I received this book for free from Author, Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.To Wager Her Heart (Belle Meade Plantation, #3) by Tamera Alexander
Series: Belle Meade Plantation #3
Published by Zondervan on August 8th 2017
Source: Author, Netgalley, Publisher
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With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dreams—provided that the truth doesn't tear them apart first.
Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success—General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks. Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison's fiancee—and what has broken her heart.
Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But family—and Nashville society—do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both. Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy's roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor?
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
Set against the real history of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in history when both were tenuous and hard-won.
Oh my goodness I’m not sure I’ve cried so much during a book!!! Especially during the last half….like multiple times full on crying!!! There were some really sad points and you couldn’t help but feel the emotions the characters were feeling!I loved this story!! I had a very hard time putting it down!!!
Read this book!!! But make sure you have tissues…lots of tissues! And I thought To Win Her Favor was my favorite of the series…this one passed it! I loved Alexandra..and Sylas of course!! They were so great together! I liked Alexandra’s courage and her conviction to go against what society thought she do and she did what she felt the Lord leading her to do! And I thought it was so special that it had to do with the dream she and David shared! I loved learning about the jubilee singers! and I especially loved that before and after the story Tamera included a note about what was real and what she took creative license with! I’m gonna miss visiting belle meade…I guess it’ll give me more reason to go back and read the first one I never read lol