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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daughter Of The Wind by Beth Trissel

Daughter Of The Wind by Beth Trissel
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy / Historical
Length: Full (258 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Autumn, 1784: A tragic secret from Karin McNeal's past haunts the young Scots-Irish woman who longs to know more of her mother’s death and the mysterious father no one will name. The elusive voices she hears in the wind hint at the dramatic changes soon to unfold in her life among the Scot’s settled in the mist-shrouded Alleghenies. Jack McCray, a wounded stranger who staggers through the door on the eve of her twentieth birthday and anniversary of her mother’s death, holds the key to unlocking the past. Will she let this handsome frontiersman lead her to the truth and into his arms, or seek the shelter of her fiercely possessive grandfather? Is it only her imagination or does something, or someone, wait beyond the brooding ridges—for her?
This fabulous historical fantasy story doesn’t hesitate from word one. It sweeps the reader into an emotional whirlwind that disrupts life in the McNeal clan, a well-to-do family that is well established in the Allegheny Mountains in 1784. The haunting, sometime scary, happenings bring about breathtaking moments that make Daughter Of The Wind a true page-turner.

Karin, the much loved and protected granddaughter of the McNeal clan, knows she is different, not just because of her olive skin, black hair, and blue-grey eyes, but because she hears voices in the wind—voices that touch her soul. When Jack McCray appears, she feels a connection with him. “His eyes scorched her like a strong wind” and her emotions are a “cauldron of confusion”. When they are near each other “an emotion as explosive as gunpowder and contagious as fever” pulsates. She feels he is the inviting summons she hears in the wind.

Jack McCray, Sarah McNeal’s son taken away by Shawnees at age eight, returns a well-honed frontiersman. Bent on accomplishing a mission for his adoptive brother Shequenor, he runs afoul of the McNeal men. Jack, a magnetic character that knows himself for what he is, accepts what has been and reaches out to grasp what can be for the future. Beth Trissel creates a memorable character as flaws are acknowledged and greatness is shown to make him worthy of the na├»ve but gifted Karin with the mysterious parentage.

The secondary characters are well developed and some have strong influences on the hero and heroine’s lives. John McNeal, Shequenor, and Neeley are especially notable. Their insight and faithfulness to their beliefs are remarkable and so ably shown with Ms. Trissel’s alluring style of writing. She invites the reader into a world of fantasy and makes it so believable it is spellbinding.

After reading Daughter Of The Wind, I will probably find myself listening when the wind howls around the eaves or whispers through the live oak leaves to discover whether it is voices I hear.