Beyond This Moment
series: Timber Ridge Reflections
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When Dr. Molly Whitcomb, Professor of Romance Languages, steps off the train in Colorado Territory, she makes a choice--one that goes against everything she stands for. Yet it's the only choice that offers her a chance to regain a fraction of all she's lost.
Sheriff James McPherson's instincts about people rarely miss the mark. He knows Professor Whitcomb is hiding something. He just doesn't know what. When James learns Molly's secret, his own reputation is undermined. But when Molly Whitcomb's reinvented life begins to unravel, it threatens his job, the stability of Timber Ridge, and what he always knew to be true about himself.
"Well educated and with a gift for languages, Dr. Molly Whitcomb yearns to teach and make a mark in this world. Molly leaves her position at a prominent East Coast college in disgrace. Seeing no other options, she accepts a position teaching public school in Colorado. Upon arriving, she makes a decision to hide facts about her life from the community that has invited her to become their teacher. As Molly learns to appreciate and love these people of the west when Colorado becomes a state, she learns about herself, her heart and God's will for her life. The story and characters are engaging and well written. If you enjoy escaping with a book, this one will please. Rating:4"
--JD, Libraries Alive
"In 1876, Dr. Molly Whitcomb, dismissed from her professorship at a university for an indiscretion, travels west to the Colorado Territory to start over as a children's schoolteacher. Sheriff James McPherson was eager to hire a schoolteacher, but "Mrs." Whitcomb isn't what he expects. Despite liking Molly, his instincts tell him she's hiding something, and when her secret is revealed, Molly risks losing her friendship with James and her renewed faith in God.
"This second novel in the Timber Ridge Reflections series delves into issues of deception and the consequences of dishonesty. Alexander's reoccuring theme of trusting in faith and believing in forgiveness echoes throughout. Both Molly and James keep secrets, and their trust in one another is tested several times. With several lovable side characters, this is not just the story of Molly and James but the whole town of Timber Ridge. Alexander successfully brings the town alive; with thought-provoking plot and poignant prose, you will be whisked Beyond this Moment into another time and place."
--Rebecca Roberts, Historical Novels Review, Issue 49, August 2009