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Title: From a Distance
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Published June 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
ISBN: 9780764203893
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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, th 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 is a man shackled by his Confederate 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 reveal secrets from his past he would prefer remain buried. 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.

30 review for From a Distance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    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? This first book in the Timber Ridge Reflections series was amazing. The characters were so compelling, each flawed by their past; yet their relationships were so warm and caring. I loved that the author developed such a deep relationship between Elizabeth and Josiah- a friendship between a white woman and a man of color was totally out of character at th 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? This first book in the Timber Ridge Reflections series was amazing. The characters were so compelling, each flawed by their past; yet their relationships were so warm and caring. I loved that the author developed such a deep relationship between Elizabeth and Josiah- a friendship between a white woman and a man of color was totally out of character at this point in history. The slow emerging friendship/romance between Daniel with his rough, gruff, private yet tender spirit and Elizabeth was wonderful. The closeness between Daniel and his dog, Beau, as well as his growing understanding, connection, and respect for Josiah as he began to understand more about each of their pasts. Elizabeth was such a strong woman for her time period, yet at the same time had her vulnerabilities. The story line and setting were superb. Alexander's obvious research into photography of that time period and historical context as well as her knowledge of Colorado culture, topography, and native American lifestyle all added to the richness of the overall story. Winding its way through the plot was a faith thread that was both honest and believable. If you like historical fiction, definitely don't miss this one. It made my 2016 favorites list. FAVORITE QUOTES: (Way too many to include but a few!) "Better to keep your focus on the goal rather than the obstacles." There can't be different versions. Truth is a constant. A person's perspective might be skewed, but that doesn't change what the truth is." "That's what God does with us, after all. Puts us out into the world where the only real boundary is that of His love. His love either compels us or restrains us. There is nothing stronger.." "As long as you're still breathing, child, you still got choices."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zette

    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 cla 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Elizabeth Westbrook's dream of becoming a newpaper photographer whose work is accepted under her own name (instead of a male pen name), is put to the test when she travels to the untamed Colorado Territory. Her assignment is to take pictures of the area's majestic countryside and surreptitiously investigate the feasibility of investors back east developing the area around the town of Timber Ridge into a resort property. Elizabeth is a strong, prickly character whose occasionally abrasive manner Elizabeth Westbrook's dream of becoming a newpaper photographer whose work is accepted under her own name (instead of a male pen name), is put to the test when she travels to the untamed Colorado Territory. Her assignment is to take pictures of the area's majestic countryside and surreptitiously investigate the feasibility of investors back east developing the area around the town of Timber Ridge into a resort property. Elizabeth is a strong, prickly character whose occasionally abrasive manner can be a little hard to take. However, Alexander does an excellent job of balancing Elizabeth's drive to succeed with her fears and insecurities. Her brash manner is extremely realistic compensation for a lifetime of hurt and struggle. In a society that held certain limited expectations for the role of women, Elizabeth bucks convention on multiple fronts. Daniel Ranslett, who served as a Confederate sharpshooter in the war, immediately clashes with Elizabeth. He doesn't understand her drive and she doesn't understand his enigmatic manner and reluctance to serve as her guide. However, his loner status masks pain of a different sort - the mental and emotional toll of combat. Daniel is a wonderful hero - though he's a wounded, gentle spirit he possesses a core of unwavering moral strength and character. He's the perfect foil for Elizabeth, who has some tough lessons to learn about truth and honor while in turn he must learn about brokenness and trust. From a Distance is a beautifully crafted, thoroughly absorbing novel full of richly drawn, unforgettable characters. There's a dash of mystery, but the real strength of the novel is the journey Elizabeth and Daniel undergo towards surrender. Elizabeth and Daniel are two of the most well-drawn, imperfect characters I've ever run across - you know characters are "real" when you alternately want to shake them when you're frustrated, empathize with their hurts, and cheer at their triumphs. As a native of Tennessee and an amateur Civil War history buff, I loved how Alexander wove together snippets of Tennessee and Civil War history into her Colorado frontier-set story. While the action of the novel takes place ten years after the end of the Civil War, Alexander does a beautiful job of showing the heartbreaking, far-reaching cost of that conflict on its survivors. I also enjoyed learning about photographic processes in the 1800's - it's eye-opening to read about the processes and Elizabeth's job struggles in an era when cameras (and women in the workforce) are taken for granted. This is a novel about choices - how one chooses to overcome tragedy, health problems, trust issues - and God's sovereignty and care over even the most minute details of one's life. When the dreams they cling to are stripped away, Daniel and Elizabeth's story shows how in vulnerability and brokenness God pours out blessings and strength and dreams much greater and more rewarding than one's human frailty can possibly imagine.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was very impressed with the writing of this book. I always hesitate a little going into Christian fiction, sometimes all they do is pray and preach and the story gets lost. There was none of that is this. The story was the base of this book and it was very powerful and moving. The main character I liked and learned to love as the book went on. I like how she saw in herself the changes that needed to be made and made them. The leading man was awesome and I totally fell in love with him and how I was very impressed with the writing of this book. I always hesitate a little going into Christian fiction, sometimes all they do is pray and preach and the story gets lost. There was none of that is this. The story was the base of this book and it was very powerful and moving. The main character I liked and learned to love as the book went on. I like how she saw in herself the changes that needed to be made and made them. The leading man was awesome and I totally fell in love with him and how he handled Elizabeth. I could see this book turning into a movie everything was described well, I had a vivid picture in my head throughout. The love story was so well done with a dislike and attraction and a very subtle build. The action was well done and didn't feel forced to try to throw the main couple together. This was just a well written love story with glimpses into slavery, the civil war and settling the west. I will be reading more by this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    I really enjoyed all the different layers to this book. Learning to trust God. Living by Jesus' words we have from the Bible. Romance. Mystery. Friendship. History. I feel though like some loose ends were left and not the kind to be answered in the next book of the series...which I already checked out ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette Grant-Thomson

