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Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over 60 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over 2 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Visit her website at laurainesnelling.com.
Posted November 20, 2012
Whispers in the Wind is the second book in the Wild West Wind series by Lauraine Snelling.
This book centers around Cassie Lockwood-a girl that has spent her entire life as part of a Wild West show. Now that her parents have died and the show has closed down, Cassie and her friends have set out to find land that Cassie’s father co-owned with a friend, and had always dreamed of returning to.
The book begins as they have found the land and discovered that her father’s friend had settled on the land, started a family, and built a substantial ranch. He had long since passed away, but never once told his children that they did not own the land outright. Only his wife, Mavis retained the knowledge of the co-ownership.
When Cassie arrives, and produces her part of the deed, understandably there are hard feelings on the part of the sons, but Mavis welcomes her with open arms.
And Cassie and her companions need all the help they can get. Winter is coming, and they know very little about surviving outside of the Wild West show.
All the determination in the world might not be enough to survive hostile neighbors, a fire, a dwindling money supply, and the oncoming winter weather.
Does Cassie have what it takes to provide for herself and her friends, and create the home she has always dreamed of?
I think the author did a good job of giving a brief synopsis of the first book in the series, so that I felt comfortable reading the second book-without having read the first. And, the book was good enough, that I want to go back and read the first one and get caught up (in fact, I have requested a hold on it at the library!) I am also very interested in seeing what happens in the next book.
While the book had a good plot and kept my attention, what I was most impressed with was the author’s writing style. It was almost like hanging out with a friend-comfortable, interesting, and entertaining. I very much enjoyed this book and if you enjoy well-written Christian books in a wild west setting, I recommend you read it!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my unbiased review. Thank you! :)
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Posted June 12, 2012
Haven't received it yet, so have not read it. Looking forward to receiving it as I liked the first of the series. Have read all of Lauraine Snelling books so I am sure I will love this one.
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Posted January 4, 2013
This book moved way too slow for me. I never put a book down & walk away due to my curiosity but it took me forever to finish it due to my lack of excitement. I purchased the second book at the same time since it was on sale. Equal dissappointment. The storyline could have been exciting but the way it was written lacked excitement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2012
I LOVED this book!
Cassie Lockwood has found the land of her Father's dreams. She has brought along some friends, Chief, Micah and Runs Like a Deer. Upon locating the land she finds a family living there by the name of Engstrom. Adam Lockwood and Ivar Engstrom were co-owners of the land but when Adam won half of the Wild West Show from Jason Talbot in a poker game he moved on, with plans of returning someday. That day never came but Cassie did return to a land she never knew.
Mavis and Ivar had four children with three of them still living there with her, Ransom, Lucas and Gretchen. The children were never told that there was another name on the title of the land and they are not happy to just be finding out about it. It doesn't really bother Gretchen much because she is in love with Cassie's horse, Wind Dancer but Ransom is beside himself and Lucas, well Lucas is a ladies man so to speak and had seen Cassie in town and fell in love with her even before he knew who she was.
With both Adam and Ivar passed on the boys are afraid of what is going to happen now that they have a 'new' co-owner, does she plan on taking everything they have worked all of their lives for? Ransom has been talking about reopening the gold mine and panning for gold but Lucas wants to sell the property and move on. With Cassie showing up everything is even more up in the air, she has no interest in Lucas and wants to live on the land of her Father's dreams.
Mavis loves Cassie from the time she lays eyes on her and insists she will live on the property, she and her companions will live up the hill where the old (original) cabin was built but needs a lot of repair work done, the two women in the cabin and the two men in the Wild West Show wagon. That is until the townspeople that don't like the Indians come out making trouble.
This book was even better than the first one and it still leaves you hanging. I will say again that I love Lauraine's books and you will not go wrong if you invest in this series.
Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Posted November 27, 2012
Cassie Lockwood is a young lady who used to be a star in a Wild West Show. Her livelihood had always depended on her shooting and riding skills, but when the Show is cancelled, she finds herself in a situation where she has to provide for herself and some other performers that have always been with her, without making use of her training. After coming across with a deed to ranch, half to which her late father was entitled, she decides to go to North Dakota and start a new beginning.
However, she finds that a family is already established in the ranch and has been living there for many years. Mavis Engstrom and her three children have to face the fact that they have to give up and share a good part of their land with strangers. To Ransom and Lucas, Mavis’s older boys, Cassie is an intruder; to Gretchen, the youngest one, Cassie is the opportunity to have a sister.
It is not easy for Mavis to deal with conflict, but she decides to respect the wishes of her late husband and Cassie’s father, the original owners of the ranch. They all pitch in and help Cassie and the others settle. But Cassie’s inexperience leads her to question her purpose in life, her worth and her faith in God.
Through all her mishaps and tries to understand and perform all what keeping a household implies, Cassie does demonstrate some fortitude of character. I like the fact that she is constantly concerned of others and accepts her responsibilities (although these are practically self-imposed); not many people would face life the way she does. I particularly enjoy Mavis; she is the ever wise motherly figure that is willing to demonstrate a Christian character – unselfish, accepting of others and willing to serve. With the help of Mavis, Cassie will find out that her value goes beyond the chores she is able to perform.
“Whispers in the Wind” was one of those books that are good for spending the time, but I would never pick them up again and read a second time. When I started reading it, I did not know that this is the second book in a series by Mrs. Snelling; however, this did not keep me from grasping the main story line, which is quite straightforward. There are some “loose ends,” but I may say those are due more to the fact that I am not familiar with the beginning of the story (the first book). Also, it was not interesting enough for me; I am not looking forward to reading neither the previous, nor the next book in the series.
It has good Christian principles, so I would recommend it as an easy, clean read.
I received a complimentary sample of this book from Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for an honest review. This has not biased my opinion on the book, nor on the author.
Posted September 28, 2012
Had I only known that I would have to wait for the next book in the series to come out I wouldn't have touched the first two!
The first two books in this series were wonderfully written and kept the focus on faith. I love the characters and how they've been entertwined. Will Ransom ever get a chance to explore that goldmine? Will Cassie give into Lucas's proposal for the security of a home? Or will she instead fall for the quieter, older brother?
I can't wait to find out!
Posted September 22, 2012
Mavis Engstrom should have shared her secret with her three sons and daughter before now. Cassie Lockwood’s arrival was a shock to Mavis and forced her to reveal secrets she had kept hidden from her children. Ransom didn’t take the news well. The fact of the matter is he is down right angry. The home he lived in all his life is now in jeopardy of having to be shared with an outsider. Where is the justice in that? What real proof is there that this woman had claims to half their land? As far as he was concerned Bar E Ranch belonged to the Engstrom’s. His brother Luke felt differently; he was immediately smitten with Cassie and claimed Cassie was the one for him. Mavis soon finds herself being drawn to Cassie. She feels a connection with this young lady. Is it because of Adam, Cassie’s father? She once was in love with Adam but ended up marrying Adam’s best friend Ivar Engstrom. Cassie Lockwood’s father was part owner of a Wild West Show. After his death Cassie continued with her trick riding and shooting act, but now the show was disbanded due to failing revenues. The only hope she has of making a living is the deed proving she is half owner of the Bar E Ranch. Would she be able to collect what was due her? This is the first book that I have read of Lauraine Snelling. I enjoyed it immensely. While I have not read the first book in this series I didn’t feel lost or that I was missing out on what took place in it. Right from page one I was drawn in. I loved how the author made the characters come to life. If you are looking for a good Christian fiction book to read this one is for you. I loved that the author brought God and scriptures into this story. It is a book about trusting and having faith. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I wish to thank Bethany House Publishers for providing me with this book to read and review. The opinions are mine alone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2012
I had the privilege of interviewing Lauraine Snelling, on our radio show “Kingdom Highlights”, for her new book, “Whispers In The Wind” Book Two in the Wild West Wind series published by Bethany House.
