History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of Tamera Alexander’s new series, The Carnton Novels.
On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity of his wounds, believes his life will be spared. But a life without his leg, he can’t abide. He compels Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston—governess to the McGavock family at the Carnton mansion—to intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate. True to her word, Lizzie speaks on his behalf and saves not only the captain’s leg but also his life.
When a fourteen-year-old soldier dies in Lizzie’s arms that night, the boy’s final words, whispered with urgency, demand that Lizzie deliver them to their intended recipient. But all she has is the boy’s first name. And, as she soon discovers, there’s no record of him ever having enlisted. How can she set out alone across a land so divided by war and hatred to honor her pledge? Even more, does she dare accept Captain Jones’s offer to accompany her? As he coalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.
From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.
With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander brings historical moments to life. The characters are engaging to follow. They captured my heart from the beginning. Each brought out an emotional attachment that made me fall harder for this book. They added to the story. War and its aftermath are depicted here. Lost loved ones and heartbreak followed the battle in Franklin, Tennessee.
A young woman helping out, ends up saving one man’s leg and life. In doing so, she had made a new friend for life. One that is willing to help her find a young soldier boy’s family. So that he can be returned. But finding his family will be more difficult than expected. The journey into the wilderness, brought forth humor and romance. It was inspiring to see how the cast of characters held up during their search. Something more develops and there are choices to make. Each step brings out the final moments of truth and discovery that tugged at my heart. Overall, I highly recommend With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander to all readers. This is one historical novel readers do not want to miss!