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The House of the Wind

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  446 ratings  ·  101 reviews
The internationally bestselling author of The Rose Labyrinth returns with a love story of magic and healing that takes readers from the heartache of a young human rights lawyer in present-day San Francisco to the lives of a courageous trio of women in medieval Tuscany.

A legendary ruin. An ancient mystery. Will unveiling the past transform the future?

San Francisco, 2007. Ma...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Washington Square Press (first published 2011)
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I really wanted to like this a lot more than I actually did. I adore historical fiction and I love the cleverness of concurrent storylines, centuries apart, having bearing on each other, but this just didn’t work for me.

The problem for me was that it was just too darned slow. Hardy uses achingly beautiful prose that absolutely sings off the page, but the plot unfolds at a maddeningly sedate pace, not just in one timeline, but in both. As a result, I grew bored with the characters, their loss, th...more
Linda Bridges
This intriguing dual-story line novel tells of Maddie Moretti, an up-and-coming lawyer in San Francisco who works for a human-rights firm. They are involved in a large class-action case in which many of the workers at Stormtree Components have experienced serious, if not life-threatening, illnesses for which the company is denying any responsibility. To complicate matters, Maddie has a past relationship with the owner of the firm. When tragedy strikes Maddie's personal life, she sinks into a de...more
Un avis un peu mitigé sur cette lecture car si j’ai particulièrement aimé les chapitres concernant l’histoire de Mia, Gennaro et Agnesca qui se passe dans la Toscane de 1347, j’ai eu beaucoup plus de mal à rentrer dans la partie contemporaine du livre et j’avoue que l’histoire de Maddie m’a un peu laissée sur ma faim. Je me suis beaucoup moins attachée aux personnages de cette époque, j’ai moins adhéré au récit et aux événements… Du coup, ce contraste entre les Etats-Unis et l’Italie et entre la...more
Blodeuedd Finland
This book alternates between 2 POVS. First there is Maddie in the present day who has lost someone near to her, and she is just slowly moving along She will go to Italy and stay with friends and that is where the second POV comes in. in 1347 a young woman lived at the place she visits and they are connected in some other way too, but that takes a while to know since we need to know young Mia's life first. The title comes from the woman Mia meets, a woman who is fleeing from a cruel fate.

I am a b...more
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Hardie has an entrancing way of mixing fiction with mythology and history. The resulting work combines contemporary story telling with a small education in legend. This story takes a legend, put into verse by Keats ( see article at The Eve of St. Agnes), and painted by Howard and mixes it up with today's world of lawsuits, power plays, love, travel, and family.As I am accustomed to fast moving genre fiction Hard...more
The House of the Wind, by Titania Hardie, tells the story of two women, centuries apart, whose lives are woven together by the myth of the woman who walked away unscathed from the ruins of the Casa al Vento. Madeline Moretti (Maddie), a lawyer from San Francisco in 2007, is mourning the accidental death of her fiancé. Maria Maddalena (Mia), living in Tuscany in 1347, has seen her own mother killled in a brutal fashion. We learn how their future unfolds and how history binds them together in a ve...more
I really wanted to like this a lot more than I actually did. I adore historical fiction and I love the cleverness of concurrent storylines, centuries apart, having bearing on each other, but this just didn’t work for me.

The problem for me was that it was just too darned slow. Hardy uses achingly beautiful prose that absolutely sings off the page, but the plot unfolds at a maddeningly sedate pace, not just in one timeline, but in both. As a result, I grew bored with the characters, their loss, th...more
Paula Dembeck
This is a long historical novel (just under 500 pages) that tells the story of two strong independent women who live several centuries apart, one in modern day San Francisco, the other in medieval times in Tuscany Italy.

Maddie Moretti is a young, smart human rights lawyer with a small law firm. They are currently working on a long legal case involving a company whose present day production practices are believed to be seriously affecting the health of their workers. Maddie’s story starts the day...more
Oct 29, 2011 Vivienne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of historical fiction
Recommended to Vivienne by: find books by title / author / isbn
I felt this was an excellent example of a novels in which contemporary and historical settings are interwoven. Sometimes such a mixing can be jarring but here it is seamless and feels very natural.

