Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections Series #3)

Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections Series #3)

by Tamera Alexander
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Within My Heart 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From Bethany House, I received a copy of WITHIN MY HEART, a novel based in 1877. Rachel Boyd had never recovered from the loss of her husband. Her youngest son, Kurt, is a delinquent at school, causing her endless amounts of pain. Her good friend Ben, the shopkeeper, has fallen ill with heart troubles. He has very little time left in world, despite the efforts administered to him by Rand, the town's only physician. Rachel knows medicine from her father, who was a doctor for whom she felt little love, and assists Rand with his medical practices. At first, she is wary, expecting Rand to be just like her father. In the end, she recognizes him for the caring individual he really is, and welcomes him into her life. He offers a strong, manly figure for her and her two sons. She offers him the chance to feel complete. Ben remains strong throughout the medical procedures and offers a bravery that touches all those who love him, including his beloved wife, Lyda. Although Rachel never forgets her husband, Thomas, she finds a new place in her life for Rand. The book is touching, a tear-jerker, and a page-turner. I never wanted to put it down, nor did I want it to end.
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander is a wonderful historical Christian romance full of faith, love and life in the 1800's wild west. The story is engaging and the characters well rounded and realistic. The story follows the standard format that most love stories do but it is tastefully written and full of strong Christian faith. Don't be fooled though, this is not just your average historical romance book! Ms. Alexander has thrown in some twists to the plot that keep this story intriguing, engaging and fresh. Her style of writing is humorous as well as thought provoking and enjoyable to read. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and came away relaxed and smiling from reading a good, tasteful romance novel! Many thanks to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for the opportunity to review this book.
EdgyInspirationalRomance More than 1 year ago
Within My Heart is not a high drama, action packed historical. There are no big baddies to wreak havoc on our hero and heroine. There are several little baddies, but until the end, the tension is low. Instead, Within My Heart is the story of love and of loss and of living again. This book sneaks up on you, its vivid scenery and budding romance lowers your guard as the layers of the characters are peeled back. Before you know it, you're hit with an emotional wallop that affects you as deeply as the residents of Timber Ridge. When I finished this story, I was red-eyed and wrung out, honking into my last Kleenex. Just as I thought, "the book's over, I can catch my breath," there's the author's note at the end from Tamera Alexander sharing her personal story...and well, I had to get the second box of tissues. (Cyber hugs to Tammy, and thanks for opening up to us). Maybe I shouldn't have picked this one up while I was feeling hormonal. But I'm the kind of gal who finds a good cry cathartic, so I loved every minute of this ride. Fans of Alexander will notice the different feel to this book, but I'm confident that like me, they'll embrace it.
_Amber_ More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing to read and review. Within My Heart is about a widow named Rachel who is struggling to raise her two boys and keep her ranch from going under. Rachel's father was a doctor so she knows a lot when it comes to medicine. When her friend Ben passes out she rushes to get the doctor to help. After finding the doctor in a compromising situation she turns a cold shoulder to him. Rachel must put aside her feelings so they can save their patient. The longer that they work together the closer they get. As they fall in love they both work through their fears to become closer to God and to each other. This is a wonderful read that will pull you into their world and you will not want to leave.
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Tamera Alexander writes excellent stories. They are all full of humbling experiences with timeless threads of history,discovery, romance, and faith. I have enjoyed all her stories so far and look forward towards more!
kmig More than 1 year ago
My wife and I read Christian Historical Romances together and Tamera's  Fountain Creek and Timber Ridge series are both excellent.  The book ties things together nicely and carries an intriguing plot.  Tough to put it down as you really feel like you are part of the town community.  She is one our favorite authors, right there with Terri L Fivash (Joseph and Daveed series).
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DebbiedooDR More than 1 year ago
This story was a great end to the series. Love it. Wonderfully written!
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ForstRose More than 1 year ago
Without knowing how to trust people trusting God is an even more indomitable struggle. Alexander draws readers into the past as her characters find their way into minds and hearts long after the pages are once again still. Faith and personal growth play a huge part in the stories of each of our lives and Alexander brings many of those experiences back to readers through the struggles her characters find challenging them in their own journeys. Though my experiences and reasons for similar struggles to those Rachel faces may be different, the feelings and doubts she must overcome are something nearly everyone can relate to. Though I read this book out of order, the previous two titles are in my TBR and I look forward to reading more from Alexander's body of work when the opportunity presents itself.
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Diana_Urban More than 1 year ago
Award-winning author Tamera Alexander has written another riveting book! I've read almost all of her books and have enjoyed them immensely. Somehow I missed reading Beyond This Moment, the second book in this series, but I'll be reading it soon! The characters are well developed, and the story kept me turning pages. I found the explanations of medical procedures very interesting, and each new plot development kept me reading late into the night as I thought, "Just one more chapter." The satisfying conclusion left me looking forward to Ms. Alexander's next series.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
I read "From A Distance" (1st book in this series) quite awhile ago and really liked it - I found it to be a pretty original historical fiction and I appreciate originality in a basically formulaic genre. I somehow or another missed #2 but was excited to read this one. Tamera doesn't disappoint. This book stands alone just fine, but the characters from #2 and #3 are right in the midst of everything so having read them will be beneficial but not necessary. In this particular book we follow widow Rachel and her 2 boys Mitch and Kurt as they are trying to make it on the ranch when everything seems to be working against them. In the meantime Dr. Rand has been in town as the only Dr. for a 57 mile radius and now someone that the whole town loves has fallen ill and Dr. Rand needs Rachel's help to perform a new surgery on him to give him a little more time. I felt like I was on an emotional journey with the characters and I loved every minute of it. Tamera is masterful in her rendering of characters with depth, settings in detail and story lines that keep you hanging on. This series is absolutely wonderful and I look forward to more from Tamera!
Jennifer_Bonds More than 1 year ago
Within My Heart by Tamara Alexander captured my heart from the start. Rachel Boyd is a widowed woman who has two young sons she is trying to raise on her own. Her late husband had dreams of raising them on the ranch and she is struggling to fulfill his wishes. With cattle dying due to the winter months, she finds herself losing more and more money. She finds herself wondering if it is worth it to work so hard to honor her husbands wishes, a wish that was completely different from her own. Dr. Rand Brookston is new to town. Rand doesn't have a proper building for a medical clinic and makes many house calls with dreams of opening a clinic in the future. Rand and Rachel's paths cross when Rand starts taking care of someone very close to Rachel. The town of Timber Ridge is behind times on technology and Rand has to decide to perform a new surgery on this patient. If he succeeds, he would gain the trust of the town, but he fails.... This was a great, intriguing book. The mystery and love story kept me up all night reading to find out what was going to happen. Being in the medical field as I am, I was impressed that Tamara Alexander did her research and was accurate in her writing. This was the first book I have read by her and I can't wait to read more! I would highly recommend this book. I was provided this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions are my own and have not been influenced.
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