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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

CFBA Blog Tour - Tamera Alexander and Within My Heart

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Within My Heart
Bethany House (September 1, 2010)
by Tamera Alexander


TAMERA (TAMMY) ALEXANDER, is the best-selling author of Rekindled, Revealed and Remembered, the critically acclaimed Fountain Creek Chronicles historical series with Bethany House Publishers. Her second historical series, Timber Ridge Reflections (From a Distance, Beyond This Moment, and Within My Heart), penned in her style with deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose have earned her devoted readers—and multiple industry awards.

These awards include the 2009 and 2008 Christy Award, the 2007 RITA for Best Inspirational Romance, the 2009 and 2007 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, 2007 Bookseller’s Best Award, and Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction for 2006, among others.

After living in Colorado for seventeen years, Tamera has returned to her Southern roots. She and her husband now make their home in Nashville with Tamera's father, Doug. They enjoy life there with Joe and Tamera's two adult children, and Jack, a precious—and precocious—silky terrier

Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 3)
by Tamera Alexander
Published by Bethany House


Determined to fulfill her late husband’s dream, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But some days it feels as though her every effort is sabotaged. When faced with a loss she cannot afford, she’s forced to trust Rand Brookston, the one man in Timber Ridge she wishes to avoid. And with good reason. He’s a physician, just like her father, which tells her everything she needs to know about him. Or so she thinks . . .

Dr. Rand Brookston ventured west with the dream of bringing modern medicine to the wilds of the Colorado Rockies, but the townspeople have been slow to trust him. Just as slow in coming is Rand’s dream to build the town a proper clinic. When a patient’s life is threatened, Rand makes a choice—one that sends ripples through the town of Timber Ridge. And through Rachel Boyd’s stubborn heart.

From the beloved, bestselling author of From a Distance and Beyond This Moment comes an unforgettable story about faith in the face of fear, about tarnished hopes and second chances, and ultimately about the resilient courage and tenacity of hearts broken––and mended––by love.

If you would like to read the prologue of Within My Heart, go HERE.

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Within My Heart is not one of those historicals where you've got a Snidely type character with a handlebar mustache, plotting to tie up the heroine on the railroad track in an attempt to lure the hero into a trap. Instead, until the very end of this book, the tension and high drama are fairly low on the overall scale.

This is one of those historicals where if you're looking for emotion, real characters, and a story that resonates with you long after you finish reading the last page, you'll find it here! You'll read about love, loss, and finding love and life again. The punch of this book takes you by surprise with vivid descriptions and easy-going characters that relax you as the real story is revealed. Then, wham! Tammy throws this amazing emotional punch that sends your head spinning. But what a punch it is! It touches you deep to the core.

And if that isn't enough, you get done only to read a heartfelt, emotional, letter from Tammy, where she shares her own personal story. Sucker-punched yet again! It isn't often that an author is humble enough to open up to readers all around the world in this manner, but her honesty is both touching and inspiring.

I know I'm only cruising for a bruising by reading tear-jerkers like this one while I'm pregnant and have emotions raging, but it was worth it! I'd to it again in a heartbeat...and with Tammy, I know I'll never be disappointed.

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