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Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander November 9, 2017

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Amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas—and sacrificial love.

Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year-old son. With the bank threatening to evict them, she discovers an advertisement for the Women’s Relief Society auction and applies for a position—only to discover it’s been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity—and friendship. But can Aletta trust this man?

Captain Jake Winston, a revered Confederate sharpshooter, suffered a head wound at the Battle of Chickamauga. When doctors deliver their diagnosis, Jake fears losing not only his greatest skill but his very identity. As he heals, Jake is ordered to assist with a local Women’s Relief Society auction. He respectfully objects. Kowtowing to a bunch of “crinolines” isn’t his idea of soldiering. But orders are orders, and he soon discovers this group of ladies—one, in particular—is far more than he bargained for.

Set against the backdrop and history of the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee, Christmas at Carnton is a story of hope renewed and faith restored at Christmas.

My thoughts:

What a heart wrenching story. From the beginning we are thrown into the heartache of Aletta and her young son. Where is the hope for her? We catch glimpses of it throughout.

Jake has a story of his own that will grab your heart and when these two come together hope blossoms.

I don’t know why I don’t read more of Tamera’s books, she is an excellent author and I am always drawn in immediately to her stories and characters. This book is no exception.

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A copy of this book was given to me the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own. 


Review and Giveaway: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander March 17, 2017

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A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse–and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head–he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his father, who is dying. As Tate’s ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman’s trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream?

As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women’s hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history–but the hearts of men.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Believe it or not I have never read a book by Tamera. I just have never gotten around to it. But now I see what all the fuss is about. She is an extremely talented author.

Reading this book was like meeting an old friend. I easily fell into step with this story. It helped, of course, that the main character was a musician. I could very much relate to her love of music.

Rebekah is an easy character to like. She is struggling with her role as a female musician and something is also up with her step-father. Things that are hinted at early in the book had me very concerned for Rebekah’s safety and the support she would receive from her mother.

Tate is likable too (but not to Rebekah right away). But since we know his thoughts we can understand where he is coming from with the decisions he had to make.

I couldn’t wait to see how Tamera would unveil their relationship and how these two would fall in love. It didn’t disappoint.

If you enjoy historical romance I have no doubt you would enjoy this book.


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Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by March 30th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 


Write to the Point with Joi Copeland July 4, 2012

Congratulations to Marianne who won D.M. Webb’s book Mississippi Nights.

Today we get write to the point with Joi Copeland.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from?

Well, I have four sisters. I am smack dab in the middle. I have been married for 13 years come the end of July. I have three wonderful boys, ages 10, 8, and 7.

I am originally from Southern California, but my family and I moved to Denver, Colorado four years ago.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My older sister, Steffanne, and I had always been close. She is only 11 months older than I am. We’ve been best friends since the day I was born. She came to Jesus in November, 1989. She kept hounding me about going to church and accepting Jesus. We often fought during that time. Finally, I told her I would go to church on a Sunday night. I had never felt more loved! By March of 1990, I accepted Christ as my Savior!

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

My latest book, which is due out December 4, is called Hope for the Journey. It is a sequel to Hope for Tomorrow. The main theme is forgiveness. I want my readers to come away with a sense of hope, and to learn how to forgive. Have you ever been hurt by someone you love? Jesus says we need to forgive. It isn’t easy, and it really isn’t for the other person. It is for ourselves that we must learn how to do this.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

 I do blog, but unfortunately, not very often. I wish I was able to do more. With homeschooling my three boys (even during the summer), my time is limited. I normally cover anything that comes to mind. 🙂

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

 I just read Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren. I really liked that book! Also, From a Distance by Tamera Alexander. Good, good books.

I just downloaded both of these books, I can’t wait to read them.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

I do. Philippians 4:6-7

Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me at and!/BooksByJoiCopeland

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Thanks for having me. I really appreciate being here today. 🙂 And if anyone wants to contact me, please do so! I would love to get to know you more. 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to stop and chat with us today.

Readers, Joi is giving away a copy of her book Hope for Tomorrow. Just leave a comment by July 10 at 5:00 pm and you will be entered to win.