    Perhaps three and a half stars. This is the first book in the Timber Ridge Reflections series by Tamera Alexander. Full of ambition as a photographer for a newspaper, Elizabeth Westbrook travels to remote Timber Ridge amid the magnificent mountains of Colorado. She hopes to get stunning photos that will further her career. Also she hopes to find a cure for her mysterious ailment. From the first, Daniel Ranslett seems determined to cut across her plans. In the course of the book's events, both prot Perhaps three and a half stars. This is the first book in the Timber Ridge Reflections series by Tamera Alexander. Full of ambition as a photographer for a newspaper, Elizabeth Westbrook travels to remote Timber Ridge amid the magnificent mountains of Colorado. She hopes to get stunning photos that will further her career. Also she hopes to find a cure for her mysterious ailment. From the first, Daniel Ranslett seems determined to cut across her plans. In the course of the book's events, both protagonists change, especially Elizabeth, who changes so fast and radically I find it a little hard to believe. Apart from this, the characters are better developed than is often the case for this romantic/old-fashioned type of book. It is quite well written but point of view wavers often. The ending ties off all the pieces a bit too neatly for my taste. A pleasant read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tito

    An entertaining read for sure. Character development was great, and I honestly had no complaints whatsoever. A great way to pass 3-4 hours. Tamara Alexander is quickly becoming a must read author for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I liked how this book started out right in the middle of a scene. When an author uses this technique, more likely than not, it's successful in pulling me into the action and keeping my interest throughout the novel. Tamera Alexander does this well. I liked how spunky (well, let's face it, Josiah was right . . . sassy!) Elizabeth was, but that she also learned how to be humble and allow herself to be taught by those who knew more about specific things than she did. I especially liked that she lear I liked how this book started out right in the middle of a scene. When an author uses this technique, more likely than not, it's successful in pulling me into the action and keeping my interest throughout the novel. Tamera Alexander does this well. I liked how spunky (well, let's face it, Josiah was right . . . sassy!) Elizabeth was, but that she also learned how to be humble and allow herself to be taught by those who knew more about specific things than she did. I especially liked that she learned to give all her hopes and dreams to God and that He would give her even better ones in return! I also enjoyed Daniel's character. He was definitely flawed, and haunted by the things he'd experienced, especially in the war, but he also learned to be humble and trust in God's leading. However, I think my favourite character just might have been Josiah. His kind and gentle humour was definitely a high point for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    2.5 stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annie Hogle

    Fantastic Book! Definitely in the top 5 of my Summer reads!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kae Cheatham

