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To Wager Her Heart

(Belle Meade Plantation #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,002 Ratings  ·  281 Reviews
With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dreams—provided that the truth doesn't tear them apart first.

Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the
Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Zondervan (first published August 2017)
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Deanne Patterson
Once again we are visiting the Belle Meade Plantation with this book, the third book in this series. We've come back to visit with a few familiar friends and make new friends while we are here. This historically accurate book mixes true events and places with fiction that wraps up to make this a book that you will read late into the night and it holds you captivated.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction so I really appreciate the many visits the author made to Belle Meade Plantation and the cou
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This author's writing style is rich with history and a meandering pace that ensures that readers don't miss a thing. I haven't read many books set during Reconstruction so I appreciated the new perspective of the freedmen and those in the South seeking to help them. Much of the story revolves around the work and issues at Fisk University where Alexandra secures a job teaching men, women, and children. It is at the same time encouraging and daunting, with the endeavor receiving both support and o ...more
'Twas such a lovely story! To Wager Her Heart is definitely one of my favorite novels by Tamera Alexander! I was surprised anew by her beautiful writing style and rich storytelling.

With harsh reality and heartbreak, yet tenderness and fresh chances, Tamera Alexander unfolds this incredible story during the aftermath of the Civil War. Amid train accidents, bitterness, and prejudices, Sylas Rutledge, owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, and Alexandra Jamison, schoolteacher shunned by her family a
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
One thing you can count on in Tamera Alexander's stories is a deep appreciation for--and attention to--historical detail. From the Fisk University (a freedmen's school) and its internationally renowned Jubilee Singers to hymn-writer Philip Bliss to the prevailing prejudices of the time, the story is rich with historical detail. While each book in the series is perfectly stand-alone, they also fit well together, dealing more pointedly with the prejudice in Reconstruction-era Nashville, while tyin ...more
Dana Michael
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is the final story in Tamera Alexander's Belle Meade Plantation series. It is rich in historical events that actually occurred in Nashville and Fisk University. I learned a great deal while reading this book. Things such as actual railway accidents that occurred during that time period as well as the famous Jubilee Singers from Fisk. There was also a light romance between the hero and heroine in which I really enjoyed. To me though, this book was more about the history at Fisk and the ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Tamera Alexander has been one of my go-to authors since I rediscovered my first love of reading. Everything she writes is beautiful, heartfelt, and sincere. Her books are the kind you must keep reading until you’ve savored every last word. To Wager Her Heart is no exception. (While this is the 3rd book in the Belle Meade series, each book can be read as a standalone.)

Alexandra is my kind of heroine – stronger & smarter & braver than she realizes, yet still decidedly feminine. And Sy is b
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Welcome back to the Belle Meade Plantation series! Book three centers on characters in 1871 Nashville who are new acquaintances, both who have similar struggles to achieve their dreams at the cost of great personal sacrifice. It reads well as a stand alone, with some mention of people from other books.

This finely written story creatively weaves together real people and events with fictional characters, effectively dealing with issues like prejudice, overcoming fear, and walking by faith towards
Susan Snodgrass
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dreams—provided that the truth doesn't tear them apart first.

Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success—General William Giles Ha
Sarah Monzon
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favorite thing about this book was the richness of diversity, something you don't always find in Christian fiction. And the diversity was authentic and paramount to the story, not tacked on like someone checking of a list of "things I must include in my book."
The book focuses a great deal on Fisk University and the Jubilee singers and I loved being introduced to this bit of history that I didn't know a whole lot about before.
Without giving away any spoilers, I think the thing I'll take away
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you like the "When Calls the Heart" TV series, I think you'll really enjoy "To Wager Her Heart". "To Wager Her Heart" by Tamera Alexander is the third book in the "Belle Meade Plantation" series. It can also be easily read as a stand-alone. I don't normally like to read a lot of books set in the U.S. during different war periods, but recently I've been picking more of these up and enjoying them more than I thought I would. "To Wager Her Heart" is just such a book. Tamera Alexander has a super ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
As with all of Tamera Alexander's novels, I enjoyed the final book in the Belle Meade Plantation Series. To Wager Her Heart had a slightly different style than her other novels that I've read.

