Hello, dear folksies! Happy Saturday! Today I’ve got another book review… and you’d better get used to this, because I have a huge heap of books to read and review in the future. *sigh* Why am I so good at reading lots of books…
On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity of his wounds, believes his life will be spared. But a life without his leg, he can’t abide. He compels Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston—governess to the McGavock family at the Carnton mansion—to intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate. True to her word, Lizzie speaks on his behalf and saves not only the captain’s leg but also his life.
When a fourteen-year-old soldier dies in Lizzie’s arms that night, the boy’s final words, whispered with urgency, demand that Lizzie deliver them to their intended recipient. But all she has is the boy’s first name. And, as she soon discovers, there’s no record of him ever having enlisted. How can she set out alone across a land so divided by war and hatred to honor her pledge? Even more, does she dare accept Captain Jones’s offer to accompany her? As he coalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.
From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.
Wow, what a read!
With This Pledge is the first book I’ve read by Tamera Alexander. Historical romance isn’t my favorite genre, but this one drew me in surprisingly fast. I enjoyed the look into the American Civil War era in the view of a southern woman nursing the wounded Confederates. The book clearly portrayed civil war in what it is– a terrible, gruesome thing with despicable side-effects for all countrymen. It also conveyed that with a clear and accurate description of true patriotism– wanting best for your country, but without staying 100% loyal to it. I loved that.
This book is based off real historical documents from this era, which didn’t really affect my reading at all. I just liked it all the more. The writing style was clear and vivid and beautiful, and although some may find the description a little too graphic for their tastes, I think it did a great job depicting the true horrors of war, without trying to sugarcoat all the bloodshed. It was brutally honest and candid.
The characters, too, were very enjoyable– relatable and realistic and endearing. I loved both Lizzie and Roland and actually enjoyed their romance, which is quite a surprise considering I’m not normally that tolerant for most modern written romances. xD I applaud the author on that factor. Their values and beliefs, and how they affected their characters, were all so very well-done too. This book left me with a happy feeling.
Overall, I’d give this book a 4 star rating. It was outstanding for the Christian historical fiction genre, in my opinion. 😉
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required; all opinions expressed are my own.*
Okay, now wait on a little more, because I still have that March introduction to post…