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Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections #3)

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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  1,870 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Widow Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat and provide for her two young sons, though some days it feels as though her efforts are sabotaged at every turn. When her cattle come down with disease and her sons' lives are endangered, she must turn to Rand Brookston, Timber Ridge's physician and reluctant veterinarian. While Rachel appreciates his help, she squelches ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 494 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Center Point (first published October 1st 2009)
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Casey
When a reviewer sits down, we judge the book carefully on what we expect. A moving and captivating novel for me needs: prose that moves me, the grace of the weaving an amazing tapestry. Characters that grow and change while speaking to my heart with their honesty and depth. And emotions that leave me filled or drained, uplifted or in pain.

WITHIN MY HEART gave me every promise I was looking for and so much more. I didn’t judge this book. Not once did I think about the review, just the absolute ce
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Maria
Is it possible to have a second chance to love again? Can you be completely happy again after you have already been blessed with a marriage and a family? Rachel Boyd thinks that is impossible. But fate has always other plans and when she has the chance to know Rand Brookston better, a physician who has lived in her town for two years, she starts to question her heart. Rachel has always kept him at arm’s length because of his job, he is a doctor like her father and she is certain they have many o ...more
Amber Stokes
It was with tears and bittersweet emotions that I finished this book. Alexander has an amazing God-given talent for writing with depth, using gorgeous imagery and dialogue to describe God's creation and to explore the workings of God in our lives.

To be honest, this particular book took me a long time to read. It wasn't like the first in this series, where I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning desperate to know what would happen and reveling in the sweet romance. I received this book sev
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Joy
Within My Heart is not a high drama, action packed historical. There are no big baddies to wreak havoc on our hero and heroine. There are several little baddies, but until the end, the tension is low.

Instead, Within My Heart is the story of love and of loss and of living again. This book sneaks up on you, its vivid scenery and budding romance lowers your guard as the layers of the characters are peeled back. Before you know it, you're hit with an emotional wallop that affects you as deeply as th
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Cecelia
Widowed, Rachel Boyd is struggling to raise her two boys alone while trying to keep her failing ranch afloat. She finds herself attracted to Rand Brookston, the new doctor in town. However, she's not over the death of her husband, plus, her father was a doctor, and she knows how hectic a doctor's life can be. Is Rand really the right man for her?

Rand struggles with fears from the past, fears that haunt him every night. He's afraid of the dark, sleeping with his lamp on, plagued with traumatic me
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Amanda

I apologize in advance for this lengthy review, but the book was THAT good! There are few books that have ever moved me quite like this one has. The depth and breadth of it is classic Tamera Alexander. She has brought her Timber Ridge Reflections series to a perfect conclusion that was well worth the wait, and in my opinion, her best book yet!

Powerful, gripping, heartrending- these are just some of the words that come to mind as you read this incredible love story. The prologue will leave you st
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Molly
Oct 05, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: CFBA, Bethany
I have always been a huge fan of historical romances (can't ya tell with all my reviews?) and so the chance to jump on reviewing Tamera Alexander's book, Within My Heart was one I definitely wouldn't pass up! And I am glad to say, that Tamera's excellently skilled hand has penned a novel that instantly captured my heart and mind when I opened the book.

I loved all the characters in this book. Even the secondary characters. But Rand Brookston was the one that really pulled at my heartstrings. I j
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Cindy
Rachel Boyd is under a lot of pressure. Trying to fulfill the dream she and her husband had for their ranch, all the while raising their two sons on her own. After her husband Thomas died, Rachel tried her best to keep the ranch going, but severe weather and the loss of so many cattle are taking a toll on her, and the finances of the ranch.
Dr. Rand Brookston has come west, trying to escape the nightmares that wake him up, and make him keep lamps burning constantly. Being buried alive is the mos
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Angelc
3.5 stars

Rachel Boyd lost her husband and has been struggling to manage the ranch he left behind along with their two young sons. When her friend and father figure, Ben, becomes gravely ill, she has to put all of her trust in Dr. Rand Brookston, the town physician. Since her father was a doctor too, Rand enlists her help in a difficult surgery to save Ben's life. Rachel is suspicious of Rand, thinking he's as untrustworthy as a doctor, and as disapproving of her, as her father was. Through this
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Karen
As a widow, Rachel Boyd must be both mother and father to her young sons. Her dream is to raise the boys on the ranch she and her late husband worked hard to build. Life in post-Civil War Colorado isn't easy, and dreams and reality often take different paths. Debt and dying cattle hinder Rachel's goals. Can she turn things around? Only time will tell.

