Tamera Alexander is a well known, best selling author in the Christian fiction world. More specifically, her writing can be characterized as Historical Fiction since most, if not all (at least the books I have read from her), take place in the past (1800s) and touch on historical landmarks and moments of that era. Although she is a Christian author, I believe her writing style is one that can interest non Christians for the fact that her stories do not read as preaching, but rather focus on the characters’ imperfect lives and challenges and how God’s love plays a role in giving them a second chance (or more) to overcome the demons of their past and their mistakes.
To learn more about Tamera Alexander, you can visit her website here: http://www.tameraalexander.com/
Remembered by Tamera Alexander
Remembered is the last book in the Fountain Creek Chronicles Series. Though I have yet to read the first book in the series, Rekindled, I have to say, this is my favorite in the series. The main character, Veronique, is a French woman who travels to America in the 1800s to escape imminent war, but also to uncover the mystery of what happened to her father who left for America years ago when she was a child to find a better life for her and her mother.
Being in a new country with little to no resources, Veronique struggles by herself to survive. Navigating through unfamiliar territory in Colorado and English being her second language, creates many challenges. However, Veronique meets a freighter, Jack Brennan, who agrees to help her on her journey to find what happened to her father. In the end, what is discovered and learned is completely unexpected.
I found this story to be my favorite out of the series, because of Veronique. She has a unique and smart personality that is quite stubborn at times. It was this personality that made it easy to connect with Veronique and understand her quickly. It was also nice to learn a little bit about her French heritage and background (maybe because of my personal interest of the French language and France itself) and watching her attempt to adapt to her new environment with people who were not always accommodating or understanding. This made me, as a reader, become a part of her world, and in a sense, become her.