A LASTING IMPRESSION
Alexander’s new series, Belmont Mansion, has everything a historical novel needs — plus some surprises. The characters are well defined and readers will enjoy reading about them doing what they must to get out from under others’ control.
When Claire Laurent’s father uses her artistic talent for his own selfish gain, she flees New Orleans and takes a job at Nashville’s Belmont Mansion as secretary to Adelicia Acklen. Sutton Monroe has his own worries. Everything he holds dear is in ruins, and he’s vowed to destroy the man who caused his father’s death. Claire needs to prove herself to Adelicia and Sutton, but she also needs to keep her talents hidden, as they might figure out she is the artist who forged paintings in their gallery. (BETHANY HOUSE, Nov., 384 pp., $14.99)