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Halifax, 1876. On the death of her mother and sister, Isabelle Gibson is left to fend for herself and her brother in a privately-run workhouse. After the matron's son attempts to rape her, Isabelle decides to escape him and a life of drudgery by agreeing to marry a moorland farmer she has never met. But this man, Farrell, is a drunkard and a bully in constant feud with hisHalifax, 1876. On the death of her mother and sister, Isabelle Gibson is left to fend for herself and her brother in a privately-run workhouse. After the matron's son attempts to rape her, Isabelle decides to escape him and a life of drudgery by agreeing to marry a moorland farmer she has never met. But this man, Farrell, is a drunkard and a bully in constant feud with his landlord, Ethan Harrington. When Farrell bungles a robbery and deserts her, Isabelle and Ethan are thrown together as she struggles to save the farm. Both are married and must hide their growing love. But despite the secrecy, Isabelle draws strength from Ethan as faces from the past return to haunt her and a tragedy is set to strike that will change all of their lives forever....

Title : The Gentle Wind's Caress
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ISBN : 15817283
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Number of Pages : 354 Pages
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The Gentle Wind's Caress Reviews

  • Bec
    2019-01-10 13:56

    I have mixed feeling after finishing this book i really enjoyed most of the book, though i never really understood why the 2 Protagonists were so in love because really they didn't spend a great deal of time together. I really liked the idea for the story the execution was really lacking i think. I was going to give this book 3 stars but the ending was just wrong so im giving it 2. Why only 2 you ask? MAJOR SPOILER: The Hero dies. Yes thats right folks he is killed and in the epilogue the Heroes best friend professes his love for the Heroine.... Yep really weird the ending just ruined it for me and i was quite peeved that i spent a few hours of my time to have no HEA!The ending made me think that there may be a sequel but i cant find any mention of one, anyone know about this?This book has left me feeling confused, sad and kind of empty. Not a keeper!

  • Tara Hall
    2019-01-16 15:43

    This is an epic book, not just in its length, but also in its sheer scope of the tragedies and horrors heroine Isabelle has to endure. Her spirit was enduring, indomitable and undeniable, everything a heroine should be. I dearly wanted her to catch a break, though, as she had one thing after another happen to her that was terrible with only a few bright times sprinkled in.Ethan was a dashing hero and his love and loyalty to Isabelle was very romantic. I also enjoyed all the rest of the supporting cast like Hugie and Bertie. Farell, her husband, was a completeand I wished him dead as soon as he started beating on Isabelle. Why she didn’t kill him, I don’t understand.The story arc of a rich man saving a woman whose husband abandoned her by making her his mistress has been much used in romance novels. But there was enough extras in Isabelle’s relationship with her returning father, her adventures learning how to be a farmwife and cook, her solid partnership with her brothers, and finding her own destiny that I really enjoyed this novel.Now to the bad points:Only a complete idiot would stay in a house to be beaten regularly—especially if she was in a delicate condition—or subject her family to those same beatings when she had a legitimate offer/way to get away. That Isabelle stayed not just once but multiple times greatly diminished my respect for her. That Ethan knew of these beatings and just told Farell not ever to do it again (then left and didn’t return for weeks) also felt contrived. That neither of her brothers sneaked out to go to Ethan when Farrell left for his nightly drinking felt contrived. For a woman who had all kinds of plans and whipped a derelict farm back into working profitable order in record time, Isabelle seems to lose all her senses once she gets preggers. Instead of plotting to run away or to kill Farrell, she is busy secretly making baby clothes?The book also tends to be a bit overwritten in the love scenes, not in graphic depictions, but in the flowery talk of undying love. Ethan seems to love Isabelle straight off, and she him, even though they don’t spend much time together. If he loves her so much, why is he leaving her with such a brute of a husband?Here are some examples:He had no idea who Mrs. Peacock was or anything about her establishment, but the depth of her unhappiness made him want to hold her to him and promise her the world, anything she desired just to take away the pain from her eyes. He stared into her eyes, captivated by the shadow of her soul he saw there.How she had suffered! ‘I’m so sorry you have endured this.’ ‘I had no choice but to.’ She kissed him and he held her tight. ‘I would bear anything for you.’ He stood and drew her up and against him. He kissed her with a deep longing that he could no longer control. Her lips parted eagerly, wanting him, accepting him. She was so soft, so passionate. His tongue explored her mouth, familiarising his mind to her delights once more. Raising his head, he smiled down at her. ‘I love you and we will never be apart again.’ And of course, what happens next? Isabelle convinces Ethan to leave without her, but not before he spills the beans about a rather big secret which leads to the tragedy mentioned in the summary.I did not personally like the ending to this book, though it was believable, and there was still a HFN which tied things up in a nice fashionOverall opinion: I’m glad to have read this tale of love and triumph over suffering. I just wish there had been a little less domestic abuse.