    For some reason, when I bought this book (Kindle edition) I missed the "2009 historical ROMANCE winner." Hence, the three stars are for my personal preferences. I'm sure, for the genre, it's a five star book. But I avoid romances, mostly because of the often implausible forced coincidences that keep the protagonist and her guy at odds throughout the book. This one I hoped would be different, and I was disappointed. I was reading passages that made me groan with the often comical happenstance. I'm For some reason, when I bought this book (Kindle edition) I missed the "2009 historical ROMANCE winner." Hence, the three stars are for my personal preferences. I'm sure, for the genre, it's a five star book. But I avoid romances, mostly because of the often implausible forced coincidences that keep the protagonist and her guy at odds throughout the book. This one I hoped would be different, and I was disappointed. I was reading passages that made me groan with the often comical happenstance. I'm too much of a realist, I guess (although I do write SF). STORY LINE: Yankee Elizabeth Westbrook travels to Colorado Territory, hoping her photography will earn her a prestige job with an East Coast magazine. An influential person she hopes to impress is looking to bring tourism to Colorado Territory. Elizabeth meets ex-Confederate Daniel Ranslett, who is against development of the region. The predictable antagonisms, misunderstandings and interactions begin. PLUSES: This book was extremely well written; a great use of language; well-developed characters and an excellent sense of place. As a photographer, I especially liked the segments when the protagonist was working with her camera. Seeing the details of the effort it took to get wilderness photographs (any pictures!) in the 19th century makes my digital efforts pale in comparison. If some readers fear they'll be put off by the "Christian Romance" tag, don't be. The religious presentations were subdued and came from the natural development of the characters. I never felt I was being preached at. If the romance had developed as logically, I would have much enjoyed this book. Yet for Romance readers, this book is a "don't miss it!" In the future, I will read all the tags and plaudits, to be certain my book choice suits my preferences.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    See my review of the other edition.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    The author never will write an ending that isn't rushed! She's like, "Well, we went through that slow-paced, sweet romance with lots of different timelines and complexity and it wasn't exactly a thriller ... andnowigottawrapitupsofastDONE." I know, I love Tamera Alexander's books more than anything, but this is a flaw that shows up in most of her stories!! xP

  14. 4 out of 5

    Davalynn Spencer

    Tamera Alexander weaves a story of pain and promise and passion that ties in all the threads - even the title. This is a book I'll read again. And again.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fv

    She is a liar, a bold faced liar, and the author keeps making light of her lies. Calling it a secret..... pffft! She lies to her father, to the sheriff, to her friends, to the man/men she hires and then add to that, she claims love for God. And she is self centered and selfish. This is not a decent woman to be heroine, just a typical greedy, selfish, career oriented woman. Not all career women are like her, but the selfish, self-centered ones are. That first of all is way out of place or the tim She is a liar, a bold faced liar, and the author keeps making light of her lies. Calling it a secret..... pffft! She lies to her father, to the sheriff, to her friends, to the man/men she hires and then add to that, she claims love for God. And she is self centered and selfish. This is not a decent woman to be heroine, just a typical greedy, selfish, career oriented woman. Not all career women are like her, but the selfish, self-centered ones are. That first of all is way out of place or the time and place this 'book' is supposed to be based on, 1875. Come on Tamera, make it a little realistic eh? I am only at Chapter 14 and so sick of her lies and her manipulation. And really am tired of reading over and over how she convinces herself the 'reason' she is there in Colorado and it is OK to lie about. Ya we can all say disobeying God is OK, but does that really make it OK cause we say so? Her medicine, she lies to others about that. her school books that were sent to her, the consequence of the lie she told her father, she lies to someone about that too. She is demanding and wants to please only a faceless newspaper editor, after she pleases herself. And have people bragging about her!.... Not bragging about God who created what she photographs. If anyone would marry this liar, then they would have problems the rest of their lives. A liar won't stop lying because she got married. In fact if she cannot be truthful before marriage, the truth will be a challenge after marriage even more so. Oh and the author making lies OK, claiming they are small lies, well that is exactly what Satan, the father of the lie wants people to think. Yet this is what Jesus said. (John 8:44) . . ."You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie." More of how God feels about liars here. (Revelation 21:8) . . ."But as for the cowards and those without faith and those who are disgusting in their filth and murderers and the sexually immoral and those practicing spiritism and idolaters and all the liars, their portion will be... death.” There are no small lies, either it is a lie or it is the truth. Then you read her personality, the one that demands she get the 'photographs' and bring all sorts of folks to an area that the locals want left alone. But in her selfish desire, she cannot see past what she wants. She is rude and condescending to those she thinks are lower than her. Usually I can finish a book before reviewing it, but this one is badly written and the morals are so lacking, I just cannot wait. No wonder men think that women push the limits of being equal. Because in this book , the heroine is not even trying to be a good photographer, she is an manipulative, sneaky conniving, sort of woman, that gives all of us a woman a bad name. And worse yet gives God a bad name. And she plays games with her asthma, a life threatening disease, especially back in the 1875. Really, really, really? I am rather surprised, because the Fountain Creek series seemed to be fairly well written. I don't know how this books ends, probably the fool marries her, 'forgiving' this unrepentant liar, because the author mistakenly tries to force us to believe God demands we blindly forgive unrepentant ones. Yet if God cannot get this heroine to stop lying, how does anyone expect the man to do so?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maria Thomas