In To Wager Heart Heart, the heroine Alexandra comes from the upper class of society and her father pressures her to marry a suitor she has no interest in. This crossroads pushes Alexandra to take a risk to become a teacher at a freedman's school.

Hero Sylas is a railroad owner that isn't from the south. Hi
To Wager Her Heart is a lovely conclusion to the Belle Meade series. In what I’ve come to believe is her signature style, Tamera Alexander brings the Reconstruction to life, rife with racial tension and numerous injustices, yet not without hope and the push for reconciliation.

Alexandra Jamison is an admirable character, surrounded by other admirable figures – those teaching and those daring to learn, in a time when both aspirations were fraught with potential danger. Sylas Rutledge is an outside
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
"When one door closes, another opens..." (Alexander Graham Bell) That is the phrase that stuck with me while reading this book. Alexandra is living in the past and not moving forward. She lost her fiancee in a terrible train accident, and hasn't been living life to it's potential.

I loved the messages in this book. One is that life goes on and that there is love and joy around the corner. It comes when you least expect it. I also loved reading about the plight of the freed slaves in Nashville. Ta
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
To Wager Her Heart was a great wrap up to the Belle Meade Plantation novels. Although if you haven’t read the other books, don’t worry, this one can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel.

This author always takes me right back in time and makes me feel as if I am really living in the time period that the book is written in. She also writes very realistic characters, which I enjoy. I liked Sy and Alexandra and appreciated that they were characters with good intentions and were both kind people. They w
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From time to time a book finds its way into your TBR pile that oozes special literary vibes that are hard to ignore. It looks good, it feels good -- it even smells good! And it clamors for attention until you pick it up and open the cover. And once you do -- there's nothing for it but to surrender to the beguiling story within. To Wager Her Heart is just that kind of novel. It's a story that feeds a reader's heart, mind and soul.

The romance is deliciously sublime. Sy is the kind of all-encompass
3.5 stars. It’s no secret that I just enjoy Tamera Alexander’s writing. Her thorough research shows in the rich historical details of her stories and this book is no exception.

The plot was very quiet, with little to no action, no OP drama, and no OTT plot devices of any kind. People might have found this a little slow and boring, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. The message of this story really resonated with where I am in life right now. We can try our best and leave the rest to God, feeling peac
Jocelyn Green
Loved the characters and the history behind this story, and I appreciate that not every thread tied up neatly by the end, because that's how life really is. This is a great example of a novel that is romantic without being very physical. There's something else I really loved about this novel which is true about everything I've read by Tamera Alexander. The hero and heroine have their own interests and goals, apart from finding love. Not every thought they entertained was about their love interes ...more
Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
I have been a fan of Tamera Alexander's ever since I read her book, Inheritance. She captivated me with that book and I would read anything of hers blindly! I was super excited to take part in being able to review this newest release, the  third book in her Belle Meade Plantation series. Let me tell you what! I had so much fun reading this book. I loved the detail she incorporated into the story and the characters she created owned me while I read this book! It did not take me long to read it, I ...more
I was almost finished with this book before I realized why parts of the story sounded so familiar. A couple months ago, I had read a children's book about the Jubilee Singers with my students. Once I made that connection (with some help from Tamera Alexander) the grand picture just fell into place. I did not know Fisk University was in Nashville and the historical connection there.
As always, Alexander does a wonderful job weaving the historical details in with her characters. The history is not
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is lovely and has historical insights that I truly enjoyed.
Just Commonly
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"At twenty-Five, she'd expected to be beyond all this. But life hadn't turned out at all as she'd expected." (2)

As I dive into Tamera Alexander's latest release, To Wager Her Heart, I am once again reminded by the beauty of Tamera's writing, the visualization of her words of the setting, and a story with a message that leaves a mark.

