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Beyond This Moment (Timber Ridge Reflections #2)

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Lives are made up of tiny steps. Some are chosen for us; some we choose. All hold the power to change who we become—but only if we let them.

When Dr. Molly Whitcomb, Professor of Romance Languages, steps off the train in Colorado Territory, she makes a choice—one that goes against everything she stands for. Yet it’s the only choice that offers her a chance to regain a frac
Paperback, 398 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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Secrets. Lies. Betrayal.

Beyond This Moment is an exciting, moving tale of a young woman, Molly Whitcomb, who is forced to leave all she knows and cares for in the world. Her life, her esteemed position as Professor of Romance Languages at a University. All because of one mistake.

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I LOVED Beyond This Moment! Another one of Tamera Alexander's best! Timber Ridge and how it felt to be a woman in that time in history comes to life, the characters are solid and written with heart, and Molly
I love historical novels very much and the clothes are beautiful, but I could not have worn them ALL of the time if I had lived at the time. As well, while I love the bible and try the best I can to live by the letter of God's word, I also realize we are sinful and make mistakes, so for the time this was written I would have been more like Rachel and Lorelai...forgiving and caring and hoping I could have been given a second chance at redeeming myself for a one-time mistake.

Having said that, I r
Apr 10, 2009 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: edgy Christian Fiction lovers
Recommended to Margaret by: Jim Hart
Reading the back cover blurb for the book a reader knows that the main character Molly Whitcomb has a secret that is reputation-ruin worthy. After reading the first chapter a reader knows what that secret is. I am quite certain there will be some readers who will give up right there on this book, but oh how I wish you would not.

This is not a story about making mistakes and moving on with life. This is a story about being a fallible human and living with it. There are times in life where your in
Dec 03, 2009 Lori rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian fiction fans, historical romance fans
I just finished reading Beyond This Moment and all I can say is...WOW!!!! This is now, by far, my favorite Tamera Alexander book!! I absolutely loved it! It's even better than Daniel and Elizabeth's story, From a Distance (Book 1). Please, please, please rush out and get your own copy ~ you will not be disappointed!

When Molly Whitcomb is forced to leave her position as a Professor at Franklin College in Athens, GA, and take a teaching position in the town of Timber Ridge, located in Colorado Ter
Aug 15, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Tamera Alexander
Shelves: best-of-2009
Tamera Alexander is on my short list of Auto Buy authors and this book proves why. If you've ever been in a situation when you, quite literally, couldn't wait to be "beyond this moment", this story will speak to you from beginning to end.

Dr Molly Whitcomb is a professor in Athens, GA. After the death of her father, a moments indiscretion leads to an irreparable situation and she is dismissed from her position. She is given the opportunity to travel to Timber Ridge, CO and open a school for the t
Elise Wilson
The story of James and Molly will keep you entertained for hours; in fact, once you start reading, you'll probably be tempted to keep going until the satisfying conclusion. But this story is not just about these two main characters, but also touches significantly on the lives of supporting/secondary characters. And I appreciate that Alexander clues us in on how some of the folks from the first book in the series are doing.

I also appreciate that Alexander interweaves several themes that are so mu
Dr. Molly Whitcomb has achieved educational and professional success far beyond what most women could even fathom in 1876. But one mistaken night of passion has cost her dearly, ripping from her hands the professional future she fought so hard to achieve and the comforts of the only world she’s ever known. With her reputation hanging by a thread she seizes the only option offered to her – a teaching position in remote Timber Ridge in the Colorado Territory. Determined to mask her shame behind th ...more
I originally picked up this book solely for the cover, I just really, really liked it--an attractive woman with a gorgeous background, not to mention the handsome man behind her. After reading the synopsis I was intrigued and had to get it, since I've lately been finding many Christian Fiction books that I've enjoyed. Now I have to admit that the book sat around waiting to be read for awhile, until just a few days ago. I was fortunate enough to meet Julie Lessman at her book signing on Tuesday, ...more
Beyond This Moment is a very apt title for this book. Who can tell the end of the road from the choices we make? The book's theme of acceptance of the consequences we make got stronger and stronger as the book neared the climax and conclusion. We don't know what is at the end of that road, but we can know that a loving God does know the end and that road may be just what we really need or someone else may need as we journey on that road. I loved the story- a woman who gets pregnant out of wedloc ...more
This is a novel about a young teacher who is working her way through the repentance process. It is a book to assit someone going through difficult times. The story line is about healing and gives encouragement.
Life can be hard, and painful at times. But there's also such beauty and joy to be found.
"And for courage to follow God's lead, no matter where it takes us."
People dont hold our future. Or yours. God does, and He'll bring what He wants to bring, and He'll take what He wants to take
Timothy Stone
Sometimes it can seem downright impossible to escape our pasts, to start anew after we make mistakes. Though with our somewhat looser morals in contemporary society, it is likely easier to avoid the consequence of our actions today, than in the past. Today publicized bad behavior makes us admired “celebrities”. This cuts both ways, however, in that we have looser morals in some areas, but stronger in others, while “moral outrage” is sometimes less about genuine principle, and more about using ou ...more
Given the chance to give half stars I might have given this book 4.5 stars. It was a very enjoyable book from a recently discovered author that I am enjoying quite a bit. Not purposely, I am reading this series backwards so I knew a little bit about Molly and James before I started this one and was interested in what had happened in their story. I really loved these two characters and several others in the book, not wanting to leave their world and put the book down. I love reading books with ch ...more
Cricket Muse
Molly Whitcomb arrives in town, hoping to make a fresh start as the town’s new schoolteacher. She would have preferred staying in Georgia as a college professor of literature, yet circumstances made her departure necessary. Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander is about secrets, and the consequences of hiding them. Once Molly arrives to town, she eventually becomes friends with the local sheriff, yet she know her past will prevent any further relationship. The plot becomes even more complicated ...more
Great book! Best in the series!
A little slow-moving to start, as well as being a somewhat predictable romance, but I have to be honest, I loved the two main characters. A book of this nature is like comfort food: you know what to expect, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. I liked getting to know both Molly and James, and the deeper I got into the book, the faster I wanted to turn the pages. Something else I enjoyed about this book is the reminder of a simple but important life lesson: We all do things we wish we cou ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Gloria rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical romance fiction fans; mystery lovers; Antebellum era
The second book in the series continued with the story of Molly Whitcomb in 1876. She has traveled to Colorado to become Timber Ridge's schoolteacher.

