To Whisper Her Name

Paperback | October 16, 2012

byTamera Alexander

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Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a murdered carpetbagger, gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation and the dearest friend of Olivia’s late mother. Expecting to be the Harding’s housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned once again when she learns the real reason why Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Caring for an ill Aunt Elizabeth, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a southern-born son who—unbeknownst to her and everyone else—fought for the Union.

Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him while harboring secrets that threaten his life. As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again…

Set within the remarkable history of Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, comes a story about enslavement and freedom, arrogance and humility, and the power of love to heal even the deepest of wounds.

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Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a murdered carpetbagger, gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation and the dearest friend of Olivia’s late mother. Expecting to be the Harding’s housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned once again when she learns the real reason why Elizabeth’s hus...

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.63 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310291062

ISBN - 13:9780310291060

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Well Written! From the beginning to the end, this story will capture your attention as you follow the lives of Olivia and Ridley. It is a beautiful story of love and redemption.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true masterpiece! To Whisper Her Name is a beautiful blend of historical fact, real life people and fictional characters that gives us a glimpse into the South at a turbulent time, just after the Civil War, when freed slaves were unsure of their place in society and when people could be killed simply for trying to teach former slaves to read. Tamera Alexander’s exquisite research into the Belle Meade plantation in Nashville, and the people who lived and worked there, adds a wealth of dimension to the story. We are introduced to the Harding family by way of Olivia Aberdeen, a young widow, who comes to live there as a companion to Mrs. Harding. Through the character of Ridley Cooper, who procures a job in the famous Belle Meade stables, we see the working class side of society. His deep respect for the head horse handler, African American Bob Green, is unusual for a man from the South. But Ridley is hiding a terrible secret—that he actually fought for the North. Olivia and Ridley’s wonderful love story winds through the pages like a lovely melody. Ms. Alexander brings history to life with her rich portrayal of life in the South. Four hundred and seventy pages of her writing was not enough! One of the best books I’ve read to date!
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Rich Read A sweeping saga that packs an emotional punch and makes you think. What a winning combination! Loved the rich history that Alexander so carefully details -- and not just with facts but with feeling as well. I felt each character's struggle, my emotions ranging from horror to euphoria time and time again. Both hero and heroine are sympathetic characters with complicated lives in a complicated time. The author brings a richness and depth to the story with intricate layers that buried me beneath the pages. A substantial 473 pages, To Whisper Her Name still wasn't long enough for me!
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unputdownable Story To pick up and read this novel, was a true pleasure. The plot was immediately engrossing and I found myself rushing to get back to the book whenever I had to put it down. The story opens with the widow Olivia Aberdeen arriving at Belle Meade in dire straights because her husband was shot for being a traitor to the south. Expecting to become housekeeper and companion to her mother’s best friend, she soon learns she will be expected to remarry. Ridley Cooper is a man haunted by the Civil War. Born in the South, he defied expectations when he decided to fight for the North. He comes to Belle Meade only to work for a short with the black horse trainer who exceptional talent as a horse whisperer impressed Ridley when he encountered the man hiding prize horses during the war. He must keep his role in the war a secret at Belle Meade because the owner is a staunch Southern military officer and Ridley would face exposure and capture if the truth about his past is discovered. A love story soon evolves between Ridley and Olivia, but it is by no means the main thrust of the story. This story is fabulously rich in plot with fascinating characters whose interactions with each other impress and surprise with every turn of the page. The novel opens after the final days of the American Civil War. Historic detail and the intricate plot based upon the poignant issues surrounding the story’s characters made this a story that delights from start to finish. And because the setting is the actual Belle Meade Planation, the story was all the more intriguing. From its beautiful cover to the rich prose and tale secreted in its pages, this is historical fiction at its very best - a wonderful reading experience.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely captivating Tamera Alexander has succeeded, once again, at completely captivating me by one of her historical reads. "To Whisper Her Name" is a well-written book filled with delightful characters. I have to say that, although the main characters Olivia and Ridley are indeed interesting and well-rounded, my favorite characters of all were the numerous African American servants populating the novel and bringing their own spice to the story. Former slave Robert Green was especially a favorite of mine, and I found myself wishing that he was someone I could go meet now! What a fascinating piece of historical detail that he actually did hide his owner's horses during the civil war and saved them from capture by the enemy army! The novel is filled with plenty of drama that kept the story moving along, though both my wife and I thought the book may have benefited from being shortened up a tad bit. The conclusion is utterly satisfying, though not surprising, and I closed the book feeling like it was time well spent. Readers who enjoy historical romance stories will also enjoy the relationship that unfolds between Olivia and Ridley, providing for some highly entertaining and humorous scenes between them. I am looking forward to what's coming next in the Belle Meade Plantation series. I award this book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Zondervan, and PR By the Book, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
Date published: 2012-10-29

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"Already a USA TODAY bestseller, this novel draws a fresh thread in this author's historical fiction tapestry. Tamera Alexander's painstaking research into the people, places and times of which she writes is evident on every page and she depicts the famous residents of post-bellum Nashville with great detail and even greater affection.Flitting among famous Southerners, Alexander's fictional protagonists are endearing and their romance sweet---with just the right amount of heat in their attraction. Both Ridley and Olivia grow in character over the course of the novel and readers will delight in seeing this Southern-bred Yankee and his Nashville belle reach their Happy Ever After."