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.
Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the Christy Award, the RITA Award, and the Carol Award. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband have returned to their native South and live in Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their two grown children.
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Tamera Alexander's new Belmont Mansion Novels Series launches with A Lasting Impression. The story begins in New Orleans in 1866 where Claire has been forced by her father and his associates to create forged paintings which they sell as originals. A brutal robbery and attack on her father results in Claire being on the run with basically nothing but the clothes on her back.
Almost immediately, she is hired as the personal liaison to Adelicia Acklen, the owner of the historic Belmont Mansion in Nashville. Mrs. Acklen's lawyer Sutton Munroe becomes a close friend, yet Claire can't take any chances. She dreams of security and friendship with Sutton, but her past must remain a secret.
Cara Netta, a young woman who has her eyes on Sutton, arrives at the mansion for an extended visit. Cara Netta is confident that her relationship with Sutton is headed for romance and marriage. Claire is devastated that her friendship with Sutton as well as the entire Acklen househould will be affected by her arrival.
Historically rich and full of drama and emotion, this book was a true pleasure to read from cover to cover. I look forward to reading book two in the Belmont Mansion Series.
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