STORY: Growing up a Southern belle, she enjoys and lived a happy life with her beloved husband and their two young sons, but that’s before the Boyd’s move West to give their sons a better life; to escape the horrors of a post-era Civil war. That’s before her husband dies from a bear mauling in the rugged Colorado wilderness. It’s before anger and bitterness take root in her life…
Now, as a young widow and single mother, Rachel Boyd tries to hold onto the dream she and her husband built. Not about to ever love someone again, Rachel sets about discouraging the advances of the local bachelors, and most especially the kind gestures of Timber Ridge’s handsome new doctor. Rachel’s late father was a physician and she isn’t about to let another man of that profession into her safe life, or her heart.
Within My Heart, by Tamera Alexander | Book Review
REVIEW: First off, let me just say, I really do like Tamera’s writing. But I think she lingers too long at times, which then causes the reader to lose interest. This is how this novel reads, and I think it’s true of our first impression of Tamera’s style. I think of the three, this is her best, but that may just be because I read about these two characters in each book leading up to this final novel. One such example comes when the heroine hurts herself and is then forgotten for a chapter and a page or two. (Additionally, the parallel event to one character’s past which climaxes the novel is an unoriginal way to end the novel I think.) I know that the author wants to keep a reader curious, but sometimes it doesn’t work.‘Within My Heart,’ by Tamera Alexander. #HistoricalFiction #BookRevews #FWArchives Click To Tweet
Though I didn’t share thoughts on the first two books, I’ll encompass my conclusions here with a focus on Within my Heart. The trilogy is best read in order because Rachel and Rand appear in all three novels, and the attraction between their characters subtly builds, which creates the foundation for this novel. Plus the first novel (From a Distance) sets up Rachel’s back-story and her pain. Then the middle title (Beyond this Moment) is about Rachel’s older brother, James. In this saga, her story ties, almost obtrusively so, up in heartbreak which leaves us with something of a sour taste.
Despite my gripes, Tamera develops every character richly, and she creates a great amount of setting detail. I like how steadfast the majority of the characters are. There’s still characters with flaws, and I find it interesting to see how Alexander uses the town drunk character; he has positive influences. If anyone would ask me for book recommendations in historical settings, I would recommend this series, but let’s just say I am more curious about Tamera’s newest series.
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