Winds of Wyoming

Title:  Winds of Wyoming (Kate Neilson Series, Book 1)
Author:  Rebecca Carey Lyles
Pages:  416
Year:  2012 
Publisher:  Stonehouse Ink
Some time has passed since I read this novel so before reading the sequel, Winds of Freedom, by the same author I curled up to read and refresh my memory of the tale.  The main female character is Kate Neilson who after losing both her parents and brother was shifted from foster home to foster home.  Though she was placed in homes she never felt like the people really cared, loved or wanted her to be around.  When the system failed to take care of her, Kate embarked on a road of self-destruction that finally led her to prison for five years where she earned a college degree.  Now, Kate is leaving Pittsburgh to live and work on a ranch for her required internship.  The ranch that hired her is called Whispering Pines, and it is here that Kate’s past would crash into her present possibly irrevocably negatively impacting her future.
Laura and her son Mike run Whispering Pines Ranch since the death of her husband the year before and her oldest son years ago.  Mike has his own past that hinders him in growing spiritually and allowing others to be friends.  Mike’s nemesis is a woman named Tara who refuses to live in reality, believing a life filled with lies that she created long ago in her high school years.  Her father has been hassling the Whispering Pines owners by attempting to bully them into selling their land.
Winds of Wyoming is the author’s first novel that is set in Wyoming among a few small towns.  I enjoyed getting lost in the tale of a young woman who dreamed of a brighter future, but lost in the darkness of her past.  Whispering Pines is the recipient of trouble and weird occurrences since it opened its door for the new summer season.  There is a person who has but one goal in mind and that is to make Kate belong to him alone and pay her back for what he views as wrongs done to him by Kate.  How the novel ends is really awesome and delightful, giving readers the sense of hope and redemption.  Readers will also understand the power of past mistakes no longer holds them when shared with those who love them and stand by them.  Grab a copy to give as a gift to the reader in your family or friendship circle!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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