    I like to read a few reviews for books and tend to look for the negative ones to see what they complain about. I found I didn't agree with the reviewers that stated their negatives. I thought this was well written and an interesting story. Sometimes as new characters are introduced into a book I can predict exactly what will happen. But this book surprised me on some things. Early on I expected a love triangle and there wasn't one. Whew! Some other things are predictable to give everyone a happy I like to read a few reviews for books and tend to look for the negative ones to see what they complain about. I found I didn't agree with the reviewers that stated their negatives. I thought this was well written and an interesting story. Sometimes as new characters are introduced into a book I can predict exactly what will happen. But this book surprised me on some things. Early on I expected a love triangle and there wasn't one. Whew! Some other things are predictable to give everyone a happy ending. That is okay though. It was rather sweet. I thought there didn't seem to be much concern about abiding by societal rules but perhaps that is due to the wild west setting. For all of his "hermit" lifestyle choices I found Daniel to be pretty flirtatious. I enjoyed the humor in the book and especially loved Josiah as a gentle giant type person with great wisdom. The religious theme of the book was pretty light and not preachy. It fit the characters. Someone's review listed her being a feminist as a negative. I loved that about Elizabeth. She was obstinate but she could easily have been that anyway without being proactive in a cause. I loved her willingness to fight for a man's job and encourage other women to do the same. Without women like her, women wouldn't have the vote. My negative was that the end of the story completely skipped over her having to suffer consequences for the lies she told and her change of heart. No confessing to her father. No walking away from the paper. Was she offered the job? What did the townspeople feel about her using their stories without their permission? Or did they ever know? There is some violence in the book; memories of war battles and a murder and attempted murder. Not a lot of sexual content but there is some thought dialog indicating desire and temptation. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Tilley

    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 fo 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eric Wright