Titania Hardie takes her time in developing her characters and settings, which may not be to everyone's taste but this pace suited my mood perfectly.

She also exhibits her extensive knowledge of myth, legend and esoteric symbolism with confidence and grace.

I loved it.

Bought this book on impulse and totally judged it by its beautiful cover! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Probably 4 and a half stars but felt generous! Two story lines, one in the present and one in the 14th century, with similar themes and shared imagery. Loved the role of the wind, and the gardens as well as the characters and how they developed. Just a really great read with some depth to it, which gives it a meaningful feel.
Good vaca book. Below is Goodreads description.

A legendary ruin. An ancient mystery. Will unveiling the past transform the future?

San Francisco, 2007. Madeline Moretti is grieving after her fiancé's death. Nothing brings her joy any more, and Maddie’s grandmother, a fiery Italian, sends her to Tuscany to heal. Here, Maddie is immersed in the mystery of a ruined villa. Destroyed centuries ago in a legendary storm on the Eve of St. Agnes, it has been known ever since as the Casa al Vento—the House...more
Oct 29, 2011 Penelope rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of intelligent historical fiction.
Shelves: fiction
An atmospheric novel which whilst doesn't move along at any great pace manages to be wonderfully readable. Filled with evocative descriptions that transport you to other places and time and woven throughout with symbolism and mythology this is a book to be savoured like a fine wine. Beautiful!
A quick undemanding read. While I found the historical parts of the story interesting I din't like the modern day parts, I didn't care about any of the characters in the modern part of the story.
I barely had the chance to update my reading status here and I have already finished the book.

I'll begin with how confusing the book was, to be honest, with two different eras running simultaneously but alternating between each chapter. It was hard to keep track of the story when I have finished one in 2007 before reading another in the 1300s before the 2007 story continuing where it last stopped in the following chapter. Yes, it may be a wonderful book but I'll readily admit that this type of...more
Emily-Jane Orford
Mia and Agnesca could very well be friends with Maddie. Only they live about four hundred years apart. Mia and Agnesca live in the 17th century; Maddie lives in the 21st century. There is some connection, though. Maddie feels it and it helps her heal. As the reader follows parallel stories of Mia and Agnesca in the 17th century and Maddie in the 21st century, one wonders whose story helps whom, as each character must seek their release from grief and misery and troubling times. This is an excell...more
Tuesday, May 1, 2012The House of the Wind by Titania Hardie

*I received this book as an ARC. The review, and my opinions, are all my own.*

The House of the Wind by Titania Hardie is definitely not a fluffy beach-read. It is a book that demands to be savored slowly and thoughtfully with its lushly-written descriptions and gradually-evolving plot. Neither is it a book that can be fully appreciated the first time it is read. The reader may even feel a little frustrated with how slowly the plot prog...more
I don't usually give 5 stars to books but I feel this one deserves it.

Titania Hardie has a lovely writing style and she was able to set this books in 2 different centuries and make it actually work. The years were 2007 and 1348. Her descriptions of people and places are in depth and make you feel like you have actually been there and want to go back!

In the 1300s there is a young girl,Agnesca, said to be a heretic and accused of wiping out her family with a spell that caused the wind to devast...more
It doesn't happen often, but I couldn't finish a book. There are a lot of good elements in The House of the Wind by Titania Hardie, but after 246 pages I just wasn't feeling it. I usually give up on a book after about 70-80 pages. I go into every book believing I'm going to love, but sometimes that just isn't the case. I started The House of the Wind last month. There were some parts I found interesting, and others I didn't. I put it down and started other books, believing once I come back to it...more
Really enjoyed this book. Three very different but strong women have their story told throughout this book. The character of Mia is enchanting and you get to see her grow throughout the chapters of the book. This story is stein the past and the present. The present day story of Madeline finding herself again after experiencing a tragedy that destroys her faith in life. The introduction of Soren in madeline's life is not only a catalyst in Madeline retracing steps of the mystery of the three fema...more
I really, really, really enjoyed this book. I have to give it 4 out of 5 stars because it did start a little slow for me, but I liked the interwoven stories and I liked that it was about a life, not just an event. I think this book has received a lower ranking from some people because they want action and for things to always be happening. That is not what this book is about. It is a story that covers a lot of time and ground, and slowly meanders along. It is a novel telling how a woman recovers...more
Book Him Danno
I will be reviewing this title on my blog in a week or so and when post that review here at that time. was a bit long and drawn out for my taste...the editor could have used a freer hand in my opinion.

