A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander
Published Nov 1, 2011
Trade paperback, 432 pages
This is the second historical
novel I read from Tamera Alexander and I liked it even better than
the first one I read. Maybe because it was set in the South just
after the Civil War and it also dealt with the world of art. Claire
Elise Laurent, A French artist who immigrated to the United States as
a child, is taught by her parents to forge famous paintings so that
her father can sell them. After her mother dies and her father is
attacked and killed, she runs and ends up working at Belmont Mansion
as a personal liaison to Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women
in the US in the 1860s.
Claire longs to paint her own creations
and learns to become self-confident even as she hides her past. She
meets Sutton Monroe, an attorney, who is attracted to her but is
suspicious of her past, and is also investigating the art fraud case.
To say this book is well researched is
an understatement. The author brings history to life, especially
among the elite Nashville society. Belmont Mansion actually exists
and so did Adelicia Acklen. The characters are vivid, along with the
setting that I easily pictured the story in my mind. I especially
liked how the author brought Adelicia to life, along with her
household. Claire's character grows as she is given responsibilities
that feed her self-worth.
The plot unfolds well and at a good
pace. I was hoping for more action regarding the art fraud case and
thought that it was handled a little too quickly toward the end,
especially since this was what the whole story was leading to—how
Claire redeems herself and how she would get off having forged famous
paintings! However, this is minor and did not take away my enjoyment
of a good ending to a good story. I highly recommend this one to all
lovers of good Christian historical fiction. It will not disappoint!
Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
Reviewed by Laura
Disclosure: Thanks to Bethany House and Julie Warkentin from Graf-Martin Communications for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.