To Whisper Her Name (Belle Meade Plantation) by Tamera Alexander {Review}

Historically accurate, compelling new series from award-winning, bestselling author Tamera Alexander.

Set within the remarkable history of Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, To Whisper Her Name weaves real historical characters of the post-war South with the journeys of a man and a woman both disillusioned by betrayal.

Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a murdered carpetbagger, gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation and the dearest friend of Olivia’s late mother. Expecting to be the Harding’s housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned once again when she learns the real reason why Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Caring for an ill Aunt Elizabeth, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a southern-born man who-unbeknownst to her and everyone else-fought for the Union.

Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him, while harboring secrets that threaten his life.

As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again…

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Monster Adventures from 2012

Through out the last few months there have been some fun monster adventures to come through HarperCollins. Some for before October of course, but others just now in the end of December are jumping out to surprise you! I started in on reading both Always October and the second book from the Scary School series and I consider myself a fan and cannot wait to share these with my girls once they’re ready and would probably recommend them to my nieces and nephew as well. Fully of silly monsters and fun, page turners too. Always October by Bruce Coville Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7 Pages: 384 Jacketed Hardcover Date Published: August 28th, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s A stirring adventure of monsters, saving the world, and the bond between brothers by storyteller supreme Bruce Coville No doubt about it, little brothers can. . .

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Brick by Brick by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Coretta Scott King Award winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper present the powerful story of the building of the White House, publishing on the heels of the 2012 presidential election. Built brick by brick, the White House was created by human hands, many of them slaves’, whose hard labor created the symbol of this country.

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An Awesome Book, and An Awesome Book of Love by Dallas Clayton

An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Bedtime & Dreams Ages 4 to 8, Grades K to 3 Pages: 64 Hardcover Date Published: March 27th, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Honors: Close your eyes my child, and dream that perfect dream inside your head. Based on the simple concept of dreaming big, An Awesome Book is the inspiring debut work of Los Angeles writer/artist Dallas Clayton. Written in the vein of classic imaginative tales, it is a sure hit for all generations young and old. Read on July 07, 2012 — I own a copy I could have sworn I already wrote down my thoughts on this book, but I cannot seem to find it, so I’ll tell you again. Dallas Clayton has a vivid imagination and the talent to get it on the page to share with others. An Awesome Book and it looks like those that will. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 12 – Does it Even Matter? by Tracey Eyster

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series! Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days. We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 11 – Just Like Mary by Carla Anne Coroy

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series! Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days. We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 10 – Christmas Mourning by Tricia Goyer

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series! Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days. We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 9 – The ADVENTure Awaits You! by Charissa Steyn

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series! Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days. We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 8 – Quieted in His Presence by Cara Putman

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series! Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days. We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog. If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother. . .

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Zoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Murguia

A story where getting dressed inspires big dreams!

Each day is full of possibilities, and Zoe wants to be ready for everything this one might bring. But that makes getting dressed really, really hard! If it’s a twirling day, she’ll need to wear the purple skirt. But if it’s a cartwheeling day, she’ll want the polka-dot tights. Or it might be a hiding day, perfect for the flower crown that will help her blend into the garden . . . or a flying day, which demands butterfly wings! As the clothes pile up and Mama tells her it’s time to go, there’s only one way Zoe can be sure she’s prepared for all the adventures ahead — a solution that will have parents laughing in recognition and kids nodding in satisfaction. ZOE GETS READY is perfect for all those little girls who wouldn’t have things any other way.

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