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Colors of Truth

(Carnton #2)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  726 ratings  ·  192 reviews
In a town battered and bruised by war, one woman embarks upon an impossible search—and one man must face the past in the very place that almost destroyed him.

Tennessee, 1866. According to the last letter Irish immigrant Catriona O'Toole received from her twin brother, Ryan, he was being dispatched to Franklin, Tennessee, where—as a conscripted Confederate soldier—he likely
Paperback, 502 pages
Published September 26th 2020 by Fountain Creek Press
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Jocelyn Green
Tamera Alexander is one of the authors I most admire, and this book is yet another example of why. Her characters are layered and endearing, the plot is full of believable conflict and tension, the pacing is perfect, and the themes are significant and meaningful. There is power in Tamera's writing. Her stories shine light in dark places, offering a beacon of truth and hope. I loved Colors of Truth and found it completely satisfying. ...more
Susan Snodgrass
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'As hard as it is to face the truth, it's even harder to live with a lie.'

In 1866 Franklin, Tennessee, Catriona O'Toole arrives with her little sister Nora to search for their brother Ryan. His last letter to Catriona said he was conscripted as a Confederate soldier. He also sent a large amount of money for their family to make a life in the US. When Catriona arrives, she learns of the horrific battle of Franklin and fears the worst. She has to find a way to make a new life now.

Wade Cunningham,
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tamera Alexander is such an amazing writer. Her ability to tell a story is exceptional. As always, the descriptions throughout the story makes you feel transported right into the scene being described!
The historical detail was so rich. I always get a history lesson when I read a Tamera Alexander book. Reading this was like watching a really good historical drama.
The story was slow in unfolding but Tamera took such care in explaining, with excellent detail, the setting & backstory of the time pe
Deanne Patterson
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Recently my family and I visited Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee.
Yes, I visited it because I was inspired to by this book.
After visiting the house then reading the book completely came to life. The characters and the plot I could completely visualize it in my mind.
Historical fiction books are my go to reads and they are all the more realistic when you visit the site of the books.
I absolutely love this author's books. They are so full of detail, you can easily visualize what is going on
Dana Michael
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tamera Alexander knows history. She knows romance. This book was so well written that I could hardly put it down. She develops her characters with such depth and allows the reader to watch them grow and develop along the way. The romance is a slow burn. The heroine, is a feisty red head Irish immigrant who is also the caretaker of her little seven year old sister. She doesn't trust easily and understandably so. The hero, is a secret service man in search of a counterfeiter. He is also a war vete ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Strong characters and steeped in history. This second of the Carnton Series is set during Reconstruction, 1866, Franklin, Tennessee.

Catriona O'Toole travels with her much younger sister Nora from Ireland to Franklin with the intent of finding her twin brother Ryan. They are the only three remaining members of their family. Catriona is proud, stubborn and full of heart.

Wade Cunningham is a former Federal soldier that works for the newly formed Secret Service looking for counterfeiters.

Spunky you
Karren  Sandercock
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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In 1866, Catriona O’Toole from County Antrim Ireland arrives in Franklin Tennessee with her little sister Nora and desperately hoping to find her twin brother Ryan. When he and his friends arrived in America they were conscripted into the confederate army and they had no choice. On his way to fight in Franklin he sent her a note and money. As it was the last place her brother was known to have been in 1864, it’s the obvious place for her to try and find out what happened to him.

Wade Cunningham i
Catriona O'Toole and her sister, Nora, have come to America to escape Ireland and find their brother Ryan who has been drafted into the Confederate Army. Wade Cunningham is a member of the newly formed Secret Service and is looking for a counterfeiting ring somewhere in the Franklin, Tennessee area. When Catriona uses some money Ryan has sent her, Wade discovers it is some of the counterfeit money.

This second book in the Carnton series displays Alexander's impeccable research both into counterf
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everytime I read a historical fiction novel by Tamera I am transported into a different time period. The way she describes the scenes makes you feel like you are in their world. A world much different than the one we know today.

