Thursday, November 10, 2011

Book Review: Taming the Wild Wind

My 10 year old, Caleb, has been going to Monday night chats with author Donita K. Paul for a few months now.  Every now and then I peek over his shoulder to see what's going on.  It is a fun and informative time.  This past Monday was "20 Questions" where fans wrote in their questions, and Mrs. Paul answered them one by one.  For example, Caleb asked "How fast can Mrs. Paul spin the globe and find her address on it."  She answered in a fun-hearted way that she would not disclose her time because of competition.  I love that she was polite and jovial in a chat room where people are anonymous and some people ask off-the-wall questions.  {I might have been slightly embarrassed by Caleb's ridiculous question.  Ahem.}  Anyway, another question by a fan asked her advice on writing a book.  She replied, "Edit, edit, edit..."  LOVE that.

Near the end of the chat, Mrs. Paul made a plug for two of her books, Taming the Wild Wind and Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball.  It just so happens that I have Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball here to read for review.  ::squeeeee::  I had read about Taming the Wild Wind previously, but had not really been interested in purchasing it because it's only an e-book.  During the chat, however, Mrs. Paul explained that she published the e-book on her own, therefore her percentage of royalties from the sale of the book is MUCH higher than it is through a publisher.  In fact, she will garner more profit from the sale of Taming the Wild Wind than she will from Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball (whose cover prices is 5 times higher).  My interest was peaked.  I have several e-books downloaded on my iPod, but I just can't get into them.  I thought, well, if I can't get into it, I've only lost $2.99.

Taming the Wild Wind is a story about a young woman, Ida, who is engaged to be married.  The book is set in the middle of the 1800s, after the Native American Indians have been removed from their Eastern homes and driven along the "Trail of Tears" to the midwest.  Ida and her fiance, John, are missionaries who are traveling to Kansas to start a school for Indian children.  Before the book begins, their marriage is delayed, and the couple makes arrangements for Ida to travel alone and prepare things in hopes that John will join her in just a few weeks.  Plans for Ida change rapidly in the beginning.  It seems that nothing goes as it should.  Ida clings to the calling in her heart and presses on in faith.

Through each trial Ida faces, we as readers are privileged to listen in on Ida's prayers and thought life.  We observe as Ida wrestles with God's will and His sovereignty.  Ida uncovers and deals with her own secret sins.  The gospel is clearly presented.  Prejudice and stereotypes are boldly exposed.  Mingled sweetly with romance, yet seated firmly in modesty, this is a fantastic historical fiction piece.  I have always been a lover of pioneer stories (Laura Ingalls Wilder, Janette Oke, etc), and had no trouble falling in love with this book--even being an e-book!  This book is short, and is great to pick up and finish in a weekend.

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