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(Fountain Creek Chronicles #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,469 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Words, once spoken, can mend a broken life…or cripple it. But words left unspoken can haunt the soul, inflicting a far deeper wound.

Annabelle Grayson has been given a second chance at life, but she can't claim it with the cloud of her past hanging over her in Willow Springs. After her husband dies, she advertises for a trail guide to accompany her to land waiting for her i
Paperback, 332 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers (first published October 2006)
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Apr 06, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was better than the first in a lot of ways, and I was able to identify with the characters right away. Mrs. Alexander did hit on one of my pet peeves which was having the characters antagonize each other in a mean-spirited way for most of the book. I don't like experiencing arguments in real life or in novels. Her writing style also leaves little to the imagination; she will imply a feeling through a character's action and then spend the next paragraph describing that emotion in detail ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this last fall and never reviewed it. Recently I got my own copy and realized that I hadn't...oops. I'm so bad about that! I loved the quest that the two unlikely companions embarked on, and how Matthew Taylor had to face a lot of issues from his past to fully become the man he'd been portrayed as capable of being in the first book. Annabelle, recently widowed, has the stains of her past to overcome. Both of them are unlikely candidates for true love's strike, but it might just happen...
Jennifer Taylor
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Annabelle Grayson has been given a second chance at life, but she can't claim it with the cloud of her past hanging over her in Willow Springs. After her husband dies, she advertises for a trail guide to accompany her to land waiting for her in Idaho--and a most unlikely candidate applies for the job.

Matthew Taylor is a man on the run, with consequences of past mistakes pursuing him at every turn. Meeting Annabelle Grayson the first time was unpleasant enough, but when she crosses his
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I didn't like this as much as the first book because of the situation that the author put the guy and girl in, but the book was very good.

I really felt it should have been longer to show the slow development of their relationship better.

Strong writing, good message, and surprisingly clean for some of the subject matter.

Well, I finally finished off this series, albeit out of order. I believe I liked this one the most.

Ordinarily, if I’m unhappy with a character, I might downgrade the star rating. Well, I was furious with Matthew through most of this book. What a pompous, pious piece of work! And one who is supposed to be a man of faith. He was judgmental without finding out the truth. He believed something to be true about the woman who married his brother, and no matter what defenses of Annabelle's character ma
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was an endearing story from the beginning to the end.The characters pain is this story was so apparent. Forced into prostitution at the age of twelve as her parents and family died on the trail she found a way to escape after fifteen years in captivity.A man who had a heart of gold bought her and took her away from that life and made her a wife and a mother.But,shortly after being married her husband passes on of a heart condition and once again left alone to fend for herself and child. Her ...more
I enjoyed the symbolism of the Atonement through out this one. How often do we try to do things, whether it is to pay for a sin or suffer through a trial, alone. The natural man makes us think that we can do it all. I appreciated the glimpse though these characters eyes that showed there are things in life that are bigger than we are.

By the end I really was enjoying the book - BUT I felt like it took a while to get to that point. This edition changes from Kathryn and Larson's story to Annabelle
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This 2nd adaption was as good as the first book! I enjoyed reading about Annabelle and Matthew, they were such interesting characters in book 1 and I was hoping they'd be in book 2! The beginning was sad as Annabelle's husband passed away, leaving her and her unborn child alone. She returns to her old home to bury her husband and hires a guide to lead her to the new home her deceased husband had bought for them. Matthew leads her across the plains and they both learn to be friends during the tri ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Christian Women, Fans of Dr. Quinn
Better than REMEMBERED, which is number three in this series. I like that a former prostitute is the main character. And I like the fact that she was married before.

May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Yet another book that drove me to keep on reading, never putting it down... until I got to the end and experienced that bittersweet moment where you love what you read, but are sad that it's over!
AlegnaB †
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25 -- This was a very good sequel. I thought it was better than the first book.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really appreciate the depth of Alexander's writing. It has a lyrical flavor to it. Annabelle is such a likeable main character. I'd love to be her friend. Humility and lack of pride in herself is her blessing-- silver linings of her traumatic past. Matthew drove me nuts, but wow, the author knew what she was doing and constructed a slow evolution of character development and spiritual growth. I really enjoyed this book. It was subtle and even a little slow, but in a completely appropriate sens ...more
Rebekah Brown
Revealed had potential to be a 5 star read, it just needed Tamera Alexander to do a little more with it. Revealed has so many great components; characters with great backstories, a "not your typical plot", great flow, and lots of historical information. Our main characters Annabelle and Matthew are both flawed from experiences in their lives, but learn to rise above their past hurt.

After Annabelle's husband Johnathan passes away on their journey to Idaho, Annabelle is forced to go back to Willo
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorites
I will not tell a lie,  I was not really cheering for the heroine for majority of the book. I know that God forgives people and gives them a new life, but I confess I didn’t like her. So I found myself silently cheering the rift between her and her brother-in-law (I know it was wrong) but I got so involved in this book I’ve decided to be honest about my feelings right through.
Then when I neared the end, it hit me about how my attitude is actually typical of how people react in real life. This wa
A great companion book, I liked it even more than the first one! It's a very thought provoking story with a lot of lessons about faith and life.

