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Where the Wind Blows (Prairie Hearts #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,804 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
Chase Logan lives by no man's leave, a solitary drifter who closed off his heart long ago - until the day he impulsively does a kindness for a beautiful young widow, and everything changes.

For two years, Jessie Strong has dreamt of the day she could bring little Sarah home from the orphanage and call the child her own. But when her husband dies, Jessie fears the family she
Paperback, 290 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Montlake Romance (first published July 28th 2009)
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Did not finish, but got halfway through. I bought this because I've been on a Western romance kick -- stories involving kids. This book fit the bill, set near Cheyenne, Wyoming about 1877, with two orphans playing major secondary roles. After buying the Kindle e-book, I got the audio from Audible for just an extra $1.99. Thank goodness, because the best thing about this whole deal is the narrator. Phil Gigante is top drawer. The story gets 2 stars, but his performance gets 4 (not crazy about how ...more

DNF 40%

Thought this had a virgin hero. It did not. It is also a clean read. Found out a little late. Was deceived by a "list" that had this under virgin heros.

Other things I did not like was the heros past with women constantly being thrown out and the fact he was hung up on a woman he loved who had died.

Not for me


The story itself is meh..thus the 2 stars. Bored.
Inspired Kathy
Feb 24, 2016 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I picked this up because it was labeled clean. It was a sweet story and while not squeaky clean it was not offensive to me. Mild religious elements but not preachy. A little sappy in places but enjoyable and I would read another by this author.

Content: mild language, non descriptive fade to black sex scene between a married couple
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Mary Turner
Jan 24, 2010 Mary Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really LOVED this story!
Two wounded people. A setting that could have been real. A simple love story.

Chase Logan is not the perfect looking hero. A drifter and somewhat weather beaten he is on a mission. He knows right from wrong and is left with the job of telling his partner's wife that her husband has died. He wants to finish his business and move on but then he hasn't met Jessie and Sarah yet. People who will chip away at his heart.

Jessie has one goal in mind: to keep Sarah and love her. Chase comes along and weave
Nadine Jones
Sep 30, 2014 Nadine Jones rated it did not like it
A completely mediocre romance set in Wyoming Territory, 1887 or thereabouts. Handsome Chase rides into town to tell cute little Jessie that her husband has died. Jessie lives way outside the edge of town. Plot device plot device plot device, then the two find themselves very attracted to each other, and forced to marry to save Jessie's reputation.

This is entertaining enough, but I find there is no sense of time and place - I want more mention of how hard life was back then, what Jessie & Ch
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
4 1/2 stars - good old fashioned Western performed by Phil Gigante. A definite one I'll listen to again.
Colleen Jorgensen
loved this charming book. Moves easily and effortlessly throughout the entire story, holding my interest.
Shanna Hatfield
Mar 31, 2012 Shanna Hatfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Caroline Fyffe's debut novel is well-worth the read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be checking into her other novels.

Since it falls into my favorite genre of historic romance, I couldn’t quite help myself when I saw it was available for a free Kindle download. You never know what to expect with some of the freebies you get, but I was hooked from the beginning.

The novel tells the story of Chase Logan, a good man who just can’t quite let himself set down any roots, and Jessie Strong, a young wo
When loner cowboy Chase Logan rides out to find Jessie Strong and tell her that she's now a widow, the last thing he expects to do his stay and pretend that he's her husband so that she can adopt two children from the orphanage in which she grew up.

Chase finds himself inexplicably drawn to Jessie and her new daughter Sarah, as well his ranch duties. Can it be that he is ready to settle down?

I read this for romance writers awards and really enjoyed it. Chase and Jessie are likeable characters and
Jul 22, 2010 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars. . .

Very, very sweet story. While the writing was generally good, there was a problem with the over-use of similes and too-corny western speak. When Ms Fyffe let the 'little darlin' speak go, it was a lovely little love story about two decent people trying to live a good life.
Sandy M
Jul 27, 2011 Sandy M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, historical
Every now and then a book comes along that is just so tender, so lovely you can’t help the emotions that roll through you. Every now and then an author comes along, who can write such a story successfully. This is one of those books. A story of tender love growing between two strangers thrown together by circumstance and who try to make the best of things. Caroline Fyffe is an author to keep your eye on. This is her debut book, so her future definitely looks very bright.

Chase Logan is a loner, a
Stephanie Thomson
Dec 26, 2015 Stephanie Thomson rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this read, it kept me entertained and it was a nice distraction. Lately I have been in the mood for a light clean romance and this hit the spot along with the second book in the series.
Jan 11, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Caroline Fyffe and it will definitely not be my last! I loved Jessie and Chase's story! I was drawn in by the raw beauty of the historical west she described as well as the individual characters! This is a sweet, tender romance that will touch your heart as well as your soul! I loved every second of it and can't wait to read more by this talented author!
I wasn't expecting much from this story and ended up liking it a lot more then I thought I would. For a romance novel it had good characters and depth. I ended up liking these two and really hoping for a happy outcome for both of them. This was a Christian romance only because they believed in God and prayed. There was no preaching it was more of an underlining current that ran threw the book. This book was fairly clean, there was one sex scene that was there but not too detailed, but you know w ...more
M.A. Nichols
Jul 10, 2016 M.A. Nichols rated it liked it
This was a fun book to read and I enjoyed it, but there was just something lacking in it that kept me from loving it. It's a perfectly serviceable story and the characters were fine, but for as hard as the main characters backstories were, it just didn't feel like there was enough conflict and drama between them. Almost like all their issues and problems were wrapped up fairly easily and without too much trouble.

