Taming the Wind by Tracie Peterson

“A youTamingtheWind_mck.inddng 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…”

This is the third and final novel in the series, Land of the Lone Star. I found this book to be the best one in this trilogy. Not only is it as exciting and captivating as the previous two but it also incorporates the characters and plots we have been introduced to previously. Hannah and William Barnett are major characters in this novel, as well as Laura and Brandon Reid. If you have not read the first two novels I’d recommend doing so first otherwise you won’t get the full experience, and the books will have been ruined because there won’t be any mystery left. I really liked how Carissa’s story was prolonged in this book. We were introduced to her and her brief married life in Touching the Sky but this work of fiction does an excellent job in including us readers in her life after her marriage was terminated. As we follow Carissa and her life as a single mother we also watch as her faith in the Lord grows through all her doubts and uncertainty. One verse seemed to stick in my mind while reading about her struggles, “And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed” ~ Deuteronomy 31:8.

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