Top critical review
2.5 stars, maybe a little more, Clean, Christian, Biblical lessons
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2015
First off, I want to say I am reviewing this novel long, long after I read it. So, while I recall the general story, I don't recall details. But I have read a more recent Tamara Alexander and wanted to go back to this one, which I Enjoyed also. I have now read 3 of her novels, all Westerns, and all, as I recall, set in the late 1800's. None of them were profound, all were relatively simplistic, but I have gained a level of respect for her writing simply because she conveys basic scriptural truth and life lessons sweetly and clearly. I hope other reviewers touched the lessons and plotline more clearly. All I remember were the lessons of marital faithfulness, honor and forgiveness, both for self and others that were conveyed. I think I Enjoyed the characters in Rekindled better than the other 2 novels, especially the outward scarring and inward transformation of the main male protagonist as well as the patient wait of the main woman. All in all, most especially after reading recent vapid, brainless Christian romances with little to commend them (by other authors), I am coming to enjoy and respect Mrs. Alexander's novels more. As with a couple other authors, I think they (including Mrs. Alexander) could start to deepen their characters' lives and plotlines on occasion, without compromising their desire to remain simple and sweet. I highly recommend they read W. Dale Kramer' s novel "Levi' s Will" which, while not perfect, certainly is deeper than most and yet has many indelibly sweet moments as well as many sad but realistic moments of human failings.
As noted in the title, all of her works are certainly clean and definitely Christian.