From a Distance by Tamera Alexander
Bethany House Publishers, 2008
(From back cover) 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 is a man shackled by his Confederate 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 reveal secrets from his past he would prefer remain buried.
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.
Another great book by Tamera Alexander! After reading her awesome Fountain Creek Chronicles series (Revealed is my favorite, and each can be read alone so go find it now – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed), I determined to pounce on every new book released by this author. Somehow I missed this one last year (Wait, I had a newborn, that’s what happened, lol) but thanks to Bethany House Publishers I was able to read it along with Beyond This Moment (my review at that link), Book 2 in the Timber Ridge Reflections series – another series in which each book can be read alone.
Anyway, back to From a Distance. I really get involved in the characters’ lives when I read Tamera Alexander’s work, and this book is no exception. Elizabeth is a lady photographer just after the Civil War – now wouldn’t that take some tenacity and passion? She’s determined to land a position with one of the top newspapers in the country by capturing the beauty of the Colorado mountains, which brings her to Timber Ridge. Right off the bat she starts telling little white lies – photography is her hobby, etc – and those lies start to add up, making her uncomfortable and niggling at her conscience. Elizabeth starts to wonder if she really has what it takes to be a newspaperwoman. I was interested in how Elizabeth would overcome this problem – she didn’t seem like someone who could just stop doing what she loved and settle down to photography as a hobby to solve the problem of deceiving people. I think you’ll be interested as well.
I enjoyed the romance, the mystery, and love all the people in Timber Ridge. I’ll be waiting for the third book in the series impatiently!
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