The members of FamilyFiction‘s Christian Romance Book Club have voted–and the August featured book is the historical romance title With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander. Want to join the conversation? Start reading the book now, because the discussion begins inside the Facebook group September 1.
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MORE ABOUT THE FEATURED SELECTION
With this Pledge
Carnton Series #1
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From the pages of history and accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves real-life love letters into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of the Civil War.
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause–but when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home where she is governess is converted into a Confederate field hospital, and Lizzie is called upon to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death. Faced with the unimaginable, she must summon fortitude, even as she fears for the life of Towny, her fiancé and lifelong friend.
As a young soldier lies dying in Lizzie’s arms, she vows to relay his final words to his mother, but knows little more than the boy’s first name. That same night, decorated Mississippi sharpshooter Captain Roland Ward Jones extracts a different promise from Lizzie: that she intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate his leg.
Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends to the wounded within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is pledged to another. But as Lizzie’s heart softens toward the Confederate captain, she discovers that his moral ground is at odds with her own. Now torn between love, principles, and promises made, she struggles to be true to her heart while standing for what she knows is right–no matter the cost.
Tamera wove historical details into With This Pledge. She said:
I love to research—and researching With This Pledge was especially gratifying. But I often wonder how Captain Roland Jones and Lizzie Clouston would feel knowing that their lives and love letters are the inspiration for a 21st century novel.
Regarding the depth of truth in the story, the details of the Battle of Franklin are painstakingly accurate. With few exceptions, every letter or military communique in the book is also true to history.
READ THE INTERVIEW: Romance Q&A: Tamera Alexander (With This Pledge)
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers of inspirational historical romance. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for many of her critically-acclaimed novels.
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