"None of us knows what we're fully capable of doing until God leads us to a place where we realize our strength is nothing compared to His.." (293)
It is a story of
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book. It's poignant. It's relatable. It's beautiful. And it's immensely satisfying.

The historical events are very well researched and enrich the setting of the story. The pace is perfect. The characters are endearing. The journey is gut wrenching and humbling.

Alexandra Jamison has grown up in a respectable and wealthy family. However, she wants to do and be more than just a pampered heiress. She's not afraid of embracing the changes overcoming society and putting her head to work to give he
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It has actually been a very long time since I've read a Christian historical with the railroad as a backdrop. Remember the Ribbons of Steel series by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson from literally 20 years ago? I'd forgotten about those stories until I read To Wager Her Heart and was reminded how much I like the stories of the iron horses of yesteryear.

To Wager Her Heart has an authentic feel to it. Even though it is set years after the end of the Civil War, its affects were still felt and are
Kellyn Roth
I was very disappointed by this book. I'm settling with three stars for now, but with a leaning towards two. Perhaps 2.5.

The ending was rushed. Several plot lines weren't resolved. I felt that the heroine went from still being in love with her late fiance to suddenly being engaged to marry the hero in a flash. Much was skipped over - them becoming engaged and ... I don't know, admitting their feelings for each other? It was pretty terrible.

Also, I found it very disappointing that the whole affai
Rebekah Gyger
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love how much history Tamera manages to stick into her stories without making them read like a textbook. It is fantastic and is the main reason that I still love to read her books all these years after I first discovered her work. I have found that a sadly large number of Historical Romances today are more romance, with barely any "historical", where as Tamera balances the two to create a more filling love story.

Sy and Alexandra's relationship starts off heated to say the least, but time and
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, well researched, well written, and emotional read are just some thoughts that come to mind upon finishing. This is book three in the Belle Mead Plantation Series, but I had no problem reading it as a standalone. This era of history is brought to life in a beautiful story that you can easily identify with. The characters are real and the sacrifices that were made to educate freedmen were selfless. The scene at the slave pens was so emotional and you will definitely need tissues. I can a ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alexandra has been in mourning and almost driftless since she lost her fiance in a train wreck. She's been unable to make sense of his death and is now afraid to ride on a train after witnessing the collision.
Sylas has left Colorado and come to Nashville to bid on a railroad project. He's not exactly comfortable in the genteel southern society and asks Alexandra to coach him on the southern customs, especially business deals.

This was a fascinating story. The author drew so much from history a
4+ Stars

Alexander has once again written a historically rich, beautiful and evocative tale! Fans of historical fiction and of the series will enjoy curling up with this one. Alexander takes readers into the the time, place and experience of those at Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers; really it is but a taste of what they experienced and most likely felt, but worthy reading all the same. While there is a bit of romance to this tale with Sy and Alexandra, really this story reads as more of
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love when a novel brings history to life. This was definitely the case in this novel. I'd had no idea (to my own shame, really) about Fisk University nor the Jubilee Singers prior to reading this book. I liked that a lot of the characters mentioned by name were actual people who participated in the Jubilee Singers group!
I also liked how Sy and Alexandra's relationship grew from initial distrust, to friendship, which then grew to be more. I really appreciate when authors take the time to let th
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tamera may I say that you've really made my heart sing with this one!! I have learned a lot through reading about Alexandra and Sy's story. There is one quote that really stands out. It's when Mr. White is leaving Alexandra some advice that I really took to heart. He says" It's your decision to make but remember that there are dire consequences and Alexandra soon found out what they were!!! Oh my what a brave lady!! I admired her for following her heart and stepping in the right direction!! God ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 May 06, 2017 01:56PM  
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.

Other books in the series

Belle Meade Plantation (3 books)
  • To Whisper Her Name (Belle Meade Plantation, #1)
  • To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation, #2)
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