Title: Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson
Land of the Lone Star Book Three
Publisher: Bethany House Publishing
Genre: Historical, Inspirational, Fiction
Length: 336 pages
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher
A young widow nursing the wounds of her past…
A cowboy with demons of his own…
Though grateful for the blessing of her daughter, Carissa Lowe has accepted that widowhood is her lot in life. Bound by fear and mistrust, she feels incapable of opening her heart again.
Tyler Atherton has never forgotten Carissa. When he discovers she’s living with her sister on a nearby ranch, his life becomes intertwined with the lovely widow’s. And Carissa’s daughter, Gloria, seems determined to wrap herself around his little finger. But while Tyler longs to provide a home and future for Carissa, he is haunted by an obligation he feels unable to fulfill.
Challenged by mounting hardships, can Carissa and Tyler preserve their fledgling love in a land as unforgiving and vibrant as the people who call it home?
Set in Texas following the end of the Civil War, Taming the Wind is a wonderful faith-based novel about letting go of anger, hatred and past hurts. This third installment in Tracie Peterson’s Land of the Lone Star series features characters introduced in the first two books and perfectly wraps up all of the various storylines. Enough background information about the prior works is included which makes it easy to read as a standalone novel.
Carissa Lowe has matured since we last saw her in Touching the Sky. She has a newfound faith and trust in God that she is carefully nurturing. But following her first husband, Malcolm’s betrayal, she now cautiously guards her heart. Having been so deceived by Malcolm’s charming facade, she is deeply suspicious of men and she doubts her ability to judge men and their intentions. Carissa is extremely protective of herself and her young daughter Gloria. As her feelings for Tyler Atherton grow, Carissa must decide whether to put her trust in God, let go of the past and open her heart to love.
In Touching the Sky, Tyler Atherton saved Carissa’s life. He has never forgotten her, and he is delighted to discover she is now living near him. Although he has strong feelings for Carissa and Gloria, the demons of Tyler’s past are getting in the way of a future with Carissa. His hatred of those responsible for his father’s death and his need for revenge are uppermost in this mind. He is also struggling to reclaim the family ranch which he lost due to his service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Tyler discovers he must reconcile his hatred and desire for vengeance before he can fully give his heart to Carissa.
Taming the Wind is a captivating novel that is well written and historically accurate. Ms. Peterson never minimizes the injustices in the aftermath of the Civil War nor does she gloss over the terrible events leading up to the unrest of the Indian tribes in the area. Life on the frontier was often quite harsh and eking out a life was often marred by illness and untimely death. Attention to the details of the time period create a fascinating and educating read that is quite compelling.
Taming the Wind is a wonderful romance about second chances, forgiveness and letting go of the past. The characters are richly drawn with all too human flaws and imperfections. The storyline is engrossing with just a hint of suspense. All in all, a wonderful conclusion to Tracie Peterson’s fabulous Land of the Lone Star series that I definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys inspirational novels.
Read my review of Chasing the Sun HERE.
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