Upon picking up a copy of a lasting impression by Tamera Alexander I was immediately impressed by the intensely beautiful cover work. Turning the cover over and reading the back, I was equally intrigued and eager to begin reading.
A Lasting Impression brings us into the life of Claire Laurent, a talented artist who’s father has forced her to be a copyist–a forger of master artists. More than anything Claire dreams of painting her own masterpieces, but her father forbids her from following her dream. Over and over he tells her that she has no talent of her own, and that this life is the best she can hope for.
When Claire is forced to flee New Orleans after her father is robbed and wounded, she ends up in Nashville, and her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe. She considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities when he finds her just waking up from spending the night sleeping on a church pew. But after he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she’s sorely misjudged the man.
A year after the war between the states has ended, Nashville is still reeling from the impact of the war. When opportunity befalls Claire to become personal liaison to Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, one of the only Nashville citizens to make it through the war relatively better off than she entered it, Claire believes her dreams may one day come true. Adelicia is an art enthusiast and collector of highest regard. She even hosts an art auction that includes place for new artists to showcase their work each year. If only Claire can find time to create a worthy painting and enter it without the truth of her past coming to light.
When Claire finds a forgery among the master paintings to be sold she faces her worst nightmare. Does she let the painting go unnoticed, or will she risk losing the love and friendship she has found to admit that the painting is a forgery–and that she knows because she’s the one who painted it.
A sweeping love story about a nation mending after war, the redemption of those wounded, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves–and each other–for who they really are, A Lasting Impression is a one of a kind read and fully worthy of 5 stars.
Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don’t forget Jack, their precious–and precocious–silky terrier.
For more information about Tamera please visit www.tameraalexander.com
Enter to win one of Tamera’s fabulous prizes and RSVP for Facebook Party on 11/15!
Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party from Tamera Alexander!
While Tamera and her book, A Lasting Impression, are traveling across the country virtually
(with a few international stops as well!), she will be hosting a Kindle
Fire Giveaway (11/4 – 11/15) and preparing for a lavish Southern-Style Facebook Party (11/15) (dripping
with hospitality, of course). She will be giving away Southern Food
Baskets, books, and an array of other fabulous freebies! Don’t miss a
minute of the fun. Swoon!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A Brand New Kindle Fire (shipped as soon as it releases)
- A copy of A Lasting Impression and 3 other special books Tamera wants you to have (for Kindle)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 15th. Winner will be announced at A Lasting Impression Facebook Party on the 15th. Tamera will be wrapping up the A Lasting Impression celebration
with an author chat and giving away Southern Food Baskets (Loveless
Cafe Food Baskets, books, Amazon & Starbucks gift certificates, and
copies of Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate cookbook), six gift certificates to Starbucks and Amazon.com, and copies of A Lasting Impression! So grab your copy of A Lasting Impression (it’s
okay if you don’t have one yet- you might win one!) and join Tamera on
the evening of November 15th for an author chat, a trivia contest (How
much do you know about the 1860’s?) and lots of Southern-inspired
giveaways (complete listing here).