Published by Desert Breeze Publishing on 1 January 2013
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance
Source: Enchantress Design and Promo
Adeline is a young woman who has suffered abuse at the hands of her father and her fiancé, but one day, she decides that enough is enough, and actually jumps out of a moving wagon to get away from them both. Little does she know what this journey will bring her, and she is very afraid. Lucky for Adeline, she meets some very nice people in unexpected places, people who are ready to help her.
Jackson raised his little brother from the time their father left when he was 15, at the same time, he also managed to make the ranch prosper, and the only thing now missing in his life is a wife - but his little brother has decided to remedy this for Jackson as soon as possible.
*I received a free ARC of Where the Four Winds Collide from Enchantress of Book Blogtours in exchange of an honest review*
Where the Four Winds Collide is a sweet western romance, with a heroine who is ready to do what it takes to save herself! It is refreshing when there is a heroine who is able to take care of herself, even if she hasn’t necessarily learned how. Adeline is one of those heroines who is both cute, polite, and very proper, but she will do what it takes to make sure she is safe, and away from her tormentors.
As Adeline makes her escape, the readers also get to meet Jackson, who is in a bad mood realizing 20 of his cattle has been stolen, and he has to search for the missing animals with his partner rather than go home to his cold, empty house. Jackson would love nothing more than finding a wife, but there really aren’t many single women around in town. He knows that his brother, Heath, the town sheriff, has put in an add for a wife for Jackson, but he really isn’t sure what will come of it.
Their first meeting is strange to say the least, but I never felt like things that happened were not realistic. I thought the way their relationship slowly grows from guarded to friendship to more was very well done. Adeline struggling with what and how to tell Jackson about her past seemed to be something a lot of people would struggle with in the same way. When Adeline’s past comes knocking at the door, however, things go sour very quickly, and she realizes in the span of just a few seconds how bad things look for Jackson, and that he has a lot of trouble believing her.
The character growth is quite amazing in such a short story as Where the Four Winds Collide is! Both Adeline and Jackson grew a lot, and I was very pleased with the secondary characters as well. They were all fleshed out, and not just there to make the story move forward. The writing flows easily, and Where the Four Winds Collide is a quick read, with humor, romance and some heart-wrenching parts as well.
Where the Four Winds Collide is my first western historical romance, but it certainly won’t be the last! I love cowboys in contemporary romances, but I think the historical ones might just be able to make me swoon as well – unless there is something very special about Jackson, that is. And there is, but I have high hopes to at least find some other hero I can like kind of like him. I also wouldn’t be against reading more about Heath, or to see what will happen later with Adeline and Jackson.
If you are looking for a different kind of romance, one where the heroine is not afraid to get her hands dirty to save herself, you should pick up Where the Four Winds Collide, it is the kind of book you get sucked into, enjoy, laugh, cry a little and then feel content when you have finished reading.
Official Book Blurb of Where the Four Winds Collide: Adeline Buckley escapes her abusive father only to find herself in a brothel, on a stagecoach to the untamed west and married to a stranger, all in that order. Plotting another escape becomes harder, the more she gets to know her new husband.
Jackson Pruitt didn’t expect a secretive mail order bride to show up the same week cattle wrestlers absconded with a large part of his herd. The bigger surprise was the loveliness of the woman. Why would a beauty like her need to travel so far to marry?
Jackson and Adeline learn that secrets and marriage do not go hand-in-hand when both of their pasts comes knocking and both have to come to grips with the reality, that sometimes trust comes only after you lose it all.
Hildie McQueen loves storytelling and unusual settings, pair that with humor and you’ve got an idea of what her writing is like.
She makes sure action, intrigue, and sizzling romance add up to a story her readers won’t soon forget. Her favorite past-ties are traveling, shopping and reading. She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt and two unruly Chihuahuas.