Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: GENTLE WIND'S CARESS by Anne Brear

4 of 5 stars

Isabelle Gibson is a young woman who knows the pain of loss. When her father deserts the family, Isabelle, her sister, younger brother and mother are forced into a workhouse. A life full of drudgery is not for the gentle and weak of heart and Isabelle loses her mother and sister to this harsh life. Determined to save herself and her brother from this life of suffering, she agrees to marry a farmer, Len Ferrell. What she doesn't know is that she has just condemned herself and brother to a life far worse than the one they had left at the workhouse.  When Ferrell abandons her after a robbery gone bad, Isabelle must dig deep to find the strength to run the tenant farm. She meets the landlord, Ethan Harrington, and for the first time in her life, finds someone who treats her with respect. Their feelings grow into a tender love, but it comes with a high cost.

The author does a very good job of letting the reader into Isabelle's mind as she struggles with feelings of abandonment and her fierce determination to provide her little brother with a better life. She is a strong female character who is not diminished by the male characters, Ethan and Ferrell, in the book. I found myself totally immersed in the story, always waiting for the second shoe to drop. Could Isabelle have finally found someone who loves her deeply? Or is their newfound love destined to bring disaster to everyone Isabelle loves?

Without putting in any spoilers, I read this book in 2 sittings. It was that good and kept my attention throughout. Readers of women's fiction will definitely enjoy this story of a strong young woman who must face seemingly impossible odds to save herself and her little brother from a life as beggars in the streets.

The book will be available to purchase on June 7, 2012.

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