I loved hearing the thoughts of the main characters, seeing how Anabelle was very humble and had a lot of self-control, even when it was difficult for her to hold her tongue. She wasn't perfect, but it was really awesome reading about her after we got to know her in the first book, "Rekindled". I also liked hearing how Matthew changed in his thoughts and
Mar 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
I was expecting hokey fluff material and was pleasantly surprised. This book had substance. I appreciated the author's view that even though we've repented, sometimes the consequences of our sins linger on. As the novel progressed we get to see what drove these characters to sin in the first place. It was a great reminder that it's not our place to judge, only to forgive. There was a over all feeling of peace and hope that resonates even after the novel was finished. Many christian romance autho ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book, I loved the descriptive language. The campfire scenes made me want biscuits and coffee! I liked the banter between the two main characters as they began to give each other another chance.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
This is the second book in a Christian novel series, set back in the late 1800's in Colorado Territory. This one starts off sad, but ends well. I enjoyed the romantic bantering quite a bit. ;)
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Revealed is a much less frustrating follow up to Rekindled in the Fountain Creek Chronicles. Annabelle has turned her life around and is going on a new adventure to Idaho territory in order to begin anew. Annabelle is a completely different person from who she was before but is still haunted by her past. Matthew holds himself above others with "greater" sins but also has a past of his own. The beginning is rather tough because Matthew is so wicked to Annabelle in his opinions. Once they leave Wi ...more
This definitely was a great read. I enjoyed this story so much because it was about Matthew Taylor, who had feelings for Kathryn in the first book. He was denied of course.

Matthew Taylor has returned home to apologize to his brother and start over with him. He said some hurtful things about his brother’s wife because she was formerly a prostitute. His brother bought her and married her and Matthew is at a loss of why. Annabelle Grayson has finally felt love without restrictions in Jonathan. She
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Annabelle Grayson used to be a prostitute. But now she's been given a second chance. She married Jonathan McCutchens and they are traveling to Idaho to live on his ranch. Not far into the journey though, Jonathan becomes ill, the wagon train leaves them behind and soon, Jonathan dies. To fulfill his last wish she takes him back to Fountain Creek to be buried. Pastor Carlson helps her advertise for a guide back to the wagon train and to help her get settled in Idaho.
Matthew Taylor finds an advert
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did NOT expect to like this book so much! Soiled dove being redeemed, handsome but hypocritical and judgemental male love interest, forced together by circumstances - this had all the makings of a typical redemption story that I didn't really need to read again, but it totally wasn't. There were definitely enough things to make it totally different from the boring, overly emotional story I was expecting, and i loved all of the details. It's so strange because there are so many typecast charact ...more
Sharon Maxwell
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say, Tamara Alexander is a master at weaving the spiritual and the romantic. I'm almost afraid to pick up her stories for the depth at they which they speak to me. In this book taking a character introduced in book #1 of this series, and revealing her past and her present over time with her husband's brother (who loathed her) who is seeing her safely to Idaho. Watching her change and her efforts to find love with a man who wanted to only keep her where she had been... it was a work of ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tamera Alexander's books smack me rest in the chest. Each of them, this one included, are a satisfying love story, but filled with the realities and struggles of life. There is grace and forgiveness and lessons on living a life of faith that transcend a simple work of romantic historical fiction. I've yet to meet a character in one of her novels that I don't come to both like and that doesn't leave a mark on my heart. I've read five of her books, now, and each of them has continued to stick with ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice gentle historical romance in the western frontier if you don't mind some bible citation and religious tone.
Hard to believe, certainly a miracle no doubt, the change in thought and attitude of the characters, specially the self-righteous, very judgmental "good man/ people". Also heartbreaking the probability of little orphan girls ending up in brothels.
The story has some fast paced bits to spice the book.
All in all I wouldn't say "fun" exactly but nice reading.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was one which was hard to put down. Given a second chance at life after the death of her husband, she decided to move out west. Adverting for trail guide brought Matthew Taylor into her life. Unbeknown to Annabell the person she hired had a past which he was running from. So they started out for Idaho both with secrets. Which made for a exciting travel for two strangers who have been given a second chance.

I really liked the characters in this installment of the series. It was a true eye opener for those who judge people without knowing them or why they do what they do.

Great story of forgiveness, learning how to look at people from God's perspective instead of our own, and also how important it is to think before we speak. Once words are out they cannot be taken back.

I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the Fountain Creek Chronicles.
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Many of the reviews billed this as a book about accepting God's forgiveness and I disagree. The heroine was not a prostitute by choice, this was a life forced upon her and one she left when given the chance. That life did fill her with self hatred and to overcome that she did need to accept God's love for her as she was. In my opinion the book was more about accepting God's love and believing in it.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Revealed is a beautiful and poignant book about forgiveness and letting go of the past. In essence, realizing that Jesus can make all things new. I loved reading about Jonathan, Annabelle and Matthew. The added side story about Sadie and brothels in the 1800’s was very interesting and heartbreaking. Another great book by Tamera Alexander!
Shirley Yuhasz
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was suggessted by RBP ladies. A very good Christiann read! The sad thing is Human Trafficing is still very troubling at this time, horrible to think small children can be sold & used in this terrible way. Jonothan, Annabelle Matthew, Sadie are all helped in their lives in various ways from God. A wonderful read. ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

Fountain Creek Chronicles (3 books)
  • Rekindled (Fountain Creek Chronicles, #1)
  • Remembered (Fountain Creek Chronicles, #3)

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