Book Review: From A Distance

From A Distance by Tamera AlexanderFrom A Distance by Tamera Alexander

A Timber Ridge Reflections Book 1

Elizabeth Westbrook enters Timber Ridge, Colorado set on taking the  perfect picture. One which will help her become an established photojournalist  in Washington, D. C. However, Elizabeth is living in 1875, a time in which  headstrong, career-minded women were not looked upon too kindly. Knowing this,  she withholds telling the fine people of Timber Ridge just what exactly brings  her to their small, quaint town.

Finally she finds the perfect scene and takes a picture. She knows this picture is the one. Moments before she can even  ponder further into her future standings with her home newspaper she witnesses  an event which causes her to lose all she has worked for. And Daniel Ranslett is  all to blame.

Daniel offers to make good on a promise to help her find  another scene worth capturing even though he doesn’t know that she needs the  picture for her job. All he knows is the woman has a passion and a hobby for  taking pictures. But Daniel is a gentleman and one who always honors his word. 

When Elizabeth happens to take a picture of a scene that might hold the  key to solving a murder, she puts herself in danger. Someone else knows that  Daniel is always good for his word and requests he repay a debt which will take  both Elizabeth and Daniel on a journey; a dangerous journey.

While  battling the elements of nature as well as of those non-natures related, they  find out just how much their lives are intertwined in ways they never would have  imagined.

Although I am not passionate about historical novels,  Alexander help my attention in this Christian genre colonial times novel. It was  heart-felt and was hard for me to put down at times. The description of not only  the inner workings of photography in the 1800’s but also of the ways people  lived back then were hands down the best I’ve ever come across.

Alexander created a Elizabeth. She was a head-strong women but was made  realistic in that she had her demons in the closet as well as weaknesses that  she could do nothing about other. All the characters were well played and the  dialog was sensational. Alexander definitely knew how to give the reader the  perfect balance of description and conversation.

For the most part I  would say this book was perfectly written. The only drawback I felt in the  storyline was the threatening manner in which the lead characters were forced to  take a journey. It was somewhat confusing exactly why it was so urgent to go on  this journey. Perhaps if I were to read it a second time it would make clearer  sense for me. Still the story, and the subplots, were excellent and  well-crafted.

Overall Score: 7/10

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: From A Distance

    • 🙂 Thanks Tina for commenting. I too agree it was a very good book. Is there anything you might suggest. I’m in the lookout for another good one to read and review! Cheers, Michala

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