    In this, what seemed to be the start of Alexander's Timber Ridge series, she gives us several strong characters set against the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Territory around 1875. The leader character is Elizabeth Garrett Westbrook, erstwhile correspondent and photographer for a Washington paper. In her early 30's she has travelled to captives pictures of the legendary country and the cliff dwellings she's heard of. Her goal is the become a permanent reporter for the paper. Her father a Union gen In this, what seemed to be the start of Alexander's Timber Ridge series, she gives us several strong characters set against the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Territory around 1875. The leader character is Elizabeth Garrett Westbrook, erstwhile correspondent and photographer for a Washington paper. In her early 30's she has travelled to captives pictures of the legendary country and the cliff dwellings she's heard of. Her goal is the become a permanent reporter for the paper. Her father a Union general and congressman frowns on her pursuit. While sketching Elizabeth's character we gain insight into the early days of photography when the camera was huge and boxy, the images captured on glass plates, and set by self-mixed chemicals. This alone makes the story interesting. Elizabeth has hired a black man to be her assistant, something that galls the local people in Timber Ridge. As the story unfolds his sad story also becomes clearer. Elizabeth's love interest is a reclusive Rebel sharpshooter who has retired to Colorado territory to nurse his demons...demons that awken him often at night...demons that connect his story to that of Elizabeth's father. The story is well told and gives insights into the early days in Colorado and the fight to preserve its beauty from being pillaged. But the main story is of Elizabeth and her Rebel love interest as they at first grate on each others nerves and then gradually fall in love.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I enjoy stories featuring complex characters who grow and mature throughout the telling of their story. Finding your worth in God and the redemption that can only be found in Him are the wonderful takeaways from this book. I enjoyed the rich historical details, the dual povs, and the well developed characters. The platonic relationships between the characters in this book were a nice detail as well. However, I had a really hard time getting into this story. It took until almost the 40% mark for m I enjoy stories featuring complex characters who grow and mature throughout the telling of their story. Finding your worth in God and the redemption that can only be found in Him are the wonderful takeaways from this book. I enjoyed the rich historical details, the dual povs, and the well developed characters. The platonic relationships between the characters in this book were a nice detail as well. However, I had a really hard time getting into this story. It took until almost the 40% mark for me to feel the slightest interest in either MC. I think this was due in large part to my dislike of plots that are predicated almost entirely on lies. Or secrets. Or both. I'm past the point in my life where I start reading a story like that and think to myself: "Ooh, I wonder how it's all going to play out? Isn't this fun?" Instead my thoughts are more along the lines of: "Ugh. Lies and secrets? Again? Why can't people just be honest with each other?" And of course I understand that's part of the MCs' growth, but I just couldn't find it in myself to care. Plus the first 40% of the book was pretty dull. And after the plot starts picking up a little, the story is still pretty dull. Overall, I enjoyed the message and the writing style, but this story missed the mark for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    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 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 Series, Beyond This Moment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I read some of Alexander's books a few months ago and thought they were ok. I was really surprised with this one. I really like historical romances and this book was really good. I was hooked- I loved the suspense of how the male and the female characters would discover the love they held for each other. Their lives intersected in the past by extreme circumstances- it was fun piecing the puzzle together as the book moved along. It also had a spiritual theme- our experiences truly make us who we I read some of Alexander's books a few months ago and thought they were ok. I was really surprised with this one. I really like historical romances and this book was really good. I was hooked- I loved the suspense of how the male and the female characters would discover the love they held for each other. Their lives intersected in the past by extreme circumstances- it was fun piecing the puzzle together as the book moved along. It also had a spiritual theme- our experiences truly make us who we are, but also who God wants us to be. Only when we give God our trust and put our lives in His care can we accomplish our mission on earth. That is what the main character- Elizabeth- discovers as she forges a life in the Colorado Rockies against the wish of her father. She is a pioneer of sorts, trying to make a place for women in a male dominated newspaper career. Only after I finished the book and contemplated the theme and message of this book did I feel moved by the writing. I usually give the spiritual message of these historical novels a currsory glance. I didn't with this novel and I feel like its message hit a chord with me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Abra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was fine and I enjoyed reading about that time period, but I felt that there wasn't enough romance. There are sections in the book from the heroine's point of view and some from the hero's, but their feelings aren't explored. There were two problems for me with this book: -They go from affectionate, but still a bit formal, friends in one chapter to married in the next. There is no exploration of their feelings or even a scene where Daniel proposes. I felt very cheated. -Elizabeth agonizes This book was fine and I enjoyed reading about that time period, but I felt that there wasn't enough romance. There are sections in the book from the heroine's point of view and some from the hero's, but their feelings aren't explored. There were two problems for me with this book: -They go from affectionate, but still a bit formal, friends in one chapter to married in the next. There is no exploration of their feelings or even a scene where Daniel proposes. I felt very cheated. -Elizabeth agonizes a bit about her career as a reporter. At first she is passionate about it, but begins to question whether or not she wants to do that. We get this much and then nothing. Does she remain a reporter? Is she now employed as a wife? Does she become a photojournalist? How did she decide? Do they live on Daniel's land or on his plantation? The ending was just too unsatisfactory for me to recommend this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    The landscaping and setting of the Colorado Territory really comes alive with the vivid description in the story set in the post civil war era. The beginning of the book gets off to a slow start, but I kept thinking it has to get better because it's a Tamera Alexander book. The Heroine, Elizabeth, was not very likeable. I found her to be very self centered, rude, and quite deceptive. Of course, by the end of the book she is a totally changed character and becomes very likeable. Josiah, was a fav The landscaping and setting of the Colorado Territory really comes alive with the vivid description in the story set in the post civil war era. The beginning of the book gets off to a slow start, but I kept thinking it has to get better because it's a Tamera Alexander book. The Heroine, Elizabeth, was not very likeable. I found her to be very self centered, rude, and quite deceptive. Of course, by the end of the book she is a totally changed character and becomes very likeable. Josiah, was a favorite of mine. He was warm and caring with his subtle humor. I also liked Daniel Ranslett, a former confederate sharp shooter with a regrettable past. I hung on through the predictable ending and I'm glad I did. I will go on to the second book in the series even though this book fell rather flat for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Johnson

