Friday, October 1, 2010

Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander

5 out of 5 stars
Whenever I read any of Tamera Alexander's novels, I always know that I can expect an amazing story. Her newest novel, Within My Heart, exceeded those expectations in so many ways.

Rachel Boyd, a young widow, has tried to avoid the town physician for the last two years. Her father had been a physician, and she's seen the arrogance of his kind. Dr. Rand Brookston has spent the last two years trying to get the people of Timber Ridge to trust him--especially Rachel Boyd. When an unexpected event thrusts them together, will he be able to penetrate through her barriers?

Within My Heart is not like any of Mrs. Alexander's previous novels, as its pace is a little slower. Yet, every word in this story is worth it. What makes this novel stand above any of her others is the deep, complex emotions that run through the story. In fact, this novel has thought-provoking issues that will tug at your heart long after you've placed this book back on the shelf.

Mrs. Alexander does a masterful job in wrapping up the conflict presented throughout the entire Timber Ridge Reflections series. She has created conflict, not just with major characters throughout the series, but minor ones, as well. By the time you reach the last page, no question is left unanswered.

This book is a must-read. Its deep content offers spiritual insights to answers every person has sought after, at one point or another, in their own life. As human beings who have been touched by the Fall, we mourn. But the story Mrs. Alexander pens is one of hope that helps us focus on what lies beyond, not just in this life, but in the next.

This story is one you will not want to skip. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel your heart pounding against your chest, and you will hope, in this unforgettable story.

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