From a Distance (Timber Ridge Reflections Series #1)

From a Distance (Timber Ridge Reflections Series #1)

by Tamera Alexander


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ISBN-13: 9780764203893
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Series: Timber Ridge Reflections Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 341,364
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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. Learn more at

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What People are Saying About This

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,

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,

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,

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,

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From a Distance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 201 reviews.
SHARON39 More than 1 year ago
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.
TheCrazyMom More than 1 year ago
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.
Ketaflo More than 1 year ago
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.
PaigeTurnerCB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. I finished it although it dragged in spots. I'm glad that I did not spend any money for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Vintage_Hippie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will read again. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow at the start but worth the read. Full of hope and evidence of faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once it started going i couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story had it all. Love story, history, mystery and an all around good read. Don't pass this one up.
Yram More than 1 year ago
Please make this an audio book. Thank you
Leah29 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read by this author, and after reading this book, I will buy the ones I am missing. The author's writing style creates vivid imagery of the west. The characters are not perfect, which makes them seem more real. The plot is not overly dramatic, but is exciting enough to keep me interested. The main female character is a photographer, so I learned a little about photography. Is is nice to read an interesting book that is so well written and inspirational at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book/author at the library. I had never heard of her so I thought I would give it a try. I was very impressed and excited that I found another author that I now love. I couldn't put the book down. I definitely would recommend! I can't wait to start reading her 3 other books!!
judyg54 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Tamera Alexander does such a good job of making you understand and appreciate the time and place in history you are reading about; the beauty of the "west" and the difficulties of living in the 1870s (and especially being a photographer). A well written and enjoyable story. This is a story of Elizabeth Westbrook who travels to Colorado to capture in pictures the mountains near Timber Ridge. The fact that she is trying to win her place as a photographer for the Washington Daily Chronicle and that she is the daughter a well known politician, isn't something she wants the folks of Timber Ridge to know. Daniel Ranslett is a man who wants to be left alone as he lives in the Colorado mountains and tries to come to terms with his past and the part he played as a Confederate sharpshooter in the war. When Daniel shoots down the animal that Elizabeth is taking a picture of, things don't exactly get off to a good start. And when Elizabeth and her assistant Josiah have to leave town quickly, it's Daniel that must lead them on an adventure to photograph the Mesa Verde. The more these two are around each other the more each of them learns to appreciate the others strengths and weaknesses.I think the author summed up this story when she writes "God loved her (Elizabeth) enough to intervene in her dream - to shatter it, to shatter her - only so He could put her back together and give her an even bigger, better dram. His dream for her life."I am looking forward to book 2 and 3 in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was planning on giving this book 3 stars. It had a good plot but it was a dry read until halfway through the book. The last half of the book was really great! Happy tearful ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I have read lately, i like that it carries the story to an end instead of sort of an abrupt stop leaaving me wishing for more like so many just stop with The End I totally enjoyed reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story! *vrnb*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She's so rude. Its no wonder she's not married. I hope the book improves. This is the 2nd time I've tried to read it.