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An unexpected inheritance. An unknown future. An unending love. Determined to tame her younger brother’s rebellious streak, McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin’s invitation to move west, and to begin again. But she quickly discovers that life in Copper Creek, Colorado, is far from what she expected. Shouldering burdens beyond her years, McKenna tries to be the parent Robert An unexpected inheritance. An unknown future. An unending love. Determined to tame her younger brother’s rebellious streak, McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin’s invitation to move west, and to begin again. But she quickly discovers that life in Copper Creek, Colorado, is far from what she expected. Shouldering burdens beyond her years, McKenna tries to be the parent Robert needs, instead of the older sister he resents. But an “untimely inheritance” challenges her resolve at every turn, while also offering a second chance to restore her sense of trust—and perhaps even her heart.   U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon is dedicated to bringing fugitives to justice, yet years of living on the trail have taken their toll. When his path intersects with that of McKenna, he comes face-to-face with a past he never wanted to relive—and the one woman who can help him find the future he’s been longing for. As McKenna struggles to let go of her independence and Wyatt considers opening his heart again, they discover an inheritance beyond imagination. But it will come at a price.


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An unexpected inheritance. An unknown future. An unending love. Determined to tame her younger brother’s rebellious streak, McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin’s invitation to move west, and to begin again. But she quickly discovers that life in Copper Creek, Colorado, is far from what she expected. Shouldering burdens beyond her years, McKenna tries to be the parent Robert An unexpected inheritance. An unknown future. An unending love. Determined to tame her younger brother’s rebellious streak, McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin’s invitation to move west, and to begin again. But she quickly discovers that life in Copper Creek, Colorado, is far from what she expected. Shouldering burdens beyond her years, McKenna tries to be the parent Robert needs, instead of the older sister he resents. But an “untimely inheritance” challenges her resolve at every turn, while also offering a second chance to restore her sense of trust—and perhaps even her heart.   U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon is dedicated to bringing fugitives to justice, yet years of living on the trail have taken their toll. When his path intersects with that of McKenna, he comes face-to-face with a past he never wanted to relive—and the one woman who can help him find the future he’s been longing for. As McKenna struggles to let go of her independence and Wyatt considers opening his heart again, they discover an inheritance beyond imagination. But it will come at a price.

30 review for The Inheritance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Scott

    I've had this book for years and for some reason never read it. I am sorely disappointed in myself because I absolutely loved this book. There were so many different aspects that always kept me turning the page. A little romance. A little suspense/mystery. A little western. All in all, this was a very good book with a great storyline and even better characters. Wyatt was definitely my favorite character. He had so much depth, an interesting backstory, and patience like I've never seen. I've had this book for years and for some reason never read it. I am sorely disappointed in myself because I absolutely loved this book. There were so many different aspects that always kept me turning the page. A little romance. A little suspense/mystery. A little western. All in all, this was a very good book with a great storyline and even better characters. Wyatt was definitely my favorite character. He had so much depth, an interesting backstory, and patience like I've never seen.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linds

    I usually am not a fan of Christian romance novels but gave this one a try because it won a RITA (romance award.) I was so glad I did, I loved it! It was great and I really enjoyed it. The reason I'm not inclined to like Christian romance is that most of the time the author gets more focused on the message then developing characters or telling a story. Happily this was not the case in this book. McKenna is a 23 year old woman with no living parents who moves to Colorado with her 14 year old broth I usually am not a fan of Christian romance novels but gave this one a try because it won a RITA (romance award.) I was so glad I did, I loved it! It was great and I really enjoyed it. The reason I'm not inclined to like Christian romance is that most of the time the author gets more focused on the message then developing characters or telling a story. Happily this was not the case in this book. McKenna is a 23 year old woman with no living parents who moves to Colorado with her 14 year old brother after his arson charge to have a fresh start. She arrives only to find her cousin and her cousin's husband dead. Now not only is she in charge of a wayward brother but now has custody of her cousin's five year old daughter. A US Marshall comes to town, but he's burning out. He joined up seven years ago when his wife and child died but lately he's been feeling rootless and wants a change in life. He respects McKenna and likes her right away. She has her hands full and is not looking for romance. It's not an especially original story but it's well done and I was invested in the fates of the characters. The pages turned very quickly which is my benchmark for a good book. In a lot of Christian fiction the characters are either too good to be true or messed up wretches in need of salvation. Neither is the case here and I think the book is the better for it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of McKenna and Marshall Caradon. McKenna had a hard life and was using her version of life to make everything right. Until the Marshall helps her see that God's way is the right way. I admit there were a couple of scenes that brought tears to my eyes. Ms. Alexander certainly knows how to weave a good tale. This book reminded me of why I like her writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of McKenna and Marshall Caradon. McKenna had a hard life and was using her version of life to make everything right. Until the Marshall helps her see that God's way is the right way. I admit there were a couple of scenes that brought tears to my eyes. Ms. Alexander certainly knows how to weave a good tale. This book reminded me of why I like her writing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    April Jones

