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(Fountain Creek Chronicles #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  6,783 ratings  ·  443 reviews
At a different time, in a different place, under different circumstances... could two people fall in love once again?

Ten years ago Kathryn Jennings made a vow. For better or worse. And that promise still holds true, even though her marriage has not turned out as she expected. When her husband fails to return home one stormy winter night, she struggles to keep their ranch,
Paperback, 334 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2006)
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Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! I read this book in one night. I cried countless times! What a beautiful book and great reminder of God's love . I'm speechless over it actually. Tamera Alexander is one of my new favorites. ...more
Andrea Cox
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
by Andrea Renee Cox

From the very first chapter, I was disappointed in this book. The amount of sexual tension and sexual innuendo was way too much for me, not even including the prostitution that was touched on in several scenes throughout the novel. I was further disappointed to see that child prostitution was featured without resolution.

The themes of forgiveness, love, hope, and perseverance were beautiful. Those were main reasons why I continued to read this book, though they could not in any
I’m not sure if I can really give this one a fair review. I enjoyed the overall story, but I did skim or skip over a lot of the book. I think the book was just too long and boring. The book was written by a Christian author, so overall it was pretty clean. However, these type books just take on such a serious note, and it’s like the authors try and throw in all the horrible things that can go on in the world, just to eventually prove the point of God’s love and forgiveness. In a lot of ways it r ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Just when I believe that I have learned Tamera Alexander's style and can no longer be surprised at how well she writes, I read this first book in her Fountain Creek Chronicles series and was amazed. Unlike most of the novels I have read by her, this one was much more solidly and overtly Christian, and the themes of redemption, purification, forgiveness, and restoration were essential pieces of the plot. In addition, there was a large element of mystery and suspense in this historical romance nov ...more
Phew. Goodness me, what a book! I don't think I was in the right mood when I picked up this one. Rekindled is a beautiful and heart-warming redemption story, but so difficult to read! I think I was feeling too low-spirited for a novel about characters who were low-spirited themselves and kept encountering hardship upon hardship. The first few chapters were just so sad and depressing! The heroine seemed a kind-hearted and strong, purposeful woman, but the hero was very tortured and bitter and it ...more
Elise Wilson
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I always think of God as, among other things, the "God of Second Chances". Even when we make mistakes or wrong turns that diverge from God's will for our lives, God's grace and mercy intervenes, if we're faithful and seek it. Rekindled is a love story. It is a love story about second chances, as experienced by hero and heroine Larson and Kathryn Jennings. The book seemed a bit long and detailed in its introduction, but perhaps that foundation was needed to enable the reader to fully appreciate w ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I honestly don't know how I finished this book :( so I guess getting thru it deserves one star LOL at any rate I can say that I very much liked some of the characters. I wanted to find out what happened to them. It is the oddest mix of romance and VERY..... did I mention VEERRRY preachy. I enjoy me some Christian themed books but this was over the top. Needless to say I won't be continuing the series. I've enjoyed other books by Tamera Alexander but don't remember any of them being this over the ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this several years ago and fell in love with Tamera Alexander's books. I have everyone on my shelf! This is the book that turned me into to an avid reader of Christian Fiction. I’ve been a “chain reader” ever since! ...more
Gretchen Scott
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
What an interesting read! I was hooked by the storyline of this book by like the third page in the prologue. At times I found the book hard to read not because of writing but because of the hardships that both were characters were going through. However, because of those hardships, you were really able to see the characters grow and change for the better. I was heartbroken by the things that Kathryn had to go through - trying to keep a ranch running, being pregnant, working two jobs, and always ...more
A meaningful read, I enjoyed it a lot! This was my first book by Tamera Alexander and I see now why people say such good things. There is a lot of substance to the story and God is very present in it. I love when God is the center of the book, not just put into the story to make it count as Christian, and it definitely shows in this book!

Although it had a slow start and quite depressing first half, and it took about 2 hours of listening to the audio book for it to pick up, when it did, it was ha
Margaret Chind
I read this all in one day in two sittings. Well to be honest, it's now 5:22am... so just over one day. :) If you liked Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love or Tracie Peterson's Yukon Quest then you are sure to love this little novel. Heartbreaking struggle from both ends of a marriage to make things work in the best of times and worst of times with a second chance is just fabulous. A great read! ...more
Carole Jarvis
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read Rekindled many years ago and knew then that Tamera Alexander's debut novel promised a great career for this author. But I didn't review it at the time and couldn't remember much about it, other than that I really enjoyed it, so I'm working my way through this series again. Let me just say that reading the three books, one right after the other, makes for the best reading experience!

