Taming the Wind, Land of the Lone Star Series #3
Just never really hooked me
Carissa Lowe's first marriage ended with a disaster that would have taken her life if not for the heroic actions of Tyler Atherton. Little more than two years later, Carissa finds herself living near attractive, vengeful Tyler. As Tyler struggles with his father's murder, Carissa is bound by fear and mistrust. Although drawn to each other, their inability to move forward with their lives holds them apart. It will take a cattle drive, the danger of the Texas frontier, and a miracle to hold them together. Read more in Taming the Wind.
Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson is the third book in the Land of the Lone Star Series. Somehow, I read the first book, Chasing the Sun, but missed the second book, Touching the Sky. Taming the Wind worked reasonable well as a stand alone novel since some background information was given. However, even with that information, I felt a disconnect from the main characters. Perhaps it would have been different if I had previously read the second book.
To me, Tyler Atherton was the shining character of the book. When the romance element of the story seemed to stagnate, Tyler's personal struggles and the resulting development kept the story moving. In addition to the romance and character development, there was an element of suspense. Unfortunately, during the height of the suspense, I put the book down and didn't read it for several days. The plot just never hooked me and when I should have been glued to the story, there was no pressure drawing me back to the book. I do love the gorgeous cover of this book, but for the aforementioned reasons, I recommend renting it from the library before buying.
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April 9, 2013
Great 3rd Book in the Series
I really enjoyed reading this book! It is SO nice to be able to read a book that has a positive message and continues to remind the reader of God's presence in our lives.
Ms. Peterson does such a great job of bringing history to life with her detailed descriptions of the land and the attitudes of the people of that period. I appreciate the research that must go into these historical fiction books to make them so true to the period. Also, she is able to pull the reader into her books. While reading, I found myself pulling for the characters and hoping for a happy ending for them. This book is full of adventure, love, hope and a few twists and turns, too.
I have read all of the books in the series and highly recommend them. I enjoyed this series so much that I'm sad that this is book is the last one in the series. This series has made me want to seek out other books by this author.
I was sent a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers, however all opinions are my own.
November 30, 2012
Great Sweet Western
A sweet western romance, in the heart of Texas.
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 :)
I received this book from the publisher through Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
October 24, 2012
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.
October 8, 2012