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Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 3) Paperback – September 1, 2010
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In Tamera Alexander's book, *Within My Heart*, the plot begins in a traditional manner for the typical genre of historical romances. There is a young woman, in this case widowed, who is a genius, and much better-educated than most women of the time. She has a fiery temperament, and is willing to stand her line with *any* man. This is great for me, up to a point, because I really enjoy strong female characters. Not the "I am woman, hear me roar" silly feminist type, but a strong, realistic woman. The problem is that I also enjoy characters and settings that are at least *somewhat* historically accurate. The typical historical romance seems not to be accurate in this regard at all.
The other element that annoyed me was the ending. The typical "deep, dark" secret was in presence. Also, in the great culmination of the book, there is the typical "danger" to the characters. There are a limited number of dangers used (or, I should say, over-used) in historical romances that anyone who has read them, or read the jokes about them, would recognize. One of these is actually used near the end of the book. Finally, the author tries too hard to be stirring with her flowery rhetoric. The last paragraphs sounded like the end to an English epic from literature class in high school. The flowery language was a bit over-the-top, as it were.Read more ›
Under troubling circumstances, Rachel must trust Dr. Brookston. The doctor is having trouble of his own; adjusting to his new life. The town people are having a hard time accepting him as the new doctor.
Rachel and Dr. Brookston must aside their difference and have faith in each other.
Within My Heart is a wonderful historical novel. The author uses incredible detail and descriptions of Colorado. There have been dozens of books and movies about a new doctor in town, but the formula works very well in this novel. You instantly feel for the main character, Rachel, as she struggles to keep her ranch and raise her children by herself. This is a great read.
Within My Heart has depth. Both in the characters and in the main story line - as well as a few other side story lines that make this book a rich and satisfying read.
It is a very emotional book. About love and death - and trusting God to have the best plan for you - instead of holding so tight to your own plans, desires, and fears.
Tamera Alexandra is a very gifted writer who has the ability to weave different people's situations into one book - and makes you feel like you know these people.
I highly recommend Within My Heart. But you should read the other two in the series first, From a Distance, and Beyond This Moment because many of the characters are tied together from the very start. Reading the other two first will give clarity to some of the situations that play out right to the end of book number 3.
Very well done - and worth your time to read.
Rand is the town's doctor and has been through a lot. He's had his eye on Rachel Boyd for a long time, but she's made it clear that she doesn't want to have anything to do with him. When one of their friends begins to have heart troubles, they need to team up to try and make him better.
Rachel's husband died and she's unwilling to risk her heart again. She looks at Rand through glasses that are tainted by memories of her father. While it's unfair, the more time she spends with him, the more she has to admit that he may not have as much in common with her father as she believed.
These two both have fears they keep close. Rand is deathly afraid of the dark, and with good reason I might add, and Rachel doesn't want to go through the pain of losing a spouse again. They're going to have to overcome their fears to be together, especially Rachel.
The first book, From a Distance, was about Daniel and Elizabeth. They both pop up in this book, as well as the characters from the second book, Beyond This Moment. James and Molly are the main characters in that one and show up a lot as well, especially James since he's Rachel's brother. You can read these out of order, but there are hints of things that have happened in the other books that I didn't remember.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not going to retell the plot of the story here like most reviews tend to do. I'm just going to tell you that if you love good and wholesome love stories that will make your... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Copeland
The whole book held your interest, enjoyed the characters in the book have enjoyed the story line from this author and in all her books in this series.Published 2 months ago by Phyllis
These books were written, and characters were well developed in such a way that you enjoy knowing them and following their lives.Published 3 months ago by Ardell Bauer
Been a long time fan of Tamera Alexander! You will love anything she writes!Published 4 months ago by cordova03
I love all of Tamera,s books she is an exceptional auther, you are realy living the story Iam so sorry when Iam finished . Read morePublished 5 months ago by vi
I enjoyed reading the journey of faith the characters in this book portray. It was a delight to read such a clean sweet romance that was also uplifting.Published 6 months ago by Edie Smart
I enjoyed the characters. I found the book a little slow and found it hard to finish. Not enough action for me.Published 9 months ago by Steve Atkins