Review: A Lasting Impression
Author: Tamera Alexander
Series: A Belmont Mansion Novel #1
Genre: FICT, Historical Fiction
Short Book Description:
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.
I really enjoyed this one.
Claire moves to Nashville where she hopes to get rid of her past. She was a forger of paintings and is running from her uncle, who she worked for.
Trying to hide from her adoptive uncle, she works at Belmont, the riches place in Tennessee. She becomes the right hand lady of the Mistress of the mansion. She plans parties and eventually a large wedding.
That is, until her past catches up with her. She sees her uncle in town. Now she must somehow gather the courage to tell her employer and the man she has come to love what she had been doing in her past.
A beautiful story of finding hope and peace in Jesus Christ, I will always keep this one on my shelf.
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