A Lasting Impression

A Lasting Impression
Tamera Alexander
Bethany House Publishers

A fake. A forger. More than anything, Claire Laurent longs for the chance to live an authentic life, to become the woman she wants to be. And she'll be given that choice. But will it come at too costly a price?

Claire Laurent's greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she's forced to flee from New Orleans to Nashville only a year after the War Between the States has ended, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe. She considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities. But after he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she's sorely misjudged the man. Finding herself among the elite of Nashville's society, Claire believes her dream to create a lasting impression in the world of art is within reach--but only if her fraudulent past remains hidden.

The Federal Army has destroyed Sutton's home and confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family's honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him and to right a grievous wrong reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined--as well as the woman he loves.Set at Nashville's historic Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, A Lasting Impression is a sweeping love story about a nation mending after war, the redemption of those wounded, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves--and each other--for who they really are.

Yes, this is a really short review, I'm afraid. This moved really slow for me. Though there were some parts I enjoyed, most of the time I felt...rather bored. It didn't capture my attention. It's gotten rave reviews on Christianbook.com, but for me it was just kind of an "eh" read.

However one thing is for certain: if I ever find myself in Tennessee  I want to visit the Belmont Mansion- it sounds amazing. However, beyond that, this book didn't hold my interest very well.

Rating: 5 1/2


  1. I've had A Lasting Impression sitting in my book piles for a while now. Haven't had a chance to read it though.

    Thanks for the review, Hayden.


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