Before I do anything else I have to thank the author, Tamera Alexander, for portraying such true to life older style techniques of photography! :D Why? Well, that was the main reason I choose to read this book, and I wasn't disappointed!
Not only was the plot very nice, but my degrees are mainly in photography. I am, among other things, a "Professional Photographer". With every fiber of my being I adored the way that Elizabeth's photography was shown in detail, correctly and beautifully! While I have held in my hands glass plates that were already developed, I have never developed using them. That said, I have used liquid "paper" and developed on other surfaces, and I have used cameras so large that the image you focus is upside down.
Elizabeth's photography made me think often of Ansel Adams, who is a very famous landscape artist from the 1900's. It made this book a wonderful thing for me to read.
My raving about the photography in this book aside, it is also a well told story. A story of a brave woman, and of course, a romance, and indeed also a story of personal freedom as well.
Most of us will not find ourselves working on a murder investigation, unless that is our chosen line of work, but we all enjoy reading a good "who done it" book! This book is a wonderful adventure in a time that we don't see as much of now. I really enjoyed this book, and I am so glad I was able to review it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots and poignant prose resonate with readers. Tamera is a finalist for the 2008 Christy Award Remembered, and has been awarded the coveted RITA® from Romance Writers of America Revealed, along with Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction of 2006 Rekindled. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in the quaint town of historic Franklin, Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a precious—and precocious—silky terrier named Jack.
A Note from Tamera:
Stories are journeys, and each story I write is a journey for me.
Rekindled began with a dream—the image of a man returning home on horseback. He came upon a freshly dug grave and when he knelt to read the name carved into the roughhewn wooden cross, he discovered the name was…his own. The inspiration for Revealed grew from two characters in Rekindled whose stories needed to be told. But even more, whose stories I needed to tell. Writing Revealed was a very personal journey for me, and a healing one. For Remembered, I met that story’s heroine (figuratively, of course) while strolling the ancient cobblestoned pathways of a three hundred-year-old cemetery in northern Paris, France. And From A Distance came from a question I was struggling with in my own life at the time, “What happens when the dream you asked God for isn’t what you thought it would be?”
For me, the greatest thrill of these writing journeys is when Christ reveals Himself in some new way, and I take a step closer to Him. And my deepest desire is that readers of my books will do that as well—take steps closer to Him as they read. After all, it’s all about Him.
In the Potter’s Hand,
ABOUT THE BOOK
What happens when dreams aren’t what you imagined,
And secrets you’ve spent a lifetime guarding are finally laid bare?
Determined to become one of the country’s premier newspaper photographers, Elizabeth Westbrook travels to the Colorado Territory to capture the grandeur of the mountains surrounding the remote town of Timber Ridge. She hopes, too, that the cool, dry air of Colorado, and its renowned hot springs, will cure the mysterious illness that threatens her career, and her life.
Daniel Ranslett, a former Confederate sharpshooter, is a man shackled by his past, and he’ll do anything to protect his land and his solitude. When an outspoken Yankee photographer captures an image that appears key to solving a murder, putting herself in danger, Daniel is called upon to repay a debt. He’s a man of his word, but repaying that debt will bring secrets from his past to light.
Forced on a perilous journey together, Daniel and Elizabeth’s lives intertwine in ways neither could have imagined when first they met . . . from a distance.
If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE
“…a rich historical romance by possibly the best new writer in this subgenre.”
“…a most amazing story. The characters are more than words on the page; they become real people.”
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764203894