Here is another one of those books that I was reluctant to read. I thought it was gonna be about something totally different, just because of the cover. Lame, I know. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, right? Guilty as charged.
Book rating: Up All Night’er
Claire Elise Laurent is a beautiful, talented young artist who has been forced by the hand of her father to be an art forger. Weird, I know, but stay with me. She isn’t at all keen on the idea but what else can she do? After her father’s gallery is robbed she makes a break for it, and goes to Nashville to begin a new life. And she does just that—hoping her past will never find her.
In the aftermath of the civil war, Sutton Monroe is trying to get back his family's land. He is a determined and successful young lawyer who works for the rich and powerful Adelicia Acklen. Not to mention a very eligible bachelor. Yum!
When Sutton and Claire’s paths cross the first time, neither of them thought their lives would be so deeply intertwined. There is wonderful chemistry between these two characters, and this book was very reminiscent of a Jane Austen novel. That of course, is a good thing.
It’s a very intricate plot, and there are a lot of characters. If it had been any more complicated than it is I think I would have had a harder time liking it—but again, I’m simple minded. (Don’t judge.) It’s set at the Belmont Mansion, which is a real place and even Adelicia Acklen (a prominent character in the book) was a real person. Alexander does a great job in orchestrating a lovely story with a lovely Spiritual message. I thoroughly enjoyed it all.