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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Whispers in the Wind by Lauraine Snelling~~A Bethany House Book Review

My Review:

Whispers in the Wind is the second book in the Wild West Wind series--If you have read Valley of Dreams, you will be glad to know that this book picks up right where the first book left off.

Whispers in the Wind doesn’t flow like a raging river, but rather a gentle stream.I think the pace of this story allows the reader to really get to know the characters, not only that, but to step back into a time where life truly moved at a slower pace.

Cassie Lockwood and her people are now living in the “Valley of Dreams” that her father had often spoken of, but Mavis Engstrom hadn’t told her sons about their fathers’ partnership with Cassie’s father, Adam, in ownership of the ranch. Once the story is told of how their fathers came to find and begin homesteading on the the land, Ransom, feels threatened, afraid that Cassie will seek to take the ranch away from his family, causing tension between both families.

Cassie feels that she need to find away to support her people, but the only thing she knows is the now defunct Wild, West Show she grew up in. How will she earn the money she needs to survive?

Mavis Engstrom is strong, both in her faith and her resolve to kept her family, which now includes Cassie and her people, together. She takes Cassie under her wing, filling the void in Cassie’s heart that has been there since her mother passed away.

If you liked Lauraine Snelling’s Red River of the North and Return to Red River series, I think you’ll enjoy this book and the other books in the Wild West Wind series, as well. I also think that you will see a lot of similarities between Ingeborg Bjorklund and Mavis Engstrom.

About the Book:

She's Come This Far.... Must She Turn Back Now?

After fleeing North Dakota and the now defunct Wild West Show, Cassie Lockwood and her companions have finally found the hidden valley in South Dakota where her father had dreamed of putting down roots. But to her dismay, she discovers a ranch already built on her land.

Cassie's arrival surprises Mavis Engstrom and forces her to reveal secrets she's kept hidden for years. Her son Ransom is suspicious of Cassie and questions the validity of her claim to the valley. But younger son Lucas decides from the start that he is in love with her and wants to marry her.

Will Cassie be able to build a home on the Bar E Ranch and fulfill her father's dream of raising horses, or will she be forced to return to the itinerant life of her past?

About Lauraine:

Award-winning and best selling author Lauraine Snelling began living her dream to be a writer with her first published book for young adult readers, Tragedy on the Toutle, in 1982. She has since continued writing more horse books for young girls, adding historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers to her repertoire. All told, she has up to sixty books published.

Shown in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction, a hallmark of Lauraine’s style is writing about real issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence, and cancer within a compelling story. Her work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German, and she has won the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.

As a most sought after speaker, Lauraine encourages others to find their gifts and live their lives with humor and joy. Her readers clamor for more books more often, and Lauraine would like to comply ... if only her paintbrushes and easel didn’t call quite so loudly.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a cockatiel named Bidley, and a watchdog Basset named Winston. They love to travel, most especially in their forty-foot motor coach, which they affectionately deem “a work in progress”.

Visit Lauraine at her blog here.

An Excerpt:

Whispers in the Wind


**Whispers in the Wind by Lauraine Snelling was provided for me free by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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