A Lasting Impression- ARC Review

A Lasting Impression
By Tamara Alexander
Published by Bethany House
Published on October 15, 2011

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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 her home, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe, who shows her kindness by not turning her in to authorities. But when he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she's sorely misjudged him. Finding herself among the elite of Nashville society, Claire believes her dream of creating a lasting impression in the world of art is within reach—but only if her past remains hidden.
The Federal Army destroyed Sutton's home, confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family's honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him 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 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.

I am a big fan of art and I really enjoyed reading about someone who is an art forger.  I love Tamara Alexander's books and this book did not disappoint.  The love story was written well, the characters were excellent, and the plot was enjoyable.

I was surprised, however, about how long the book was- I felt like a good 50-75 pages of the book could have been cut out and I would have been fine with it.  There were parts in the middle that lagged a bit (most of the real action happened in the beginning and the end of the book).  It seemed to take a bit away from the drama of the book and I found myself skimming a bit through those parts.

All in all, this was another enjoyable book by Tamara Alexander.  If you are a fan of historical fiction, or of the author- I am sure you will be pleased.

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