About the book: History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of Tamera Alexander’s new series, The Carnton Novels.
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 coalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.
From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.
Publication Date: January 8 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Historical Fiction, Civil War
Series: Carnton, #1
My thoughts: After reading Christmas at Carnton, the prequel to this series, I couldn’t wait to read With this Pledge. And what I story I was able to read! The author transports readers back to the Civil War and one of the pivotal battles that is a turning point for the South. I didn’t just feel like I was reading about these characters but like I was there with them.
The main characters in this story are actually real people who lived at Carnton or were transported there after the battle on November 30. I’m amazed at how strong Lizzie was to be able to assist Dr. Phillips as she did. Teacher, nurse, friend, those are just some of the titles that could be bestowed on Lizzie and probably wouldn’t do her justice. And watching the relationship between her and Roland develop was nice to witness. Along with these two, it was nice to catch up with Colonel and Mrs. McGavock and Tempy again. A bright spot to the story was Sister Catherine. She brought a bit of humor to a story that was overwhelmingly sad at times.
I really like the author’s writing style and her way of telling a story. I can get lost in her stories and actually forget I’m reading a story as the words on the page disappear and in their place are images that make me feel part of the story. She brings the Civil War to life as few authors can.
Readers who enjoy Civil War fiction are sure to love this story. Or, if you want to read about the war but don’t like nonfiction this would be an excellent book to read. Real people, places, and events are described in a way that will leave readers wanting more. After reading this book I would love to visit Carnton and see everything described in the story. I’m now anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series and visiting with these characters more.
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