Thursday, April 9, 2009

From A Distance by Tamera Alexander: a review

From a Distance (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book #1) From a Distance by Tamera Alexander

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.

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is more than a novel, a journey into two peoples lives that brings you to the edge of their experiences and beliefs and makes you focus on your own as well. I had a hard time through the first part of the novel, because I was unsure if I really liked the personality of the main character Elizabeth Westbrook. Yet as the story continued, and I was able to really look more on who she was and who she might be becoming I found that I really did like her.

The humor through out the entire book is true to life. Included with the hardships of live during and after war, as well as life in the West is a love and growth between individuals. It is something that you can read about, and then feel it within your heart and not just turn a blind eye.

Each character within this story has their flaws and they are these bits and pieces that make them so much more realistic and provide a reader the ability to relate. Every page brings something unexpected, and be fully prepared to shed some tears on the last page.

Tammy has done it again with this novel, so far every single one is a complete hit to my mind and I cannot finish typing this review fast enough to pick up the second book in this Timber Ridge Reflections Series, Beyond This Moment.

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Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0389-3
ISBN-10: 0-7642-0389-4
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.38
Number of pages: 384
Carton Quantity: 36
Publication Date: Jun. 08
Formats: Paperback

From a Distance EXCERPT
From a Distance PRESS RELEASE

4 comments and creative thoughts:

Amee said...

I need to try some Tamera Alexander. I keep hearing such great things about her books!

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Her books really are good. I would say they are similar in taste to Tracie Peterson, but very different as well. Tammy has a great way with words and really makes the characters come to life. For me, her books are almost a guarantee buy before they even hit the stores or have read the blurb.

Ruth said...

I loved this book too! It took me a while to get used to Elizabeth's rather prickly character - but the whole story made it worthwhile. :)

CherryBlossomMJ said...

The only poor reviews (3 star) that I read about this book have been about not liking or being able to relate to Elizabeth's character. It is so true. But not everyone is the same, and I think there are parts of her deep down and watching her change that are especially in a form of relate-ability. :)

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