical figures, something I didn't realize until after I read the author's note. In sum, this is one more Tamera Alexander novel that has found a permanent place in my heart. *Thanks to BookLook Bloggers and publisher for providing a free copy for my honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I really enjoyed this Civil War era romance. I loved the setting and the sweeping plot. All of the story takes place at the Carnton plantation which is turned into a hospital. I should give a warning that some of the content is gruesome, but it's really well done. The characters are well developed and have good chemistry. I'm interested to see where the series goes from here. I received a free review copy from Netgalley. I really enjoyed this Civil War era romance. I loved the setting and the sweeping plot. All of the story takes place at the Carnton plantation which is turned into a hospital. I should give a warning that some of the content is gruesome, but it's really well done. The characters are well developed and have good chemistry. I'm interested to see where the series goes from here. I received a free review copy from Netgalley.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This lyrical tale set amidst the harsh realities of war will resonate with its readers long after the last page has been read. While Tamera Alexander has been at the top of my favorite author list for years, I believe this is her best book to date. Alexander's impeccable research is evident as she masterfully tells the story of the residents of Carnton and their care of the injured and dying soldiers in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee towards the end of the American Civil War. Romance develops This lyrical tale set amidst the harsh realities of war will resonate with its readers long after the last page has been read. While Tamera Alexander has been at the top of my favorite author list for years, I believe this is her best book to date. Alexander's impeccable research is evident as she masterfully tells the story of the residents of Carnton and their care of the injured and dying soldiers in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee towards the end of the American Civil War. Romance develops in this unlikely setting as two people seek to find God's purpose and direction amidst the desolation of a battlefield. Alexander's lyrical prose fully immerses her reader into the heartwarming love story of Captain Roland Ward Jones and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston. This is one of those books that will be on my all-time favorites list. It is difficult to describe how wonderful this book is, when the historical setting is filled with so much tragedy. The characters and their story will invade your thoughts for days after you finish. Some of my favorite quotes: " Real heroes are the one's who do what's right even when no one's looking, and who give up something for someone else even when it costs them dearly." "Sometimes life on this side of the veil is far more difficult than I think it should be. Especially for those of us who belong to God. But then again, God's promises do not eliminate suffering." I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    With This Pledge is the first book in Tamera Alexander's new series, Carnton. It was an emotional read, as it involves war and death. The injuries and surgeries in the story were difficult to read. I found the book believable and appreciated all the historical facts in it. The romance was good and knowing that it was based on a true-life romance made me love it even more. All in all, With This Pledge was a stellar historical read. I loved it and recommend it to fans of the genre. I cannot wait to With This Pledge is the first book in Tamera Alexander's new series, Carnton. It was an emotional read, as it involves war and death. The injuries and surgeries in the story were difficult to read. I found the book believable and appreciated all the historical facts in it. The romance was good and knowing that it was based on a true-life romance made me love it even more. All in all, With This Pledge was a stellar historical read. I loved it and recommend it to fans of the genre. I cannot wait to read the next book! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander is a fascinating look at the near-end of the Civil War. It is rooted in a true-life setting and characters, bringing a real-life romance to life with exquisite detail all in the midst of heartache and challenge. With This Pledge is exemplary historical fiction from the characterization, romance, and to the care of social and political issues of the time. One example is with the presence of abolitionist leanings in the south: this story considers both the nort With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander is a fascinating look at the near-end of the Civil War. It is rooted in a true-life setting and characters, bringing a real-life romance to life with exquisite detail all in the midst of heartache and challenge. With This Pledge is exemplary historical fiction from the characterization, romance, and to the care of social and political issues of the time. One example is with the presence of abolitionist leanings in the south: this story considers both the north and south’s positions and issues beyond the central one of slavery, clearly showing how it all pointed back to the freedom of human beings. I appreciate the honest insights into the battle of Franklin, with necessary brutal realities that served a purpose, all bringing out the emotions of the characters and connecting with the reader. And the ROMANCE. I loved it. It was natural, emotional, and refreshingly not a will-they-won’t-they scenario (because of the truth of the story behind the book), but oh the journey was full of surprises, twists, and moments where I wondered just how it would wrap up. But wrap up well, it did! And with just the right balance of resolution and open-ended possibility. The epilogue, in particular, was touching and perfect. I'm looking forward to more in this series by Tamera! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy. This is my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Amazingly good! Tamera Alexander has such a gift for storytelling and can bring history to life like no other. The fact that this story was based on true events and real people make it even more amazing. There were times that I felt as if I were at Carnton experiencing the horrific events that were unfolding, and I could feel my heart breaking. After reading this story, I have a much greater understanding of the suffering and atrocities brought on by the Civil War.

