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Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

A very young widow, Carissa Lowe, is now living with her pregnant sister, Laura, and is learning the many things a person needs to know while living on a ranch. Growing up in Corpus Christi, they had servants who did much of this work for them, but now Carissa is learning how hard that work actually is. While doing all of this, she’s also trying to raise and protect her daughter, Gloria.

Carissa struggles with being over-protective of both her heart and her daughter. One person who makes it a constant struggle to protect her heart is Tyler Atherton, a man she’s known for years and who is responsible for saving her life when her first husband tried to kill her. Tyler makes her question her decision to never marry again and to never trust her heart to guide her decisions.

Tyler struggles with anger and revenge in his heart because of an Indian attack years before that took the life of his father and friends. He so badly wants to love Carissa and feels himself falling for her, but the anger in his heart clouds his judgment. Can he really love someone when there is so much hurt in his past? Can she love him when she’s had nothing but hurt caused by the men in her life?

William and Hannah Barnett live on the neighboring ranch and the men have decided to make a cattle drive up to Kansas, leaving the women alone for a few months. The threat of an Indian attacks is great, so the women from the local ranches decide to come and live on the Barnett ranch while the men are gone. Tyler finds that he must confront his past and deal with his anger when they come across the Indian that killed his father while on the trail. But the Indians are the least of their worries back home when someone from Hannah’s past comes and kidnaps Carissa by mistake. As soon as the men arrive back to the ranch from the cattle drive, they find out about Carissa and eventually have to set out on their own to find her. Tyler has made peace with his past and is determined to share his life with Carissa, if only he can find her before it’s too late.

Taming the Wind is the third novel in the Lane of the Lone Star series by Tracie Peterson. Having not read the first two books, I was a bit slow in really getting into the story. I felt like I had missed several pieces that kept getting brought up in the story line  However, when I got through the third chapter things started making more sense and I found myself constantly wanting to pick up the book to see what would happen next. There were still several gaps in the story line from the previous books, but that just makes me want to go back and read the first two in the series! Peterson incorporated a good deal of post-Civil War history in this book that isn’t often discussed when talking about the Civil War. For a historical fiction reader, this is a great book!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Also by Tracie Peterson: Dawn’s Prelude

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.