Friday, April 19, 2024

From A Distance by Tamera Alexander (Review)

Series: Timber Ridge Reflections #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House 
Released: June 1, 2008
377 pages
About the Book:

What happens when the realization of a dream isn't what you imagined... and the secret you've spent a lifetime guarding is finally laid bare?

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.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

I seriously debated dnfing this book. I was bored for most of the book and didn't find myself caring for the characters, in particular the main character, Elizabeth. She is lying to everyone around her for most of the time, including her father. We never actually see her come clean with her father either. Some of the stuff that happens or actions of the characters felt off for the time period. I was also bothered by the way the darker skin people were referred to, even if it was acceptable for the time period. It did make me appreciate how much easier taking a picture is nowadays, compared to the early years of photography.

(I borrowed this book from my library; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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