SEPTEMBER WIND is a coming of age story about a girl with a yearning so great even the worst of obstacles do not dampen her spirits.
Wise beyond her years, Emily has a fight that would make a burley man run, or at least should have. Yet, she is a gentle spirit whose first love, in its beautiful yet sometimes awkward moments, will make us cry and take us back to our own.
We travel with her as she escapes across country on a train in search of the one person she hopes will embrace her and help her out of a terrible mess that could ruin her life for good. Nothing comes easy.
We become part of her world, and forget the troubles of our own. We watch her grow into a lovely young woman, and cringe when her backcountry lifestyle allows her into the Palace of lust, greed, deceit, and even murder, a place she hates, and yet is mesmerized by.
Precious moments throughout the book with those she barely knows, and those she comes to love will melt our hearts. There are times when we want to push her into another direction, and yet we want to stay with her to see where it all leads.
September wind is a wonderfully written book filled with emotion. The story of an orphan and her journey through life with various colorfully described characters, some less than caring. It begins on a farm in Illinois filled with men in which she is the young caretaker with too much expectation and burden thrust upon her. Her harrowing journey eventually lands her many states and experiences from that small town in America.
Depicting life in the 1940’s and 1950’s, the piece seems well balanced and accurate in detail for the time period. There were a few turns in the book that left me with questions, however at the same time kept my interest and eventually came together.
The story of strong will and inner strength…of the heavy burden young girls could carry on a farm in this time period. The horrifying acts of some in this book will leave you wanting to protect Emily and to cheer her toward a normal, respectful life.
I reveled in Emily’s success and felt proud of her astounding courage facing life and the pressures it tosses us. In this respect, Emily seems to be haunted with more than life’s fair share.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book of a young triumphant girl who refuses to give in and give up. A tale of strength to share with all women and I am looking forward to sharing this book with my daughters.
When it passed, she knelt at each of their headstones and left a bouquet of marigolds. She stood then and turned to look about for a glimpse of where Haity lay, wondering if she was next to her father who died a few years after his daughter. She wondered if they were even buried there.
“You ready to go?” Steven said, coming up beside her. He dropped his eyes to the graves of his mother and sister. They stood for a few minutes in silence, and then Emily followed him to the pickup.
“I’ll ride in the back,” she said, already climbing onto the footboard. She hopped in and positioned herself in a corner between the grocery bin and the side of the pickup. Steven sped off and she lifted her face, letting the wind brush against her cheeks and through her hair with its fingertips and sighs as it swept away again. She wondered where this invisible force came from and where it went. Whether it came back to touch those who lived as it had done so long ago tugging at her grandmother’s hair, and long before that her own mother’s. She wondered if those moments from the past were now part of her, and if their spirits were trying to tell her something by the unexpected stirring in her heart.
“When something touches you, my little Bella Bambina,” her grandmother used to say, “that’s the God of the universe trying to tell you something.” She always had those little notes of premonition. Like the casting of a shadow by a cloud over the sun, or the catch of a breath at the sight of a shooting star, or a sudden gust of wind that folds around you and then sweeps off in a hurry. She believed these things sometimes came to warn you, and other times she said, they come to sooth your soul and bring you hope.
Tears, warmed by the memory of those who had loved her, rolled down Emily’s cheeks. A soft wind came and whisked them away, perhaps to live in another day and another time.
Writer Janz-Anderson’s grasp of writing methodology preceding the initiation of her gripping tale is very evident and holds her in good stead. Furthering Anderson’s vigilant groundwork is her attention to detail. Writer Anderson weaves a fast, well written narrative filled with sentiment, courage and reaction. Characters are credible, storyline is well plotted, writing is filled with more than enough importance to keep the reader turning the page.
September Wind is a bang-up, coming of age, narrative assured to hold reader interest right from the prologue as we meet the characters peopling the book and right on to the closing paragraphs when we find Emily at last facing a life filled with expectation and faith and confidence.
An amazing story of a young girls search for where she belongs, this story is proof that life does not make you a victim, you can make a choice to never give up. So descriptive that you can see, smell, and feel everything along with Emily. A must read for everyone.
Kathleen, you've got my attention in your excerpts! Your descriptions, wonderful and word pictures - great! Several lines lured me. I was right there with Emily. The lines that curled my toes were, "...she shivered, squeezing her eyes in an effort to lose the vision...she held her breath..." I was crouched right there with Emily, shrinking at the next move. Although, I'm envisioning something...it certainly sounds like a page turner to me. Great job!
Kathleen has a wonderful ability to draw word pictures of characters that bring them to life so that even the minor inhabitants of her book become real. She also uses the same brush to paint vivid pictures of her main character's emotions so that the reader is drawn in to her story, and pulled along unrelentingly by the desire to discover what the future holds for her.
Reviewed by Bethany Engstrom
This book is filled with painfully beautiful descriptions that take you to a different time and place. Many times, I felt as though I was walking with Emily on her journey, and experiencing her life. A roller coaster of emotions and a page turner all the way to the last chapter. I absolutely loved it! At the top of my recomendation list!