  • Jasmyn
    2019-01-19 14:52

    If I had knows this was going to be a tragedy ahead of time, I would have judged this book very differently. There is not a HEA in this book, I say that as a warning, not trying to give anything away. The writing itself was very beautiful. The character were very alive. Isabelle was a little too determined to stay in a horrible situation instead of finding a way at times, but otherwise she was a true woman of her times - trying to make the best of what life had given her.Ethan was a gallant gentleman, wanting to protect a woman from having a harder life than necessary. He just happened to fall in love with her at the same time and it only made things harder for awhile. Where there is a sad part of the ending, there is also hope and hint at a new life ahead.

  • Wall-to-wall books - wendy
    2019-01-21 19:43

    Loved loved loved this book!!!!! What a power strong story this is. I fell in love with this book, I think on the 2nd or 3rd page and I didn't want to stop reading till I got to the end. But I forced myself to go slow and read and enjoy every word. This story almost had a fairytale quality about it, it was fun, sad, exciting, and had you rooting for the woman! Not only is this a great Historical romance - it has such a powerful message to women, about not giving up, staying strong and standing up for themselves!OH JOY!!! I have a new favorite character! A new favorite heroine! I loved Isabelle "Belle" right from the beginning. I knew she would be a strong character. Now here is a woman that your would want you daughters to model themselves after. She stayed strong even in the darkest of times, in the face of danger. She stood up to others and fought for her and her brother's lives. She endured pain for their future. "He inclined his head in acknowledgment of her words. 'I just don't want you to be hurt' "You don't want me to be hurt? She mocked him with a humorless laugh. 'You mean hurt like when you walked out on us? Hurt when Grandfather dies? Hurt when we were forced to enter a private workhouse? When mother stopped eating and died of a broken heart? Hurt when Sally no longer cared enough to fight a common cold and allowed it to weaken her lungs? Is that what you mean?" "Belle..." "Don't call me that!' she yelled. "You have no right!" Pain and disappointment ate at her."Belle reminded me of another favorite character I had - Jenny of "Jenny's Mountain" by Elaine Long - one of my all-time favorite books!There were so many great qualities about this book - great descriptions, interesting storyline, on the edge of your seat writing, but I think for me what really sold me was the great character development! I really love stories with strong female characters and this certainly had that!This was the first book by Anne Brear that I have read, infact I have to admit I had never even heard of her. Well I am not stopping here... I will be looking forward to reading more by her. What a wonderful new Author for me.

  • Rosemary Cantrell
    2019-01-21 17:41

    This was a random book I picked off the free books on Kindle list. It turned out to be pretty good. A young girl is left with her younger brother alone in the workhouse, after the death of her mother and sister. Her father had abandoned the family years before. She is independent and does not get on well with the director of the workhouse, plus the director's son is pursuing her and she is afraid of what he will do, so she decides she must find a way to get away and provide for her brother and herself.She agrees to marry a much older man who is a farmer, since she is not afraid of hard work and thinks this will be a way for them to be cared for. The man turns out to be violent and things go downhill from there.This is a romance, believe it or not, and she eventually meets the lord of the manor, falls in love, but struggles with all sorts of difficulties. The story pulled me in a little more than I had expected, although much of it was predictable. There were enough unexpected moments to make the book a little better than the standard romance of this genre. Fortunately, it is a clean read, as far as the sex scenes go, and does try to deal with human emotions and struggles with decision making. So, somewhat shallow, but a decent escape anyway.