    Judging by the cover, I did not expect to like this book. It looked like a country western to me, and I thought it would be cheesy. I WAS WRONG. I love the story, the prose, the characters, and the pace. I am going to have to get another book by this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This was my first book by Tamera Alexander and i really enjoyed it! I loved the characters, especially Wyatt, and the story line kept me interested from the beginning. Questions about the robberies that were happening added mystery to the story that made it intriguing. I also really loved the spiritual theme about God sometimes allowing bad things to happen in order to break us and make us stronger in Him. McKenna really had to learn this lesson and that it is ok to need help both from God and o This was my first book by Tamera Alexander and i really enjoyed it! I loved the characters, especially Wyatt, and the story line kept me interested from the beginning. Questions about the robberies that were happening added mystery to the story that made it intriguing. I also really loved the spiritual theme about God sometimes allowing bad things to happen in order to break us and make us stronger in Him. McKenna really had to learn this lesson and that it is ok to need help both from God and others. I didn't really like McKenna at first because of how she acted toward Wyatt when she first met him and I just can't stand when women are so rude to the main guy for basically no reason. I see that in so many books.. However, as I got to know McKenna, I really got to see her strength and struggles. She was trying so hard to be strong for so many people, and she really had a good heart. In the end I really liked her and applaud the author for writing deep and layered characters. I think my biggest issue was that I felt the end was rushed. Because of the other storylines going on and all of the questions, when everything was wrapped up, it just felt rushed and some of it didn't make a lot of sense to me. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more by Tamera Alexander.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    by Andrea Renee Cox There were some really great moments in this book, some neat threads. I especially loved Chin Mei. Oh, that woman is sweet! The way her Chinese culture was delivered was beautiful and heartbreaking and exquisite. The mother heart that McKenna had drew me in right away. I liked her journey. Other things were struggles for me. While I liked Wyatt most of the time, there were a few times he was overly controlling of McKenna, and that always irks me in a lead character. He never sa by Andrea Renee Cox There were some really great moments in this book, some neat threads. I especially loved Chin Mei. Oh, that woman is sweet! The way her Chinese culture was delivered was beautiful and heartbreaking and exquisite. The mother heart that McKenna had drew me in right away. I liked her journey. Other things were struggles for me. While I liked Wyatt most of the time, there were a few times he was overly controlling of McKenna, and that always irks me in a lead character. He never saw he was wrong to do so either, which really bothered me. Being controlled is not okay. Controlling other people is not okay. I've lived through that--and overcome it, thanks to my Savior's help--and I will not go back. Reading about it is hard for me, particularly when the controlling character doesn't realize or admit they're wrong and doesn't try to change. Also, it's hard when the other characters just go right along with the controlling behavior as if everything were all right. No, thank you, everything is not all right. The book shifted for a few scenes to something that disturbed me. The characters were talking of and longing for sexual relations. This felt awkward, unnecessary, and inappropriate to me. One scene even insinuated that at least one of the two characters was unclothed while they were kissing on the bed. For Christian fiction, this seemed wildly inappropriate. What happens behind closed doors should remain hidden behind the barricade. There was a huge build-up with a major thread... that all came to nothing. Very anticlimactic. It was a huge disappointment that twice this thread was too subdued or even forgotten. I expected a big showdown, especially since there was a U.S. Marshal involved, but this particular thread--which I won't divulge since it's a major spoiler--came to a nearly nonexistent finale. The Lord's name was used loosely several times. I think it might have been intended as a whispered prayer each time, but that's an assumption on my part because it was not stated and the context did not make it clear enough. Just wanted to mention that for other readers to be aware. Since it was unclear to me how it was being used, this did not have any bearing on my rating. Content issues (might include spoilers): * teen drinking * teen gambling * bar scenes with barmaids in skimpy outfits * a rape mentioned (but not shown) * teen "cursed" multiple times (specific expletives not used) * horse named Whiskey (inappropriate for Christian fiction) * alcohol and gambling by adult characters * inconsistent spelling ("half-smile" and "half smile" both used) This book had some high and low points. It was an okay read for me. I was not compensated for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jultri

