Wind Over Marshdale, by Tracy Krauss | #fictionfridayPosted by Nona King on Oct 12, 2012 in #fictionfriday, book reviews, Word Obsession (blog) | 1 comment
About the Book
Wind Over Marshdale is the story of the struggles within a small prairie town when hidden evil and ancient medicine resurface. Caught in the crossfire, new teacher Rachel Bosworth finds herself in love with two men at once. First, there is Thomas Lone Wolf, a Cree man whose blood lines run back to the days of ancient medicine but who has chosen to live as a Christian and faces prejudice from every side as he tries to expose the truth/ Then there is Con McKinley, local farmer who has to face some demons of his own. Add to the mix a wayward minister seeking anonymity in the obscurity of the town; eccentric twin sisters – one heavily involved in the occult and the other a fundamentalist zealot; and a host of other ‘characters’ whose lives weave together unexpectedly for the final climax. This suspenseful story is one of human frailty – prejudice, cowardice, jealousy, and greed – magnified by powerful spiritual forces that have remained hidden for centuries, only to be broken in triumph by grace.
Review, by Nona King
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I turned on my nookcolor because I did not read the “back cover copy.” I find I do that most often when I know that I’m going to read the book no matter what it might say. Having read Play it Again by Tracy earlier this year, I knew her characters would engage me, but I had no idea they would be the end all and be all as to why I would stay enthralled.
Their struggles and their passions, their confusions and agonies about loves and losses and faith all spoke to my heart in a different fashion. As per my usual, I was drawn more by the agonies of Thomas and Con than I was of the female character. In fact, I found myself drawn most strongly to Thomas right off the bat, especially since he was the one who more prominently opened the action of the novel and introduced the possible main story conflict.
Tracy has a compelling hand when it comes to weaving faith and family, as well as those heart-pounding passions, into her characters and her story. I adored Whisper especially. The only two things that kept WOM from getting a solid 5 star rating were *spoiler alert*:
- Rachel’s coming to faith. It was simply too sudden. Up until that point it was clear how she regarded the Christian faith as a “load of crap”. Then she suddenly prayed for God to save her and accepted Jesus into her heart as savior? If there could have been weaving in of internal questions and heart tugs, her coming to faith would have been a lot easier to swallow.
- Everything was solved at the end and tidied together into a nice, neat package. Life is not this neat, unfortunately. There were even some items solved that I didn’t even realize needed solving. That is, they were so minor, if they were left alone it would have contributed more to the realism of life in Marshdale than if they were solved.
These two things did not negate my thorough enjoyment of the characters and the story. I look forward to the next novel by Tracy.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Would I read it again: Yes!
Would I recommend it to others: Yes!
About the Author
Tracy Krauss is an author, playwright, artist, director, and teacher. She grew up in small town Saskatchewan and received her Bachelor of Education Degree in Saskatoon with majors in Art, English and History. She has lived in many interesting places in northern Canada, many of them north of the 60th parallel. She is currently a full time High School teacher of Art, Drama, English and History. She is currently working on several novels and stage plays, and resides with her husband in beautiful Tumbler Ridge, BC.