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Official Review: Winds Across the Prairie

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Winds Across the Prairie" by A.E. Easterlin..]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Winds Across the Prairie by A.E. Easterlin is an intriguing romance novel about perseverance, love, and greed. Devastated after her husband’s murder, Anna Parsons struggles to keep up their large farm, especially with all of the trouble she has. When farmhands leave, animals disappear, and fences are cut, Hannah knows she must find out who is behind everything. Robert McCurdy, the wealthy owner of the neighboring Bar M ranch, offers his help, and he also offers his hand in marriage. Hannah can’t imagine marrying again, especially to a greedy man like Robert. She questions his intentions and his involvement in the mysterious and deadly occurrences on her farm.

After learning of his friend’s murder and receiving a letter imploring him to take care of Hannah, Colton Rawlins travels to her farm in Cheyenne, Wyoming. From the moment Colt meets the beautiful widow, he feels drawn to her. Strong, kind, and feisty, Hannah is everything he wants in a woman. However, he knows she still mourns her husband and that she won’t move on until his killer is found. Colt must help her find the killer before Mc Curdy makes his move and ruins Colt’s chance with Hannah.

My favorite part of this story is Hannah. She is a well-developed, dynamic protagonist. I appreciate her independence and her willingness to fight even though she is afraid. Her bravery is evident from the first pages of the book when she stands up to several menacing men on horseback. She shows a deep love for her deceased husband, and she struggles to move on. Yet, she feels drawn toward Colt. He makes her feel safe, and he reawakens feelings in her that she thought were dead. Hannah muddles through her conflicted feelings throughout the story.

I also love Colt, Hannah’s main love interest. I especially like how he responds to Hannah’s evident grief over her loss. He understands her to need to grieve, and he never feels threatened by her deceased husband. His honesty and goodness serve in sharp contrast to Robert’s murky intentions. Further, Colt’s compassion, humility, and treatment of others, as well as his passionate loyalty to those he loves, all contribute to his likeability.

The story is well-paced, and the plot is interesting. Furthermore, the author skillfully uses foreshadowing to build suspense throughout the story. However, I rated this book 3 out of 4 stars because there are too many grammatical errors to give it a perfect score. Run-on sentences, missing words, and missing letters within words prove that the book will benefit from another round of editing.

Winds Across the Prairie does not contain any explicit sex scenes or vulgarity. However, there are some instances of violence. Readers who like romantic mysteries will enjoy this book. However, if you do not like stories of vengeance, you might want to pass on this one.

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The cover and the word 'prairie' drew me to your review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review!

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Thanks for the review. This sounds like an interesting book. I have read a couple with similar sounding plots, but I think I would enjoy this one.

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This sounds like the kind of warm romance I usually enjoy. It always gets tricky when a friend makes a move on his friend's wife, widow on not. I'm inclined to check this out. Too bad for the errors. Great review!
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It looks like Hannah is a great protagonist. I like that the plot is exciting, and the story is well-paced. Your review made me interested in reading this book. Thank you.

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The well-developed characters and the interesting story line make this an appealing book. I really enjoyed your description of the author's ability to develop the protagonist. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Thank you for this detailed review. The word "prairie" in the title caught my attention, as well as the cover. Colt seems like a kind man, and his patience while walking beside Hannah in grief is a beautiful way to bring two characters together. Even though it's poorly edited, I'll definitely have to read it.

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One must wonder why exactly McCurdy wants to get his hands on Hannah and if it has anything to do with her farm. I'm thinking it's probably a way to get the land and Colton arriving puts a wrench in his plans. Go Colton!
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Magnify3 wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 12:42
The cover and the word 'prairie' drew me to your review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review!
It is an interesting story. I definitely enjoyed it. :)

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Miller56 wrote:
12 Dec 2019, 16:10
Thanks for the review. This sounds like an interesting book. I have read a couple with similar sounding plots, but I think I would enjoy this one.
It's a good story with interesting characters. I hope you like it!

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Ever_Reading wrote:
13 Dec 2019, 00:57
This sounds like the kind of warm romance I usually enjoy. It always gets tricky when a friend makes a move on his friend's wife, widow on not. I'm inclined to check this out. Too bad for the errors. Great review!
Even with the errors, I enjoyed the story. I love the term "warm romance." That's exactly what this story is. :)

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Nisha Ward wrote:
02 Jan 2020, 21:07
One must wonder why exactly McCurdy wants to get his hands on Hannah and if it has anything to do with her farm. I'm thinking it's probably a way to get the land and Colton arriving puts a wrench in his plans. Go Colton!
I wondered whether McCurdy had ulterior motives throughout the book. It was an interesting read! :)

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Thanks for the review, it sounds like an interesting read. I will be checking this out.

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