    This was accidental foray into inspirational fiction for me, but the writing is really quite captivating with very realistic and flawed characters. McKenna dragged her unwilling and petulant 14 years old man-boy brother to start afresh in Cooper Creek leaving behind a troublesome past. Unfortunately, they arrived at her cousin's homestead only to find her beloved cousin gravely ill and the latter in her dying moment bequeathed her ranch and her 5 year old daughter to McKenna's care. So instead o This was accidental foray into inspirational fiction for me, but the writing is really quite captivating with very realistic and flawed characters. McKenna dragged her unwilling and petulant 14 years old man-boy brother to start afresh in Cooper Creek leaving behind a troublesome past. Unfortunately, they arrived at her cousin's homestead only to find her beloved cousin gravely ill and the latter in her dying moment bequeathed her ranch and her 5 year old daughter to McKenna's care. So instead of finding peace and support, she gained even greater burden on her already laden shoulders, struggling to keep the ranch afloat, her brother out of the trouble he constantly attracted and to build up trust and love with the little orphan Emma. McKenna did not have time to spare for anyone else, certainly not Wyatt Caradon, the U.S. marshal, who infuriatingly appear all too frequently to provide assistance that she did not request and only begrudgingly accepted. Wyatt was an unusual amalgamation of alpha male on the outside and sensitive beta on the inside. McKenna annoyed me somewhat in the beginning, being all too quick to judge people and inflexible in her interactions with others, whereas Wyatt was more intuitive and empathetic - and very patient. I love the portrayal of little Emma, very genuine and age appropiate, as one of my pet hates is when kids spouts words of wisdom unfathomable for their age using the vocabulary of an English professor. I also love the glimpses into the lives of very early Chinese migrants, something we don't frequently encounter in Westerns. There is great attention to detail, not just historically and the surroundings, but also in terms of the nuances of human behaviour, which justifies the RITA award this book won previously. Even if you're not into Christian fiction (like me), this book is a pleasure to read and the Christian references, although obviously are tied in well with the plot, nevertheless can be skimmed through without taking away the gist of the story line. It was let down by a rushed ending with very neat resolutions of multiple issues encountered by the protagonists along the way. She took a breath. Opened her mouth to speak. Then emptied her lungs and let him go. Because she knew—in that secret, hidden place inside her, that slender space between the reality of what men were and the dream of what a man could be—that come tomorrow, or the next day, or the next . . . Wyatt Caradon would be gone. When a man was born, he got dealt a certain hand right off, and he had to play that hand, whether good or bad. He’d sampled enough of people’s lives—and hands of poker—to see those born into a royal flush throw it all away. While those given a meager two pair ended up with a life most people would’ve traded their eyeteeth for. It wasn’t the hand a person was dealt that determined the outcome—it was the person holding the cards who made the difference. She hadn’t told him what was bothering her like he’d hoped she would. He wanted to know who the enemy was, so he could go to battle for her. That’s what he did. He pursued and he fought. But somehow, in the quiet of this moment, in the hush of her tears, he realized that this had cost her more than if she’d shared her burden with him tonight.

