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From a Distance (Timber Ridge Reflections) [Kindle Edition]

Tamera Alexander
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From the USA Today bestselling author of A Lasting Impression and To Whisper Her Name...
  
What happens when the realization of a dream isn't what you imagined. . . and the secret you've spent a lifetime guarding is finally laid bare? 
  
Determined to become one of the country's premier newspaper photographers, Elizabeth Westbrook travels to the Colorado Territory to capture the grandeur of the mountains surrounding the remote town of Timber Ridge. She hopes, too, that the cool, dry air of Colorado, and its renowned hot springs, will cure the mysterious illness that threatens her career, and her life. 
 
Daniel Ranslett, a former Confederate sharpshooter, is a man shackled by his past, and he'll do anything to protect his land, and his solitude. When an outspoken Yankee photographer captures an image that appears key to solving a murder, putting herself in danger, Daniel is called upon to repay a debt. He's a man of his word, but repaying that debt could bring secrets from his past to light. 
 
Forced on a perilous journey together, Daniel and Elizabeth's lives intertwine in ways neither could have imagined when first they met . . . from a distance.
 
From a Distance, the 2009 Christy Award winner for Best Historical


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"Alexander, a bestselling novelist, writes with an ease that belies the complexity of this love story. Daniel and Elizabeth are multifaceted characters who must overcome their own shortcomings before they can trust each other. Altogether, this is a compelling and thought-provoking novel. I give extra marks for the beautiful cover, which captures so perfectly the heroine in her favorite gown."
~ Historical Novel Society
  
"Alexander once again delivers a most amazing story. The characters are more than words on a page; they become real people."
~ Romantic Times
 
"Tamera Alexander's characters are real, fallible, and a marvelous reflection of God's truth and grace. Her stories unfold layer-by-layer, drawing you in deeper with every page."
~ Armchair Reviews

From the Inside Flap

From a Distance, the 2009 Christy Award winner, is the first book in the Timber Ridge Reflections by bestselling author Tamera Alexander. Beyond this Moment (Book 2) and Within My Heart (Book 3) are available in print and ebook.

Product Details

  • File Size: 590 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764203894
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00914FDU8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,441 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to New Series! June 5, 2008
Format:Paperback
This is the first book I've read by Tamera Alexander, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Compelling characters must deal with the aftermath of the Civil War as well as their own personal secrets. The majestic mountains and setting of Colorado Territory come alive through Alexander's vivid descriptions.

The developing relationship between Elizabeth and Daniel crackles with energy as they each face their fears and shortcomings to drop their facades and be the people God intended them to be. The secondary characters are well developed, particularly Josiah, a former slave whose story is just as engrossing as that of the main characters.

From A Distance is a wonderful beginning to the Timber Ridge Reflections series. I look forward to the next book, and many more from this talented author!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Start with a Great Ending! July 4, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I couldn't wait to pick up FROM A DISTANCE and fall in love with another book by Tamera Alexander. That is why I was so surprised when I found the beginning dragging. I felt the story got off to a slow start. All the key ingredients were there but somehow it didn't grab me. I was determined to hang on because of my love of Alexander's previous series . . . and I'm glad I did. Though it took about seventy pages before I felt the momentum building, the rest of the book was a pure delight.
As we follow Elizabeth Westbrook in her quest to become the first female photojournalist of the Washington Chronicle, we meet Daniel Ranslett and Josiah Birch. Daniel, a hunter, is a private man who keeps to himself. His withdrawal from city life is obviously fueled by a regrettable past that we only get glimpses of as he struggles with painful memories. Josiah, a former slave, wrestles with his own demons and losses. And even though he is now a free man, thanks to the Civil War, he is still disregarded and looked down upon by many people.
When Elizabeth finds out that Daniel is exactly the person she needs to help her in her quest for breathtaking pictures of the great Colorado territory, she does all she can to convince him to help her in her journey. Daniel, feeling only slightly responsible for ruining one of the pictures Elizabeth had taken on her quest, begrudgingly agrees to take her hunting so she can photograph the wildlife.
And of course, that is where it all begins. Sparks ignite between Daniel and Elizabeth. And even though they both are slow on the uptake, it's not long before they both realize there is more between them then the Colorado Wilderness.
I really enjoyed FROM A DISTANCE, once the pace picked up. I thought the characters were fascinating and multi-dimensional. Josiah, was a wonder third character, and Elizabeth and Daniel made for a great heroine and hero. I look forward to reading the next installment in the series.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars June 2, 2008
Format:Paperback
After reading and enjoying Tamera Alexander's Fountain Creek Chronicles, she became one of my few `must-buy' Christian authors. I was very excited to see she had started a new series. But Timber Ridge Reflections, at least this first installment, is not as good as I had hoped it would be. I just couldn't get to like the heroine and the plot was very predictable. I'm hoping that the series isn't doomed from this less than promising start... Hopefully there is a better hero/heroine. Elizabeth Westbrook is just not a very likeable heroine. You're supposed to identify with the main character; you're supposed to be able to imagine and feel all that they go through. And while I can imagine what she goes through, I can't relate to how she acts or how she responds to certain things. I couldn't empathize with Elizabeth, she aggravated me too much. She is very selfish, uppity, and at times, pretty rude. I guess that she can be described as a stereotypical Yankee upper middle class woman. You don't really blame Daniel Ranslett for his comments; I cheered him on. (Daniel is a sweet hero. He has been through a lot and lives in seclusion from the townspeople. He likes it that way. So when Elizabeth needs a knowledgeable guide of the area, he is none too happy to be found the most suitable candidate.) He and Josiah, Elizabeth's assistant, were the only two characters that I really enjoyed. They were well able to deal with and react to her brashness and outspokenness. I felt like Elizabeth needed a good talking to so that she could understand how she was coming off. She seems innocent of her behavior, probably because that's how most other people she had previously dealt with acted. Out in the wild and unsettled Western world, though, she is not the norm. Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite By Tamera Alexander January 11, 2010
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Format:Kindle Edition
Although I rated this book with only 3 stars, I really don't think it had anything to do with Tamera Alexander's writing or the story itself. I enjoyed the main plot and the way the other details of the sub plots were woven into the story. I especially enjoyed Josiah's character. I think I just had a hard time connecting with the heroine which I've found lately either makes or breaks a book for me. Elizabeth was a likeable personality but I didn't feel that she put God first in her life. She claimed to want to follow God but then lied to everyone to manipulate her life into what she wanted rather than what God wanted for her. She would then justify her actions and question why God wasn't blessing her efforts to become the photographer she felt He wanted her to be. I know we all deal with putting God first in our lives on a daily basis but I never really saw her repent and ask for forgiveness from those she lied to and manipulated. I think that may have made me feel like she had changed for the better and learned from her mistakes by the end of the book.

