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Sunday, October 7, 2012

To Whisper Her Name

There are not many books by Tamera Alexander I haven't read. Her newest offering is one that lives up to Tamera's high level of quality writing.

Olivia Aberdeen is a widow with no means of supporting herself. Because her husband was hanged for a traitor to the Confederacy, she is shunned by Society and so was invited by her mother's dearest friend, Elizabeth Harding to come and be the head housekeeper for the Belle Meade Plantation. When she gets there, after a calamitous carriage overturning, she finds the position she was hoping for has been given to a relative of the Harding family. Instead, her "Aunt" Elizabeth's husband, General William Giles Harding wants Olivia to be Elizabeth's companion because her health is failing and the doctor has told her husband she is terminally ill.

Ridley Cooper came upon Olivia moments after the carriage accident and helps her escape the carriage. He is on his way to Belle Meade to find a job working with General Harding's thoroughbreds and the hostler entrusted to their care. Ridley has his own secrets to hide because he fought for the North even though he was from South Carolina.

To Whisper Her Name is one of those books that hooks you in quickly and doesn't let you go until the very last word--and even then, you just don't want to put it down. You just can't wait to see what's going to happen next. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a Thoroughbred Horse!

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