Book Description: Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success--General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation.
Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison's fiancé--and has shattered her world.
Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But family--and Nashville society--do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.
Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy's roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor?
My Thoughts: This is the third book in the Belle Meade Plantation and in my opinion the best.
One interesting note about this story is the way Tamera Alexander wove the son "Give Me Jesus" throughout the story. This song could be the theme of this read.
Sylas and Alexander become allies when they unexpectedly find that their families are going in a different direction.
Alexander is spunky and decides she will attend Fisk University to become a teacher. Now Sy on the other hand has invested everything he owns in the Northeast Line Railroad to clear his father's name and for the sake of the challenge.
But as life has it, things don't always go the way we plan for God has a different direction for our journey.
Quite an inspirational read with history of the railroad. The reader can tell that Mrs. Alexander did her research when writing this wonderful story.
*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
About the Author:
Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers in the historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels. For more about Tamera's books, visit www.TameraAlexander.com