From a Distance (Timber Ridge Reflections Series #1)

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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, that the cool, dry air of Colorado, and its renowned hot springs, will cure...

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Overview

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.

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What People Are Saying

Vickie McDonough
"From A Distance takes readers on a fascinating trip to the Colorado territory and into the world of photography. Readers will experience seeing Colorado through Elizabeth's eye.... It's very evident that author Tamera Alexander has done her research by the intricate details she relates of taking photos and developing them.... I liked the tug of attraction between Daniel and Elizabeth. Their relationship, which started with them both irritated at the other, developed naturally yet kept the reader intrigued.... the interesting topic and suspense element will keep readers engrossed to the very satisfying end."--(Vickie McDonough, TitleTrakk.com)
Penny Goodwin
"I love reading about women who don't fit in with society's ideal, such as women doctors or lawyers . . . or in this case, a woman photographer, in the 1800's. Author Tamera Alexander most definitely succeeds on this score with From a Distance.... The characters ... are well written and incredibly believable. The prose is smooth, never flat, and the intrigue will keep the reader turning the pages. Ms. Alexander's newest offer is well researched and will give her more success. Don't miss out on From a Distance if you love books of this genre, for it will not disappoint. Elizabeth will make your day a little brighter."--(Penny Goodwin, LoveRomancesandMore.com)
Violet Nesdoly
"In this post-civil-war story, Alexander has put a woman with rather modern values into an 1875 frontier setting. The result is the story of ambition and determination pitted against nature, a mysterious illness and a backwoods community that is not a little askance over our heroine's big city outspokenness and style.... The story twists and turns through murder, romance, greed, and forgiveness. As a whole the characters are well-developed and complex, and the plot is cleverly conceived.... Alexander writes in an easy-to-read style.... She also has a way of ending chapters with a hook that kept me turning pages.... Altogether, I found From A Distance a rewarding read. Fans of romantic Americana won't want to miss it, or the next book in the Timber Ridge Reflections series, Beyond This Moment, due to be released in the spring of 2009."--(Violet Nesdoly, BlogCritics.org)
Dee Dailey
"This is a heartwarming story of people coping with losses caused by war and life in the late nineteenth century. The details of living for all of them are well painted as is the land of a mostly unspoiled Territory. The author has done a superb job making this book believable, enjoyable and memorable for me and, I hope, for all readers."--(Dee Dailey, TheRomanceStudio.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764203893
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Timber Ridge Reflections Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 406,348
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the Christy Award, the RITA Award, and the Carol Award. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband have returned to their native South and live in Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their two grown children.

Tamera invites you visit her Web site, her blog, on Twitter, or Facebook.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    FROM A DISTANCE

    FROM A DISTANCE, (1800's), is a beautifully crafted, believable, intriguing and absorbing novel with unforgettable characters. Strong, prickly, driven photo journalist, Elizabeth and gentle spirited, wounded, morally strong, ex Confederate war hero, Daniel journey towards mutual surrender in this mystery novel. Elizabeth's assignment takes her to Colorado. This is a tale of hope, dreams and the road to accomplishing them. Society of the era thinks that Elizabeth should just worry about getting married, but she insists on shooting for her dream in her career and cannot rest until she does. The reader will bond with these very real, relatable lovable characters.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    From a Distance by Tamera Alexander from Bethany House

    As part of the Bethany House blogger review program I received From a Distance by Tamera Alexander. From a Distance is a romance novel set in the remote town of Timber Ridge, Colorado in 1875. The story revolves a budding photographer, Elizabeth Westbrook, and Daniel Ranslett, a rugged but handsome man who once fought in the Confederate Army.


    Elizabeth comes to the town keeping her motives secret. Daniel has secrets of his own. A murder in town changes everything and Elizabeth and Daniel embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.


    I have to say that the story line was intriguing, though a bit slow for my taste. I admit, however, that I am not a fan of romance novels and normally don't read them. Not being the stubborn, independant type, I did not really relate to Elizabeth, and I have to say I'm not sure I would approve of some of her actions, nor her journey with Daniel. (Yeah, I'm a prude, even by 1875 standards!)


    However, this is fiction after all. And if you are a fan of romance novels, especially those who keep it clean, you will probably enjoy accompanying Elizabeth and Daniel on their journey. And if you do decide you like it, there are two more books that round out the Timber Ridge Reflections Series, Beyond this Moment, which is out now, and Within My Heart, coming soon.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

    Trusted author delivers a fabulous, moving tale!

