Title: Voices in the Wind
Author: Judy Bruce
Genre: Literary Fiction, Suspense
The story is set in western Nebraska in the American Midwest. A young attorney accepts a job at her imperious father’s law firm, which forces her to confront tragedies old and new, and leads her into a harrowing fight for survival and the transformation that brings forgiveness and a new perspective.
Along the way, the heroine, Megan, must deal with a crooked attorney, a tornado, lots of root beer, a blond stud, voices in the wind, heartbreak, a lunatic with a shotgun, delicious pastries, isolation, and lies.
This rugged High Plains land of Megan’s hometown is the desolate, windblown, harsh land of the pioneer, American Indian, and cowboy. Even in adulthood, it stirs a strange yearning in Megan, as she deals with the pressures of a law firm and a new love, as well as her attempts to unravel the haunting mystery surrounding her mother. Meanwhile, a disturbed neighbor seeks vengeance against Megan and her friend, driving them into the darkness of the rough land in a test of her wits, fortitude, and resourcefulness. Ultimately, her greatest challenge is to forgive.
Megan is a recent graduate of law school and she’s at a crossroads. Does she stay in Dexter and do what is expected of her or does she take the job in Omaha? She returns home for the funeral of her father’s best friend and partner in his law firm. There’s something so familiar about coming home and yet she knows things will be different between her and her father. She’s grown up and she’s now a strong, independent woman.
As she acclimates being back in Dexter and the townsfolk who know her, she’s dealt a serious blow and wonders why she came back in the first place. Coming home is never easy and Megan soon learns there’s more going on in the small town of Dexter than she first thought. The voices in the wind beckon her to uncover the truth and set them free. Can she learn how to handle all the new pressures and unravel the truth or will forces greater than her destroy all that she holds dear?
This is book one in a series from Judy Bruce and as a first book, it’s pretty good. The writing is descriptive and makes me feel like I’m right in the middle of Nebraska. The characters are well-developed (for the most part) and there’s a certain familiarity to Megan that connects me to the story. Maybe it’s the fact that I grew up in Minnesota and can relate on that level.
The scenery and setting are spot-on and the writing style reminds me of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Judy Bruce transports the reader to the Midwest and you get to experience everything from a tornado to the vastness of the landscape.
The plot, while well-conceived, drags a bit here and there. There are spots that could’ve been tightened up.
Overall, this is a beautiful story of the resilience of the human spirit and its ability to forgive those who hurt us most. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
Megan. When we first meet Megan, she is returning home after her father’s friend and partner in his law firm passes away. Her father assumes she will move back home and be his partner in his law firm. I like how we see her mature and come into her own. She asks the tough questions and when pushed to her limits, she realizes she has incredible inner strength. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
My Rating: 4 stars
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Hello, book fans. I am the mother of two, the wife of one, and the sibling of three (formerly four). I also blog at https://heyjoood.com where I ramble about favorite books and movies and personal topics–my younger sister Janet who died of brain cancer, and my autistic son Danny who takes quirky to an amazing level. Aside from writing novels, I have contributed various works on law, history, and social issues. I am a Kirkus Reviews Featured Author, and a member of Goodreads, the Authors Guild, the Cassell Network of Writers, and the American Film Institute. Yet my true love, apart from my family, is fiction—writing and reading it.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N