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    This is my first Tamera Alexander book, though I have had her books on my TBR radar for quite some time. I think her covers are beautiful and there is something about southern belles and romances that I can’t get enough of. But yet, I haven’t moved her books up on my TBR list for some unknown reason. I was thrilled when this book came up for review because it gave me the perfect excuse to read one of her books, but then I forgot that I had it coming up soon. When I started looking at my calendar I This is my first Tamera Alexander book, though I have had her books on my TBR radar for quite some time. I think her covers are beautiful and there is something about southern belles and romances that I can’t get enough of. But yet, I haven’t moved her books up on my TBR list for some unknown reason. I was thrilled when this book came up for review because it gave me the perfect excuse to read one of her books, but then I forgot that I had it coming up soon. When I started looking at my calendar I realized that I hadn’t even started it yet and to be honest, I was really wanting to read another book instead. But being part of a tour leaves little room for flexibility. Reluctantly, I picked up this book to read one night, and the next thing I knew, it was well after midnight. I was unbelievably captivated by this novel. From the very beginning, I couldn’t put it down. Not only was the romance well drawn, tender and a slow burn, the history was riveting. I did my master’s thesis on women in Civil War nursing focusing on the Confederacy, so to say this book was literally written for me is a vast understatement. Going into this one, I had no idea this was all based on real characters and real locations. Real events I knew about, but I didn’t know that the characters and their stories were all real for the most part. I was blown away with all of Alexander’s research. It was incredible and for someone who loves Civil War history, it earned its five stars on that fact alone. I have been raving about this book to everyone I know because of all the historic details! The characters though were equally engaging. I loved the romance between Lizzie and Captain Jones. It was full of obstacles to overcome together and it wasn’t rushed or too fast. I loved watching them workout their issues and seeing how things resolved between them. It was also a pleasure to watch how their feelings evolved and became stronger as the book went on. It was a beautiful love story and I found the book well balanced between the historical points, the religious message (this is a Christian fiction book), and the romance. An absolutely beautiful book, I went out and bought two more books by Alexander and I can’t wait to start reading them! What an incredible writer! See my full review here

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    This is a spectacular read by Tamera Alexander! The history packed into this novel is amazing. She pulls the reader into the story by using all senses! The scenes are set incredibly well, the characters are written so well, and she really brings this true battle to life. Once again she has written an amazing novel. It is definitely a heavy read, but it is incredibly well done.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    Wow! I am amazed at the depth of this book. You can tell that it was researched and great care was taken to realistically portray the characters in this story. I was further amazed when I read the notes from Tamera Alexander that the characters were real people. Often in historical fiction, events surrounding the central story are real, but the characters are fictional. This information made me love the story even more. The book takes place during a pivotal and tragic part of the Civil War. My he Wow! I am amazed at the depth of this book. You can tell that it was researched and great care was taken to realistically portray the characters in this story. I was further amazed when I read the notes from Tamera Alexander that the characters were real people. Often in historical fiction, events surrounding the central story are real, but the characters are fictional. This information made me love the story even more. The book takes place during a pivotal and tragic part of the Civil War. My heart ached for the soldiers and their families that lost their lives in Franklin, Tennessee. The images that I was able to picture from the author's descriptions were vivid and horrifying. It is a reminder of the brutality of war. This book wasn't only about the loss of life. It is a book of hope. Hope for a better future for the characters, particularly the slaves. The author is able to portray the ideals of the time without prejudice. I love her writing for this fact. It was a volatile time for the United States. The war was won, but there are still social issues that have been hard to weed out of our society. She tells the story and shows how God loves His children, faults and all. If you love historical romance, this book is a winner. I cannot give it a high enough recommendation. Source: I requested a copy from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    April Jones

    Ever since I started doing the annual reading challenges on GoodReads, I have found myself wanting to check books off my list as I’m reading them, not even savoring the good ones. This book was different. I did not want it to end. It lingered on at times, but I didn’t mind. It was a rich story in every way, from the characters to the history to the setting to the plot... I would recommend this one to most anyone.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The historical details and the way Alexander handled the delicate topics of slavery and the Civil War are what really shined for me in this story. I also thought she did an excellent job giving the reader accurate details about the specific battles at Carnton. The descriptions and emotions she shared really made it easy for me to visualize and feel the depth and depravity that took place at Carnton. Unfortunately though, I struggled with staying engaged with the actually story. The plot sort of The historical details and the way Alexander handled the delicate topics of slavery and the Civil War are what really shined for me in this story. I also thought she did an excellent job giving the reader accurate details about the specific battles at Carnton. The descriptions and emotions she shared really made it easy for me to visualize and feel the depth and depravity that took place at Carnton. Unfortunately though, I struggled with staying engaged with the actually story. The plot sort of fizzled out for me as the story continued along and things began to feel repetitive. Although this one may not have been a favorite for me, I am still eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Georgianne

    It's hard to imagine what it must have been like to live through the events of this riveting story. A lot of tragedy, but also some beautiful relationships and an oh so sweet romance. Hard to put this one s down! It's hard to imagine what it must have been like to live through the events of this riveting story. A lot of tragedy, but also some beautiful relationships and an oh so sweet romance. Hard to put this one s down!

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