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Beyond this Moment (Timber Ridge Reflections Series #2)

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Dismissed from the university where she served as Professor of Romantic Languages, Dr. Molly Whitcomb travels west to start over in the secluded mountain town of Timber Ridge, Colorado, where she'll be teaching children. Her train stops in Denver, and on a whim, Molly purchases a wedding band--an attempt to cover a mistake, but also a chance at a fresh start. Sheriff James McPherson was eager to hire a schoolteacher, but Dr. Molly Whitcomb isn't what he expected. His instincts about people--which rarely miss the ...
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Overview

Dismissed from the university where she served as Professor of Romantic Languages, Dr. Molly Whitcomb travels west to start over in the secluded mountain town of Timber Ridge, Colorado, where she'll be teaching children. Her train stops in Denver, and on a whim, Molly purchases a wedding band--an attempt to cover a mistake, but also a chance at a fresh start. Sheriff James McPherson was eager to hire a schoolteacher, but Dr. Molly Whitcomb isn't what he expected. His instincts about people--which rarely miss the mark--tell him she's hiding something. And when Molly's secret is revealed, her reinvented life begins to unravel. What's more, she risks losing her newfound relationship with the sheriff and her renewed faith in God.
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Ms. Alexander has a deft way of throwing together two protagonists who have immediate chemistry and sparks but also big conflicts. She paints the Colorado wilderness with such skill that you can smell the pines and hear them signing in the wind. She shows the prejudices of the time period and how unjust they were. The theme of Beyond This Moment is that no matter how one ruins his or her life, God can redeem it if they only turn to Him.
—Vickie McDonough
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764203909
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Timber Ridge Reflections Series , #2
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 329,002
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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 Franklin, Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a silky terrier named Jack.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Could not put this book down.

    Read this book in two evenings. (I am a fast reader.) Reminded me that we all fall short and would not be saved but for the Glory if God. Great formation of characters. Good Christian and historical theme. Wish Alexander would write a sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

    Compelling Story

    "Beyond This Moment" is a compelling story that tells the cost of deception and how God can cause the truth to bring redemption and forgiveness.

    Doctor Molly Whitcomb has secured a teaching job in Timber Ridge, Colorado. But she is really escaping a mistake she's made that will follow her to the growing frontier town. Molly is pregnant and has never been married. She desperately wants to put the past behind her and decides a small deception, saying she's a widow, will help her do it. But she has second thoughts as her feelings grow for the straight-shooting, honest Sheriff James McPherson.

    James grows more fond of Molly with each day that passes. But his integrity is challenged when he finds that Molly has been keeping her preganacy a secret. He suspects she's hiding more than the child. But he's keeping a secret of his own, one that threatens to tear apart their budding relationship.

    This love story takes place against the backdrop of a town dealing with thier prejudices against immigrants and freed black slaves and their self-righteous views on right and wrong.

    I highly recommend this novel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2009

    A beautiful, "real" love story

    When I was younger, I read historical fiction all of the time. As I grew older, I moved to contemporary fiction. Beyond This Moment is the first trip I've made into historical fiction in awhile, and I'm glad I went "back in time" for it! It took me a couple of chapters to get hooked, but once I got into the story, I couldn't put it down. (I stayed up late to finish it and was exhausted the next day, but it was worth it!) Tamera Alexander's characters are some of the most "real" that I've read in awhile. It is not easy for them, and I appreciate the truth of that. Molly has made mistakes (and I won't give them away), and she faces the consequences of those mistakes, but I felt for her and rooted for her all the way through the book. And James... oh, James! He made my heart skip a beat more than once! You'll definitely want to read it more than once.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    Reflective and Deep

    Reading the back cover blurb for the book a reader knows that the main character Molly Whitcomb has a secret that is reputation-ruin worthy. After reading the first chapter a reader knows what that secret is. I am quite certain there will be some readers who will give up right there on this book, but oh how I wish you would not.



    This is not a story about making mistakes and moving on with life. This is a story about being a fallible human and living with it. There are times in life where your insides are screaming to just let this moment be gone, or just to be "beyond the moment". Yet, our heavenly Father knows what is best for us.



    This novel is a sequel, but is quite a stand alone. It is powerful and edgy and really pushes the limits of your conscience and what-if scenarios. I highly recommend this read as one to deepen your heart and convictions and see the inside of some people you might have just ignored in different circumstances. Think hard about casting those stones.



    Read this book and grow and learn from the experience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Love this author! This is a good one.

    Heartbreakng at points. Her sorrow and desire to change seem authentic. I liked the emphasis on her value as a person of worth. I LOVED her sweet and happy relationship with James. Some big what are you made of moments - and I loved people more for handling hard situations with love and grace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Great read

    Good book. Kept me reading from chapter to chapter. Wish it had gone on longer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Another great read from Tamera Peterson!

