By coincidence, I recently read two books with similar settings: both were Christian fiction set in 1880s Colorado with a hero from Virginia who served in the Civil War. So why not review them together.
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From A Distance
This was the first book I’ve read by Tamara Alexander. It won’t be the last.
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This book is the first of the Timber Ridge Reflections series. Elizabeth Westwood, newspaper photographer and daughter of a U.S. Senator, travels to the small Colorado settlement to photograph the natural splendor, as well as check out prospective land developments. For a guide, she hires Daniel Ranslett. Daniel has been living a reclusive life in the Rocky Mountains as he tries to recover from the scars of the Civil War. He worries the Yankee photographer will bring attention that will upset the delicate beauty of the mountains he loves.
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Elizabeth convinces Daniel to accompany her and he agrees in part to make sure she doesn’t do anything to spoil the landscape. She ends up taking a photograph that could be a clue in a murder investigation. Despite their differences, Elizabeth and Daniel find that they can be civil to one another and can even be friends. The attraction between them suggests there could be more as they try to solve the murder.
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This book grabbed from page one and held me through til the end in a beautifully written story. The characters and romance developed realistically with enough of a mystery to keep me guessing. The book was also loaded with interesting details about early photography and Elizabeth treating her breathing ailments in the mountain air.
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This was a freebie on the Kindle some time back and is now available for $8.76.

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A Woman Called Sage
Sage is strong woman determined to avenge the death of her husband and unborn son by tracking down outlaws.
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This intriguing premise of a female bounty hunter on the frontier makes for a story of both adventure and insight.
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Sage tracks down the leader of the McCaw gang to Rocky Falls and brings him in to Marshal Parker Timmons. The marshal doesn’t trust bounty hunters much, but Sage is certainly unique. The outlaw escapes and kidnaps two of Timmons young nephews. Sage, along with her trained hawk, is the only person who will be able to find them.
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Sage has spent the last several years bent on revenge and in Rocky Falls, learns some things about her husband that change her perspective on the past. She also comes to the point of fearing once her husband’s killers are found, she won’t have a reason to live. DiAnn Mills does an excellent job of developing this theme and showing the transformation in Sage.
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The characters in the town, including a judgmental preacher determined to take over as marshal, added a lot to the story. A point in the middle of this novel moved really slow and seemed to repeat itself, but overall, it was a good read.
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It’s now available for $9.99, but hopefully you picked it up when it was offered free in January.
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