With This Pledge, by Tamera Alexander, is book one in A Carnton Novel series. This story takes place at Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee in 1864, which was taken over as a Confederate field hospital following the Battle of Franklin. Lizzie, the children’s governess, is called upon to assist the doctor with surgery and caring for the wounded. Lizzie quickly gains the respect of the soldiers in her care, especially from Captain Jones. Lizzie is engaged to her childhood friend, Towny, whom she feels will make a very good husband and father, yet she develops feeling for Captain Jones and starts to question if she should marry Towny.
This is a very good, well researched and written story based on a true event in our nations history. This story touches on the life as it was prior to the Civil War, the importance of having slaves for plantation owners, as well as the limitation the slaves also lived under. The story points out the strong faith Lizzie has as well as her feeling on owning slaves. Meanwhile, Captain Jones struggles with his faith following the death of his wife and daughter and knows that is they lose the war, he must give up his slaves, which will lead to losing his home and business.
I also like that the author included contact information to visit the actual plantation in the story and recipes for food mentioned in the story.
While this is book one in the series, the story does reference a fund raiser that took place in a previous book by the author also set at the Carnton Plantation. I would highly recommend also reading “Christmas at Carnton” as well.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through BookLook Bloggers. This I my honest review.
Series: A Carnton Novel (Book 1)
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