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A Lasting Impression

A Belmont Mansion Novel
Narrated by: Linda Stephens
Series: Belmont Mansion, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (453 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Tamera Alexander has won numerous awards, including the Christy Award and RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance.

Set in Nashville’s historic Belmont Mansion, A Lasting Impression is an affecting tale of romance between an aspiring artist and a man determined to rise from near ruin.

©2011 Tamera Alexander (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

“Alexander does a lovely job of representing the historical details … without letting the facts distract from a tenderly told love story.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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Character got off too easy!

After Claire is discovered as the forger, she predictably has everything handed to her on a silver platter- her “community service” was no punishment, her relationships hardly suffered, and the courts were extremely lenient. I think that could have been made more realistic. I love the settings Tamera chooses and she develops her characters well and has a really nice sense of humor woven in. I do like my happy endings I generally really enjoy Tameras work!

The narrators childish voice was almost a deal breaker til I sort of got used to it- but to me she made the characters sound a bit simple with some of the tones she used...and it was a struggle to the end to enjoy the audible part of the book.

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I couldn’t quit listening!

The story was so well written I found myself smitten with all the characters, but the audible reader brought it to life! I found myself weak kneed when the main character was wooed by her pursuer just from the reader’s use of different voices! I can’t wait to read more of Tamera’s novels! You will love this book!

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Another good story from Tamera Alexander

This is a great story. There is nothing cliché in this book. I liked the surprise ending.

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Excellent

Finding it hard to remove any of this authors books because of how much I appreciate and enjoy her books. The narrator is also excellent. Love the combination. Going to try to keep her books on my kindle until I run into memory issues. I have found my favorite author in Tamera Alexander and also my preferred narrator in Linda Stephens. The combination was a great experience for me. The book was a very moving experience for me and kept my interest throughout the story of a young woman who improved her situation.

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great story

Great story! But, the narrator's voice was too old for most characters in the book. I had to keep reminding myself that the characters were mostly 19 - 35 year olds.

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Truly enjoyed this book.

Loved the characters and the history. I can't wait to read more by this author.

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A religious romance!

Although I enjoy passion in my stories, if tastefully done, I also enjoy the ones where the draw between H/H is palpable and without any physical touching as it is here with this storyline. I feel it makes the story somehow better since all the feelings and the rise of passion is evoked in the reader without adding in sexual scenes, and thus delivering a more satisfying story.
I enjoyed the book overall and can honestly say that the narration ruined it for Tamera Alexander. The voices seemed so old even those belonging to little kids. I also agree with one reviewer whom stated some things mentioned in the book were not historically accurate like Sutton taking care of the heroine alone day and night (would not have happened that time period). I also agree with her in Tamara's portrayal of those characters over 40 appearing ancient. Yes people did not live long those days but I don't know a 48 year old nowadays who acts old. Again, I still feel this is well worth the credit.

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Don't get me wrong - the voice actor has a very pleasant voice. I just didn't enjoy listening to her read from the perspective of a 19-year-old young woman character and very little differentiation between any of the other characters. The book just seems wrong on so many levels. I don't think audible made it clear that it was an inspirational romance first off (my mistake) and there were situations that seem highly unlikely in mid-19th-century among the wealthy and affluent. Sutton spending many hours in the late day in Claire's bedroom keeping her awake after a head injury, for one. More than a big issue for me was the portrayal about the mental faculties of a 48-year-old man. They talk about him like he was 108. I found the book to be fussy and so slow, even though I was interested in the story and finding out how it ended. I still have 3 hours to go and I don't think I can stand it anymore. I buy books that I can read or listen to again and again and I won't be listening to this one again. This book is more than painful. Historical detail aside - Save your credit.

More than an hour and a half to go and the author just portrayed a woman that can't be 50 with serious dementia. This seems to be a continuous theme throughout.

After re-reading reviews from others, I feel certain that these people didn't actually read the book but skimmed through it.

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Loved it!!!!

Loved it! This was my first listen by Tamera Alexander and I can’t wait to check out her other books!!

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Slow start but good interesting story after that.

Nice underlying humor and showing verses telling in many spots that show the author’s skill in trusting the reader to get the subtle interplay. On the downside, the constant internal dialog and "circumstance explaining" through the protagonists thoughts weigh the book down substantially and often do not advance the plot. In some places, it’s like slogging through pudding to get to what should be the true pace of the story. The story gets interesting once characters and final place of residence are set up. The narration is very slow, but speeding it up quickened the pace and made it more cheery and interesting. The characters sound much older than they are.

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An uplifting story

If you after a nourishing story - romantic, spiritual, beautifully written, this book has it all. Tamera Alexander is a wonderful author. Just loved this book.