Taming The Wind, the third book in the Land of the Lonestar Series by Tracie Peterson was a very heartwarming and enjoyable read. I have yet to read the other two books in this series, but this one can easily stand on its own. I loved this one enough to purchase the other two books in the series, so I can know the complete story. The characters were likable and I was happy with the way the story ended. I give this one a 4 out of 5, as it was an enjoyable, but not a life changing read for me.
The other two books in the series are, Chasing the Sun and Touching the Sky.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I was not paid to review this book and always give my honest opinion of each book I review.
This book had a bit of a slow start for me, but as the pages turned I became more invested in the story. I loved the way that Tyler and Carissa interacted with each other and the other characters around them. Carissa and Tyler were a really cute couple.
There were some great side characters in the form of cowhands, who loved to play jokes and their fellow man. I really liked how the book felt authentically western, with the ranch details and cattle drives.
There was some great good old fashioned western action, and an another piece was added to the plot emerged about halfway through the book that really kept me reading.
Carissa and Tyler both grew spiritually throughout the course of the book, and they learn to forgive and to trust God.
Overall, I enjoyed this western read. The ranch setting was authentic, and the book had great themes. You might not believe this, but this is the first Tracie Peterson book that I ever read. And I can tell you that I will probably be reading more in the future. This book shows both sides of a great western read, the day-to-day ranch life to the gunslinging grit of the untamed state of Texas. There were great side stories, and characters. I felt like Carissa and Tyler had a really genuine relationship, and the times that they were together were well used. All in all, this book has plenty that recommends itself :)
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Taming the Wind is Cassie and Tyler's story. I loved the growth and maturity of Cassie. Even though she still make mistakes she is now thinking of others first. Tyler has also grown since we met him in book 1. I love his ability to make hard decisions without his christianity "wimping him out".
I just had one tiny complaint, and that was that Cassie was abducted in both the 2nd and 3rd books. It seems repetitive and I wished the author could done that differently. But it was still an excellent read and a great ending to this series. I really enjoyed getting to know these characters.
Love isn't easy. It's a risk that you choose to make, knowing that we will all die one day. We don't know when and we don't know how, but will we take the risk knowing that all could be stripped away from us at any moment? That question is one that Carissa wrestles with daily. She longs to truly be loved...not the kind of love that her now dead husband gave her. She knows love isn't shown by violence, but how can she possibly trust another man when all she has known about love has been from an abusive husband? However, when she looks at precious Gloria, her 2-year-old daughter, she sees a little girl that desperately needs a father in her life.
Tyler is a born rancher and loves nothing more than being with the cattle. He made the choice to fight with the South against the Union and now, because of that choice, he has lost his ranch and his home. It has been sold out from under him and as much as he wants a family, he has nowhere to take them to. Carissa has caught his eye, but how can he even begin to gain her trust? True, he did rescue her from dying once, but that doesn't make her trust him any more than the next guy. Throw in his anger against the Comanche for killing his pa and you've got a man who has to learn how to forgive and realizes that it is a choice to forgive or not. True forgiveness can only be given by God's grace and you see Tyler wrestling with what he knows that he should do against that which his human nature says would be okay to do.
This book is the third in the Land of the Lone Star series. I have somehow missed reading the first two, so now I feel like I need to track those down to read! I know I'm missing some details, like what got them to this point in the book, but I never felt lost with the characters or the plot at all. Tracie did a wonderful job of recapping what happened with just enough detail to intrigue me to check out the previous books, without giving away all of the information and leaving me no reason to buy the first two books in the series. She is definitely a writer that I will be reading more books by.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of the book.