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With This Pledge

(Carnton #1)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  208 reviews
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 "Lizzi ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Well, that was excellent and a work of art! It’s so hard to find modern Civil War era fiction that’s layered and conflicted rather than being a “black and white us vs them” (in the sense of moral choice, not in sense of skin color) sort of story. This one had layers on top of layers and was incredibly researched. The stories about Carnton makes me want to up and go visit posthaste, and learning that Roland and Lizzie really did fall in love there (plus getting to read some bits from their actual ...more
Deanne Patterson
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is just AMAZING!!!!!!! When I think of Civil War fiction I have two favorite authors that I believe nail it and Tamera Alexander is one of them. I read historical fiction because it fascinates me and for what I can learn from it. This book is heavy, don't kid yourself if you read this book you will feel something. It takes place during the heat of the battle and we are there right along with the author in the thick of things. Many of the characters are based on actual people who lived ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, to try to put into words how good this book is.
I am sitting here three days after I finished it, still not able to pick up my next book because I want to keep this story in my mind!
If you noticed the five star rating, it is because this is what I love in a book, and it touches on all the important markers for me that make great Christian fiction.
Set during the Civil War, you are thrust into the horrible aftermath of the battle. While the author definitely gives you the gritty truth of the se
Karen R
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A real love story in the midst of the carnage of war, well researched and with compelling writing that pulls you into the lives of the people. It is definitely a character driven story, taking place mainly at Carnton, starting with the Battle of Franklin raging around the estate, and its aftermath.
I have to admit that many of my preconceived ideas of the Civil War have been challenged by authors like this one, showing how complex the issues were, and that there were good and bad men on both si
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I love reading historical fiction based upon factual events. Many of the main characters and events were based upon 1864 Franklin, Tennessee. Carnton became a hospital following a huge battle.

I loved how main character Lizzie read A Christmas Carol aloud to take everyone's mind off of their current situation. She was a fabulous doctor's assistant even with no experience! I also enjoyed Sister Catherine Margaret. Her boldness and humor were nice additions.
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

With This Pledge is a masterpiece – a literary work of art that, like an intricate painting, engages your senses as you discover more and more through its complexity, and it forever lingers in your thoughts. Through what must have been exhaustive research, Tamera Alexander has fleshed out real-life events and characters into a novel that entertains, resonates with the reader, and challenges your thinking. With This Pledge ranks among the most
Fiction Aficionado
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book in Tamera Alexander’s new series is a thoroughly engaging read from first page to last and brings home both the personal and collective cost of war. I became almost as attached to some of the soldiers Lizzie tended as she did, even shedding tears with her at various times during the story, and I have nothing but admiration for Lizzie and for the countless women and men who have done as she did throughout the pages of history: stepped up to assist with the medical and emotional car ...more
Savanna Kaiser
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once I started this book, I did not want to put it down. The chapters flew by without notice. The story grabbed my heart and stole my breath away. Even now, I keep thinking about it. The Civil War and its horrific aftermath are painted with a delicate hand. I won’t forget this book, nor Lizzie or Roland. If you love historical romance, you can not miss this story, or really any of this author’s fantastic work. With This Pledge is a chilling read at times, but it also brought me to tears more tha ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a spectacular read by Tamera Alexander! The history packed into this novel is amazing. She pulls the reader into the story by using all senses! The scenes are set incredibly well, the characters are written so well, and she really brings this true battle to life. Once again she has written an amazing novel. It is definitely a heavy read, but it is incredibly well done.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I really enjoyed this Civil War era romance. I loved the setting and the sweeping plot. All of the story takes place at the Carnton plantation which is turned into a hospital. I should give a warning that some of the content is gruesome, but it's really well done. The characters are well developed and have good chemistry. I'm interested to see where the series goes from here.

I received a free review copy from Netgalley.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This lyrical tale set amidst the harsh realities of war will resonate with its readers long after the last page has been read. While Tamera Alexander has been at the top of my favorite author list for years, I believe this is her best book to date. Alexander's impeccable research is evident as she masterfully tells the story of the residents of Carnton and their care of the injured and dying soldiers in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee towards the end of the American Civil War. Romance develops ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Sometimes life on this side of the veil is far more difficult than I think it should be. But then, God promises to not eliminate suffering.'

Every so often you read a book, that when you finish, you can't even bear to pick up another to read. I stayed up late to finish this powerful story and then the characters populated my dreams and held my mind captive for a long time. This is such a book.

November 30, 1864. Franklin, Tennessee. The Civil War is raging. Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Clouston is a gover
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With This Pledge is the first book in Tamera Alexander's new series, Carnton. It was an emotional read, as it involves war and death. The injuries and surgeries in the story were difficult to read. I found the book believable and appreciated all the historical facts in it.

The romance was good and knowing that it was based on a true-life romance made me love it even more.

All in all, With This Pledge was a stellar historical read. I loved it and recommend it to fans of the genre. I cannot wait to
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"She's given her pledge, and she's a woman of her word."

The ravages of our nation's Civil War had reached the lovely Carnton estate; spreading death and destruction across the rolling hills of Tennessee as far as the eye could see, following the heinous battle of Franklin. Governess Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston's job quickly detoured from teaching students the basics of education to assisting a field doctor with the grizzly task of removing limbs and suturing indescribable wounds; the McGavock's
The Lit Bitch
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Tamera Alexander book, though I have had her books on my TBR radar for quite some time. I think her covers are beautiful and there is something about southern belles and romances that I can’t get enough of. But yet, I haven’t moved her books up on my TBR list for some unknown reason.

I was thrilled when this book came up for review because it gave me the perfect excuse to read one of her books, but then I forgot that I had it coming up soon.