  8. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    The Inheritance is Tamera Alexander's first work but not her first published work. She says in the rider that her publishing house rejected this book and so she continued to learn her craft and went on to write her famous Fountain Creek series. Now, as she has some experience under her belt she's come back and tweaked her first novel for publication. After reading it, I can see why it was rejected. First off, let me say I love Tamera Alexander's work. She writes with a style that makes a book har The Inheritance is Tamera Alexander's first work but not her first published work. She says in the rider that her publishing house rejected this book and so she continued to learn her craft and went on to write her famous Fountain Creek series. Now, as she has some experience under her belt she's come back and tweaked her first novel for publication. After reading it, I can see why it was rejected. First off, let me say I love Tamera Alexander's work. She writes with a style that makes a book hard to put down and you envy the people she creates, wanting to join their world. The Pro's: Our hero Marshall Wyatt Caradon. He is a wonderful hero, full of deep emotion but he does not let his emotion rule him. When times call for him to choose between duty and self, he chooses duty, knowing its for the greater good. He's a man who has come through trials and tribulations to make him the person he is today. Several secondary characters add to this book: Mei Chin (the heroine's Chinese friend), her husband Li Chin, Robert (the heroine's brother) and Doc Foster (the town doctor). The setting of Colorado always makes for an interesting read also. The Con's: Our heroine McKenna Ashford. She's come through alot in her young life and had to take on the responsibilities of an adult at a very young age, but it doesn't come through as maturity in her character. In several instances she's selfish and almost whiny. Also the author reverts between calling her McKenna and Kenny and this is distracting. I personally have never liked a headstrong heroine. I don't mean one who has guts or spunk but one who continually does what SHE wants even when she knows its not right. This is McKenna to at T. Another con is the child in the book: Emma. I've never been a big fan of a child being a major player in the storyline and Emma is. And the book is long! At almost 400 pages it seems to drag in spots and I actually wondered why several passages were even in the book, as they didn't seem to really add to the story. I'm glad I read this but I'm also glad that its the authors first work and not her current work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jill Williamson

    Review by Gigi Hoffman McKenna Ashford moves to Colorado, hoping to make a new start for herself and her rebellious younger brother. But when she arrives at her cousin’s doorstep, things are nothing like she hoped they’d be. McKenna struggles to be a parent to her brother, figure out the ’surprise’ she’s left with, and still make ends meet. Throw in rugged U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon, who has memories from his own past, some very interesting and well-done minor characters, and you’ve got Tamera Al Review by Gigi Hoffman McKenna Ashford moves to Colorado, hoping to make a new start for herself and her rebellious younger brother. But when she arrives at her cousin’s doorstep, things are nothing like she hoped they’d be. McKenna struggles to be a parent to her brother, figure out the ’surprise’ she’s left with, and still make ends meet. Throw in rugged U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon, who has memories from his own past, some very interesting and well-done minor characters, and you’ve got Tamera Alexander’s The Inheritance. Sweet. Sassy. Simply wonderful. That’s The Inheritance in a nutshell. I love historical romances with sassy heroines, and this book did not disappoint. The main character, McKenna Ashford, grabbed my attention right away. I was pulled into the story through the struggles, surprises, and genuine love. It leaves you feeling warm, fuzzy, and happy. If you like historical romances, don’t miss this one!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This was very enjoyable. Though I usually hate characters having modern names in historical settings, McKenna's was plausibly explained and fit the character well. The young woman herself is quite the character! She makes plenty of mistakes, while her brother makes even more, and it takes her awhile to learn from them and realize she can't fix the world all on her own. I loved how Emma and Mei's stories were worked in. They are probably some of the most colorful secondary characters I've ever en This was very enjoyable. Though I usually hate characters having modern names in historical settings, McKenna's was plausibly explained and fit the character well. The young woman herself is quite the character! She makes plenty of mistakes, while her brother makes even more, and it takes her awhile to learn from them and realize she can't fix the world all on her own. I loved how Emma and Mei's stories were worked in. They are probably some of the most colorful secondary characters I've ever encountered...unique and well-rounded and believable. The hero, Wyatt, is a very good hero. His time in law enforcement makes him an expert at tough love, but I liked watching him develop some tender love, too. And I just have to say that I loved "meeting" McKenna as a younger girl at the end of "To Whisper Her Name"! :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Snyder

    I've had this book in my, to read stack for months. I kept putting off reading it because (1) it's my first book by this author, and (2) it's a rather large book (361 pages) in comparison to most paperbacks. Big mistake on my part. The book was awesome! Great story line, great characters - LOVED Wyatt! - great ending and even better epilogue! Although I was concerned about the number of pages - some authors think the more unnecessary fluff, the better the book - I was wishing for more pages when I've had this book in my, to read stack for months. I kept putting off reading it because (1) it's my first book by this author, and (2) it's a rather large book (361 pages) in comparison to most paperbacks. Big mistake on my part. The book was awesome! Great story line, great characters - LOVED Wyatt! - great ending and even better epilogue! Although I was concerned about the number of pages - some authors think the more unnecessary fluff, the better the book - I was wishing for more pages when the book ended. I was not ready to say goodby to Wyatt, McKenna, and Emma. This may have been my first book by this author, but it will not be my last!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Another great read by Tamera Alexander! I was interested from start to finish her books never let me down!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Tilley

