Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Lasting Impression

A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander is an adventure filled novel set in Nashville's Belmont Mansion in the mid 1800s. Claire Laurent is new to Nashville. She was born in France and grew up in Louisiana. She's spent the last several years making copies of famous paintings for her father's art gallery. Only thing is that he forced her to make these copies and sign the original artists name. Claire is an accomplished artist herself but is never allowed to paint what she wants to. After her mother dies it's up to Claire to keep the business going by continuing to make these forgeries. A late night robbery at the gallery forces Claire to flee to Nashville and once there she decides to take her life into her own hands and change her future. No more forgeries for her as she becomes the personal assistant to Adelicia Acklen, owner of the Belmont Mansion. Life has never been better for Claire as she experiences all kinds of new luxuries, but is she able to keep up the facade for long? And when her path crosses with attorney Sutton Monroe will she be able to keep her past a secret?

Tamera Alexander has written a lovely story of grace, forgiveness and following one's heart. At over 400 pages my only complaint was that it was a little long. Beautifully written and endearing.

Thanks, Tamera, for this CLEAN READ.
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About the book:

A fake. A forger. More than anything, Claire Laurent longs for the chance to live an authentic life, to become the woman she wants to be. And she'll be given that choice. But will it come at too costly a price?

Claire Laurent's greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she's forced to flee from New Orleans to Nashville only a year after the War Between the States has ended, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe. She considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities. But after he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she's sorely misjudged the man. Finding herself among the elite of Nashville's society, Claire believes her dream to create a lasting impression in the world of art is within reach--but only if her fraudulent past remains hidden.

The Federal Army has destroyed Sutton's home and confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family's honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him and to right a grievous wrong reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined--as well as the woman he loves.Set at Nashville's historic Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, A Lasting Impression is a sweeping love story about a nation mending after war, the redemption of those wounded, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves--and each other--for who they really are.

About Tamera:

Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don't forget Jack, their precious--and precocious--silky terrier.

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This book was provided for review by LitFuse.

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