Taming the Wind. Adapted from Baker Publishing Group, 2014.
When Cassie Lowe goes to live with her sister in the years following the Civil War, she is reacquainted with a man who once saved her life, Tyler Atherton. But Cassie is no longer the lighthearted young woman he once knew. She is now a widow with a young daughter, and she is nursing the disappointments and hurts from a difficult marriage. Though she longs to open her heart again, she is bound by fear and mistrust.
Tyler has demons of his own. Still haunted by the knowledge that his father was murdered by Comanches, he puts all his focus on reclaiming his inheritance: the ranch stolen from his family as punishment for his fighting for the Confederacy. With his affection for Cassie growing, he longs to provide a home and future for her and her daughter.
Though yearning to pledge their love, both Cassie and Tyler struggle to conquer their fears. Will Indian attacks, post-war renegades, and the hardship of life on the Texas plains destroy their future? Or will they find the strength to surrender their wills to God…and embrace his perfect plan? – Summary provided by Bethany House Publishers
This novel was an solid read. For me, there was a familiarity that came with this novel. It’s a part of a series (three novels so far) so seeing the same characters from the first and second book made me feel more connected to the characters. This story tackled very serious issues such as unforgiveness, pain and hurt from broken hearts, and more. Even though it was mellow at some points, joy and laughter is brought forth from Carissa’s daughter. Her childlike honesty and carefree attitude brings light in the mellow times.
I particularly enjoyed that the men in the town left to go on the cattle drive because we were able to truly see a discipleship happen in each one of the women – especially in Carissa. They read bible passages together, they learnt, cried and prayed for each other and it was an incredible image! Allowing the men to physically leave made the women rely solely on God. The truths that Carissa learnt were what kept her courageous in the most difficult situations. There were ‘God moments’ all throughout the book which ultimately directed the reader to remember or understand that God is the orchestrator of what seems impossible.
Once again, Tracie demonstrates that a love story without the display of the faithfulness and goodness of God is one that is not worth telling. Thank you for continuously sharing of this message of the confident hope we find only in Jesus!
I would like to express great thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with this free copy of Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson.