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To Wager Her Heart

July 31, 2017
To Wager Her Heart Book Cover To Wager Her Heart
The Belle Meade Plantation Series (Book 3)
Tamera Alexander
Historical Fiction
August 8, 2017

Description of to Wager Her Heart

From #1 CBA Bestselling Author Tamera Alexander . . .  Impeccable historical research woven with heart-gripping fiction!
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.
Seeking justice . . . 
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. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.
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.
Struggling to restore honor . . . 
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?
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn’t count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
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.

My Review of To Wager Her Heart

I love Tamera Alexander’s books! I am obsessed with her books. It amazes me how she can take a place or an event in history and create such wonderful, detailed stories about how these things may have transpired.

In the book to Wager Her Heart she has taken a group of singers called the Jubilee Singers from the Fisk University in Nashville and created a wonderful story about their faith journey. She created loveable characters to tell this heart wrenching story.

Alexandra may not have been the trip preceptress for the group, but you’d never know it from the believeable story Tamera Alexander has created about her. Alexandra was definitely created for just such a time as this.

I hate when one of these books end. I, for a time am transported back to that time period and see things through the characters eyes. It is a splah of cold water in the face to have to leave them even though they always have a happy ending.

If historical fiction is your genre, then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this book. The historic details are accurate and believable, the characters are very well developed and loveble.

Even though this book is part of a series, it is not necessary to have read the other two books first. Each book can stand alone, but after you read this one you will want to read the other two. This book will be available August 8, 2017.


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

About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

July 31, 2017 at 2:20 pm

I need to get caught up on this series! I listened to the first as an audiobook. It was wonderful!

Terry Houchin
July 31, 2017 at 3:09 pm

This last one is the best, I think. She is such a fantastic writer.

August 2, 2017 at 8:13 pm

Hi Terry, This is my first visit to your blog. I love these kinds of books. One of my weaknesses is having too many of them to read. This is definitely going on my list to read. You mentioned becoming lost in the character and that’s the best kind to read; you can take a trip to where ever without leaving home.

Wonderful review. Thank you.

August 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

This was definitely one of those books you can’t put down. I stayed up until the wee hours reading it. Hope you like it as much as I did.

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