Monday, November 8, 2010

Within My Heart Book Review

Within My Heart 
Timber Ridge Reflections Book 3
By Tamera Alexander            
Bethany House Publishers

As a widow, Rachel Boyd must be both mother and father to her young sons. Her dream is to raise the boys on the ranch she and her late husband worked hard to build. Life in post-Civil War Colorado isn't easy, and dreams and reality often take different paths. Debt and dying cattle hinder Rachel's goals. Can she turn things around? Only time will tell.

Civil War veteran Dr. Rand Brookston has goals of his own. Setting up his practice in Timber Ridge, he hopes to bring modern medical services to the area. Some of the townsfolk are thrilled to have a resident doctor, others are skeptical. He dreams of building a state of the art clinic in town to better serve the public.

Rachel is determined to make it on her own, but her pride threatens to trip her up. She's not about to entertain the thought of remarriage, even though friends and family have gently suggested it for the sake of the boys. Rand wouldn't mind settling down, but the only woman who catches his eye happens to be the stubborn Mrs. Boyd.

Rachel and Rand's paths cross in unusual ways, and they settle on a truce of sorts. Rand requires Rachel's assistance with medical procedures; she has experience from working with her late father who was a doctor. Rachel needs Rand's help with the birth of a calf. They both struggle with fears that continually lurk in the shadows. And so it goes until...?

No spoilers here! It's a lovely tale of winning the trust of others, facing fears, and trusting God. I enjoyed Within My Heart as much as the first two books in the Timber Ridge series. Even though they are part of a series, each book can stand alone. I prefer this, as you don't spend half the book trying to catch up on who's who and who did what in the last book. If you need a good book to curl up with on a chilly day, this might just be the one.


Stop back Thursday for the long promised 150 followers giveaway. As you can see, that mark has come and gone, so now there are more followers to celebrate! Stay tuned! :)

What books have you read that encourage you to grow beyond challenges you face?

This book was provided by Bethany House for review purposes. No compensation was received.


  1. Hi Karen,
    The book sounds like a good read. One of my favorite books is memoir, Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt.

  2. Hey Karen,
    I love the civil war era, sounds like an interesting book. The book that made me grow, "Green eggs and ham," forced me to try green vegetables. Today I love them, who knew :D
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  3. I saw that book and wondered about it. Thanks for the review and upcoming giveaway. Can't wait! :O)

  4. I love, love, love the Jan Karon Mitford series and just got her brand-new release in the Father Tim series from the library. Happy, happy girl!

    I would say her books do encourage the facing of fears and much, much more.

  5. Hi Karen & Tamara .. certainly seems able to write an enticing tale - with interesting twists and turns .. and I know practically nothing about the Civil War .. so should make a good read at some stage ..thanks - have good weeks .. Hilary

  6. Linda,
    I thought it was a worthy read. You know, I've not read that book. Think I need to check into it.

    Ah Green Eggs and Ham, what a classic! A must read for everyone. Never considered the bonus about the vegetables!

    It is a good book, you just might like it! :) Yes, come back on Thursday!

    I've heard that series is good. Have yet to read it. I think I need to! :)

    Yes, Tamara writes an engaging tale, that's for sure. So I'm making you curious about US history? Perhaps I need to brush up on Australian history!

    Thanks all,

  7. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review!

  8. Thanks for the great review. Sounds like a good read.

  9. Kristen,
    You are welcome!

    I thought it was. Thanks!


  10. Hi Karen -

    Thanks for the review. This sounds like another winner.

    I read one of the Timber Ridge books recently, and loved it. I'm looking forward to this one. Tamera Alexander is one of my favorite authors.

    Susan :)

  11. This book looks wonderful; thanks for reveiwing it.

    The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund helped me to grow in the area of endurance.

  12. I've never read the Timber Ridge series but I am certainly tempted to now! Thanks for the review.

  13. I MUST read this book! SO rarely do I have that gut instinct but something about the story line stirred me and I really want to win!

  14. Sounds like a lovely book. And the cover is so beautiful too.

  15. Sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for the great review. I love give aways - I have one going, as well. Blessings friend.

  16. Susan,
    You're most welcome. I thought you'd read a few of them. You'll probably enjoy this one, then.

    You are welcome! I know, Jody's book spoke to many areas!

    You might like this one, and you are very welcome to the review. :)

    The cover is lovely, isn't it? Just makes you want to read it!

    Nice to meet you! Thanks for coming by and commenting.

    Blessings to all,

  17. Thanks for the review! And congratulations on your 150+ following!

  18. I've not yet read Timber Ridge. Thanks for the great review!

  19. Tyrean,
    You and welcome. And thank you! :)

    It's a good series:) You are most welcome!


  20. Great review. It sounds like a wonderful book. :-)

  21. i loved 'a stray drop of blood' by roseanna white :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com


Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Have a blessed day!