Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Whispers in the Wind

Whispers in the Wind  is the second book in Lauraine Snelling’s Wild West Wind series. Cassie has finally made it to the Black Hills of South Dakota, only to discover some other family has built a ranch on her father’s property.  With nowhere else to go Cassie confronts the Engstrom family.  Ransom and Lucas Engstrom are furious that their mother never told them that their father had a partner and now his partner’s daughter has shown up to claim half of the ranch. Mavis invites Cassie and her traveling companions to stay at the cabin on the far end of the ranch.  Now that Cassie and her loved ones have a home she must still figure out a way to earn money.  Cassie might have a lot to learn about ranching, but she can earn money trick riding and shooting. Now only if she can find a way to perform, prove to Ransom that she belongs on the ranch and protect her family from the town’s prejudice.

I am so impressed with Snelling’s knowledge of the era.  I love authentic and well-researched novels and Snelling does an amazing job of depicting ranching in 1906. The intensity of Cassie finally arriving and confronting the Engstroms was very intense and I loved watching the characters interact and reluctantly come together.  Cassie’s desire to protect her family and provide for them at any cost is fierce.  The Engstrom brothers couldn’t be more different and Cassie is confused by the emotions they each evoke.  The danger, love story and struggle to make her father’s dream come true make Cassie’s story an enjoyable one.  I am very excited about the next installment in the series. 
Provided by the Publisher for review
 Whispers in the Wind (Wild West Wind)  



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