Catriona O'Toole is an Irish Immigrant that finds herself in Franklin,Tennessee shortly after the Civil War. Along with her sister, she searches for her brother who fought in the war but continues to find herself at a loss as to what happened to him. Catriona struggles t
Cathy Gohlke
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The second full-length novel in the Carnton Series (With This Pledge—novel; Christmas at Carnton—novella), Colors of Truth is a compelling tale set in post-Civil War Tennesee. With suspicion of outsiders running rife, counterfeiting running rampant, and families, cruelly torn apart and separated by slavery and war in search of one another and not about to trust strangers, it’s hard to imagine love or faith growing between people who’ve cruelly suffered the many sides of a horrific war, but Tamer ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Colors of Truth by Tamera Alexander takes plays at the Carnton House, and takes into account the real history of the house that served as a confederate field hospital and was right next to a major battle field that decided the course and end of the Civil War. I absolutely loved the historical setting, it felt very real and haunting at times. This second book takes place about a year after that battle, when Catriona and her little sister arrive in Carnton from Ireland, in search for her twin brot ...more
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book worked its way into every fiber of my being! The characters were fantastic and felt like family. My emotions were electrified with each page and I felt it to my very soul. The history written within these pages came to life and it was if I was standing watching everything play out. The mystery, romance, and danger weave together a story so great that it captivates you from page one. This is frankly some of Tamera Alexandra’s best work! Once I finished the book I had to sit and just pon ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Colors of Truth was a delight to read as is anything written by Tamera Alexander. I don’t think anything that I have read by Ms. Alexander has been anything less than stellar. Her characters are richly drawn, plotlines solid, and the history of all of her novels never leaves the reader less than wowed by how she draws in the reader, and yes, you are right there with the characters experiencing exactly what they are going through.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed i
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Tamera Alexander if one of my favorite authors, if not THE favorite. She is an outstanding writer and did not disappoint with this book. The characters are so real with their flaws and struggles.....and Irish tempers ;) ........and I loved them all. Truth & honesty was woven throughout the story, refreshingly so. As with many of Tamera's other books, I gained a greater understanding of the Civil War and its suffering & heartaches. No spoiler here, but the end had my tears flowing. Just a spectac ...more
Kaitlyn S.
This was an interesting book for me to read -- having lived my whole life in the south, I am quite a southern girl at heart. I've walked the battlefields at Franklin and Nashville and Stone's River, I've seen these plantations, I've seen the field where the mass grave was for the Confederates, and I've seen the conscripted farm that the Unions took over during the battle for their breastworks.

I found this quite an authentic and interesting description of the south. The writing was interesting,
Colors of Truth
By Tamera Alexander

This is a wonderful historical fiction read set in 1866 Franklin, Tennessee that follows the journey of Irish immigrants and based on the history of Carnton that once served as a Confederate hospital.

Catriona O'Toole is in search of her younger brother Ryan as she travels across the ocean with her seven year old sister Nora with the money sent over by their brother Ryan. Throughout the search, they find themselves at a loss in a new country, and even getting mi
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Catriona! Apart from the fact that I love her name, she was one of the most formidable female character I've read. She and her spunky sister were forces to be reckoned with. I enjoyed reading about the truth and they honor abided by. Life had not been fair to her but she took it in stride and never gave up. My heart went out to Wade, filled with honor and a zest to do the right thing. The way he always sort to protect Cattie and Nora was so heartwarming.

I love the faith content of the book, it
Suzie Waltner
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been to the Carnton Plantation and I have walked among the graves of the Confederate soldiers in the cemetery just taking shape in Colors of Truth. Tamera Alexander brings that history (and more) to life.

Catriona is determined and headstrong, Wade is intelligent and capable but also undercover. From their first meeting, these two are drawn to the other but both have their missions before them. The romance between them is a slow burning build to the satisfying conclusion.

There’s a touch of
Robin Lee Hatcher
What stood out to me in this wonderful novel was the natural and believable progression of the romance between the main characters. It felt so honest, a bonus in a story about lies and truth. I can't wait to read Nora's story. ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tamera Alexander always delivers a rich, detailed historical novel, and Colors of Truth is no exception.

