A Lasting Impression (Belmont Mansion #1)
Claire Laurent's greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she's forced to flee her home, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe, who shows her kindness by not turning her in to authorities. But when he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she's sorely misjudged him....more
Wow. Words seem so inadequate to express just how rich this book is—both in historical details and the romantic tension. I can't remember exactly, but it's been a while since a book touched me so emotionally; I was fighting tears at times. But therein is the beauty of Tamera Alexander's new release, A Lasting Impression—her writing touches to the heart.
And the writing! Tamera's style was beautiful and brought to life the Belmont mansion as seen through ...more
Claire longs to be recognized for her artistic talent, but her father and his business partner force her to forge paintings. A move to Nashville gives Claire the chance for a new start, and she begins to fall for Sutton. But her past is still unresolved.
My pointer was hovering between three and four stars for this review. Let's start with the 4-star side: I did get caught up in the story by the time I got to the last hundred pages of the book. The plot was ...more
Alexander was spot on with the setting. I have never been to Belmont mansion, but I felt like I was there within the pages of this book. The opulence and grandeur were palpable, as well as Alexander's description of the surrounding landscape.
The characters were wonderful as well, each one coming to life in t ...more
The pace of this novel is evenly tempered through the entire book, and takes place in as beautiful a setting as ever to create on the page. Once you’ve stepped inside the doors of Belmont and have seen it through Claire’s eyes, you really don’t want to go back to the real world.
Rich is really the only ...more
That aside, the story inside was wonderful. Claire Laurent leaves a bad situation and just happens to fall into a dream world. As liason to Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, who is trying to reclaim her place in society, Claire is delighted to find that Belmont is filled with artwork beyond ...more
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I've had this book on my shelf for a while now, but I just never got around to reading it until recently. I think the cover is gorgeous and A Lasting Impression is one of those books you can judge by its cover! The story was very good and, even though it was a slower read for me, I loved it!
I loved the art aspect and the characters. Adelicia Acklen was one of my favorite ch ...more
Tamera has created some of the most real characters. I felt like I knew them, like I was right there in the story with them. I laughed with them and cried with them. A Lasting Impression was one of the sweetest romances I ...more
Claire Laurent never asked for the life she was forced to lead. Her father manipulated and intimidated her into a life of deceit and lies by exploiting her artistic talents and forcing her to forge priceless paintings for his gallery. When an unexpected set of circumstances afford Claire an opportunity to leave her life of deception, she takes it and tries to make a new life for herself. As she finds a personal relationship with God and ...more
This book is amazing. I love that Tamera Alexander set the book in the mansion of a real historical legend. The charac ...more
The setting in which this story takes place, is different from Alexanders’ previous novels. The Fountain Creek Chronicles, the Timber Ridge Reflections and The Inheritance all take place in wild west Colorado, this book is located more to the south, around Nashville, where Tamera Alexander lives now. Thi ...more
Nothing went to waste in this story either. The plot moves like a southern dance. It never drags or goes so fast you can't keep up. It's as beautiful to watch (read) as it is to participate. The beginni ...more
1. Fascinating period of history following the civil war (I'm a little obsessed with civil war, I DID grow up in Virginia.)
2. Beautiful setting of the Belmont Mansion.
3. Some of the most touching quotes about life I've read by an author.
Here are some of those quotes:
"We should not expect to have all the blessings of life and none of its trials. It would make this world too delightful a dwelling place, and I fear we would never care to leave it. ...more
P. 241 each person should spend their life doing what god created them to do.
P. 417 "Let no one define how you see yourself . . . Save god alone."
The history: It takes place in the south, right after the Civil War. You gain so much compassion and sympathy for the confederates and get a better understanding about how difficult the transition was for them. The author, being from the south, has a lot of southern pride, and it made me travel there, back in time, and fall in love with the area. A lot has happened in our own country.
The struggle: The heroine Claire had a past that she was ...more
|Christian YA Readers: June/July: A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander||6||16||Jun 18, 2015 07:13AM|
|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||1||Nov 19, 2014 02:25PM|
|¿Por qué no una traducción al Español?||1||1||Oct 22, 2014 03:22PM|
|Translation into Spanish, why not?||1||2||Jul 01, 2014 07:27PM|
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