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?
Taming the Wind is my type of Western! Tracie Peterson is a wonderful story teller and having read her books before (House of Secrets) I knew that this read was sure to please! I didn't read the two preceding books in the Land of the Lone Star Series but I felt well acquainted with everyone.
I loved the two main characters, Carissa and Tyler. Both have had painful, traumatic pasts that have embittered their hearts, but are working toward embracing their present and enjoying their future... together. I enjoyed reading of Carissa's past and seeing how she slowly overcame the fears she had about trusting her heart to the hands of another man. She sought the Lord and asked for his help. Tyler, also embittered, asks for help from on high, recognizing that he, alone, can not forgive without God's help.
Even though this is a fictional tale, it does shed light on forgiveness, overcoming fears and internal struggles. The plot was very Christ-centered and included many references to scripture.
I can complain about only one thing: The dialogue in this books was a bit off and didn't flow.
If you love Westerns, historical fiction, or just a good ol' fashion love story, then you should give Taming the Wind a try! The character are all believable due to the flaws they posses. Facing fears, danger, adventure, hope and love are all a part of this story, leaving you fully satisfied! The plot is well-written and historically accurate with mentions to the civil war and the savage Indians that roamed the Texan plains.
I'd rate Taming the Wind 5 out 5 stars! I received this book in exchange for my honest review.