Four Winds by Lisa T. Bergren
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Young Adult / Romance / Historical Fiction
Series: River of Time: California, Book Two
Be sure to check out my review for the previous book in the dulogy, Three Wishes.
About the Book:
Zara Ruiz has never been so happy to have failed at something in her life—trying to return to her own time. In Javier de la Ventura’s arms, she knows that 1840 is where she belongs…where she’s found true love and family. But when the ranch is viciously attacked, and she and Javier’s little brother are kidnapped, she is no longer certain where her journey might end. Javier de la Ventura is plagued by a sense of responsibility for praying that God would leave Zara in his own Alta California. But when she suffers because of her association with him, he commits to finding a way for her to return to her own time, if she wishes it. His heart longs for her to stay, but his mind tells him she’d be safer in her own era. Battered by the FOUR WINDS, can Zara and Javier find a way to remain together…forever?
Lisa T. Bergren never ceases to amaze me, especially when there is time-travel, adventure, and romance involved. Just as expected, Four Winds has so much more in store for fans of the River of Time series. The sequel to Three Wishes is jam packed with that passion for a dangerous adventure and swoon-worthy romance that we all love and adore.
Zara is faced with deciding to go where God has called to go or to run away. Haven’t we all struggled with that? When God is calling us to stay where he sent us, but longing to go back home to what we know? That’s what Zara is struggling and she has a big decision to make.
What I appreciated about Zara’s character is that she’s no damsel in distress. She can take care of herself, defend herself, but appreciates when a man is protective of her. Even if women know how to protect themselves, knowing that they are cherished, valued, and worth protecting is something precious.
We also get to read from Javier’s point of view. That was a fantastic touch because readers get a chance to really understand what’s going through his head. I felt like I finally knew his character and not just from Zara’s point of view. Both Javier and Zara have tons of character development.
Filled with shipwrecks, pirates, parties, weddings, family, and so much more, readers of the original series (and perhaps those who are new to the books) will find themselves glued to the edges of their seats wanting more. The messages in this book were important lessons that we all go through and were fantastically done.
Negative things to note is that characters do drink wine and that there is some violence such as an attempted rape, but the author does not glorify it or go into detail.
Disclaimer: I won a complimentary copy in a giveaway from the author. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Lisa T. Bergren
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. She recently finished a teen series called Remnants (SEASON OF WONDER, SEASON OF FIRE, and SEASON OF GLORY). She’s also written the River of Time Series (WATERFALL, CASCADE, TORRENT, BOURNE & TRIBUTARY, DELUGE) and The Grand Tour Series (GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS, GRAVE CONSEQUENCES, GLITTERING PROMISES). She just released a new time-slip romance duology called River of Time: California (THREE WISHES and FOUR WINDS) and is researching her next trilogy, The Sugar Baron’s Daughters (releasing in 2018).
Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, consulting and helping Tim with his business. Her husband Tim is a sculptor of ducks-out-of-fenceposts (RMRustic.com), graphic designer and musician. They have three kids–Olivia (21), Emma (18) and Jack (13).
All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.