by Christina Kingston

April 2003
ISBN: 0-515-13510-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

The prologue of Ride the Wind Home introduces us to Diana Huntley, child bride of a brutal baron, and Michael David Lawrence, Duke of Smythington. The portly young duke rescues Diana when she is being chased by some of her husbandís ill-mannered friends, intent on harming the puppy she has befriended. While not overly imposing, the duke has power and a reputation as an ace shot, so he is able to offer assistance to the lovely young woman. She is grateful, and wishes that she had been married off to someone like him, appearances notwithstanding. He is truly a gentle-man.

With that lovely beginning, who would have guessed that this story would become so muddled? As the time jumps forward five years, many changes have occurred. Diana is a widow, and David, as he is known, is presumed dead. When he reappears at his family estate, he is a changed man.

This begins a series of completely unlikely events that bring the star-crossed pair together. While Davidís actions are completely in character, and he never wavered from his nobility, I was amazed at the escapades of our now 21-year-old heroine. There is no way on earth that a gently reared lady of society would have dared roam the countryside unescorted and unchaperoned, even as a widow! This turn of events is out of bounds for the era and improbable, to say the least!

As if these events were not enough, the book abruptly ends at the bottom of a page. It was so unexpected that I checked to make sure that I was not missing some pages! I was openmouthed with disbelief that the editor and author allowed this to happen. As someone who has the utmost respect for writers, this was very upsetting. It made me feel cheated, and has resulted in this 1 rose rating.

Reviewed in June 2003 by Paula.

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