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Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson

Saturday, September 29, 2012
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?

Goodreads Summary

Carissa has had a rough time.  She is a widow with a young daughter in a harsh landscape.  With only her sister to lean on, she isn't exactly in the relationship mood.  Tyler has loved Carissa from afar.  Once he discovers that Carissa is nearby and a widow, he sees a chance to try to win her heart.  What he doesn't expect, however, is how easily Carissa's daughter wins his heart.  Carissa knows that Tyler might make sense in this rough terrain, but making sense isn't enough to convince her to yield her heart once again.  Can Tyler catch Carissa's affection?

Carissa is a little difficult to get to know at first. She is literally recovering from everything that has suddenly fallen on her plate.  However, as she warms up to the reader, she begins to develop a more positive attitude.  Her love towards her daughter will likely endear her to the reader.  The reader will delve deeper into Carissa's somewhat abusive past as she opens up.  Tyler is a true gentleman.  He knows that Carissa isn't a woman to be simply taken, he must woo her first.  The reader will enjoy his efforts and clear affection for Carissa.  The other characters are fun to get to know as well though they act more as supporting characters than anything else.   This story manages to reference God without overwhelming the reader with spiritual connotations.  Overall, this book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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