by Maxine Isackson

January 2010
ISBN: 978-1-58749-187-0
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Leah Worth has had a tough life. At the tender age of nineteen, she is widowed and left the responsibility of running the ‘Diamond C’, a cattle ranch in Nebraska. Heavily pregnant, Leah continues to work the ranch, making sure everything runs smoothly, never giving up even on the toughest of days. Going through the motions can be difficult with a broken heart and things become even more complicated when she discovers her husband’s accident may not have been an accident after all.

When Louis Drake blows into town, he and Leah become firm friends as they share a similar outlook on life. Draw into a dangerous entanglement with the ranching community, Louis helps Leah solve the mystery of her husband’s death. But what he never expected was to fall in love with the beautiful ranch Mistress…

Prairie Wind was a bit of let down. I was expecting so much more from this novel. The main problem is the lengthy description. In places, the book is extremely wordy, you get lost in the descriptions and this distracts the reader from the overall plot. Another complication is the wealth of secondary characters. A good host of such characters can enrich a plot greatly, in this instance, it just dragged the reader from the core of the story.

Despite this, the book is well researched and Ms. Isackson really knows her time period. The racial tension, the grim business of rustling and the gritty atmosphere are huge positives. I liked the feisty female lead, Leah Worth. When faced with adversity, she does what every woman has done throughout history – got on with things. Go Leah! Her relationship with Louis is very sweet and I’m glad they had a happy ending.

Overall though, Prairie Wind is not one I would re-read or keep on my shelf. A valiant effort but it just doesn’t hit the spot.

Reviewed in February 2010 by Donna.

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