  • Ellie
    2018-12-29 17:09

    This is a very well written novel of love, pain and suffering.I thoroughly enjoyed reading the account of Isabelle’s life, her love for the dashing Ethan and above all her relationship with her younger brother Hughie as he slowly becomes a man. I also liked reading the change in relationship with Elizabeth, Ethan's mother. Anne Brear is gifted with a very fluid style and the novel flows. Despite the trial and tribulations that poor Isabelle is forced to face, the novel does not lack positive moments. I am personally not a fan of deeply romantic elements but for anyone enamored with these types of figures, the novel does not disappoint and the reader is not, thankfully, overwhelmed with highly emotional moments. I had enjoyed “To Take her Pride” very much and I quite enjoyed this one as well. The fact that the novel is set in the second half of the century England brings an extra touch to the plot that I found intriguing. All in all I would recommend this book that is fun, well put together and a fast read.

  • Tina Petriella
    2019-01-21 13:53

    Anne Brear has such a writing technique that just captures her readers and takes them on a wonderful journey of life. In “The Gentle Wind’s Caress” we are able to see life through Isabelle Gibson’s eyes. It pulls you in as soon as you read that first paragraph and continues to put you on the edge of your seat up to the very last word. It is an amazing book that I just couldn’t put down the whole time. Isabelle Gibson is a proud, young woman that has the will power and strength that every woman wishes to possess. You will laugh with her, cry with her, feel for her, and hope for the best for her. As a reader you will continue to cheer Isabelle on and will want her to succeed in her life. If you want to read a great book that will take you on a journey of life this is one for you! Thank you Anne Brear for another great read and I am looking forward to reading more of those great books of yours.

  • Lisa C.
    2019-01-12 16:50

    When I finished this book, I was ready to give it one star for the awful ending. However, that wouldn't be fair. Just because I thought the book shouldn't have ended the way it did, didn't mean the writing wasn't good.The author did a great job of capturing the emotions of the characters. Isabelle was a marvelous example of strength, integrity and caring. I liked the fact she and Ethan acted on their emotions although I normally don't condone adultery, in her case she was a wife in name only.The book kept my interest; it drew me in. It had action, romance and several topics not normally covered in historical romances. The ending was completely unexpected and I didn't like it at all.

  • Jo Notary
    2019-01-01 17:49

    I started reading this in 2012, but stopped at 18%. It was depressing.354pgs, Halifax 1876, Her mom and sister die, leaving her with a brother to raise, to escape the hands of a rapist, agrees to marry a drunkard she has never met, he deserts her, but a married man tries to help her out, they are both married, but have strong feelings for each other

  • Shellie (Layers of Thought)
    2019-01-21 14:02

    Free on Kindle from Friday August 10th through Saturday August 11th:For UK: US:

  • Betty Ann Baer
    2018-12-22 15:45

    This story is about a lady that is living as a servant. Her mom and sister die, so she decides to leave. She takes the first man that offers to marry her. Life goes downhill from there. The book kept me reading, but it was a love story with a sex scene and not my type of book. Oh well, what do you expect from a free kindle book?

  • Shelly
    2019-01-19 13:54

    This was free on my kindle. Pretty cover. I found the story interesting. It certainly isn't a bed of roses, but all reads shouldn't be. I didn't agree with all of the heroine's choices and that made for a good read.

  • Carolina Cordeiro
    2019-01-01 12:49

    It was an OK read. Didn't particularly like the fact that Isabelle was so "weak" when she refused her lover's suggestions. Don't get me wrong, I understand why, but I didn't like the fact there were so many "No". In the end, I believe she did get the right guy! :).

  • Vesta Moon
    2019-01-01 14:41

    It was alright.. An immature young woman making hasty decisions that turn out all wrong.. Not till the end of the book does she stop and decide to take the time to consider before taking the leap..

  • Maggi Andersen
    2019-01-15 12:48

    I love stories set in Yorkshire in the Victorian era. Brear depicts the hardship of life in those times brilliantly. Love all her books.

  • Dixie
    2019-01-11 16:09

    I loved the book until I got to the ending. Was super disappointed in the outcome. Wish now I had never read it. Felt like I wasted my time.

  • Annemarie Brear
    2019-01-22 19:03