Shenandoah Crossings (Winds of Change #2) by
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 2013 by OakTara Publishers
ISBN: 1602903794 (ISBN13: 9781602903791)
Journey back in time with Tess Roberts as she seeks adventure on the high seas during the American Revolution hoping to escape the heartache of her present-day life. Her plans go awry when the one man she'd hoped to leave behind tracks her down with every intention of forcing her to his will.
REVIEW BY SABRINA:
Shenadoah Crossing book 2 Winds of Change by Lisa Belcastro
To start, I think the cover and title of this book really fit the story line. It has a very whimsical and romantic feel to it. This story is about a time travel adventure, which I am always a sucker for. I think the idea of this book was very interesting although there are things that made it a little difficult for me to get into.
I will start with the things I didn't love so we can end on a happy note. I think the thing that kept me from really liking this book is that the main character Tess is very unlikable. More often than not she reminded me of a petulant teenager instead of a woman in her mid 20's. Also, I found the relationships between Tess and Andy and their parents very unrealistic and not something most people would relate to or even want. I really think the character building could have been done a little better.
So now for the things I did like. I like that although it was the second book in the series I didn't feel lost. The author did an amazing job at explaining the background in a natural way that flowed perfectly with the book. Also, the ending didn't leave you hanging but still left an opening for any future books in this series. As stated before, I liked the premise for the story. I think that on a basic level everything flowed really well and it was easy to read and follow.
There were things I feel could have been addressed better such as the effect that Tess going back in time could/did have on the future. Also, I am not really sure that there was a climax or a peak where the story got really interesting or if there was a real conflict, which is one thing that I feel makes a story more interesting.
Overall, I would give this book 4 stars. It wasn't exactly my style but I thought it was very well written and had an interesting storyline that was easy to follow and enjoy.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha's Vineyard. She was inspired to write Shenandoah Nights, the first book in the Winds of Change trilogy, while chaperoning two Tisbury School summer sails with her daughter, Kayla, aboard the schooner Shenandoah. The weeklong adventure, sans electricity, Game Boys, iPods and modern conveniences, kindled her imagination to dream of an altogether different voyage.
In addition to writing Shenandoah Nights and the soon-to-be-released Shenandoah Crossings, Lisa currently pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style magazine. She has worked as a staff and freelance reporter and photographer for The Chronicle of the Horse and as assistant editor at The Blue Ridge Leader. She has written articles for USA Today, Dressage (London), USA WEEKEND Magazine, The Blue Ridge Leader and Sidelines.
When she's not at her desk working on Shenandoah Dreams, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter's school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, trying to run a marathon a month, or walking the beach looking for sea glass.
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