Civil War veteran Dr. Rand Brookston has goals of his own. Setting up his practice in Timber Ridge, he hopes to bring modern medical services to th
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Wanda
This is a great read by Tamera Alexander drawing you in from the start with an enticing dialogue. The story takes place in the late 1800's after the civil war in Timber Ridge, Colorado. The scenery comes alive with the vivid description of the Rocky Mountains. The characters are realistic, but not without flaws. Rachael Boyd is still recovering from the loss of her husband and deep wounds of the past. Dr. Rand Brookston is also dealing with past problems and his terrifying ordeal of being buried ...more
Melissa
I must really like the way this author weaves a story. I can't believe she has compelled me to read the three books in this series. Normally I can't read a series like this, Christian historical romance, they tend to be repetitive and boring. I am very impressed with this author and how she connected each story and gave us back story's in the first that came together threw each novel. I fell in love with all the characters and found myself tearing up over the very real death of one of them. Just ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A strong female protagonist and a handsome doctor with a secret. Rachel struggles to keep her ranch and deal with a challenging child. Rand works to build his medical practice and open a proper clinic. This story isn't just about Rachel and Rand. The secondary characters all play a strong role too.

I wish I'd known ahead of time that it was part of a series. I haven't read the first two books. And, while I think it probably does stand alone, it has many references to what I assume are character e
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Amy
Within My Heart is about so much more than two people falling in love. It's about celebrating life, about living it to its fullest, about stepping out in faith even when fear holds you in its grip, it's about saying goodbye to the people you love. It's beautiful, gorgeously written, layered, and utterly and completely delightful.

A good book asks you to join in on the journey of the characters. I gave my heart and soul to Rachel and Rand's journey, and I was not disappointed. In fact, as embarras
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SheLove2Read
The writing, as usual, flows nicely and has an easy to follow story without being too preachy. The characters didn't do anything for me, however. I've never been a fan of beta hero's and the good doctor definitely is that. The heroine I thought was a little too stubborn in receiving much needed help and needlessly put herself and her ranch in jeopardy. One of her children definitely needed a good spanking as well. Overall there were just too many small things that added up and kept me from enjoy ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Finally, Rachel learns to forgive, she's forced into it, but it's never too late. This was one thing that bothered me in the previous books, how Rachel felt she was justified in not forgiving her long-time friend when it wasn't his fault that her husband died. Rand's character is fabulous. He is patient and loving, but you can see how much his trials have affected him and how he has persevered and continues to do so. Just a great man! There is heartache in each of the books in this series, but t ...more
Timothy Stone
Once again, I am reading a romance, only in this case, a historical one instead of a suspense one. I will volunteer to be the first to mock myself, in a light-hearted manner. I realize that some people with whom I am acquainted will smirk at the fact that I offered to receive and read this book for review. Okay now, are we done with the mocking, smirking, and eye-rolling? Good, let’s go on to the review. ;)

In Tamera Alexander’s book, *Within My Heart*, the plot begins in a traditional manner fo
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Lyndi
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Kaitlin
I would give this a solid 3.5. I can't really rate it a full four because it wasn't as good as her others that I have read. It took me a while to get into this one but once I crossed that threshold it was an enjoyable and fast read. As well as a slow start there were a few cringe moments that I didn't love but overall I really liked the characters and the story was interesting. I felt like she did an excellent job in dealing with death and the aftermath that those left behind deal with.
My overa
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Marlyn
My kind of feel good book. No violence or bloodshed, just a battle of the heart strings.
Gloria
Jul 19, 2014 Gloria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone; historical romance lovers
Shelves: duncan-ga, hardcopy, own
This is the third and final book in the Timber Ridge reflections series. Most of the characters were introduced in the prior books, but this one focuses on Rachel and her heart. She is still hurt by her father, a doctor, and still attached to her deceased husband. She is working her ranch with help from Charlie and her sons, Mitchell and Kurt.

