“Taming the Wind” by Tracie Peterson

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?

This book is a cut above your ordinary historical romance.  Having barely survived an abusive marriage, Carissa isn’t interested in trusting her life – or that of her daughter – to a man ever again.  Living on the Texas frontier, only years after the Civil War ends, complicates this decision, especially when the local Native Americans begin to rebel against the United States Army.  All of these issues affect Carissa’s decision, making it less about a romantic, starry-eyed emotion and one more about a true choice.  Can she trust God’s leading and give up control of her life?  

Tyler Atherton faces similar decisions.  Having lost his father to tragedy and then the family ranch soon afterwards, he’s angry and wants revenge.  He can’t pursue both Carissa and vengeance, however, and while his emotions lead him toward the beautiful woman, circumstances force him to make a conscious choice.

Many romance novels today portray love as nothing more than tummy-contained butterflies and  rosy glasses, happy emotions and happily-ever-afters.  True love, however, is more than pretty insects and demands staying power when life gets rough.  While those fluffy books can be fun and entertaining to read, they don’t stick in your mind or write lessons on your heart the way that Taming the Wind will. 

 Peterson’s portrayal of the Texas frontier is well researched and lively.  The action is strong enough to keep the plot moving along rapidly, while the depth of emotion pulls you into the story.  These elements work together to make Taming the Wind a true winner.

*This is the third book in Peterson’s Land of the Lone Star series.  I have not yet gotten to read the first two novels in this series, but Peterson does a fantastic job of filling in the background and getting the reader up to speed.  That being said, I think the beginning of Carissa’s story sounds just as fascinating as the ending, and I look forward to reading both previous books.

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Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie’s Web site atwww.traciepeterson.com and her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com

I received a free copy of Taming the Wind from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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