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House of the Wind

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    A unique piece of literary fiction that was so enjoyable, I may

    A unique piece of literary fiction that was so enjoyable, I may be short on words. There are two stories running at the same time and the intersect at just the right moment. One woman is in 2007 in San Francisco, has recently lost her fiance and is trying to deal with the grief of it all. Another young woman is in 1347 in Tuscany and is also dealing with losing a family member.

    The parallels between these stories weren't too obvious to make the reader feel belittled, but they were subtle and sweet. Maddie (2007) was a character I fell in love with from the beginning, I wanted to hear more about her job, her family and everything in between. Mia (1347) was harder to get in to, maybe due to the time the story was taking place and my lack of knowledge about Tuscany and its history.

    I think the depth of this book was perfect. I loved sinking my teeth into a good women's fiction and the satisfaction of finishing a good book.

    Beware this is a chunkster at just under 500 pages!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

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    I have to say the writing was beautiful. This author definitely

    I have to say the writing was beautiful. This author definitely has a way with words. Although I enjoyed the story, which is actually told in two different time periods, I felt the story moved very slowly. That did not stop me from continuing on my reading journey.

    The story starts out in the 1300’s with a young girl held prisoner in her own home for refusing to enter the convent. Instead she wants to marry a man she loves. The times dictate she must do as her parents say. On her last night of freedom she is walking in her garden when a violent wind wipes out her home and all within. She is left alive and must flee with the man she loves. Later on we meet Mia, a young girl who lives with her aunt and runs place where traveler stop to rest.

    We then meet Maddie, a lawyer who is preparing for her fiance’s arrival in America. He is a doctor in England. As her mother and sister arrive she receives a phone call from her future mother-in-law. Her beloved has been killed in an accident. She goes back to work at her law firm. She goes through the motions. Her grandmother sends her to Italy to dig into her past in hopes that she will find herself.

    The connection between Maddie and Mia becomes evident when Maddie travels to Italy. The changes she makes in her life and in those she tried to help back home becomes evident as the story progresses. I would recommend this book with the understanding that this is not a story with a quick pace. However, it was one I had trouble putting down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    I enjoyed this book very much - everything held my interest. I

    I enjoyed this book very much - everything held my interest. I started a few other books after finishing this one but they seemed so shallow after reading this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Great read !!! RK

    I bought this book sometime ago & finally picked it up to read. I was hooked from the first page. I enjoyed how the author intricately connected a grieving woman in 2007 to a grief stricken voluntary mute in 1340's. The author was able to bring to live the hillsides of tuscany as well as the people who inhabit them in both centuries. It is a story of intrique, family history, superstition, heartache, joy, compassion and love. What more could you ask for. I couldnt put it down once the intrigue of the house of the wind grasped a hold of me

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Yawn.

    Couldn't make it through.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    I liked the way the story moved between two different centuries,

    I liked the way the story moved between two different centuries, and eventually connected.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Looking for a different romance? The writer begins this book wi

    Looking for a different romance? The writer begins this book with a tragedy that will lead the reader to believe there will be constant action, but what follows is a little like a slow-moving creek. However, the author has a way of writing that will likely intrigue the reader to keep reading. A young girl in the 1300's desires to marry her love, but her parents attempt to force her to enter a convent. She finds herself with a sudden choice and a gust of wind that makes that choice for her. The reader will enjoy following her story and learning what becomes of her.




    The reader will meet two other women who are bound together in an intricate web of DNA and coincidence. The reader will get to know both young women very well. The reader will understand the sad events in their past and their hope for the future. The novel has a constant undertone of mystery. The two women discover their ties and the novel weaves back to the myth of Saint Agnes...a myth worth reading up on if one is to read this book. The author writes with a lyrical twist and fills the book with plenty of detail. The detail will make the scenery and environment of the places, especially Italy, the novel is set in. Although the plot does not move as fast as some readers may be used to, this book is definitely worth reading if a reader enjoy romance with intrigue.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Great read

    Very enjoyable

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Really hard to get through

    There are two stories here. One is pretty good, the oter bored me to tears. I never really got a real connection to it.

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