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By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 05-20-12
Wow! Brava, Tamera!
I listened to this as an Audible.com download. I have a Platinum membership. Wow, what a book! The narrator was perfect for this book. She really could not have done the heroine any more justice and she did great with the hero, the heroine’s sons, and the minor characters. No easy feat!
The prologue sets up a spooky mystery that leaves a question hanging in the air – who is the dead man? It is not until you are about a third to halfway through the book when the prologue begins to make sense. I have never read a Tamara Alexander book before. Something she does that I don’t see as often as I would like, is weaving other subplot threads through her story. This is something I do, too, in my own writing but I see far too many books with a simple straight forward plot and little additional subplots or threads and themes. She tied them up beautifully at the end, too, which I always appreciate.
The heroine is a widower with two sons and is having a tough go of things. Her father was a physician and she served as a medical practitioner until the new physician came to town. It is cute how it is clear right from the beginning that the doctor has fallen for the pretty widow but she still hasn’t recovered from the loss of her husband, who died several years earlier.
Great listen, I will probably listen to this again now that I realize what the prologue was all about. I highly recommend this Tamara Alexander book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical romance. Brava, Tamera, both for the story and for the craft in writing!
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By Peggy Purser Freeman on 01-28-18
Heartfelt Writing of Real-Life Emotions
Excellent writing, great plot and more than a prairie romance. Within My Heart brings western expansion to life in characters of faith, courage and honor. The character flaw in Rand is unusual and extremely interesting. It brought the story together in a most interesting way. I also appreciate the way Tamera Alexander handles physical desire. Just as she does other emotions, the author writes of real-life.