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The Carnton Novels

Southern romance and real Civil War history set at Franklin, Tennessee's beloved Carnton

Christmas at Carnton

Series: the Carnton Novels, the novella that launched the series
December 2017

Christmas at Carnton, a novella, introduces the bestselling Carnton Novels series. Set against the backdrop and history of the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee, Christmas at Carnton is a story of hope renewed and faith restored at Christmas.

The Carnton Novels

With This Pledge

Series: the Carnton Novels, Book 1 (first full length Carnton novel)
January 2019

From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Miss Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.

Colors of Truth

Series: the Carnton Novels, Book 2 (second full length Carnton novel)
October 2020

In a town battered and bruised by war, one woman embarks upon an impossible search—and one man must face the past in the very place that almost destroyed him.

Book 3, the Carnton Novels

Book 3, the Carnton Novels

*Title & Cover Coming*

Series: the Carnton Novels, Book 3 (third & final full-length Carnton novel)
Coming Summer 2023

Dear friends,

While writing Carnton book 3, I was contacted by Focus on the Family asking if I would be interested in joining with authors Jerry Jenkins, Chris Fabry, and Angela Hunt to start a fiction line for adults at Focus. After I made sure they hadn't called the wrong number, I quickly signed on.

Since 2005, I've had this particular story inside me—and now it's finally on the page!

The stories that have lived inside me the longest are often the most difficult to write, and A Million Little Choices was certainly that. Not only because of the subject matter—marriage and infidelity—but because these characters are all so real to me and the settings so tangible, that "first words on the page" often felt frustratingly inadequate and thin compared to the living, breathing movie inside me.

Thankfully, I enjoy rewriting and honing, and I never want to offer God something that's cost me nothing (2 Samuel 24:24 ). Still, I am beyond grateful to have this book written, edited, and back to the publisher. Whew!

A Million Little Choices—my first contemporary, first first-person-POV, and first dual-story line novel—releases November 7, 2023. To say I'm eager to share this story with you doesn't even touch my excitement!

Meanwhile, I'm happily returning to the beloved Carnton setting to finish the third and final novel in that series. Care to guess who it's about? I'll give you a hint...

She's the cute little red-haired scamp in Colors of Truth —pictured here on the cover with her older sister Catriona. Yep, it's Nora O'Toole all grown up!

Writing Nora as an adult is a trip, and she more than meets her romantic match in this story. Not to mention we'll wrap up the real Carnton history and walk the familiar halls and rooms of that house together one last time.

Carnton 3 has a scheduled release of Summer 2023.

Thank you for entrusting your time to me. It's a gift I treasure and never take for granted.

Now back to writing. If you feel a nudge to pray for me, I'd be grateful. The Holy Spirit is so faithful to provide for us in ways we never see or even know about. Praise him!

Much love from Nashville,


Welcome to The Carnton Novels page

When I first visited Carnton in Franklin (a suburb 20 minutes south of Nashville) many years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate the stories of the people who had lived and worked at Carnton and who fought in the Civil War at the Battle of Franklin—both the Union and Confederate Armies. These amazing real men and women—including the men, women, and children who were enslaved at Carnton—shaped their war-torn country in lasting and powerful ways.

If you ever get to Nashville, please set aside 2-3 hours to visit Carnton, an important site rich in American history with issues still so pertinent in today's culture. Let's learn from history, not cover it up or try to hide from it. God is a redeemer and a restorer, and the ground at the foot of the cross is level. Only through Christ will we all be truly reconciled. 

Christmas at Carnton, a novella (released October 2017)
With This Pledge, Book 1 (January 2019)
Colors of Truth (October 2020)
Book 3 (Coming Spring 2022)

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