    FROM A DISTANCE is another fabulous historical novel from author Tamera Alexander - book one of the Timber Ridge Reflections series from Bethany House. This story is every bit as good as Tamera's first three award-winning novels, The Fountain Creek Chronicles. Her characters are true-to-life, believable, and the kind of people you'd love to meet. LOVED her hero, and actually, I have a sneaking suspicion we'll be seeing more of these characters in the next two books in the series. I'd love to see a story featuring more of the sheriff and one about his sister. Here's a bit about the book from Tamera's website: 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 will 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. I've often said I can put any book down, and it takes a really good story to keep me glued to the page. FROM A DISTANCE is such a story. Tamera Alexander has proven from her debut novel until now that she knows how to create a story that weaves an impassioned, poignant, moving tale around your heart. She has become an author I trust to deliver, and I have never been disappointed! Can't wait to read the next two in the series.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    OK for the most part

    It was ok. I finished it although it dragged in spots. I'm glad that I did not spend any money for it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Great Read!

    From the first page I was hooked. Story flowed easily through the book with lots of historical episodes drawing you in. This is a story of one woman trying to make it in a man's world set in the 1880's. Her life's goal is questioned along the way as she struggles to do what God has planned for her. Really a great read. One that I keep reading saying "just one more page then I'll put it down". Highly recommend it to anyone who likes historical novels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Great Story

    I got this book just to check it out and it ended up being one of my favorite recent reads! It's a good story with some humor and it incorporates faith and character without being heavy handed about it. I went on to buy the second book in this series and will probably get her other books as well. It was a nice surprise.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    A good solid story.

    A smattering of christian faith. Strong characters that are easy to connect with and personally grow throughout the story. For those who are concerned about being beaten over the head with christian beliefs, this is not that type of book. The faith is simply a part of the characters. What gives them the strength to continue through hardships......such as slavery and horrors of war.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

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    Nice Weekend Read

    I read these a bit out of order since I found the second one first. Then, I immediately downloaded this one. I have to say, this one is not quite as good as the second one. I think it's because the character development isn't quite as strong, but it's still quite good. I'd suggest it for reading just before bed, or a relaxing weekend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2009

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    An escape

    I really enjoyed this book. It was the first book I read by this author and I was not disappointed at all. The characters in this story had me laughing and on the edge of my seat. I loved how the author used imagery to really paint a picture in my mind. It was as if I was there through out the whole story. This is definitely a book I would reread again and again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    Gets into your heart

    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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    Great Start To A New Series!

    This is the first book I've read by Tamera Alexander, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Compelling characters must deal with the aftermath of the Civil War as well as their own personal secrets. The majestic mountains and setting of Colorado Territory come alive through Alexander's vivid descriptions. The developing relationship between Elizabeth and Daniel crackles with energy as they each face their fears and shortcomings to drop their facades and be the people God intended them to be. The secondary characters are well developed, particularly Josiah, a former slave whose story is just as engrossing as that of the main characters. From A Distance is a wonderful beginning to the Timber Ridge Reflections series. I look forward to the next book, and many more from this talented author!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    wonderful

    Will read again. Loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Great book.

    A little slow at the start but worth the read. Full of hope and evidence of faith.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Good book

    Once it started going i couldnt put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Must read

    I loved this story. It had depth. The characters were so moving in thier own jouneries toward God and greatness. Inspired me to be a better person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    This was an amazing book,, one of the best that I have probably

    This was an amazing book,, one of the best that I have probably ever read,,,, it was so beautifly written,, The ending was perfect.. And the history that was woven throughout the story at certain times was absolutely breathtaking and the scene where he was telling about his war story was heartbreaking. I very rarely write reviews but this story definately diserves one...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    What a nice surprise!

    Loved this book and it was a free Nook book which made it even sweeter. It's a combination of suspense, love, history. I'll definitely read the other books in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Loved this story

    This story had it all. Love story, history, mystery and an all around good read. Don't pass this one up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    Please make this an audio book. Thank you

    Please make this an audio book. Thank you

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    great historical western

    This is the first book in the series "Timber Ridge Reflections" by Tamera Alexander. Rocky Mountain Colorado Territory, April 15, 1875, Elizabeth Garrett Westbrook had left her home in Washington, DC to presume her career as a Newspaper reporter and photography. Her father is a US Senator and her mom had died at the age of thirty-three of a lung illness. She also had another reason she was in Timber Ridge and used the camera and her love of it as am excuse. She met a mountain man to say, and she also had a black man as her helper. He was a slave that had been set free after the war between the states, and the town did not trust him. But Elizabeth trusted him with her life, and this part was used often. She also had a lung problem and sometimes she just could not breath, so she had to have someone that knew about this to be with her when she went up in the mountains to take pictures.


    Elizabeth had told her father she was coming west to teach school, so she was always receiving boxes of books from him and she had no where to put them. Will she find a place to use them? There was no school in the town and now he had written to her that he was sending furniture for the school, oh my now where will she put all of that?


    She wanted to know who owned the large tracts of land and the flattest so why would she need to know that? Will things work out for her or will the town find out why she really is in town and who her father is. This book is really a great one as a historical book and before women really were accepted to do a lot of jobs that men did.


    This book was sent to me free to post a review in my own words from Baker Group. I rate this book as a 5

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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