Monday, October 4, 2010

Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander

Rachel Boyd's husband died two years ago, and ever since then, life has been a struggle. Her love for her late husband has not diminished, but reality has taken its toll. The dream of owning a ranch begins to be far less appealing without him and raising two boys alone is quite difficult. She is not interested in remarrying for any reason other than love - even if it might make things easier financially. But at the same time, she is not interested in falling in love. The possibility of losing another beloved spouse is terrifying to her. Doctor Rand Brookston has few fears of his own and happens to be sweet on Rachel. His profession as well as her fear help her to keep him at a distance, but when circumstances draw them together, both discover they must confront their fears. Lives are at stake.

Within My Heart is a romance. But ultimately, it is the story of characters finding courage to do things for the sake of love despite their fears. As I read the story, I was reminded of the verse that says: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (I John 4:18, KJV) I enjoyed the plot and the length of this book. At one part it seemed like things were coming to an ending and I thought, 'There's still a third of the book left. I hope it doesn't drag!' Fortunately, there was a twist or two and the book did not drag for me at all. This is one book I definitely plan on keeping.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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