The story includes Josiah and Belle (from the first book) with Belle's son, Elijah. Things have changed in Timber Ridge from the first book. A developer named Tolliver is building a resort - those colorado springs, ya know?! Italians had come to Timber Ridge but they didn't speak English and not many people spoke Italian - Tolliver had promoted hi
Professor (Doctor) Molly Whitcomb has one moment of indiscretion with a fellow professor which leads to her being forced to resign her teaching position at a prestigious university. She takes a position as school teacher in Timber Ridge, Colorado. Molly hopes to start fresh, but secrets don't stay hidden forever. Molly's secret not only causes her pain, but also threatens her relationship with the people of Timber Ridge; most especially her friendship and budding romance with Sheriff James McPhe ...more
BEYOND THIS MOMENT the second installment of the Timber Ridge Reflections is filled with highs, lows, and the wonder of how Dr. Molly Whitcomb will come to terms with the secret she is hiding from the town of Timber Ridge.
Hired as the new teacher in Timber Ridge, Dr. Molly Whitcomb quickly comes under fire for omitting the fact that she is not single as the town leaders had thought. A recent widow, she continues to defend her position, even though she knows her deceptions are growing. Involving
Sep 20, 2010 Deana rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Shelves: review-done
Ah, another good read Ms. Alexander. This damsel in distress reminds me of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, to begin with; Molly's been used......and discarded.....then cast out under duress and finds herself getting off a train in the Colorado Territory. I like the inner conflict of self preservation and following God's will and ways put into story form. We all have it. Romans 7:19 says, 'For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.' She has one m ...more
I did not like this book as much as the other two books in this series even though in terms of characterization and other such technical aspects, it was on par with the other two. What lessened it for me was that when I finished, I felt little resolution for the emotional turmoil that Molly goes through throughout the book. Alexander made me as a reader feel the sting of sin and a great deal of the guilt that weighs down Molly as she struggles with her decisions, her relationship with God, and w ...more
I downloaded this book on a whim and a recommendation by a fellow goodreads friend. The author's obvious beliefs are shown very sweetly in this book. It's an interesting premise--Molly is a university teacher (even has a doctorate) who is seduced by another professor who promises marriage. After one night, the consequences end up being an unplanned pregnancy for Molly, firing from the university, her seducer becoming engaged to someone else, and a new life in the far west in Colorado. Molly is a ...more
Sara ♥
Again, I read this over 6 months ago. Thanks to a very spoilery review, I'm starting to remember the intricacies of the plot.

So, this one is about a woman named Molly Whitcomb, who is a Professor of Romance Languages who is forced to quit her position at a college (don't get me started on the injustice of THAT), and go out to Colorado to work. (view spoiler)
I waffle between 2 and 3 stars. I liked the characters and the setting, but I got a little tired of hearing the same thought process over and over again. Should I tell him, should I wait, should I tell him, should I wait? It seemed that every other chapter repeated itself a bit. Overall, it was ok. A light hearted, clean little romance.
Kristen Bowen
This was a better read for me than the first. I was hooked the whole time, from the characters to the references to one of my favorites, Little Women, I couldn't help but enjoy this tale. Also it made me look inside myself and consult with God on a few things I fail at even as I condemned characters on the book for doing just that.
This was a page-turner from beginning to end and had many heart-rending and heart-thrilling moments. James was swoon-worthy, and I liked Molly, too. James was a little too perfect sometimes (no flaws), and some of the side stories were annoying, but other those were a minimal part of the book.
This was a little too dark for my taste - there's way too much emphasis on the consequences of sin, and the weight of guilt is overwhelming. (view spoiler) I didn't even feel that the 'happy ending' was very happy. The message seems to be that sin is a taint that will haunt you the rest of ...more
Elaine Atkins
This is a well written book, as are all of Tamera Alexander's books. She creates a believable story with great characters. While this one is quite predictable, the story shows the grace of God in the lives of the characters. It is a good read!
A story of a women who finds she has to leave her home for Colorado after making a mistake by sleeping with a colleague. She finds she is pregnant and arrives at the school telling them she is a window. As the story progresses she tells them she is pregnant. This love story shows how God can work for all good things for those that love him.
Similar storyline to the first book where a woman goes to Timber Ridge carrying a secret. She falls in love, not expecting to or feeling like she deserves it. Well written and furthers the story nicely.
I like this authors style of writing, it keeps me reading and interested. She develops her characters little by little and gives you a little piece of the story at a time and I like that. I had no idea how this could possibly have a happy ending, but she pulled it off in a different way. The reason I didn't give this higher starts was the story line bothered me a little. No matter what we do God will always forgive us, and I liked that the character came to that conclusion and tried to make it r ...more
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