    Tamera Alexander’s signature writing in the historical field continues with THE INHERITANCE. McKenna Ashford is looking for a fresh start in Copper Creak, Colorado, but is met with grief and burdens she isn’t sure she can shoulder. Hoping for a better life for her and her younger brother, Robert, she encourages him to stay strong and put his past behind him. But she is only met with his deep-seeded belligerence. Knowing the chip on his shoulder will not fare well in this new town, she is powerles Tamera Alexander’s signature writing in the historical field continues with THE INHERITANCE. McKenna Ashford is looking for a fresh start in Copper Creak, Colorado, but is met with grief and burdens she isn’t sure she can shoulder. Hoping for a better life for her and her younger brother, Robert, she encourages him to stay strong and put his past behind him. But she is only met with his deep-seeded belligerence. Knowing the chip on his shoulder will not fare well in this new town, she is powerless to do anything about it. When Marshall Caradon takes an interest in her and Robert, she fears he will find out about their past and they will once again be forced to move. Marshall Wyatt Caradon isn’t sure if it is intrigue or irritation he feels for McKenna Ashford. But one thing he is sure of, there is something more to her than she is letting on. When he has to rescue Robert from one run in after another, he sees the strain and responsibility McKenna feels, and in turn develops deeper feeling for her. Wanting nothing more than to help her, their relationship grows with every trial. THE INHERITANCE is classic Tamera Alexander. Though some feel this is a weak representation of her work, I would have to disagree. I was completely swept up by the struggle that met McKenna at every turn and fell in love with the sometimes heavy-handed ministrations of Wyatt Caradon. The colorful off-beat characters and talents Tamera adds to this story are unique, helping to keep a story set in the west fresh and enjoyable to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    It's very true - God works in mysterious ways. This is definitely a book I probably would not have picked up to read had my dad not told my mom that it was pretty good. Besides the fact that I have a little more insight into my dad after reading this (I mean, c'mon, it's a Christian romance) I also KNOW it was exactly what I needed to read at this particular time in my life. Color me so suprised that a non-LDS author could capture and articulate so beautifully the exact theme and message my Heav It's very true - God works in mysterious ways. This is definitely a book I probably would not have picked up to read had my dad not told my mom that it was pretty good. Besides the fact that I have a little more insight into my dad after reading this (I mean, c'mon, it's a Christian romance) I also KNOW it was exactly what I needed to read at this particular time in my life. Color me so suprised that a non-LDS author could capture and articulate so beautifully the exact theme and message my Heavenly Father is trying to send me through other events in my life. I now have a whole new perspective to view certain trials in and my vision is clearing up by the minute! Thanks Ms. Alexander and thanks Mom and Dad! Two favorite lines: "The most fertile soil for love lies in heart of friend." (pg. 281) A parent was bound to their child no matter what. Forever. The child could abandon the parent. But never the parent, the child. (pg 299)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I liked this book for a while. The plot was complicated and the characters pretty well developed. Unfortunately, the author spent so much time building up the plot she had to rush to tie up the loose ends and I ended up feeling cheated. I don't want to know what resolved the plot in a flashback - I want to be there when it's happening! I liked this book for a while. The plot was complicated and the characters pretty well developed. Unfortunately, the author spent so much time building up the plot she had to rush to tie up the loose ends and I ended up feeling cheated. I don't want to know what resolved the plot in a flashback - I want to be there when it's happening!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This has been on my to read shelf for awhile and I finally read it. I had to plow through and skim some but I finished. This is an ok story, but it bugged me. The leading lady was so rotten, she went beyond hurt woman to just mean and this guy should have left long before, but he sticks around and I thought hey this is finally getting a good story line and then bam! Stupid ending. In one chapter all the bad guys are gone and everyone gets everything they want. Grrrr. So it was mostly ok but I am This has been on my to read shelf for awhile and I finally read it. I had to plow through and skim some but I finished. This is an ok story, but it bugged me. The leading lady was so rotten, she went beyond hurt woman to just mean and this guy should have left long before, but he sticks around and I thought hey this is finally getting a good story line and then bam! Stupid ending. In one chapter all the bad guys are gone and everyone gets everything they want. Grrrr. So it was mostly ok but I am not going to recommend it. Very clean with some violence and talk of the wedding night.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Haley S

