My Thoughts: In Peterson’s third and final novel of this Texas saga, we re-visit the once vibrant wisp of a girl, Carissa Lowe. Following her marriage to Malcolm Lowe, Carissa is no longer that girl. Finding out your husband still wanted war following the Civil war is not a knowledge any woman wanted to bear of her husband. Kept hidden from the world, Carissa will never forget the anger and abuse Malcolm heaped on her. If only one good thing came from it all, it’d be her two-year-old daughter, Gloria. Amazed that the child even survived Malcolm’s wrath, her daughter was the only thing keeping Carissa from hiding away from everyone. Now as it is, living with her sister’s family at their Texas ranch, she vows never to allow another man into her life… until she again re-acquaints herself with Tyler Atherton. Despite her promises, Tyler has always stirred something inside her, and Carissa finds herself in danger of letting him into her heart.
Peterson has always written a satisfying, well-told piece of fiction in the past but lately, somehow her prose seems… smaller. It’s as if she is running out of new stories and in some effect, these are re-tells of novels she has written once before. Each of the characters are memorable and I did like how well she tied together all three books – particularly this story which brings everyone back together in ways that is memorable. Carissa is the sister of the heroine from Touching the Sky and in this novel we are again privileged to be invited into Hannah and Will’s home (Chasing the Sun). This cast of characters are each god-fearing but despite their easy likability, the story lacked depth and was instead a “practical” example of every generic platform it covered.
One of the most irritating thing about the book is how “off” the dialogue seems. It is as if nearly every conversation doesn’t read realistic to the timeframe – it’s either too modern or too sappy for its practical circumstances. Also, the character’s emotions may not be deep in most cases but there are times when their reactions hardly seem appropriate for the circumstances. These are just a few of the prose aspects that came across stilted and unnatural. Like nearly every novel, the climax builds excitement only to fall flat, and if you are looking for a sweeping romance – not one that rivals the greats but is rimming with passion, you’d best look elsewhere. Taming the Wind concludes (quiety) what has been a sweet series though for the romantic reader, this won’t satisfy.
In Summary: Practicality and convenient conclusions is the framework of Peterson’s third and final, ‘Texas’ trilogy.
Synopsis: Though grateful for the blessing of her daughter, Carissa Lowe has accepted that widowhood is her lot in life. Bound by fear and mistrust, she feels incapable of opening her heart again.
Tyler Atherton has never forgotten Carissa. When he discovers she’s living with her sister on a nearby ranch, his life becomes intertwined with the lovely widow’s. And Carissa’s daughter, Gloria, seems determined to wrap herself around his little finger. But while Tyler longs to provide a home and future for Carissa, he is haunted by an obligation he feels unable to fulfill.
Challenged by mounting hardships, can Carissa and Tyler preserve their fledgling love in a land as unforgiving and vibrant as the people who call it home?
Many thanks to the publisher for providing this review copy for the purpose of writing this review.