The Wayward Wind by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

New Concepts Publishing

Historical (Western) Romance

ISBN: 978-1-60394-137-2

Reviewed by Tanya



Sloan Harper has not had a good decade.  Five years ago, he watched his family all perish in a horrific fire that was set by another.  Then he was sent to a federal penitentiary for a crime he didnít commit.  Both the fire and the trumped-up charge for his imprisonment were done by the same man, and Sloan vows that someday he will get revenge.  When the opportunity arises, he escapes and heals from his ordeal.  Then he sets his plans in motion. He is going to steal his enemyís only heir and beloved daughter (who are one in the same).  He figures that is the only thing he can take from Dalton that might hurt as much as Sloan has hurt.  He plans to get Peyton pregnant, thereby setting her ruination in motion and damaging the Dalton name.  What he didnít count on were the feelings he might develop for her, or how her father will react to the capture.

Payton Dalton has long wished for a life different than the one she has.  She wants a family to call her own with a husband and maybe even children.  But her controlling father will never let that happen.  He has groomed her to take over the ranch and all that entails, though it will deny her what she really wants.  Then suddenly she is kidnapped and her world is turned upside down.

The Wayward Wind was a good, solid story, but it is not one of my favorite stories by Ms. Boyett-Compo.  I felt that the story was set up nicely, but then it seemed to skip a number of steps in relationship building in the middle.  I felt that the way Peyton accepts things and how Harper seems to change his mind happened a little out of the blue.  I did like the different characters, especially Snake, and the descriptions of the times and border areas.  So while The Wayward Wind is an interesting look at the ruthless land barons in early Texas, it just didnít click with me.  That being said, Ms. Boyett-Compo has written a number of books I have thoroughly enjoyed, so I will keep seeking her out as an author.


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