The history of Carnton here on the page brings to life the aftermath of war in ways that I hadn't seen before. It's a year following the battle, and the bodies of the Union soldiers have already been exhumed and sent home to be buried, while the bodies of the Confederate soldiers--many buried too shallowly--are rising to the surface, and the federal government won't lift a finger to deal with
Erin Laramore
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent historical romance from Tamera Alexander! This one is the second book in the Carnton series (3rd if you count the prequel novella), but it is a stand-alone novel. The main characters from the first novel are referenced in this one and the minor characters from that book (the McGavocks and Tempy) are also in this one, but you don't need their history at all to enjoy this story. This book follows Catriona O'Toole, who has imigrated from Ireland and is searching for her brother wh ...more
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Come as soon as you can. So my heart can feel whole again.

Catriona O'Toole an Irish lass reading the last note from your twin brother Ryan. It is the catalyst that brought her and her younger sister to America from Ireland after the civil war. With over $600.00 in cash from her brother to bring what is left from her family, Catriona and her younger sister Norah set sail. Both sisters have suffered loss and pain and Catriona does not trust easily. They come with a mission to find their brother a
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Colors of Truth #2 A Carnton Novel by Tamera Alexander

I have been a long-time fan of Tamera Alexander. Colors of Truth is an amazing, gripping story that gives the reader a glimpse of postwar Tennessee 1866. The author deals with the tumultuous time of slavery and all it entails with sensitively and grace. Historical facts are interwoven within the story-line and the fictional characters.

I can’t imagine losing all you have and having to start over and in a new country as Catriona O’Toole and her
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy her books, all are well researched and very descriptive. This book is book three in the Carnton series. I enjoyed the story, felt a connection to the characters and couldn’t wait to find out what happens.
If you enjoy historical fiction set during the civil war, be sure to check this book out. Definitely recommend!
Thanks to Netgalley for the early copy
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful in every way.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Title: Colors of Truth
Author: Tamera Alexander

Ch: 43 plus epilogue

Pg: 504

Series: Carnton Book 2

Genre: Christian Historical fiction with a hint of romance

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Fountain Creek Press

Colors of Truth is the second book in the Carnton series by Tamera Alexander and my favorite of to the series. The novel is set in Franklin Tennessee at Carnton in 1866 at the end of the Civil War at a messy time in our history. But that
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think what I love about this author's books is that she always puts truth in her novels and yes even history lessons too! I especially loved and didn't know about the counterfeit money that circled after the Civil War.
She described the scenery so well that I felt like I was there! Her writing is so wonderful!
When I first met Catriona I must admit I didn't like her very well. But in light of all that she went through one can hardly blame her. Although there's some of us that have been through m
Kay Defreese
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Colors of Truth is the second in the Carnton series. While the McGavock family were actually people some of the people in this story were fictional characters. I'm not sure if Catriona O'Toole is based loosely on a real person. I know that the heroine in the first in the series is based on a real person. The bloody Civil War has ended and the South is picking up the pieces.
Catriona O'Toole and her younger sister Nora have come from Ireland in search of Ryan, her twin brother. She hopes to find h
Courtney | Soul of a Librarian
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The sign of a good book is closing the final page and feeling like you've lived and breathed through the characters within. Colors of Truth is one of those books. Immediately, I was with Catriona as she attempted to make sense of her new life in America. Soon after, I was with Wade as he tried to do his job while slowly losing his heart.

The mystery alone would make this novel a page-turner, but there's a depth and heart associated with the unfortunate realities of the time period that flesh out
Christine Barth
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
A well written book, interesting time period and mystery. The author did not romanticize the south, instead taking a real look at history from a variety of perspectives. In my opinion, it was pretty blatant censorship by the original publishing company who dropped her contract and forced her to self publish at the 11th hour. First, publication was delayed because of the Black Lives Matter movement and then they dropped the book. Every main character is forcefully anti slavery in the book and the ...more
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