Can a railroad man and a Southern belle turned teacher find a way to work together to achieve their dreams in the new reality of the post-Civil War South?
Sylas Rutledge, former gambler and new owner of the East Line Railway, invests everything he has into this venture, partly to see if he can do it - but mostly to avenge his father. One man holds the key to the railway's success - General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sylas Rutledge is beer and bullocks. Sy needs someone to help him maneuver in high society, and when he meets Alexandra Donelson, he quickly decides he's found his tutor.
Spurning her family's wishes that she marry, Alexandra Donelson is pursuing her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But her family does not approve, and ultimately her father expels her from the family home and cuts her off completely.
Through her friendship with Mary Harding, Alexandra is thrown together with both General Harding and Sylas Rutledge. And she soon finds herself falling in love with a man whose roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility.
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win the hand of the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
Set at Nashville's historic Belle Meade Plantation, To Wager Her Heart is a sweeping Southern love story about a nation mending after war, the struggle to move a country forward, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves for who they truly are - and can be - with each other.
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Not Alexanders' best - worthy story but pablum -
Tamera Alexander, yes. Melba Sibrel, no.
Yes, and do, repeatedly.
Use a different reader. Narrator made the heroine drag, sound, what's the old Southern term, "hang-dog?" The worthy tale Alexander was spinning, through the reader's voice, became as interesting was the taste of Pablum. I had to make myself continue. Reminds me of the sad, woe begotten, sub-plot character, Samantha, in a previous Alexander novel. The Narrator's voice came to life when reading the part of the male characters, particularly the hero. He saved the book. I almost returned it..
Disappointment. Disappointment that a worthy story was beleaguered both in the written word and in the narration.
Cant wait to see what Tamera Alexander writes next.
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