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To Wager Her Heart

A Belle Meade Plantation Novel, Book 3
Narrated by: Melba Sibrel
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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Can a railroad man and a Southern belle turned teacher find a way to work together to achieve their dreams in the new reality of the post-Civil War South?

Sylas Rutledge, former gambler and new owner of the East Line Railway, invests everything he has into this venture, partly to see if he can do it - but mostly to avenge his father. One man holds the key to the railway's success - General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sylas Rutledge is beer and bullocks. Sy needs someone to help him maneuver in high society, and when he meets Alexandra Donelson, he quickly decides he's found his tutor.

Spurning her family's wishes that she marry, Alexandra Donelson is pursuing her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But her family does not approve, and ultimately her father expels her from the family home and cuts her off completely.

Through her friendship with Mary Harding, Alexandra is thrown together with both General Harding and Sylas Rutledge. And she soon finds herself falling in love with a man whose roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility.

Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win the hand of the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it.

Set at Nashville's historic Belle Meade Plantation, To Wager Her Heart is a sweeping Southern love story about a nation mending after war, the struggle to move a country forward, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves for who they truly are - and can be - with each other.

©2017 Tamera Alexander (P)2017 Zondervan

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  • Chris
  • Independence, MO, United States
  • 10-25-17

A great story of faith and love in the post-War South!

A young Southern Belle gives up her wealth and status to accomplish a teaching mission, to educate choice black men and women, helping them reach toward their own dreams. Through it and her faith, she conquers her own fears, finding success on her own terms and a love for all time. The author captures the old South, its dark side, old money, and the realistic struggles of those who dared to empower Blacks with education and a future.

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Fantastic Listen!

Another fantastic book from Tamera Alexander! Thank you NetGalley for providing an ebook copy but I waited on the audible.com download and purchased this title for a wonderful listen. Readers will gain insight into the struggles African-American student faced, in specific at Tufts University in Nashville, and those who aided them. Entwined in the story is a beautiful romance between a very unlikely couple. The background also includes great tidbits about railroads and the men who built and ran them as well as the very real dangers faced in railroad travel after the Civil War. I plan to re-read (re-listen!) this story, something I don't often do!

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Great Book

I really enjoyed this series and the narrator was so good. I will read other books by this author.

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I wish the songs had been sung

This was wonderful just like the other books my Tamara Alexander I have read. There are two things, however, that made this book seem somewhat weaker than the other town on the series.
1) the romantic storyline was sweet but not as compelling or believable as the romances in the other two books. It seemed like there was less interaction between the couple that would cause one to feel that the relationship was developing as it was.
2) this book contained a lot of singing, which I loved! I only wished the Melba Sibrel would have sung the melodies, especially since many of the songs mentioned in the book are well known classics that are very singable. Some of the more poignant moments in the book center around songs and reading for the lyrics didn’t compel me as much as it would have if it had been sung.
That being said, the book was a great read and I greatly enjoyed it!

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Simplistic.

Easy to know where it's going to go with end of the first chapter. Narration sounded like the old woman whose story it was about in Titanic (around 70-75).

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I wish the series could continue!

I have loved this entire series. The historical aspect of this book was so interesting ... the South after the war, the railroad, the struggles of the African Americans to get an education. I loved Alexandra's determination. And it was fun watching the relationship develop between her and Sylas .... two very different personalities! I highly recommend all 3 books in this series!

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Enlightening

This is another great book in this series. I loved learning more about this time period and the Fisk singers. Alexandra must give up a lot to do what she feels led to do and must overcome her fear to continue doing what is needed. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes
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Thanks for your writing

So appreciate the encouragement, through your stories to live a life led by Christ.
Your a true blessing

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Deeply emotional

So appreciative of Alexander's time and perspective with this book. Fantastic story with a beautiful glimpse into the culture and struggle of the time.

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  • Jennifer
  • KIM, CO, United States
  • 09-24-17

disappointed

This story was not developed as well as her other stories. I was very disappointed!