Molly Whitcomb journeys from Athens, Georgia to Timber Ridge, Colorado Territory, 1776, to become the teacher of the elementary school. Molly brings her expertise as a professional teacher and her love of books to share with her students. She also bring some carefully-guarded secrets, which she hopes to conceal until she establishes her skill as a professional teacher. Immediately upon her arrival, Molly meets James McPherson, local guardian of law and order. Romantic sparks fly as soon as James and Molly meet. She soon learns that he's a man of high principles, who will no doubt condemn incidents in her past. However, the sheriff also harbors a family secret, which has kept him from marrying. It's inevitable that Molly and James will fall in love but, when the reader becomes aware of the emotional baggage they carry, it's impossible to believe how their love will ever result in a happy ending. In BEYOND THIS MOMENT, Ms. Alexander paints a true and marvelous portrait of the harsh realities of the Colorado frontier. Her novel will make you cry and laugh as you watch the story unfold, for strong emotions hold the readers's attention from the first to the last page. This is undoubtedly one of Ms. Alexander's best-written and memorable books.