I had great hopes for this book and I have to say that I did enjoy the story once I found it. The story is beautifully written with flowery imaginative language with lovely literary illustrations. But along the way, the story the author was telling got misplaced and it took a bit to fi...more
Sandra Stiles
I have to say the writing was beautiful. This author definitely has a way with words. Although I enjoyed the story, which is actually told in two different time periods, I felt the story moved very slowly. That did not stop me from continuing on my reading journey.

The story starts out in the 1300’s with a young girl held prisoner in her own home for refusing to enter the convent. Instead she wants to marry a man she loves. The times dictate she must do as her parents say. On her last night of fr...more
Vicki G
This has happened to me so many times I finally feel the need to ask if other people ALSO experience this: You'll be going along in a book and everything is just great, relatively speaking; and sometimes the reading is an extreme pleasure. Then, with no warning at all, the book fizzles to a dead stop in the middle of things and if you're lucky remains a fizzle. If you're not the story actually gets worse from the point its excitement stopped.

I'm wondering why this is happening with so many books...more
Looking for a different romance? The writer begins this book with a tragedy that will lead the reader to believe there will be constant action, but what follows is a little like a slow-moving creek. However, the author has a way of writing that will likely intrigue the reader to keep reading. A young girl in the 1300's desires to marry her love, but her parents attempt to force her to enter a convent. She finds herself with a sudden choice and a gust of wind that makes that choice for her. The r...more
Indhu Mathew
It is really a good book!!!Though in the beginning i got little irritated at the way the story rocketed between the modern Maddie and timid Mia...lets say i was reading about Mia in one chapter and i was realy on pins and needle about the events taking place in her life but i got a bit annoyed with the author when i was catapulted into Maddie's life in the next chapter then again boomeranged back into Mia's life...but i think its a good idea...firstly we are forced to turn our pages to break the...more
This is a dual story jumping from the present in SF to the mid 1300 in Tuscany. In the present Maddie is a lawyer in the middle of a huge suit against a company that has allowed many people to become very sick in their factories and simultaneously her fianace is killed by a drunk driver. Her Grandmother sends her to Tuscany to stay with some friends who are renovating a marvelous estate. She finds friendship and passion for life again while there.
In the 1300s we are introduced to Maddie's ancest...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A unique piece of literary fiction that was so enjoyable, I may be short on words. There are two stories running at the same time and the intersect at just the right moment. One woman is in 2007 in San Francisco, has recently lost her fiance and is trying to deal with the grief of it all. Another young woman is in 1347 in Tuscany and is also dealing with losing a family member.

The parallels between these stories weren't too obvious to make the reader feel belittled, but they were subtle and swe...more
I rarely drop a read because I am always convinced that no matter how badly a book began, it should wowed me at one point or another. However, 20% through this book, I am convinced that the story had not wowed me at any point but bored me from page 1.

I picked up this book thinking that I am going to read something interesting that crossed centuries with their life entwining with one another because of the mystery of the house. However, 1/5 through the book, the story is going nowhere and instead...more
Too slow! I usually love historical fiction and narratives that take place in different eras (in this case, present day San Francisco and Tuscany in the 1300s) but this book didn't flow for me. I kept waiting for the real connection between the present day character and the character from the 1300s. Also, overall there were too many characters -- I think nearly every lawyer at Maddie's firm in SF gets a description. Really? Is that necessary? Because then we are introduced to a whole bunch of pl...more
My Thoughts: I have a deep compassion for stories like Hardie's The House of the Wind. Stories that seamlessly flow from one era to another and Hardie does a wonderful job crafting a defining separation between the tales of Maddie and Mia. Both women are experiencing a troubling time in their lives and the temporary escape to the House of the Wind reveals their inner strength. Hardie stays true to the time period. Maddie's modern world never collides with that of Mia despite some expected simila...more
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