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Summary

Can a railroad man and a Southern belle turned teacher find a way to work together to achieve their dreams in the new reality of the post-Civil War South?

Sylas Rutledge, former gambler and new owner of the East Line Railway, invests everything he has into this venture, partly to see if he can do it - but mostly to avenge his father. One man holds the key to the railway's success - General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sylas Rutledge is beer and bullocks. Sy needs someone to help him maneuver in high society, and when he meets Alexandra Donelson, he quickly decides he's found his tutor.

Spurning her family's wishes that she marry, Alexandra Donelson is pursuing her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But her family does not approve, and ultimately her father expels her from the family home and cuts her off completely.

Through her friendship with Mary Harding, Alexandra is thrown together with both General Harding and Sylas Rutledge. And she soon finds herself falling in love with a man whose roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility.

Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win the hand of the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it.

Set at Nashville's historic Belle Meade Plantation, To Wager Her Heart is a sweeping Southern love story about a nation mending after war, the struggle to move a country forward, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves for who they truly are - and can be - with each other.

©2017 Tamera Alexander (P)2017 Zondervan

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  • Chris
  • 25-10-17

A great story of faith and love in the post-War South!

A young Southern Belle gives up her wealth and status to accomplish a teaching mission, to educate choice black men and women, helping them reach toward their own dreams. Through it and her faith, she conquers her own fears, finding success on her own terms and a love for all time. The author captures the old South, its dark side, old money, and the realistic struggles of those who dared to empower Blacks with education and a future.

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  • Carrie Fancett Pagels
  • 16-08-17

Fantastic Listen!

Another fantastic book from Tamera Alexander! Thank you NetGalley for providing an ebook copy but I waited on the audible.com download and purchased this title for a wonderful listen. Readers will gain insight into the struggles African-American student faced, in specific at Tufts University in Nashville, and those who aided them. Entwined in the story is a beautiful romance between a very unlikely couple. The background also includes great tidbits about railroads and the men who built and ran them as well as the very real dangers faced in railroad travel after the Civil War. I plan to re-read (re-listen!) this story, something I don't often do!

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  • Vickie Stapleton
  • 09-05-18

Simplistic.

Easy to know where it's going to go with end of the first chapter. Narration sounded like the old woman whose story it was about in Titanic (around 70-75).

No twists or turns.

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  • Susan P
  • 19-03-18

I wish the series could continue!

I have loved this entire series. The historical aspect of this book was so interesting ... the South after the war, the railroad, the struggles of the African Americans to get an education. I loved Alexandra's determination. And it was fun watching the relationship develop between her and Sylas .... two very different personalities! I highly recommend all 3 books in this series!

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  • CentralEast2
  • 14-11-17

Enlightening

This is another great book in this series. I loved learning more about this time period and the Fisk singers. Alexandra must give up a lot to do what she feels led to do and must overcome her fear to continue doing what is needed. Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes
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  • Teresa
  • 02-10-17

Thanks for your writing

So appreciate the encouragement, through your stories to live a life led by Christ.
Your a true blessing

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  • Bethany Koopalethes
  • 26-09-17

Deeply emotional

So appreciative of Alexander's time and perspective with this book. Fantastic story with a beautiful glimpse into the culture and struggle of the time.

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  • Jennifer
  • 24-09-17

disappointed

This story was not developed as well as her other stories. I was very disappointed!

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  • Judi Stallan
  • 26-08-17

To Wager Her Heart was just wonderful.

Absolutely marvellous I couldn't put the book down. I love these books. I hope Tamera is able to write more. I can't wait for her next book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-08-17

My first audio book was very special!

I enjoy reading books by Tamara Alexander! This has been another wonderful book covering some of the happenings in the history of that time along with a very sweet love story!