When I started looking at my calendar I
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of Tamera Alexander. Her books transport me to the time period and location of the story within the first couple of chapters, and I easily remain there as I read the story. Her latest book, set to be released January 8, 2019, did not disappoint.

Elizabeth Clouston is a governess for Colonel and Mrs. McGavock at Carnton when the Battle of Franklin brings the Civil War to their doorstep. Miss Clouston is against slavery, but is not in a position to be open about her feelings
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to imagine what it must have been like to live through the events of this riveting story. A lot of tragedy, but also some beautiful relationships and an oh so sweet romance. Hard to put this one s down!
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
WITH THIS PLEDGE is a story of faith and love in the midst of war. Set during the US Civil War where a governess and the family she serves see more than most when they fill in as a hospital for the Confederate army during a fight just a few miles from their doors. The occurrence impacts the soldiers they house while also greatly impacting their own lives. This is one beautifully written romance that will steal your heart and inspire.

Alexander never disappoints. Her historical details and charact
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love it when stories are based on history, and this one is even more tied to it than most, being based almost entirely on historic and personal accounts--including love letters--of people at Carnton Plantation during the battle of Franklin and its aftermath, even the primary love story, which feels like a tale of fiction it's so beautiful and well-written. I was impressed by the strength and faith of Lizzie and the McGavocks, their generosity to those in need, and their honor in their dealings ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tamera Alexander WithThis Pledge rushes readers into the world of Civil War in Carnton outside of Nashville, Tennessee. With robust characters and a horrific setting told in a familiar yet unique way, Alexander creates a sense of urgency for the characters and the readers as they deal with the horrific situations surrounding their daily lives. The research to write this astounding story astounds even the truest reader, allowing them to forget they are reading a story based on true facts with a ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Linda Smith
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When: 1864
Where: Carnton Plantation, Franklin, TN
Main characters: Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Clouston, governess for
the McGavock Family
Roland Ward Jones, captain in
Confederate Army
Weary Confederate soldiers take over the McGavock home following a battle and convert it into a makeshift hospital. Lizzie finds herself 'drafted' into service assisting the surgeon who finds himself surrounded by soldiers in various stages of medical emergencies. Lizzie finds herself not only getting a crash course in nu
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Any decent book on the Civil War is by nature violent, bloody and sad. But this well-researched novel is not to be missed - I did not want to put it down! I have loved all of Tamera Alexander's books, but this one seems especially intense and tightly woven, and I felt grateful to read it. Knowing Lizzie's and Roland's romance was based on historical letters and documents made it all the more touching. It's moved me to plan a trip to the Nashville area to experience it for myself.

By the Battle of
3.75 stars.

Grippingly told and fully developed with rich historical details, I found this read compelling and uncomfortable. The description of battlefield surgeries, albeit in a nice mansion setting, was so sad, as was the condition of the battlefield after all the fighting was done. All of it was heartbreaking, which I’m sure was part of the author’s purpose. This story really brought to life the debate regarding slavery and the author’s note about modern day slavery was shocking and yet not.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tamera’s books are always found on my bookshelf and this one is no different. I had the opportunity to tour Carnton last month with Tamera and this story came more to life. It was hard to get into the book at first cause the events are actually real and I had to remember this part wasn’t fiction. Once my brain processed that, I had a hard time putting it down. I cried the last quarter of the book. It was like I personally knew these soldiers. I loved this one and can’t wait for the next in the s ...more
Shawn Armstrong
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having visited Carnton several times, this book brought it to life for me. I could feel every emotion the family and the soldiers went through as if I was there with them! Tamera’s writing is so vivid and beautiful that you truly grow to love those who lived through this horrible part of history. Their strength that came only from God was truly remarkable with the devastating sorrows they all endured. May we learn from our history that it not be repeated, but that God will give us a portion of h ...more
Julie Childs
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I grew up in Franklin, right down the street from Canton Plantation. So I grew up hearing, and reading, stories from the Battle of Franklin. This book has such a different view point of the battle and the days following it. You follow Lizzie, while she meets different injured soldiers and how she cares for them. I found myself laughing out loud and crying all within the same chapter. I couldn’t put this book down! This is a little heavier than other books, but you won’t be disappointed after rea ...more
Jeanne Alfveby crea
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always pre-order Tamera's books and this one is my favorite! I just finished With This Pledge, and as I sit here thinking about this amazing story, I'm trying to figure out how to put the experience into words. I've been to Franklin several times, and toured Carnton Plantation twice, and visited several of the other sites mentioned in the book. Tamera Alexander has once again proven her impeccable research and talented storytelling ability. The Battle of Franklin brought all the horrors of the ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of the Tamara Alexander having read all her works. I have to say, With This Pledge is her finest yet! The history of the battle at Carnton in Franklin Tennessee pours off the pages in this beautifully told love story that transpired between a governess (turned nurse) and her patient during this brutal time in history. It brought me to tears more than once. Tamera Alexandra does her homework! Excellent book! I received a complementary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson th ...more
Dana Michael
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I will do my best to convey how much I enjoyed this book. I have loved all of Mrs. Alexander's books. She is an amazing author and her books are so easy to read. I am always left feeling an "aaah" when I finish one. They are gritty at times, romantic and uplifting. This book, however, was more heart-wrenching. This book deals with war. In fact, one of the bloodiest battles in the civil war. She has taken well researched historical facts and wove a tale that allows the reader a glimpse into ...more
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Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers in the inspirational historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?’ God knows the precise moment he will call you home, my dear brothers. You will not stay on this earth one second longer than God ordains! Nor will you be swept up to heaven’s peace a moment too soon. You are in his hands. So travel this life with that confidence tucked close against your heart!” 0 likes
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