4 out of 4 stars
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Lydia, being a nurse, had gone to Seattle, Washington, for a medical conference and met Duncan, a cardiologist. After an immediate attraction between the two of them, Duncan invited her to his home on Orcas Island. The first night she was there, they slept in separate bedrooms. The next morning, Lydia realized someone had come into her room, closed the window, covered her with a blanket, and rifled through her things. Subsequently, Duncan informed her about his sister, Penny, who was bitterly jealous of anyone who captured his attention. She had scared off several women previously, although he hadn’t cared much, having little interest in them. He told Lydia that Penny had attempted to kill her husband in the past and possibly caused the death of his parents when their house burned. Duncan didn’t want to lose Lydia and promised to keep her safe. Soon afterward, he implored her to marry him, and she agreed.
After returning home, Lydia began to worry she had fallen for Duncan too fast and knew little about him and only knew what he had told her about his sister. Was he truly the person he seemed to be, and if so, could he safeguard her from Penny? How far would Penny go to keep Lydia out of Duncan’s life?
Whirlwind by S.D. Cook is a 364-page thriller listed in the romance genre. The author’s prose is suspenseful and easy to understand. She is a registered nurse, so the information concerning Lydia’s life as a nurse is completely realistic. In addition, parts of the book deal with Duncan being a member of the Elks; Ms. Cook and her husband are both members. Therefore, she worked the knowledge they had gained into the story, which made that part authentic as well.
There is a lot to appreciate about this book, especially Lydia’s believable character and the suspense in the tale. The author possesses an excellent ability to entice the reader into the novel early on in the first chapter. She continues to capture our interest throughout the story until the climax and the last page. The tale is narrated from Lydia’s first-person point of view, so it is effortless to understand her actions and experience the fear and suspense that she encounters. One can also comprehend and admire her determination to not allow Penny to frighten her away. I appreciate that this is one of a few books where the primary female protagonist isn’t described as beautiful. Lydia describes herself as “not pretty,” being about five feet tall, overweight, and possessing curly hair. She consumes a lot of beer, and obscenities have been known to fly from her lips. Although she enjoys a terrific sense of humor, it doesn’t take much to make her cry. Duncan and other people seem to be drawn to her. The author has depicted a well-rounded and endearing protagonist in her.
Only a few minor errors were encountered in the book, and they didn’t affect my enjoyment or understanding. Subsequently, this fascinating and suspenseful novel achieves a rating of four out of four stars. I enthusiastically recommend it to readers who enjoy romance with plenty of excitement and excellent character development. However, readers who prefer to read books without profanities and sex might want to look elsewhere.
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