Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book Review ~ A Lasting Impression

Book: A Lasting Impression
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Bethany House
Publishing Date: 2011

My interest in this book: is the author! Her book To Whisper Her Name was my favorite read of 2012.

Ideas expressed / message / plot: "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10

From the author: "Never underestimate who's looking at your life and at how many people you influence. I doubt that Adelicia Acklen ever dreamed someone would write a novel about her life and her beloved Belmont nearly one hundred and twenty-five years following her death. And yet, here we are.    You and I are leaving lasting impressions. May we live authentic lives of faith that point others to Christ. After all, it's all about Him."

Favorite characters, quotes / lines: "makes far too much sense, which means the government would naturally oppose the idea." 

"'Now, Miss were saying?' Monroe's footsteps halted." 

"It will heal, Miss Laurent. God himself will soothe the balm over the hurt, if you let Him. You will recover and move on. And you will be stronger for the scar." 

"And something you should remember for the future, Miss Laurent. . . . Let no one define how you see God alone. See yourself through His eyes and His strength, and you'll see who you can be despite being who you are. ... But see yourself through your own eyes, and you'll be left to question, and to doubt, subject to the whims and wishes of others who will not have your best at heart."

"(She) knew it wasn't what (he) wanted to do with his life, it was a step, and every step changed the view. Who knew what God would bring next."

When I finished this book I felt: what a BEAUTIFUL story!

Overall:  Another must read by Tamera Alexander. The way she crafts a story and develops her characters are high class. Her character interactions are awesome, funny, tense, real. 

5 Star, bookshelf worthy.

Tamera's newest release, To Whisper Her Name, is the first book in the new Belle Meade Plantation series which intertwines with the Belmont Mansion series books

Book #2, A Beauty So Rare, is coming out April 2014!

Want more? Visit Tamera's website to see actual pictures and artwork from the novel and Belmont mansion.

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