Sadly, I had to make myself push to the end of this one but it won't stop me from reading Tamera Alexander's other books. I would highly recommend her Fountain Creek Chronicles series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
well written!
Published 18 days ago by Jess1968
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating, history romance and mystery in one book.
I really enjoyed every page and word. The American civil war was central to the lives of the characters. This book is true even today. Love it.
Published 18 days ago by Richard M.
5.0 out of 5 stars an outstanding read
As I read,I could feel their emotions! An honest reveal of feelings of both sides of the battle. I loved the way she brought wrongs forward to be fixed. Read more
Published 19 days ago by v. Fourroux
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
I loved this one as much as all the other books I have read by Ms Alexander. She writes so beautifully and with such emotion.
Published 21 days ago by Loves To Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love her style and it had a wonderful story line.
Published 1 month ago by katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
this was a very good book. a must read for anyone who enjoys historic romance. Made me feel like I was there.
Published 1 month ago by donna
4.0 out of 5 stars From a Distance
Very good book with romance, suspense, murder, history and much more! Very well written and hard to put down at times!
Published 2 months ago by Loreen Terroni9
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Christian historical romance..
Set in the 1800s in Colorado, this story deals with prejudice, and a woman's struggle to succeed in an unconventional job choice.
Published 2 months ago by Toni
5.0 out of 5 stars Timber Ridge Reflections
This book was read in book club. It was a healthy clean book without vulgarity, so a main reason it was chosen for book club.
Published 2 months ago by Ronald L. Smith
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More About the Author

I grew up reading anything and everything I could, so it was a natural step when my interest eventually turned to writing. To date, I've published ten award-winning and bestselling novels including my April 2014 release, A BEAUTY SO RARE, which debuted on the CBA bestseller list at number 7 and stayed on the list for three months, thanks to you!

I write what some of my readers have termed historical "grit-lit," which is Southern historical fiction/romance set in post-Civil War Nashville. I also write Colorado Territory historicals set in the wilds and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains where I lived for over seventeen years. At the heart of each of my books is a female and male protagonist at crucial turning points in their lives. As each story has unfolded in my writing, I've taken the couple's journey with them and hope you'll enjoy taking each of these journeys too.

I live in Nashville, Tennessee, with my husband--not far from the antebellum mansions about which I write--and with Jack, our sweet little Silky Terrier. My husband and I have two grown children who live nearby as well, which makes life pretty wonderful.

My next release, TO WIN HER FAVOR, publishes in April 2015, and is the second standalone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series set, of course, right here in Nashville, TN at the famous Belle Meade Plantation founded in 1807. My other Southern series is set at the opulent Belmont Mansion (now surrounded by Belmont University), which was built by Adelicia Acklen in 1853. Both of these mansions are house museums that welcome patrons so I encourage you to visit Belmont and Belle Meade if ever you're in Nashville.

For more about my books, please visit www.TameraAlexander.com or join me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TameraAlexander or on Twitter @TameraAlexander

(Photo credit: Mandy Whitley Photography)

--Tamera's Books by series--

Tamera's series novels are "standalones," meaning the stories may be loosely connected by continuing characters, but each novel is a complete story in itself.

FOUNTAIN CREEK CHRONICLES
Rekindled, Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 1, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 0-7642-0108-5)
Revealed, Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 2, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 0-7642-0109-3)
Remembered, Fountain Creek Chronicles, Book 3, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 0-7642-0110-7)
Fountain Creek Chronicles Trilogy, Books 1- 3 in one volume, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7642-0736-5)

TIMBER RIDGE REFLECTIONS
From a Distance, Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 1, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7642-0389-3)
Beyond This Moment, Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 2, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0-7642-0390-9)
Within My Heart, Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 3, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 0-7642-0391-6)

STANDALONE NOVEL
The Inheritance, Women of Faith Fiction, Thomas Nelson Publishers (ISBN 978-1-59554-632-6)

BELMONT MANSION NOVELS (1 of 3)
A Lasting Impression, the first stand-alone novel in the Belmont Mansion series, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0764206221)
A Beauty So Rare, the second stand-alone novel in the Belmont Mansion series, Bethany House Publishers (ISBN 978-0764206238)
Book Three (TBA)

BELLE MEADE PLANTATION NOVELS (1 of 3)
To Whisper Her Name, the first stand-alone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series, Zondervan Publishers/Harper Collins (ISBN 978-0310291060)
To Win Her Favor, the second stand-alone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series, Zondervan Publishers/Harper Collins (April 2015)
Book Three (TBA)

A Southern Novella Collection
Among the Fair Magnolias (four Southern love stories, Harper Collins Christian Publishing, releasing Summer 2015)


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