To Wager Her Heart

Impeccable historical research woven with heart-gripping fiction!
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 the truth doesn’t tear them apart first.
Seeking justice . . . 
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 Harding of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.
Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville’s society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he’s found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison’s fiancé–and has shattered her world.
Struggling to restore honor . . . 
Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen’s university in the United States. But family–and Nashville society–do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.
Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy’s roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor?
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn’t count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
My Review
I struggled in the beginning to get into this book. It was very slow reading. In fact, I was not sure if I could last until the end or even a third of the way into the story. Actually, I did jump ahead some into the story. However, I did not feel like I missed anything by doing this and by doing this for me, I got to the part of the story where it seemed to pick up.

From the beginning, I did like Alexandra. She did not want to just settle for being a housewife. She wanted to go out into the world and make something of herself. She showed this by standing up for herself and showing independence; even if it was a struggle at times.

Than there is Sy. He had a kind heart. Just like Alexandra, he was just trying to find his way in the world as well and separate himself from his father and the terrible accident that took Alexandra's fiancé. I like that Sy did not push too fast with Alexandra. The romance was a slow build but it felt real this way. I did enjoy this book and the location that the author built for this story.

About Tamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers in the 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.

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Monday, August 28th: Reviews from the Heart
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Thursday, September 14th: Jathan & Heather
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