Monday, 3 December 2012

Review - Whispers in the Wind

Whispers in the Wind
Wild West Wind book 2
By Lauraine Snelling
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub. Date: August 1, 2012
ISBN: 978-0764204166
Pages: 352


Cassie Lockwood returns in book two of the Wild West Wind series from author Lauraine Snelling. Cassie had traveled in the Wild West show that her father co-owned. With her shooting and riding skills, she became a major attraction for the show. After her father died, ticket sales declined and the show was cancelled. Before the bank investors could repossess her wagon and horse, she discovered a land deed belonging to her father. It seems he owned some land in North Dakota. Cassie packs her belongings and heads to the land of her father's dreams.

Whispers in the Wind continues Cassie's journey to North Dakota, where she finally arrives at the hidden valley, only to discover that someone else has already built a ranch on the land. The family includes Mavis Engstrom and her three children, who may now lose their home because Cassie is the rightful land owner.
Cassie learns a startling discovery that Mavis’s husband had co-owned the land with her father. Now she must try and share the land with these strangers.

Mavis's oldest son, Ransom, doesn't trust Cassie. Her daughter, Gretchen, is more accepting of Cassie as she has always wanted an older sister. The youngest son, Lucas, more than accepts Cassie, as he has fallen madly in love with her.

Fulfilling her father's dream of building a ranch and raising horses, might be harder than what Cassie has ever dreamed of, but with her faith and determination she plans on building a home on Bar E Ranch.

I loved the first book in the series, Valley of Dreams, so naturally I was eager to signup to review the second book courtesy of Bethany House Publishers. I actually read Whispers in the Wind in early October, but I've been busy, so my review is coming later than I originally planned. I have read several Christian historical fiction series that focuses on a new set of characters in each sequel, but the Wild West Wind series follows the same main character, Cassie, as she settles in North Dakota to live out her late father's dream. The sequel introduces several new characters, including a love interest for Cassie. Once again, author Lauraine Snelling has written a remarkable novel with likeable characters and a believable plot. Her creative use of descriptions made me feel like I was back in the early 1900s. Overall, I loved reading Whispers in the Wind, and I can't wait to read book three!

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