Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Winds of Wyoming



Title:  Winds of Wyoming
Author:  Becky Lyles
Pages:  416
Publisher:  Stonehouse Ink
Year:  2012
Note:  I received a complimentary book from the author for an honest review.

                Since I was a little girl, I have loved westerns.  The western genre has captured the imagination and makes the heart yearn for the outdoors.  A story set in the state of Wyoming with all kinds of twists and turns is especially enjoyable for a western fan like me.  Here in this particular work of fiction we find a woman who wants to run from her past, start a new life and is afraid to be transparent.
                Kate Neilson earned a marketing degree while incarcerated in a Pennsylvania prison. Shortly after her release, she moved west to fulfill her internship requirements at a Wyoming guest ranch.  Kate has lost all she has known and what she believes to be unattainable in the future.  Her parents and brother die in an accident.  She then is shuttled through the system, enduring heartaches and ending up being followed by a man who only wants to hurt her more.  As we progress through the novel, we meet many characters with each one having various past experiences that some allow to affect their present in a negative way.
                At Whispering Pines Ranch, Kate has an opportunity to turn from her former life of crime when she encounters a neat elderly lady who befriends her from the first moment they meet.  Dymple takes her faith in God to a place Kate has never seen or known.  Laura, the ranch co-owner, is a lady who is struggling with being a widow, but loves her son and all that she and her husband have built.  Then there are the Hughes, a father and daughter team who are very twisted in their thinking, making those at Whispering Ranch wish they would just go away.
                In her novel, author Becky Lyles weaves a western fiction that keeps getting richer with every page turned.  While some of the plot may seem obvious, don’t be fooled because you might be surprised when you read the last page.  Winds of Wyoming is an awesome novel with characters that any reader could identify with in one way or another.  The novel reflects that God loves and forgives, and shows the dependence on Him that is needed for everyday living by the characters.  That, in turn, reminds us all of our true need of Him for everyday life.  Get your copy today, relax, and enjoy this great book.  You won’t believe how much time passes as you find yourself engrossed in the story!
Rating:  Five stars

The Sequel to Winds of Wyoming….
Winds of Freedom: Winter storms blast across the Whispering Pines Guest Ranch, and a cold wind blows through Kate Neilson’s soul. In the midst of her own anguish, she struggles to care for her elderly aunt and help her best friend, who finds herself trapped in a desperate situation, and encourage her husband, whose ranch and livelihood are threatened.



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