Now, as I write, I think I'm figuring out just what my issue is with it. The descrip
Oct 28, 2011 Netanella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western-romance
I really liked this book, much more than I expected. Nice surprise, there, in fact. Chase Logan is a down-to-earth, sexy cowboy who comes to town to tell a young woman that she's been recently widowed. Events conspire to keep the two together in a charming, touching way. I think that's probably the best way to describe this book - charming and delightful. I will definitely pick up another from Caroline Fyffe.
Marlene Moore
May 06, 2016 Marlene Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where the Wind Blows

I'm always amazed at the story lines and characters that Caroline Fyffe writes about. She weaves together stories that keep you riveted and the characters are so real and vibrant that they are almost real. Her imagination and style are evident in every book she writes. This story kept me so engrossed that I would lose track of time. This is one book in a series. I've been reading the books in order and have been very impressed that she doesn't become predictable like many oth
Gail Jicinsky
Aug 08, 2014 Gail Jicinsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this is her debut novel!

I can't believe this is her debut novel!

What a great story,with so many mini stories unfolding and entwined throughout. This would make a great movie or tv series. I highly recommend Where the Wind Blows.
May 18, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-ebook
It was a cute storyline although a little hard to believe. One short love scene that started to make me skim... but since the couple was married, I was just ok with it. Still a fun read for those who like a mystery, action, wild west romance.
Taria Reed
Nov 28, 2015 Taria Reed rated it it was ok
ok the story wasn't bad. mrs hollyhawk had me wanting to curse a blue streak. if there's one thing i can't stand it's a busy body who oversteps the line. Jessie was young and most of her actions showed that and can sometimes translate into her being TSTL. BUT again she's 18 and I chalk that up to her being young. The almost 4yr old girl speaking and behaving like a 2yr old was kinda annoying. And don't get me started on Chase getting damn near choked out by Gabe. Sidebar Gabe is 13!!!

and mrs ho
Jeene Hobbs
May 13, 2015 Jeene Hobbs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
no good deed goes unpunished

This story is set in Wyoming Territory in 1878. Chase Logan has the unpleasant task of delivering bad news to a young widow. He is traveling between ranch jobs and stops to relate the news and deliver the cowboy's pay. Of course nothing is that simple. Jessie is waiting for her adopted daughter to arrive. Somebody shoots Chase. There is gossip in the town and they leave to make a new life.

This is truly a "when life gives you lemons..." story. These characters play a
Sep 24, 2012 JaNeen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just accidentally found this book and I am so glad I did! It was so captivating that I could not put it down! It was a clean western romance- my favortite. I just loved all the characters! I will remember this author!
Linda C
Chase Logan plans to stop by Jessie Strong's place to bring her news of her husband's death and give her her husband's pay then continue on to his next job. But Jessie has a problem. She and Nathan had planned to adopt a 4 year old from the same orphanage that Jessie grew up in and they were bringing her tomorrow. Before Chase can leave they arrive and Jessie's pleading eyes get him to pretend to be Nathan to get the child. Along with the child, Sarah, is a young 14 year old Gabe who is like a b ...more
Theresa Ragan
Mar 23, 2011 Theresa Ragan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ready this book way back when and I can still easily conjure up the characters in my mind. I adored Chase and Jessie. Caroline Fyffe writes the kind of books that make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Debbie Saraceni
Oct 06, 2014 Debbie Saraceni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read

What a great story about finding love in the most unexpected places. Chase has the unpleasant task of telling Jessie her husband died but finds so much more than expected. Jessie is caught by surprise when Chase arrives to let her know Nathan has passed. It starts a chain of events that will eventually lead them to their HEA. The author does a great job of telling their story. All the secondary characters were well developed and played an amazing role in the story. The storyli
Haley Whitehall
Feb 12, 2014 Haley Whitehall rated it liked it
This is a sweet historical romance about two wounded people finding each other. Wanting to try a book by Caroline Fyffe I checked this book out from the library. It was a quick read with lots of historical details but the story never came to life for me. After finished it I still don't feel like I know Jessie or Chase well. Despite being a full length novel the story seemed surface level to me and there wasn't much of an outside plot. I kept reading because I cared more about the adorable childr ...more
B. D. Mann
Feb 07, 2016 B. D. Mann rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of clean romance novels and this offering by Caroline Fyffe did not disappoint. I am a firm believer that truly talented authors can stand on their own without compromising moral standards and resorting to porn. This was my first read of an offering by Caroline Fyffe and I will be back for many more. I found the page turning story line captivating, believable, and reasonable. Others have already disclosed far too much of the plot for my taste so I will not add spoilers to my revie ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must for anyone who loves a great western historical romance.
Anne OK
Aug 27, 2011 Anne OK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Another great western and I can't wait for the next book.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Caroline Fyffe was born in Waco, Texas, the first of many towns she would call home during her father's career with the US Air Force. A horse aficionado from an early age, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University-Chico before launching what would become a twenty-year career as an equine photographer. She began writing fiction to ...more
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