Rekindled is storytelling at its best, but what I loved most is the rich character depth, a raw honesty when
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed by this book. It was not like every book I have ever read. First off, it was about a husband and wife. Second, the faith themes were a natural part of the story and strong. I really enjoyed how both of them realize their faults, a let God change their hearts.
The physical side of marriage was not avoided, but it was treated with honor and respect (aka this book was clean but not for very young readers).
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although I haven't read many of Tamera's books, this has been my favorite. This is the first in a series of three (I believe) books (Fountain Creek Chronicles). I have read all three in the series, but found this to be the best.
I do overall like Christian fiction a great deal but I get so frustrated with a few things about Christian fiction:
1. Some Christian fiction books seem sort of fluffy and seem to lack a real substantial plot. This isn't really the case with Rekindled as it actually has su
May 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
I totally picked this book up at the library knowing nothing about it. My dad always used to read westerns (and still does) and I've been known to read a few of his in the past. But this was a love story too. Intriguing! It actually ended up being a christan love story. Which is nice that you don't have to worry about skipping over any nastiness. The main two characters, Kathryn and Larson are ranchers in the Colorado Territory who aren't fairing so well. They have never gotten the baby they so ...more
Jeannette Garcia
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastically emotional story about second chances. I loved how this story portrayed the bond between husband and wife despite certain circumstances... but this bond was further strengthened when both characters were in committed relationships with the Lord. This is the first book I've read by Tamera Alexander and I'm impressed by such wonderful writing. ...more
AlegnaB †
3.8 -- I enjoyed this book, although I did think it dragged a bit in a few places. I felt sorry for one of my favorite characters, but I just knew that he and another character would get a story in the second book. I would have been disappointed if there were no sequel.
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes historical romance
Recommended to Lisa by: past times blog
I adore Tamera's characters. I love a book that I don't have to edit while I read. I should just embarrass myself and join her fan club. ...more
Rekindled is a debut novel for Tamera Alexander and it won a RITA award in 2014 as a first book. Christian historical romance can often be synonymous with clean romance with Scripture thrown in. This one is definitely not that trope, in fact it seems to address all the common myths you find in romance. Set in Colorado in 1868, the author wastes no time creating a setting that is authentic. The characters are lifelike, only exception being the villains. This is the story of a marriage that is in ...more
Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to discover this book as I was browsing through the A’s in our library (looking to see if I could quickly spot any more Lynn Austin books — always love those). The beautiful cover caught my eye and I noted that it was published by Bethany House (a Christian publisher). I pulled it from the shelf and read the back:

"At a different time, in a different place, under different circumstances … could two people fall in love once again?"

It then went into more detail:

"Ten years ago
Gwendolyn Gage
Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
A husband and wife drift apart in hard times, their misunderstandings fanned by disappointment and regret. Then the husband is attacked and nearly burned to death in a fire, and his scars keep him in hiding. He watches his wife from afar, desperate for her to still want him, but distrustful and afraid of rejection.

When I read a story with a slower pace, I like to have something that keeps my attention--if not nail-biting suspense and action, then beautiful prose, wonderfully descriptive settings
B. D. Mann
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Multiple Goodreads friends recommended Tamera Alexander as an author of consequence. One friend specifically recommended “Rekindled.” I read the “About this Book” synopsis, but it did not arouse my interest. However, I eventually elected to follow my friend’s advice, downloaded the book, and found one of the best Christian oriented books I have read in quite some time. The author did not just tell a story; she let me experience the unfolding of events in such a way that I came away with a much m ...more
Tamara Tilley
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, alexander-tamera
REKINDLED is a wonderful novel filled with emotion and characters you can't help but fall in love with. Kathryn Jennings' life has been difficult, but she soon learns that her most difficult times are yet to come. REVEALED is about second chances, new discoveries, and the importance of looking past a person and into their soul. Kathryn learns that lesson well and soon finds what she was looking for all along. At times, the book moves slower than the reader might like, but never so slow that you ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is something to said for a book that makes you love flawed characters. Maybe it's the lessons they learn that teach you something about yourself...or maybe it's the way their broken human nature is something with which it is so easy to identify. Whatever the case, as I got to know the characters in the book, I needed to turn the pages faster and faster. I'm already looking forward to the next book in the trilogy -- knowing the way Alexander constructs her series, I know the books can each ...more
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love all of her books. They are well written and very poignent! Her characters are believable and very human.
Rebekah Brown
Rekindled- what a book of heartache, redemption, and forgiveness. The story tells a tale of husband and wife, Larson and Katherine. For years, their marriage has simply been "going through the motions". When Larson leaves early Christmas Day to travel for a business opportunity (1st of all, what kind of husband does that on Christmas?!?!), Larson becomes injured and is saved by a couple who nurses him back to health. Meanwhile back at their home in Fountain Creek, Katherine refuses to except tha ...more
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

I have found a new author that I love to read. As I have been adding books to my grand list and tentatively branching out and sampling the works of authors I had never even heard of before I find myself rewarded on at least 2 out of 3 bites.

The beginning of this book sets the stage for a flashback that takes up a quarter of the plot. I believe that Alexander could have done without the beginning few pages and made it a little more suspenseful for the reader, for me pe
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book started off pretty good. I enjoyed learning about Kathryn and Larson. As the first chapters peeled, I could hardly read the tragics that they went through. My heart broke for Kathryn as she thought her husband was dead...but never felt it. Larson was badly burned and beyond recollection. Kathryn just about loses her ranch--Larson's dream--and she works hard to save it. As Larson grows closer to God and realizes his mistakes. A true gem of a novel that was greatly written by the author! ...more
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I wasn't excited about the premise of this book, and didn't like some of the pride issues, but ended up being pretty sweet.

Definitely some more mature relationships (as in, well past the lusty, googly-eyed phase), which I appreciated. I like how Alexander's books aren't necessarily 'Christian' so much as 'Inspirational'. I had never really seen a distinction before--it's not often I actually feel inspired to change my life after reading fiction, but this had some nuggets of wisdom/perspective t
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Feb 16, 2015 10:20AM  
Christian Fiction...: ❀Abbi and Megan❀ Rekindled by Tamera Alexander 1 4 Feb 26, 2013 08:16PM  
Fears 2 10 Dec 28, 2007 10:13PM  
What enabled Larson (Jacob) and Kathryn to have a deeper relationship with each other the second time around? 2 14 Dec 28, 2007 10:10PM  
Honesty 1 4 Nov 21, 2007 08:39AM  
Larson's point of reconciliation 1 1 Nov 21, 2007 08:38AM  
Gabriel 1 9 Nov 21, 2007 08:38AM  

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Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers in the inspirational historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels. ...more

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