Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Franklin, Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a silky terrier named Jack.
This third title in Alexander's "Fountain Creek Chronicles" continues the story of the various inhabitants of this Reconstruction-era Western town that was begun in Revealed and Rekindled. Unwillingly, Veronique Girard has traveled from Paris, France, to Fountain Creek to keep the deathbed promise she made to her mother to find her father, who left the family 25 years ago, when Veronique was only four. Though she and her mother were servants in the employ of a noble family in Paris, Veronique feels that she and her culture are superior to the uncouth Westerners. Jack Brennan, whom we met briefly in Revealed, has recently retired from 15 years of leading wagon trains across the prairie. He is definitely unmpressed when he meets Veronique but is forced to drive her to various mining camps around the area to search for her father. He considers her a spoiled rich girl; she thinks he is much too familiar with his employer. It is great fun watching the reluctant romance and grudging respect grow between these two very different people. Alexander shows Veronique's gradual growth as a person and a Christian with a great deal of humor and understanding. However, the high point is the narration by Barbara McCulloh; conversations between Jack and Veronique are marvelous examples of her versatility as she switches seamlessly from French accent to Western drawl. An excellent interpretation; this program is recommended for fiction collections in public and church libraries.-Nancy Reed, Immanuel Baptist Church Lib., Paducah, KY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.