Title: With This Pledge
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
“She’s given her pledge, and she’s a woman of her word,” Roland regretfully confirms in Tamera Alexander’s novel, With This Pledge.
~ What ~
The first in the Carnton Series, this four-hundred-and-forty-eight-page paperback targets those interested in a historical Christian romance in Franklin, Tennessee, during the American Civil War. With no profanity, the topics of physical abuse, amputations, war, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes an afterword, acknowledgments, thirteen discussion questions, several food recipes, and the author’s biography.
Based on facts and set in the Carnton home, betrothed Lizzie is a governess whose world is mentally, emotionally, and spiritually altered when she helps the Confederate soldiers medically fight for survival. When Captain Roland Jones makes her promise to help save his leg, she questions not only what the South is fighting for but also if love between a man and a woman is mainly for procreation. While the two protagonists deal with pledges made, unforeseen circumstances, and accepting the abolishment of slavery, they must learn to trust God for His direction.
~ Why ~
This story shows how fighting Confederates had to deal with injury, loss of limbs, the fear of being sent to prison, and death. It has detailed information of the five-hour battle at Franklin and its devastating aftermath of pain and suffering. I appreciated the growing reliance on God when dealt with heartbreak and the fog of war.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like wartime stories with trying relationships may not enjoy this book. Others may not like the predictable ending or that the main character consistently solved problems and issues flawlessly.
~ Wish ~
Including a map and list of characters may help some readers. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are fascinated with a true story of two individuals in the South dealing with freedom, choices, and promises during the Civil War while including a love story, this is an interesting read.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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