    I'll give it 3.5 stars. I did go on to read the second book, which I liked a lot more, and plan to finish the series. The heroines of the Timber Ridge Reflections books are all women of faith who come out west, but they have some problem or sin or area of improvement that stands in the way of their progress. The heroine was not likeable, as her problem was that she was deceitful and self-serving. And a bit of a feminist, which is not a sin, but which I am wary of. She does come a long way toward I'll give it 3.5 stars. I did go on to read the second book, which I liked a lot more, and plan to finish the series. The heroines of the Timber Ridge Reflections books are all women of faith who come out west, but they have some problem or sin or area of improvement that stands in the way of their progress. The heroine was not likeable, as her problem was that she was deceitful and self-serving. And a bit of a feminist, which is not a sin, but which I am wary of. She does come a long way toward redeeming herself by the end of the story. However, there are some other excellent characters in the book which make it worth reading. And the author brings in a tremendous amount of historic detail which adds a lot, too. I do recommend it, if only so that my friends will read it and discuss it with me!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emilee

    I read this book when it first came out. I am a big Tamera Alexander fan. Every book of hers that I have read, which is all of the ones that are currently out, I have enjoyed. I love the historical facts, the characters, the suspense and the romance. Alexander has wonderful endings to her stories. This book is no exception. The whole book is very well written and I was very impressed at the how she brought it all together at the end.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Did not finish. The writing was fine, but like other reviewers, I couldn't connect or really like the main character. I was 100 pages into the book when I decided that if it isn't grabbing me by now, I might as well pick something else on my very long to read list.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This was my first book to read by Tamera Alexander but will not be my last. I loved the way her characters came to life. I experienced every moment of their sadness, happiness, love, passion and fear with them. Now I will be the second book in this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Presleigh-Anne Johnson

    Just finished this book and absolutely loved it!! It is my favorite Tamera Alexander and one of my favorite books!! I love how Elizabeth is a Photographer!! The story was incredible as was the mystery element!! A perfect book!! Thanks to Tamera Alexander for another great read!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    A great work of historical fiction.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Strong-willed, ambitious, and determined are just a few of the words that could be used to describe Elizabeth Westbrook! Vying for a position as staff photographer and journalist for the Washington Daily Chronicle, Elizabeth traipses off to the rough Colorado Territory on her own, hires a former slave (Josiah) to be her assistant, and sets off to capture the beauty of the surrounding land. Along the way, she chances a meeting with local resident, tracker, and hunter extraordinaire, Daniel Ransle Strong-willed, ambitious, and determined are just a few of the words that could be used to describe Elizabeth Westbrook! Vying for a position as staff photographer and journalist for the Washington Daily Chronicle, Elizabeth traipses off to the rough Colorado Territory on her own, hires a former slave (Josiah) to be her assistant, and sets off to capture the beauty of the surrounding land. Along the way, she chances a meeting with local resident, tracker, and hunter extraordinaire, Daniel Ranslett, after Daniel downs a majestic elk before Elizabeth can snap a photo. Elizabeth and Daniel’s encounters afterward are abrasive to say the least. After one of Elizabeth’s photographs- a picture of a dead man suspected of being murdered- causes a scandal in town, Daniel agrees to a favor for the sheriff to escort Elizabeth and Josiah out of town after both receive violent threats. As Daniel, Elizabeth, and Josiah journey to the cliff dwellings, the three are drawn closer from shared experiences resulting from the Civil War, and Daniel and Elizabeth’s relationship shifts from antagonistic to romantic. “Historical Romance” is generally not a genre I gravitate to, but there were so many elements that I loved in From a Distance. Alexander deftly wove the multiple layers of each character’s background into the current plot and effectively interlaced the characters rather unexpectedly. The unconventional friendship between Elizabeth and Josiah was delightful! As a matter of fact, Josiah was probably my favorite character. His interactions with both Elizabeth alone and with Elizabeth and Daniel (the couple) were amusing and delightful, while his reflections on life stemmed from a place deep within affected by the tragedies he experienced as a slave. I enjoyed the playful banter between head-strong Elizabeth and quiet-yet-confident Daniel early in the book, and felt that Alexander beautifully transitioned their relationship from a truculent one to a very deep and abiding love for one another. This book has it all- adventure, romance, regrets, danger, suspense, and lost love!

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