This is a book that I did not want to put down. I loved all the wonderful history about Belle Meade Plantation, Fisk University and the Jubilee singers. I love how the friendship and romance between Sy and Alexandra was woven through the history. There were lessons learned. I look forward to many more books by Tamera Alexander. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Set in Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, Alexandra is a young southern woman of wealthy upbringing in Nashville. She lives with her parents. Her father is controlling and is pushing her to marry a man older than her. Alexandra’s brother died during the Civil War and her fiancé died in a train accident. She tries to live in his example to follow her original dreams and goes into teach at the Freedman’s school of Fisk University. Alexandra meets Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the East Line Railway who is eager for her to teach him all she knows about high society. As feelings start to stir, she wonders if the two can fulfill their dreams and be together.