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To Wager Her Heart (#03 in A Belle Meade Plantation Series)

Tamera Alexander
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Set against the real history of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won.

With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dreams-provided the truth doesn't tear them apart first.

Sylas Rutledge, new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this new 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. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.

Sy needs someone to help him maneuver through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. But he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra's fiancé and 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 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?

Sy is willing to risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it.



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Set against the real history of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won.

With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dreams-provided the truth doesn't tear them apart first.

Sylas Rutledge, new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this new 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. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.

Sy needs someone to help him maneuver through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. But he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra's fiancé and 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 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?

Sy is willing to risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it.


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Meet the Author

Tamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander is the critically acclaimed author of Rekindled, her first novel. Before turning to writing full-time, Tamera Alexander's professional background was in business management and corporate conference coordination. A business graduate of Harding University, Tamera lives with her husband and their two teenagers in Greeley, Colorado.

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Romance with interesting history
4 stars By Hayley, Aug 30 2018
I really enjoyed this book. I have not read the other books in the series but I found that it was great as a stand alone novel. The history in this book in so fascinating! The attitudes of the white Southerners towards the ex-slaves was so hard to comprehend today. How could they have viewed other people that way? The author did an amazing job conveying the historical culture but still included very relatable and likable characters who were for the cause of providing higher education to the freemen and valuing them as fellow human beings made in the image of God. The romance in this book was gorgeous! There were such sweet scenes of the characters getting to know each other and overcoming their false first impressions and judgements. The quest for the truth surrounding the train accident and the drive to raise money for the school were strong themes. So was the need to be willing to sacrifice in order to do the right thing and stand up for what you believe. I would highly recommend this book for all romance and historical fiction lovers!  
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Wonderfully written
5 stars By Tracy, Jun 18 2018
I loved this novel, it is wonderfully written.  The Author has certainly done her research and manages once again to bring the past back to life.  It made for a very interesting novel, reading about the historical facts concerning the freedmen during the 1800s and their struggles they still endured even after gaining their freedom.  The heartwarming romance between the two main characters is beautiful and endearing. For readers to truly enjoy this novel, I would recommend reading Book 1, in this series, To whisper her name, as this will give the readers a better understanding of the story-line as the Author has included some of the main characters from Book 1, more in this story than in Book 2. This novel is a memorable and engaging story and full of hope.
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