From the back cover: She’s come this far…must she turn back now?
After fleeing North Dakota and the now defunct Wild West Show, Cassie Lockwood and her companions have finally found the hidden valley in South Dakota where her father had dreamed of putting down roots. But to her dismay, she discovers a ranch already built on her land.
Cassie’s arrival surprises Mavis Engstrom and forces her to reveal secrets she’s kept hidden for years. Her son Ransom is suspicious of Cassie and questions the validity of her claim to the valley. But Lucas Engstrom decides from the start that he is in love with her and wants to marry her.
Will Cassie be able to build a home on the Bar E Ranch and fulfill her father’s dream of raising horses, or will she be forced to return to the itinerant life of her past?
The quest is over. Cassie and her little band have found the ranch land that her father was half owner of but they found that there is already a family living there. Cassie has never had a home before. She has always lived in the wagon or on the trains that took them from place to place. Cassie, Chief, Micah and Runs Like A Deer only want a place to settle down and live like normal people, not show people. Mavis Engstrom and her daughter don’t have a problem however her sons, Ransom and Lucas, feel threatened. Now begins an uneasy truce of sorts as these two families have to work together to prepare for the coming winter. All the characters are so easy to fall in love with and Ms. Snelling is such a wonderful writer that we easily get caught up in everyone’s life. These are wonderful people and we wish that we had these kind of people for our neighbors. There are wonderful themes that flow throughout the story, Family, love of God, home, friendship, hard work and Ms. Snelling makes them all elegant. There are no car chases, nothing blows up however “Whispers In The Wind” is exciting, interesting and will keep you flipping pages as these characters work to deal with their new set of circumstances. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one to know how everything is all going to work out.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted September 16, 2012
As usual, Lauraine Snelling created a wonderful book with amazing characters. The female main role is Cassie Lockwood, a star in a Wild West Show. She is easy to related to because she loves her family and the few friends she has. I quickly read the first and second books in this series and cannot wait til next year to read the third! I received this book for free and was asked to review it for Bethany House Publishing. GREAT READ!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 7, 2012
Lauraine Snelling is one of my favorite authors of Christian historical fiction. I read her series, Dakotah Treasures, when I was in high school. After book 1, RUBY, I rushed to the bookstore to read the rest. I also read her books TENDER MERCIES and A PROMISE FOR ELLIE, both from different series. I didn’t love them as much as Dakotah Treasures; however, I was thrilled to receive WHISPERS IN THE WIND by Lauraine Snelling from Bethany House. When I saw it available, I literally said, “Yes!” It’s the second novel in the Wild West Wind series. I haven’t read book one yet, but I’ll look for it next time I need to buy a book (which will happen soon, trust me). I’ll also keep watch for book three when it comes out.
WHISPERS IN THE WIND involves Cassie Lockwood. Her father is dead and she left his defunct Wild West show to lay claim to his ranch in South Dakota. However, he’d purchased the ranch with a friend, so only half of the land belongs to Cassie. Throughout the story, Cassie faces many struggles: she has to convince the other owners to accept her, she has to decide if she loves Lucas, and she has to survive in a new home. I enjoyed that she was a trick shooter, but would have liked to have seen more that aspect. I also would have liked to have seen much, much more to the story than just her struggles. After a few chapters, I wanted something awesome to happen. Yes, there were adventures and dangers, but the story seemed too focused on Cassie adapting to the ranch.
While I enjoyed the novel, I never felt that I connected well with Cassie. We’re two very different people. I personally liked Gretchen, a little girl on the ranch, much better, and looked forward to the parts about her.
I do recommend this to other fans of Christian historical fiction. It’s a sweet story that left me with a smile, and many times I laughed at Cassie’s ragtag family. It really brought the time period to life.
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