Whispers in the Wind by Lauraine Snelling is book 2 of the Wild West Wind stories. To be totally fair, I didn’t read the first book of this series and that may contribute to my disappointment with this book.
Cassie Lockwood was formerly a show stopping trick-rider and sharpshooter from a Wild West show no longer in existence. She decides to find the ranch in South Dakota her deceased father left to her in the hopes of a new life for her and the friends she has brought with her. The only problem is it turns out the ranch is part of a joint ownership with the Engstrom family. The only problem is that this partnership is one that Mavis Engstrom has kept secret for years in the hopes that no Lockwood would ever come and lay claim to his or her half of the ranch.
Cassie is faced with the cruel reality of surviving South Dakota living, the hostility of the eldest Engstrom son, and the prejudice of the neighbors who don’t approve of her Native American companions.
My biggest gripe with this book is its lack of plot. The characters are all fairly uninteresting and flat with very little change from beginning to end. Even though the mother, Mavis Engstrom, tries to be a spiritual mentor to Cassie, it comes off sort of forced and awkward.
In the end, it seemed like some things were left hanging – perhaps to be written in the next book. I just feel that a book should have enough to hold my interest all by itself even if it is part of a series.
3 out of 5 starsI received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.