Wednesday, September 8, 2010

On My Nightstand - Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander

Dr. Molly Whitcomb, Professor of Romance Languages, is banished to the Colorado Territory. Teaching children is a far cry from her university-level experience, but she hopes to salvage what's left of her life. Self-preservation motivates her to choose an elaborate charade, but what will happen when the truth is revealed?

Sheriff James McPherson can read people pretty well. Something about Molly doesn't ring true with him, but he's fascinated by this Georgia beauty. When she tells him the truth, he's forced to confront his own secret past.

Tamera Alexander, a masterful storyteller, starts this story off with a bang. Set in the Colorado Rockies, the plot emphasizes forgiveness, redemption, and second chances at life.

With well-developed, sympathetic main characters, I wanted to read without stopping. My schedule prevented this from happening, which heightened my efforts to find time. Be forewarned, block out some time. You won't want to put this historical romance down.

What's your favorite historical timeframe? 1800's? Revolutionary War? Civil War? Ancient history? European? Medieval?

23 comments:

kristen said...

Love Tamera Alexander. This on is going on my list!

My favorite historical timeframe is 1920-1950. Love the music, the clothes, the hair styles, everything.

Thanks, Susan!
Have a great day
Kristen

Sherrinda said...

I love medievals and the Regency era. Both are so far removed from every day life. Give me a good escape in a faraway time!

Sassy Granny ... said...

Woohoo! Wow. Amazing!

Ever since your last Tamera Anderson book review, I've been waiting to dig into the others I purchased (4) at the same time. And this one is next on my list!

There must be something in the way of serendity here ...

Hugs,
Kathleen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

I've become a big fan of Tamera Alexander. So far, I've read three of her books, and enjoyed them all.

You'd also like Julie Lessman and Sarah Sundin. They write in that timeframe. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sherrinda -

Have you read Lisa Bergren's books? She wrote some excellent Medievals. Her book, "Betrayed," is on my Wish List.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathleen -

Wow! That's super.

My mother gave me a three-volume set of Tamera's stories. I've read two so far. I try to space them out, so I'm not recommending the same author's work several weeks in a row.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathleen -

Wow! That's super.

My mother gave me a 3-volume set of Tamera's books. I've read two so far. I try to space them out, so I'm not reviewing more than one of an author's works in a short period of time.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

This is a great book. Love Tamera's work:)
Blessings,
Karen

Sherrinda said...

No, I haven't read her books. I certainly didn't know she wrote medievals! I will be checking her out, for sure!

Nancy said...

I love the late 1800's. By the way, I think the idea for your new blog is so cute. I love the way it all happened. Isn't life funny sometimes?

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

I know you'd enjoy this title. Isn't Tamera Alexander listed as one of your favorite authors?

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sherrinda -

Yes, Lisa Bergren has some medievals. As far as Regency, you might want to check out Julie Klassen and Linore Rose Burkhard.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Nancy -

Hmm, late 1800's - Victorian era? I'm not too familiar with books from that time period.

Yes, Susie's Sandbox is my newest "blog baby." If you count my church's blog, I'm writing three now. There's a new post up at Susie today. :)

Blessings,
Susan

quietspirit said...

Susan:
I'm not sure which era I like best. I enjoyed the 1700's book I read this spring. I liked the Industrial Revolution Era book a friend of mine lent me. I have read a few set in World War II. I liked them because I was born shortly after that time.(Yes, I am an early Baby Boomer.)

Maria I. Morgan said...

Oh, your review makes me want to pick up this novel & read! Wanted to ask if others are having trouble viewing your entire entry. For some reason, there's a block at the top of your blog that can't be viewed. Just wanted you to be aware!

Thanks for stopping by Life Lessons. I appreciate your words of wisdom! With God's help, I'm determined to act on the positive in this transition. I appreciate your prayers and look forward to discovering 'new joys!' Thanks for your friendship! God bless you!

Terri Tiffany said...

I usually only read the civil war era--love visiting Gettysburg and going back in time that way:)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Quiet Spirit -

It's hard to pick a favorite, isn't it? I like many time periods, but I like the 1800's a lot.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Maria -

Try going to Tools and checking compatibility view. It worked for me and several other people.

I've loved every Tamera Alexander book I've read so far. Hope you'll pick up one of her titles. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

Although I'm not writing a historical, the inspiration for my novel came at Gettysburg town square.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Susan, this is a question that makes me reflect. I really like historical fiction that is authentic and vivid. The period doesn't matter as long as the author can take me there with believable dialogue, characters, and social customs. Homes and landscape help too. :-)

Nancy said...

I may be off on my history. I thought Sherlock Holmes was about then. I do love the Victorian era. Books that even come close are good, too.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rosslyn -

I agree. If an author does a good job transporting me to the time period, I'll enjoy it.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Nancy -

I'm not sure about Sherlock Holmes. Now, I'll have to go look it up. :)

Blessings,
Susan