    I enjoyed the characters veey likable and the great christian message of forgiveness and accepting someone forgiven by God thru Jesus our savior!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Wonderful book

    Makes the heart feel good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    You must check out this fantastic book!!!

    If you are into historical romance...pioneer type books. This one is for you! I couldn't put this book down.I love the Author and will continue to follow with her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Love it!

    This is the BEST book i have read in such a long time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    recommended

    good book

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Each and every story tell of characters struggles and their belief in God. I find that refreshing. We need should put our Lord on the shelf. Love this book Tamera! Good job!

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Awesome! A MUST have!!

    This was an exciting read. Tamera Alexander has a way to make you feel as though you were there, in that moment. It is so hard to put down. A good friend of mine loaned me the first book to this series, and from then on I was hooked. I have purchased the last 2 of this series on my Nook. It is so easy to do! I love this series. I look forward to reading more of Tamera Alexander's books in the future!!

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

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    Historical fiction

    This is the second book in the Timber Ridge Reflection series and as I read the first one, the story just flows. Molly Whitcomb stepped from the train and pause to look around, she waited to get her luggage as she had something she had to do before she left on the stage for the last part of her journey to Timber Ridge Colorado where she was to begin her job as the new teacher. She had worked to get her dictatorial degree in languages, and was working at Franklin College as a professor when beyond her control after her father died she was let go and was sent to Timber Ridge to set up a new school where there never had been one before.
    Molly had no idea what would happen to the stage as she was riding over the mountain passes.

    When she finally got to Timber Ridge and started teaching, she had a really hard time with the city council as everything she did was under a microscope. She had secrets from her past and was living a lie, as she let everyone believe that she was a widow. She meet the young handsome sheriff James McPherson and they both had a past that they were not telling. Molly had a time with the council and her students, but she found a way to teach that had the entire country coming to see.

    The new hotel was being built that was right at the surfer springs and they were using Italian immigrants to do the work, but they were not being paid much and she wanted one of the little boys to come to her school but he was not allowed the same as the black little son of Josiah Birch, he was introduced in the first book. She was teaching them on her own time but the council didn't like that either. She could speak three languages and was a big help in translating the Italian from the workers and she helped them. Will Molly ever do anything to please the council? Will she be able to teach the children or will she be replaced? What is this secret she is hiding?

    This book was sent free from Baker Publishing Group for me to post my own review. I give this book a 5.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

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    Nice for a weekend read

    I like books that are not complicated, enjoyable, and draw me into the characters lives. This book fit that bill well. It drew me into it so much that I just downloaded number three for my nook. I like to read a bit before bed, and this was so good, I often stayed up too late reading. There are a few things that I felt were a bit "over the top" in the action, but I just went with it and it was fine. It wasn't so bad that it took away from the enjoyment of the book itself. If you like Christian Historical Fiction, you'll like this one.

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

    Beyond This Moment

    Tamera Alexander has to be one of the most talented authors around today. I've thoroughly enjoyed all of her books, but this most recent one is now my VERY favorite. With her descriptive, emotion-filled writing, Tamera takes the reader back in time and you actually feel that you're there with the characters and witnessing the events. I became so "caught up" in this story that when I reached the end, I had tears, goosebumps, and was sighing out loud! If you are a fan of historical fiction, you will LOVE reading Beyond This Moment. FIVE STARS and CHEERS for Tamera Alexander!!!

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Remarkable!

    In a remarkable story of love, revelation and forgiveness, Alexander's Beyond the Moment takes you to the majestic Colorado Territory where you can sense the snowflakes brushing your face. You smile and sometimes shed a tear as her vivid characters come to grips with their secrets and trials. The Timber Ridge folks will remain in your life long after you turn the last page.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    A New Alexander Fan

    I've never read a book by Tamera Alexander until "Beyond this Moment."

    I'm now officially a fan.

    Her story kept me turning pages yet savoring every scene--part of me not wanting it to end-- part of me anxious for what would happen next. Her setting and characters are well researched and authentic. Tamera Alexander's skillful writing whisks the reader away to the Colorado territory of 1876 and holds them until the last page when the reader reluctantly returns to present day to await the next novel in the Timber Ridge series due in the fall of 2009. This novel will be a favorite.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

    I loved this book!

    What a perfect blend of romance, longing, deception, regret, forgiveness and grace. Set in the beautiful Colorado Territory in 1876, this book captured my attention from the very beginning and didn't let go until the final scene. Filled with strong, believable characters immersed in a tangled web of half-truths and outright lies, Tamera masterfully weaves in threads of hope and the God of second chances. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2009

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