by Natasha Mostert

April 2005
ISBN: 0-765-34929-9
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A story of redemption and love, Windwalker by Natasha Mostert brings tears to the eye and hope to the heart. We are treated to the rather familiar scene of England and then are taken on a journey to a strange and alien land in the Namib desert of Namibia. We are invited to enter the world of Justine Callaway as she begins a search for life.

Justine is running from her life. She takes a job as caretaker of Paradine Park, hoping to find the solution to her troubles within the walls of the house. The more time she spends wandering the halls, the more she begins to feel a connection with the house and the people who used to live in it or at least one of the people who used to call Paradine Park home. Obsession takes over as she feels compelled to record the lonely hallways and empty bedrooms of a house that begins to come alive in her photographs.

Images appear in the photographs she takes of the house. Ghostly images of a wolf that she knows she didnít put in there and that arenít visible when she takes the photograph. She researches the tragic history of the family who owned the house. One brother was murderer by the other. The killer has become a fugitive, but she canít keep from thinking about Adam Buchanan and fixating on the absent man. As she delves deeper into the lives of the Buchanans, she realizes there is someone else stalking her who is just as obsessed with them.

Half a world away, on the edge of the inhospitable Namib desert, Adam Buchanan is writing letters to a woman he has never met. He came to the desert to find death, but instead he has found redemption and an odd peace with his life. The only thing missing is the soul mate he believes he is destined to find. Sheís missing until the day he sees Justineís pictures in a magazine and knows with undeniable certainty, she is the one he has been seeking through centuries.

Will Justine and Adam find what they each search for? Or will fate conspire against the lovers once again?

Ms. Mostert has created a wonderful world of intrigue and pain. Guilt and anger are emotions Adam and Justine carry with them as faithful friends. Justine is a character out to destroy her life because she doesnít know what sheís looking for. Sheís strong, but her strength doesnít mean she doesnít give into despair. In her relationship with Adam, she learns the lesson of loving forever. Adamís very character is endurance. He has endured much in this life, but he knows that itís only one of many lives he has lived. Having killed his brother, he knows the pain of destroying another human, but he also understands the joy of loving. Ms. Mostertís desert helps create the visible image of endurance and survival. The story moves well and the world of Adam and Justine come alive in her words.

Windwalker is ultimately a story of rebirth. Itís a story of two people finding each other and trying to make a new world for themselves out of the ashes of the old one. Iíll be searching for Ms. Mostertís previous books and waiting eagerly for her next one.

Reviewed in March 2005 by Jenni.

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