Wednesday, January 12, 2011
When Caroline leaves her hometown for a fresh start, will she finally find the adventure she longs for—or is she fleeing the very things that matter most?
At age twenty-six, Caroline Frankston is certain life is passing her by in the town of Barton Creek. Her feelings for Matthew Haynes appear unrequited, so she decides the time has come for her to move to the big city for a fresh start.
Once in Oklahoma City, Caroline is fascinated by the many opportunities there and begins moving on with her life. As time passes, Matt realizes his true feelings for her and plans to tell her on her next trip home. When Caroline goes missing after her train is in an accident, Matt sets out in search of her, wondering if any chance of spending his life with Caroline has disappeared.
Book four in the Winds Across the Prairie series brings you back to the town of Barton Creek, providing a glimpse into everyday life at a time when Oklahoma was drawing homesteaders to its territory before the days of statehood.
Caroline Frankston was always the dutiful daughter and faithful girl. The reliable one in the background. But, tired of waiting for Matt to realize how he feels, and tired of following her mothers orders, Caroline finally takes control of her own life and leaves Barton Creek. She finds a good job, shares a home with roommates and gets a taste of life on her own. But, as she finds her way and learns who she is, Caroline also begins to realize what things are truly important to her.
Back home in Barton Creek, her mother Charlotte, the proud and prickly wife of Barton Creek's mayor, also begins to discover that she doesn't like the woman she has become, but she has no idea how to change. Matt finally realizes he's a stupid fool and wonders if it's too late for him and Caroline.
This is a fantastic end to the Winds Across the Prairie series. I'm so sorry to see it end as I have so enjoyed getting to know these characters. While I didn't love the first book, Becoming Lucy, I'm so glad I gave the rest of the series a chance. It's been a delightful adventure. The series wraps up satisfyingly well and I was pleased to see Charlotte's story included here. This is a book and a series I can easily recommend. I have loaned out my copies several times over to friends.
Thanks to First Wildcard and Strang Book Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Martha Rogers here. You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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