Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Taming the Wind


Taming the Wind is part three of a trilogy Land of the Lone Star by Tracie Peterson. It follows in the general pattern of Peterson’s fiction, a good romance and adventure. The story is set in the Texas frontier, post Civil War. Peterson’s descriptions clearly show the dangers and difficulties these pioneers faced. 

At the end of the war the federal government sent soldiers south. Their task was to make it clear the federal government was in charge. People who fought for the Confederacy had their property confiscated. Criminals were attracted to the frontier and lawlessness was a part of life. The conflict between the settlers and the Native Americans accelerated. Peterson describes a myriad of difficulties pioneer families faced.

This is the story of the romance of Tyler Atherton and Carissa Lowe, living in the northern region of Texas. Their lives intertwine with other ranch families, friends and relatives. The young couple is an integral part of the dangers that were part of life during this era. At times it seems as though it will be impossible for them to develop their relationship. The difficulties they face make for an exciting story.

While Taming the Wind is a predictable story, Peterson takes time to develop the characters and their interactions. She describes the vast Texas landscape, showing both its beauty and the rawness of the lonely, open land. She takes time to portray the hurt and anger of the different sides in the conflicts. Northerners and Southerners were both hurt deeply because of the war. Settlers suffered from Indian cruelty; and Native Americans lost their land and were rounded up by soldiers and forced onto reservations. It is a time of constant conflict and Peterson shows how this continually impacts the lives of the people living during this period.

 Through all the disappointments and trials she follows the spiritual development of the two protagonists, showing how God leads His people and how faith continues to grow even in dangerous, difficult times.

Tracie Peterson pens a good story and Taming the Wind fulfills this expectation. I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book: 

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?

Meet Tracie: 

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 at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com

Celebrate With Tracie and Win a Kindle Fire:

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One winner will receive:

  -   A Brand New Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
  -   The entire Land of the Lone Star series by Tracie Peterson

Hurry, the giveaway ends on 9/25/12. Just click one of the icons below to enter. The winner will be announced at Tracie's "Taming the Wind" Author Chat Party on 9/26

Connect with Tracie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of Taming the Wind and join Tracie on the evening of the September 26th for a chance to connect with Tracie and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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