    This was a really cute story! It took me a bit to get into it, but it was fun because it wasn't just a love story. There was so much intrigue and mystery involved, along with the romance. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a cute, western read! This was a really cute story! It took me a bit to get into it, but it was fun because it wasn't just a love story. There was so much intrigue and mystery involved, along with the romance. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a cute, western read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    01kylies

    In my mind there is no better novel in the world than this one! Tamera Alexander hit this book head on! The basic plot of this book was that McKenna Ashford, and her brother move to the Colorado Territory to start a fresh life, but things aren't as they expect when they arrive. McKenna inherits a ranch, and a new 5yr. old daughter from her cousin who dies just after McKenna arrives. The plot then goes on about the life McKenna is trying to build and provide in a new place, while raising a child In my mind there is no better novel in the world than this one! Tamera Alexander hit this book head on! The basic plot of this book was that McKenna Ashford, and her brother move to the Colorado Territory to start a fresh life, but things aren't as they expect when they arrive. McKenna inherits a ranch, and a new 5yr. old daughter from her cousin who dies just after McKenna arrives. The plot then goes on about the life McKenna is trying to build and provide in a new place, while raising a child, trying to control a rebellious brother, and fight off love for Wyatt Caradon. In the end all works out better than ever. One of the themes I'd say this book has is, "Life can be a rough, cruel road, but after you turn the corner it can turn into the greatest thing imaginable! I have nothing bad to say about this book. I loved the style and tone of the writing. Its set in my favorite time period, the late 1800's, which also adds to it's glory. I also adored the characters in this book, for example McKenna. McKenna is a very strong independent young lady, who is trying her best, but just keeps getting crap thrown at, which love, because I feel like I can really connect with her in many ways. Some other things I loved about this book were the way events played out, and the way the characters interacted with one another. It was very descriptive. When I read, I felt like I was walking the streets of Copper Creek with the characters. When I read this book I hated to put it down. I wish it went on forever! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but for it to make complete sense, they should probably be a bit more of a mature reader. I usually wouldn't say this, but, I can't wait to read this book again!

  19. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    A surprisingly rich and satisfying story! Not filled with the usual shoot-em up, hair raising wild west antics that make most westerns exciting, this story centers around the real life emotional hardships that were so prevalent in life at the time. McKenna Ashford arrives in Colorado with her angry, rebellious younger brother after the death of their parents and loss of everything. Her plans to stay with her cousin and family until she can get on her feet are abruptly cut short when sickness and A surprisingly rich and satisfying story! Not filled with the usual shoot-em up, hair raising wild west antics that make most westerns exciting, this story centers around the real life emotional hardships that were so prevalent in life at the time. McKenna Ashford arrives in Colorado with her angry, rebellious younger brother after the death of their parents and loss of everything. Her plans to stay with her cousin and family until she can get on her feet are abruptly cut short when sickness and fever run rampant, leaving her with another mouth to feed and little way to make ends meet. McKenna's struggles, her determination and perseverance in the face of the hard, unforgiving life that was the 19th century West is written with such depth and understanding that I actually shed tears right along with the heroine as she worked to keep a farm running, a brother from rashly ruining everything and the forces that be from destroying them all. My only complaint was the weird way all the events were reconciled. All the major story lines we follow through the book, from her relationship to Marshal Wyatt, to what becomes of her home, to the climax involving her brother's fate, are ALL just explained after the fact. We are not allowed to experience ANY of those events as they happen! It's like climbing, climbing, climbing only to be blindfolded once at the top then told what everything looks like. A sad letdown to an otherwise 5 star book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ghyllee

    a refreshing break away from my more recent fare.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Marissa

    Just your typical Tamera Alexander western! Recommended 15+ for all the death, sadness, and romance.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Smith

