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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Blaming The Wind” by Alessandra Harris , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.
Let’s get on with the review, shall we? 🙂
Title: Blaming The Wind
Author: Alessandra Harris
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publishing date: May, 2016
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Sophia Douglas can’t shake the fear that she’s in over her head. A spontaneous elopement and a layoff from her high-paying job are stressful enough, but a plus sign on her pregnancy test sends her into a panic. Fearing her husband, Terrence, might leave like her father did, Sophia confides her insecurities to Tara, her friend and mom of three.
Though Tara Fisher encourages Sophia to trust Terrence, she’s hiding her own secret: a handsome attorney is pursuing her, and she’s questioning her commitment to Josh, her husband of ten years. After a devastating career-ending accident, Josh has changed and so have Tara’s feelings for him.
When a crisis arises that threatens to destroy Sophia and Terrence’s young marriage, Sophia must either overcome her fear of abandonment or lose everything she never knew she wanted. Meanwhile, as Tara is torn between responsibility and passion, her imperfectly put together life starts to unravel, and ghosts from her past resurface to haunt her.
As these two couples grapple with secrets, temptation, and illness, only time will tell if their vows are strong enough to hold them together.
This is one of those realistic stories which pops up every now and then and blows your mind up, in a good way, ofcourse! 😛
The cover has a strong appeal, that is what caught my eye. ❤ 😉
As for the summary, reading it, I thought this was going to be one of those books where you look forward for the book to be just done with, but, but, but… this was not the case with this book. The summary is like an iceberg for this book. The summary shows us just the tip and the rest enormous part is hidden in the book. 😀 ❤
I wasn’t anticipating this book to be this deep. It succeeded in surprising me, a very good one to that, mind you! 😀 😀
The brush with reality in every part of the book was what made it so good for me. That’s life for you, not only do the main characters have problems but the sub-characters are given equal importance. Different point of views always makes a novel interesting for me. Sophia, Tara, Terrence, Josh; every one of them gave a great insight to how one’s action affects another. Usually novels deal with only the main characters’ life which sometimes makes it dull. I get that they are the main characters and should be given the spotlight but reality doesn’t work that way.
Don’t tell me that a friend or family member stands by the lead in difficult times because they are helping the lead, show me they are supportive by painting a picture of what they are dealing with in their life while being there for the lead. This novel succeeded in doing that. 🙂
The first pages, when the story didn’t even being, caught my attention and the rest of the book held it throughout.
I just love it when the quotes used by the author are a perfect fit for the story. ❤
This book deals with every possible tragedy imaginable that occur on a more regular basis with people.
- Parents killed in accident (Terrence’s), suicide of a parent(Tara’s), supportive parents (Josh’s), cheating parent and kind of drowning-in-self-pity-parent (Sophia’s).
Terrence’s pain and his love for his dead parents can be felt all throughout the book with nothing too glamorous but just a passing mention that happens with us. Tara’s is a completely different story. (I already think that I am giving too much away so reading the book for yourself should answer this.) Josh’s parents were supportive of him through and through. Sophia’s dad cheated on her mom and her mom always kept on reminding her that by telling her to focus on her career more than her family. Her pain was resulting in her being kind of emotionally detached with Sophia, only giving advice which is correct to her experience but not for Sophia.
- Cheating spouse, Loving spouse, Supportive spouse, Emotionally detached spouse.
- Fights, Love, Secrets, Misunderstandings, Forgiveness, Relationship issues, Financial Problems, Financial growth, Promotion, Business Trips, Work accidents, Extended Family Problems.
- Marriage, Pregnancy, Abortion, Birth, Children.
- and the most important of all, the underlying main topic of the book, Mental illness.
I loved how nothing was overdone in this book and every problem was a proper part of the characters’ life. The characters being black wasn’t being rubbed in the face either, it was just there but not something of importance and I really feel that this should be how characters need to be represented- by their thoughts not by their race, nationality, looks, etc. Yes, these things do make a person what they are in some way but it doesn’t have to be important, these are just attributes to us.
Sometimes having so much can make the book too cluttered. This book has a perfect balance for all of its twists and turns.
And the end is just… ❤ ❤
Why would I pick it up?
For this interesting dedication. 😛 This book is a perfect balance between reality and fiction. Real problems being presented in an engaging way is the impressive part for me. 😀 😀
Alessandra Harris loves drama… well, on the page, that is. As a writer of women’s fiction, she delves into real-life issues without shying away from controversial topics.
After graduating from San Jose State, Alessandra volunteered as a contributing writer for CityFlight.com, a former online magazine geared toward the San Francisco Bay Area’s African American Community. An avid reader of women’s fiction, she transitioned to writing fiction with the help of writing instructors and critique groups.
Currently, Alessandra is the organizer of San Jose Writers, a diverse group of writers in the South Bay Area, California. At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four wonderful children.