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Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Winds of Fall by Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter

The Winds of Fall by Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: SciFi/Fantasy; Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (337 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Unknown to Skye Worthington, the people most important to her are keeping unearthly secrets from her. If not revealed and faced, these secrets will cause death for untold billions of people, Skye included. Rebelling against his family and their deadly, but necessary, secrets which kept him a recluse in a Caribbean paradise, Joe Allen meets Skye. They fall into a love forbidden to Joe until now. Can two people with unimaginable secrets—and more in common than either know—overcome a force capable of entering dreams and taking humans through outer space without life support to other planets? This is the dilemma facing Skye and Joe as she fights to keep her sanity, and her identity as a human being.

The Winds of Fall, a flight into fantasy full of science fiction, mystery, suspense, and romance both sweet and explosive, takes the reader away from the usual to view the universe in Technicolor and teeming with activity. This novel entices the imagination to stretch and soar to amazing heights—making one remember those “play-like” games of childhood when all things seemed possible.

Skye Worthington, learned in astrophysics and aeronautical engineering, is an accomplished artist in many mediums who lives with loneliness and an uncommon desire for freedom. Even though she enjoys a relation with the academics of Oklahoma State University in Tulsa and stays in close contact with her family, she longs for HOME, a place she doesn’t know how to find. The many facets of Skye’s character reveal her “humanness” while luring the reader to search for reasons and answers for her dreams, nightmares, and her identifying with Joseph Allen’s painting that she sees at the art show. Also, one wonders about her obsession with flying free and the feeling she has of a hand touching her from another time—a hand that gives unconditional love. She is a jumble of things that intrigue and tease the mind.

Joseph (Joe) Allen, bound by duty to his family and to a mind-boggling cause, knows Skye makes him feel complete but realizes what a relationship with her entails. “He wanted with all his heart to make her understand why he loved her, but how when helping would end both their lives?” This question is a strong thread that weaves its way through this story—mystifying! Joe’s complex character makes a worthy counterpart for the compelling Skye.

Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter uses art and science to create an exciting environment for characters that come alive in places as real as Tulsa, Oklahoma, and as fanciful as a planet that circles a distant star. She creates secondary characters that reveal and help unravel the mysteries of the phenomenal world of Skye and Joe. Isala, Vicky, Alex, Ericka, and Mr. Davis all weave themselves through the story to give it strength and believability.

Some of the scientific elements in the story are a bit overwhelming but the excitement of events engages so many of the reader’s senses that one is propelled along with a feeling of urgency. The Winds of Fall pushes the boundaries and excites the imagination of “what if” while weaving a unique love story that thrills the heart.