    I added this book to my reading list when it was recommended reading when I finished My Antonia by Willa Cather. I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the trials they had to overcome. It wasn't over the top or cheesy, like some christian fiction. It was very well written, well through out, and still had a happy ending. I love the small twists and turns, and the ending was not too surprising, but not too predictable either. I'll read more books by this author. I added this book to my reading list when it was recommended reading when I finished My Antonia by Willa Cather. I enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the trials they had to overcome. It wasn't over the top or cheesy, like some christian fiction. It was very well written, well through out, and still had a happy ending. I love the small twists and turns, and the ending was not too surprising, but not too predictable either. I'll read more books by this author.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Western romance is not my cup of tea. It does not read like historical fiction to me. There's a lot going on in the book, many obstacles to overcome which are worked out through the pages of a book which I would highly recommend to young adult readers and teens. The writing is clean. There is an element of faith, which is not as central to the story as I like. Western romance is not my cup of tea. It does not read like historical fiction to me. There's a lot going on in the book, many obstacles to overcome which are worked out through the pages of a book which I would highly recommend to young adult readers and teens. The writing is clean. There is an element of faith, which is not as central to the story as I like.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annie Hogle

    Fantastic!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    Sweet story to get lost in!

  26. 5 out of 5

    H

    I was surprised by how much I liked this, since I've been kind of "meh" about other books I've read recently by Alexander (apart from her settings; as I've said before, she really shines there most of the time). There were a couple errors (calling Chin Mei just Mei, for example; maybe it's different for different parts of China, but my understanding is that you have to be really, really close friends to drop the surname, especially if the given name is only one syllable), but they were tiny and I was surprised by how much I liked this, since I've been kind of "meh" about other books I've read recently by Alexander (apart from her settings; as I've said before, she really shines there most of the time). There were a couple errors (calling Chin Mei just Mei, for example; maybe it's different for different parts of China, but my understanding is that you have to be really, really close friends to drop the surname, especially if the given name is only one syllable), but they were tiny and unimportant overall. I enjoyed Mckenna's character, her struggles, her growth, and how hard things were for her. She got setback after setback thrown at her, and she just felt authentic in her frustration, hope/hopelessness, etc. I also enjoyed Wyatt and his story, particularly for how he was able to be a support to both Mckenna and Robert (though much more subtly with Robert) during their trials.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)