Rand is the town doctor, the only one around for 57 miles. When Ben Mullins had a heart attack, Rand and Rachel work together to get him treated, and durin
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Marek
This book was utter naff and it was not particularly well written. Not that it was poorly written, it was just wasn't anything special. As far as the story goes think Dr. Quinn meets a romcom with Jesus talk thrown in. I skipped all the Jesusy bits because that part did not appeal to me. Did not see the "Christian Lit" label on this before I grabbed it at the library but oh well.

That said, I couldn't put the darn thing down.

Oh, and the weird sexual overtones at times felt VERY out of place.
Renee
You can really tell when an author pours their heart and soul into their work. Tamera Alexander's books are some of the best out there just for that reason alone. If her books don't touch your heart I honestly don't know what will. There is so much emotion on every page that is so raw and authentic it's sometimes even difficult to read!

Right from the start I knew that Within My Heart was going to be a real tearjerker and by the time the end rolled around I had to break out the tissues. That said
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Laura
As I was reading this sweet historical romance, I kept getting flashbacks of when I used to watch Little House of the Prairie and Road to Avonlea: small town, good morals, God-fearing characters and great storytelling. Just as I thoroughly enjoyed those TV series, I also did this book.

It’s the late 1800s. Rachel Boyd is a widow with two young sons, who is struggling to keep her ranch after her husband dies. Rand Brookston is a doctor who chooses to set up practice in the town of Timber Ridge in
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Wendi
Within My Heart
By Tamera Alexander
Published by Bethany House

Deep in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, life unfolds for better or worse for the residents of Timber Ridge. Times were hard, and life – both demanding and unforgiving – waited on no man. With deeply scarred pasts, people made the best of what they had; focused solely on survival and protecting their best interests.

Rachel Boyd, widowed mother of two and ranch owner has her hands full. Between tending to the never ending chores at the
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Janna
I read "From A Distance" (1st book in this series) quite awhile ago and really liked it - I found it to be a pretty original historical fiction and I appreciate originality in a basically formulaic genre. I somehow or another missed #2 but was excited to read this one. Tamera doesn't disappoint. This book stands alone just fine, but the characters from #2 and #3 are right in the midst of everything so having read them will be beneficial but not necessary.
In this particular book we follow widow
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Kristen
Rachel Boyd, a widow with two sons, is trying to make a success of her late husband’s dream of a ranch in Colorado’s high country in the 1870s. Rand Brookston, the town’s physician, is in love with her. The two are sympathetic characters, as are the dying shopkeep and his wife, who provide a model of married love and faith. Although this is an inspirational romance, author Alexander doesn’t beat her readers over the head with religion. Faith is rather part of the story, as necessary as time and ...more
Ruth
Following the tragic death of her husband in a hunting accident, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep the family ranch afloat, determined to make her late husband's dreams for their sons a reality. here is little time and less desire for her dreams or love, in spite of the persistent, hopeful attentions of the handsome town doctor Rand Brookston. Much like her self-proclaimed mission to see her late husband's dreams realized, Rachel determines that loving a doctor is not an option, since all members of ...more
Tamara
WITHIN MY HEART by Tamera Alexander has all the key elements for a historical romance; a self-confidence heroine, a hero with a haunted pass, and the great outdoors as its glorious setting.

Rachel Boyd is desperate to keep her late husband’s dream alive–to have a prosperous ranch to pass down to their two sons. But her determination wanes as she finds herself deeper in debt. Feeling as if she has nowhere to turn, she concedes and asked Dr. Rand Brookston for help. As talented and handsome as Rand
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Cafelilybookreviews
Fans of historical fiction (and romance) will likely devour Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander.


This book is set in 1877, in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and is rich with descriptions of the beautiful scenery. The story focuses on Rachel Boyd, a young widow with two sons who is struggling to keep her ranch going after the loss of her husband. Rachel is a character who is easy to admire. Her determination and independence in the face of all of the challenges that have been thrust upon her, make
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