[Book Review] Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections, bk 3) by Tamera Alexander

Posted 5 October, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

About the Book:
Sometimes the greatest step of faith is taken neck-deep in fear.

Determined to fulfill her late husband’s dream, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But some days it feels as though her every effort is sabotaged. When faced with a loss she cannot afford, she’s forced to trust Rand Brookston, the one man in Timber Ridge she wishes to avoid. And with good reason. He’s a physician, just like her father, which tells her everything she needs to know about him. Or so she thinks….
Dr. Rand Brookston ventured west with the dream of bringing modern medicine to the wilds of the Colorado Rockies, but the townspeople have been slow to trust him. Just as slow in coming is Rand’s dream to build the town a proper clinic. When a patient’s life is threatened, Rand makes a choice—one that sends ripples through the town of Timber Ridge. And through Rachel Boyd’s stubborn heart.
From the beloved, bestselling author of From a Distance and Beyond This Moment comes an unforgettable story about faith in the face of fear, about tarnished hopes and second chances, and ultimately about the resilient courage and tenacity of hearts broken——and mended——by love.

About the Author:
Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a Silky named Jack.

Tamera invites you visit her Web site at www.tameraalexander.com.

My Review:

I have always been a huge fan of historical romances (can’t ya tell with all my reviews?) and so the chance to jump on reviewing Tamera Alexander’s book, Within My Heart was one I definitely wouldn’t pass up! And I am glad to say, that Tamera’s excellently skilled hand has penned a novel that instantly captured my heart and mind when I opened the book. 
I loved all the characters in this book. Even the secondary characters. But Rand Brookston was the one that really pulled at my heartstrings. I just couldn’t stop praying for him as I read this book. He felt real to me and came alive next to me, as I read his trials and his efforts to win the affections of widowed Rachel Boyd, whom didn’t want anything to do with love or doctors again. I felt a sisterly pull to Rand and wanted to wrap my arms around him and pray and pray for Rachel to open her eyes and see what  a wonderful man she had in front of her. 
I am saddened to know that this is book 3 in a series….I love to read a series in order, and certainly wish I would have done so with this! However, that being said, I was not confused by the events or details in this amazing story, a story of hope, love, forgiveness and letting go, and that makes it a great stand alone also. But my personal opinion? Read them in order! I wish I would have simply because I want to know more about the town of Timber Ridge and it’s God filled characters and I will be reading books 1 and 2 as soon as possible! 
I definitely recommend this book with 5 stars and then some! It’s history and God filled plot will instantly captivate you and draw you into the loving families of Timber Ridge. When you close the last page, you’ll feel like you’ve left home. Tamera Alexander has amazing talent and any Alexander fan will want to add this book to their collections, and if you’re not an Alexander fan already, this is one author whom you’ll want to be checking out! Fantastic work! 
You can purchase your copy here
*This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers*



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