Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Fountain Creek Chronicles (Trilogy) by Tamara Alexander

I have read some things by Alexander in years past... books she wrote for either Love Inspired or HeartSong, but this series are the first novels I have seen by her. The books are Rekindled, Revealed and Remembered. They are all connected by characters and it is best to read them in order, although they can all function as stand alone books.

Fountain Creek is an area set in Colorado in the late 1800s. In book one, Rekindled, we are drawn into the lives of Kathryn and Larson Jennings, a couple whose life has not turned out as planned and whose marriage appears to be falling apart.

One wintry night, Larsen doesn't return home and Kathryn finds herself alone and unsure of the future. She struggles over the next months to keep their ranch despite the obstacles and confrontations that come her way. When a body is found and declared to be Larsen's, Kathryn sees no hope for the future and resigns herself to failure. But God has different plans.

Revealed (Book Two) is a story of second chances. Annabelle Grayson is given a second chance in the form of Jonathan McClutchens, but then Jonathan dies and Annabelle finds herself at a crossroads. Does she go back to a place she knows, but where she has no opportunity to make a new life for herself and her unborn child or does she press on to the ranch Jonathan bought and prepared for their life together? Determined to press on, Annabelle hires a guide... Jonathan's brother Matthew, who has made his dislike of Annabelle known from the start.

What Matthew doesn't realize is he has an opportunity for a second chance also. A chance to stop running... a chance to make peace with his past... and a chance for love.

In Remembered (Book Three), Veronique Girard is sent from the only world she has known, France, to the rugged America West in search for her father who went to American when she was a small child. It was always the plan for Pierre Girard to send for his family once he was established, but he never did. Veronique doesn't know if her father is dead or alive, her only clue is a letter sent many years earlier from Willow Springs, Colorado.

Once there, she finds life in a America.. especially the West and especially gold mining towns, is much different than her native France. With the help, all be it reluctant, of Jack Brennan, Veronique sets off to find out what happened to her father. Along the way she finds that God is a god who often gives us much more than we ask or imagine.

This is a lovely series of Historic Fiction filled with romance, faith and a bit of intrigue at times. Alexander does a nice job of creating believable characters and realistic plot lines all while intertwining bits of faith within the story. I will certainly be on the lookout for her books in the future.

1 comment:

Cecelia Dowdy said...

I've heard nothing but positive things about this series. Tamera has won an award or two for the books in this series. I'll need to make a point to read them.