Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tea & Read: Within My Heart

Title:Within My Heart
Author: Tamera Alexander
Rating: Two cups of tea

Historicals are very popular right now. I’ve been reading a lot of them lately and sadly, I grew weary of them. It seemed that I kept selecting historicals with similar plotlines. So when I picked up Within My Heart by Tamara Alexander, I groaned and said “Another historical.” Thankfully, that sentiment didn’t last long. Within five pages, I realized that this was not just another historical.

Alexander masterfully creates the world of Rachel Boyd and Dr. Rand Brookston. Rachel is a widower raising two boys and trying to run her and her late husband’s ranch. Dr. Rand Brookston is the doctor for the small town of Timber Ridge but has dreams of being more.

This book was full of unique twists and turns that it sets it in a different category than other historicals. Most books I’ve read focus more a specific time period, but Within My Heart presents wonderful characters and engaging storylines. Alexander portrays death in dying in a way I don’t think I’ve ever seen in Christian fiction. She tells the story of loss that presents a perfect balance between sadness and hope.

Rand and Rachel’s romance draws you in, but Alexander does a great job of also creating meaningful secondary characters. Also, there are just some amazing plot twists that had my jaw dropped. I can’t say enough about this book. The only reason I didn't give it the highest rating was that I didn't read it in one day, but I could have if my life wasn't so insane. If you like historicals, you’ll love this book.

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