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Feature book: Taming the Wind

20 October 2021

Taming the Wind by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Series: River’s End #0.5
Subgenre: historical fiction
Release date: 7 Feb 2020
Publisher: Phillipa Nefri Clark
Format: ebook and print
Length: 54 pages
RRP: $0.99 (ebook); $10.84 (print)

Taming the Wind is one of two novella prequels to The Stationmaster’s Cottage. It’s nice to get back to the beginnings of the family in this novella, set in 1966 River’s End.

Martha Ryan is the dreamy daughter of the powerful timber mill family who employ most of the town. She lives a life of privilege and wealth, even as her parents push her to study and find a profession for herself. All Martha wants to do is write and experience love and adventure, but she decides being a teacher may be the best of all the unappealing professions out there. So far, she hasn’t done anything about it, but she knows she’ll eventually have to bow to family pressure and put her head down and study.

Early one morning she runs into Thomas Blake, the son of the stationmaster who runs the Ryan’s timber mill railroad.

It’s a lovely scene. They know of each other—it’s a bit hard not to know most people from a small town. Thomas is sitting on the end of a jetty, painting, and the tranquil sight lures Martha to his side in the early dawn.

Thomas is handsome and a bit shy. All he wants to do is paint full-time, and it sounds like he’s an amazing artist. He works in the local pub, but he’s expected to step up into the role of the Ryan family’s stationmaster, like his father and grandfather. He’s seeing his dreams to paint crumble before they’ve had a chance to grow.

Falling in love is not in their plans and yet they do, with stiff family opposition. Thomas and Martha are like Romeo and Juliet with their sweet, unfurling, forbidden romance. They come from different parts of town—employer and employee—and neither are readily accepted into each other’s world.

Step back in time and enjoy the beginnings of the River’s End series, where ‘ … only time itself can erase our love …’

Reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the author’s publicist.

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