Book Review of:
"Within My Heart"
By Tamera Alexander
The story begins, with the Prologue, in the year of 1864, following the Battle of Nashville. Tamera grabs your attention immediately with her concise description of the burying of deceased men killed in battle and the feelings of the gravedigger.
Then, the next scene takes place in the Rocky Mountains in 1877. The main character, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young, fatherless sons. Financial and emotional challenges continually block her way of keeping her home secure, happy and safe. Although she desires to keep her independence, Rachel is forced to turn to Rand Brookston,the one man she wishes to avoid. He is a physician , just like her father was- NOT a good memory!!
Tamera has the talent of making the characters become known to you in a personal way. You feel Rachel's distrust, feeling of fear, unworthiness and hopelessness throughout the story.
Rand, the new phsyician in town, who is attempting to bring modern medicine to town, is forced to make an important decision to save someone's life. Will he fail, lose his patient and any confidence he has already gained?? You will have to read to find out the answers. Rachel's stubborn heart and soul are softened by the doctor's skill and determination to help the residents in this small community and his caring manner.
You live "on the edge" in this story, fearing for lives and the desire to somehow push them in the right direction.
Tamera Alexander is a talented author who kept my attention and involvement throughout the entire book.
An excellent book from start to finish!!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc. Available now from your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group."