To create something that will last is Claire Laurent’s most fervent desire as an artist. It’s also her greatest weakness. When her fraud of a father deals her an unexpected hand, Claire is forced to flee from New Orleans to Nashville, only a year after the War Between the States has ended. Claire’s path collides with that of Sutton Monroe, and she considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities. But when they meet again and he refuses to come to her aid, she realizes she’s sorely misjudged the man. Trading an unwanted destiny for an unknown future, Claire finds herself in the middle of Nashville’s elite society and believes her dream of creating a lasting impression in the world of art may finally be within reach.
All that Sutton Monroe holds dear lies in ruin. He’s determined to reclaim his heritage and to make the men who murdered his father pay. But what he discovers on his quest for vengeance reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined.
Set at Nashville’s historical Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America in the 1860s, A Lasting Impression showcases the deep, poignant, unforgettable characters that set Tamera’s stories apart and provides an inspiring love story that will capture readers’ hearts and leave them eager for more.
Tamera Alexander is a fabulous author. Somehow she manages to take ordinary topics and turn them into something phenomenal. This novel is no different. There is the character of Sutton who has to deal with the after affects of the Civil War and Claire who has to live with the deception she has practiced. One of the things that I loved about this novel was that their eventual relationship was grounded in friendship. It just made sense. The novel is a bit long, but I love long novels (by good authors!). Spiritually, Claire comes to know God in a way she hadn’t before; situations force her to lean on him. Great novel. Excited about the new one coming out soon. Highly Recommended!