Book two of the Windswept Promise series
Pampered town belle Sophie Charlton has always secretly enjoyed the attention of cowboy Dusty Sterling, a hired worker on her family’s farm, even though she’d never tell him so. But can she go against the will of her family, who insist that she make a good match in Assurance’s most eligible bachelor?
In the 1870s Kansas was a place of new beginnings and hope as people from many classes and cultures arrived looking for a fresh start. Brides of Assurance follows the lives of three different women from three very different cultures, in small-town assurance, Kansas as they fall in love, overcome the adversities of prairie life, and make choices that will affect their faith and relationships forever. Torn between the day’s cultural expectations and the plans God has for them, they must rely on their courage, tenacity, and faith to get them through.
About the Author
Brandi Boddie holds a juris doctorate from Howard University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Youngstown State University. Her love of writing and research has led her to work that includes case management for the Office of the Attorney General in Washington DC and teaching assignments for elementary and secondary students. When she is not working on a story, Brandi enjoys hiking, fencing, and swing dancing. She lives in the Dallas, Texas, area with her husband.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"You have to let a person be who they are." As it was with The Preacher's Wife, the novel that precedes A Windswept Promise by author Brandi Boddie, I also found Promise to be an easy book to get into. There are glimpses of Marissa, from the first book, and the effect she has on this novel's heroine, Sophie Charlton, the town belle from a (now) well-to-do farming family. Sophie's got some decisions to make as far as suitors and marriage go, and as it often happens, these decisions won't be easy ones for her. I found Dusty Sterling to be the most interesting character, a personable and rather easygoing man dealing with the inner tension of wanting to be faithful where he is while wishing to pursue his dreams elsewhere, wondering if and when he'll be able to have all that he truly desires. Boddie's inclusion of the character Joe Emmers and his family makes way for a touch on racial relations in Kansas not ten years after the Civil War. In light of the relaxed and rather contemplative pacing of most of the novel, the switch into the main climax felt somewhat rushed and not thoroughly believable where all the characters were concerned. I couldn't put the book down after a certain point, as my aggravation with Sophie's parents, especially her mother, urged me to keep reading to find relief for my aggravation--not necessarily a bad thing. Another enjoyable novel in the Brides of Assurance series. If the series continues, I plan on continuing with it. _________________ The Booketeria provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.