To Whisper Her Name by Tamara Alexander
I was first introduced to this author in the book The Inheritence and I absolutely loved it. Her style, the story, the characters, everything. I have thoroloughly searched and read every book (I think) by this author since and was SO excited to read this book!
I was not disappointed! The book is a little on the long side (about 500+ pages) but it holds your interest the whole way through. I don't think there is any part in the story that can be left out because each chapter introduces new character traits or developes a trait further. You really get to know the main characters and feel a deep connection with them. You sympathize with them and laugh with them.
The plot was very interesting to me. Ridley Cooper is a war veteran from South Carolina. Olivia Aberdeen is wife to a Southern "traitor." Both come to live at Belle Meade Plantation to forget their past and move forward with their lives. They meet following a carraige accident and Ridley is instantly attracted to the prim and proper Olivia. But there's a catch! Ridley has a secret that could destroy the budding relationship and cost him his position at Belle Meade. The story progresses from there (I will NOT be a plot spoiler) and we can see the growth and developement of each character as their relationship grows.
The Christian message of the story is elegantly weaved in. It is not the in-your-face-Christian message, and that's what I liked about it. I believe there were two main points that each character had to learn: 1) Choices we make are not always simple. Sometimes God makes the choice for us, and it might not be what we would have chosen for ourselves; 2) Even when we make bad decisions, God never leaves us alone. He is always there, every step of the way. All we have to do is acknowledge His presence in our lives and He will help us get through.
Overall, the story, plot, characters, and themes are well developed and elequantly executed. This is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone!
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