    I read this book because it was on the shelf at the library, and I am reading all the books on that shelf at the library, as a reading challenge. I also grew up in a fundamentalist Christian church before becoming a much happier, healthier atheist. So, I grew up reading Christian fiction, and certainly many classic novels are Christian. How awful could it be to read books the library marks as "Inspirational"? Well, this book was not inspirational, but it was at least set in Colorado, in a small I read this book because it was on the shelf at the library, and I am reading all the books on that shelf at the library, as a reading challenge. I also grew up in a fundamentalist Christian church before becoming a much happier, healthier atheist. So, I grew up reading Christian fiction, and certainly many classic novels are Christian. How awful could it be to read books the library marks as "Inspirational"? Well, this book was not inspirational, but it was at least set in Colorado, in a small foothills town near Boulder, so I enjoyed that aspect at least. Even when I was a Christian, though, I preferred more of a C.S. Lewis style God, one who is not out to break people, so this novel, which specifically reiterates a prayer asking God to break people, really bugged me. Had my church worshiped a God who was described like that I would have probably left the church even sooner than I did. So, I did not care for this novel's theology, and as it is a novel specifically styled as a Christian novel, that impacted my rating of it. Ignoring the passages where theology is dominant, though, this book compares well enough to a decent Louis L'Amour novel. In this book a young woman, McKenna, and her brother Robert travel to Colorado to start over after escaping legal trouble in Missouri. Their relatives in Colorado turn out to have had troubles of their own, however, and McKenna has to figure out how to make her new life work despite increasingly difficult challenges. McKenna herself will appeal to modern women, as a woman who can take care of herself and who has marketable skills. Actually in Colorado history at the time of the story, women had quite a lot more leeway to manage farms and do work otherwise limited to men, simply because the West was a rough place to live and everyone did what they had to to make things work. So, I found the sexism of the town in this novel a bit overstated, but I'm sure many small towns did try to hang on to lifestyles and expectations from the eastern, 'civilized' states. The story requires the sexism, in order to make the conclusion work, so I guess I'm not as annoyed with it as I otherwise might be. The writing itself in this book is a bit insipid and overdone, erring towards telling instead of showing, and sapping whole chapters of their momentum as a result, but the story is enough of an action based Western that it never loses momentum entirely. I suppose this could be considered a Western for Christian women who want a bit of theology with their saloon brawls and gunfights. It was ok, and probably readers less used to reading Westerns, or more used to reading modern Christian genre fiction will like this book more than I did. It could have been a lot more insipid, and at least I never felt I was being preached at, or that the theology was choking the story, problems I've seen in many novels I read in this genre back in my teens.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Johnson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The theme of this book is being made broken through adversity, then made whole through faith in God. But the only character we really see broken and made whole again is Robert, and he's a one-dimensional supporting character. McKenna definitely went through some hardship in the book, but I failed to see her as having really learned a lot and changing from it by the end. It seemed to me that everything she did right in regard to her brother toward the end came by following Wyatt's specific instru The theme of this book is being made broken through adversity, then made whole through faith in God. But the only character we really see broken and made whole again is Robert, and he's a one-dimensional supporting character. McKenna definitely went through some hardship in the book, but I failed to see her as having really learned a lot and changing from it by the end. It seemed to me that everything she did right in regard to her brother toward the end came by following Wyatt's specific instructions - not by putting faith in God. As others mentioned, I was disappointed with the very hurried resolution of several parts of the storyline at the end of the book. Once McKenna and Wyatt's relationship was resolved, there were still a couple chapters worth of details to wrap up, but somehow those final chapters read like an epilogue. And another thing - did she really just hang out with Wyatt in her robe all the time? No way, a woman like McKenna would not have done that! She just went out on the porch and sat and had coffee with him in her robe that morning. I really think the character would have excused herself to go back in and quickly change into clothes before a coffee date. The only time she would have let him see her in a robe would be some kind of middle-of-the-night emergency or something. Did anyone else notice that we never learned why Mei was crying that day in the bakery? When she was pounding the dough and McKenna came in and saw her in tears? Later we learn that Mei is very happy in her marriage, but never learn what happened that day. Maybe we're to assume she was in pain from her feet. Not sure. I'd be interested in reading the rest of Robert's story in a follow-up work. I'd like to see who he becomes, what he does with his life, especially after his hands were injured in the explosion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    I love old west books thinking when I was younger how I would like to have lived during that time. Now when I think of all the modern conveniences I would miss, our week long camping trips are quite enough along with an old west book once in a while. I like Tamera Alexander's books having read all of them so far. She creates good characters that aren't perfect and their situations are a little more unique than a lot of books found in this Christian genre. Like a lot of Christian novels I've read I love old west books thinking when I was younger how I would like to have lived during that time. Now when I think of all the modern conveniences I would miss, our week long camping trips are quite enough along with an old west book once in a while. I like Tamera Alexander's books having read all of them so far. She creates good characters that aren't perfect and their situations are a little more unique than a lot of books found in this Christian genre. Like a lot of Christian novels I've read, Alexander can get a little too caught up in the spiritual and physical problems reiterating them again and again. Even with that complaint I really liked The Inheritance, being impressed that Alexander went into some of the cultural differences between the Chinese immigrants and the townspeople.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kym McNabney

    This book caught my attention from the bookshelf at the store. Great cover, exactly what calls to me. Love historical, cowboys and ranches. Once I discovered the main characters name was, MaKenna, I knew the book was mine. My youngest daughter's name is, MacKenna. Not a popular name, and even more so in the way she spells it. It may be silly but when I see a book with her name or my other daughter's name, Callie, I purchase them and hope for the best. The Inheritance proved to be a wise choice. Th This book caught my attention from the bookshelf at the store. Great cover, exactly what calls to me. Love historical, cowboys and ranches. Once I discovered the main characters name was, MaKenna, I knew the book was mine. My youngest daughter's name is, MacKenna. Not a popular name, and even more so in the way she spells it. It may be silly but when I see a book with her name or my other daughter's name, Callie, I purchase them and hope for the best. The Inheritance proved to be a wise choice. The book was beautifully written, an amazing story with constant action to keep you turning the pages. No putting this book down at the end of chapters. I now have Tamera Alexander to add to my list of favorite authors. She writes right from my heart. I dream about one day writing as she does.

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