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Color of the Wind

(The Women's West #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Let the acclaimed Elizabeth Grayson touch your heart as only she can...with a poignant, passionate story of a woman's sacred promise and a man's search for himself amid the dangerous splendor of the West.

A deathbed request...

To honor the promise she gave her dying stepsister, Ardith Merritt must take her niece and nephews to their father--a continent away from her comforta
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 4th 1999 by Bantam
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
A good, highly-rated book with a solemnly treated dumped-for-her-sister story that opens 16 years later in 1880s America. A book that left me antsy because it fell short of my expectations.

**Spoilers**The H was the h’s fiancé at one time. He was 24 and she, 19 during this arranged engagement. Then the H exchanged one flirtatious glance with the h’s glittering and vivacious younger (barely 17 y.o.) sister, and honor and commitment went out the window - and off to Gretna Green after a night s
At 39 years of age, Baird Northcross had nothing to show for himself except his three children. Selfish, flighty and just plain no-good, he never had to account for his actions. Until now.

From his home in England to the back-country of Wyoming, he was what was referred to as a 'remittance man': an emigrant supported with monies from his paternal home. He was the family's black sheep; his uncle, the Earl of Northam, was disgusted with his wastrel life. Because of one-too-many disgraces, Baird was
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotional engagement and character growth is what this book is about. Ardith is a closed-off spinster who makes a death bed promise to her sister. Baird is a self-absorbed absentee father. This story is about their challenges, their fears and their joys. We feel along with them as they grow into the people they should be. Family, friends, the old west, tragedy and triumph complete the story. I received this book from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure I was going to like the character of Baird Northcross as he seemed selfish and arrogant but as the story progressed he changed into a likeable character. His sister in law, Ardith, was a strong woman who was instrumental in helping Baird face up to his responsibilities as a father. This was an enjoyable read, maybe a little too slow in places, but it certainly seemed to capture the essence of the West. There were a number of different elements in the story, some linked to the past ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers

One of those books that Lorraine Heath does better. Englishmen playing at being cowboys. The hero is a wimp. Sorry can't see him him pitching hay, breaking horses better then the local bronc buster or saving the heroine from a mountain lion. Oh, that's right he didn't save her she saved herself. Good shot Ardith.

The heroine is very nice. Practically perfect. Except she can't get over the fact her sister was the pretty one. Granted her sister ran off with her groom on he
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I found this in a box of books slated for the dumpster after a yard sale in my neighborhood, and I'm thankful I saved this unexpected treasure. The story is set in the Wyoming Territory in the 1880s and involves Ardith, a "plain" woman who was jilted for her sister years ago, and Baird, the man who jilted her and is now struggling to keep his cattle together and to prove himself. Ardith has brought her niece and nephews to their father after her sister's death, and everyone is trying to find the ...more
This book was not an easy ride...

The heroine, Ardith, was betrothed to the hero, Baird, 16 years ago. The night of their betrothal party he met her sister Ariel and sparks flew I guess...
For 3 weeks those 2 assholes being sneaking around, falling in love, kissing and meeting in an hotel apparently. She was 16 or 17 and he was 24.
Then the night before the wedding, they decided to run to Gretna Green, and how poor Ardith gets the news? The morning of the wedding she received a letter from the los
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ardith promised her dying sister to take her children (her sister's children) out west to join their father. Her brother-in-law Baird's last chance as far as his snooty English family is concerned is managing a cattle ranch and making it pay. He has no real relationship with his kids, and when she realizes that, Ardith decides to stay until he gets one.

Things are complicated because when Baird decided to elope with Ardith's sister, Ardith is the one he left standing at the altar.

This book is a

Well written. Very saga like, but I enjoyed.
Maria Dariotis
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! An emotional read about second chances, family and sacrifices. Sometimes growth takes time and it takes a MAN to admit to passed mistakes.
I truly enjoyed this and couldn’t put it down!

I received a complimentary copy from ebook Discovery. This is my honest unbiased opinion.
There is an appearance of(view spoiler) from Book 1 in the story, but can still be read as a stand-alone. ...more
Lorena Helfers
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine story about inside feelings

Two things I love is art and deep descriptions of the unspoiled earth. The story was longer than some but filled with interesting dynamics. The romance was long time coming but was luscious and not graphic. I loved how a woman can make a man see a different way of thinking about life. Aren't we great!!
Frances  Hughes
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story

I am astonished at the depth and complexity of these stories and how I've not come across this author before. Again redemption is a strong feature in the book. How she manages to redeemed Norcross the hero is impressive .lovely to catch up with the Jalbert family
Margaret Watkins
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well written and beautifully descriptive, the author once again paints a picture with words that made me feel as if I was part of the story. One could only feel for Ardith as she has to keep her promise the take her dead sister's children to their father in Wyoming, especially since he is the man that jilted her at the altar. Ardith discovers that she has more depth and character than she even thought, as the landscape and the three children in her charge bring about changes in her life and her ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ardith Merritt takes her niece and nephews from Boston to Wyoming to their father because their mother (Her sister Ariel) has passed away. We see her trials and errors as she realizes as a "Spinster" she does not have any skills towards raising children. She does however have a good mind and writes Childrens books. Her Brother in law Baird Northcross was sent from England to wyoming to make up for his wild ways by running a Ranch. The land calls to both Ardith and Baird in ways neither thought w ...more
Martha B.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Emotional Panorama in Vivid Color

Set in the vast free ranges of nineteenth century Wyoming, forgiveness is the theme of Color of the Wind by Elizabeth Grayson. Not just forgiving those who committed the wrong, but forgiving ones self, which is often more difficult.

Firstly, I liked the story. I liked the mental picture Ms. Grayson painted, not only of the raw and rugged setting of the cattle ranching, but of each character within this compelling story.

Secondly, I liked the characters, both t
Joan Osborne
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Western second chance romance

This was a wonderful Western second chance romance with a brave heroine and a hero just waiting to be redeemed. At first, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to like Baird as I felt he had done such hurt to Ardith by abandoning her the day before their marriage to willingly run off with her half sister to Gretna Green. Ardith was not considered beautiful and she was a tall woman while her half sister was extremely beautiful so the fact that Baird saw only wha
This was a much deeper and rich story than I expected for a western romance. Good interplay of characters. Ardith Merritt’s sister has died living three children who need to be chaperoned on a trip west from Boston to their father in Wyoming territory. As much as she does not want to have anything to to do with their father, Baird, who left her at the altar to run off with her sister, she does feel obligated to her promise to her sister. With this trip, the west opens up whole new horizons to Ar ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ardith headed for the west with her late sister's three kids to deliver them to their father due to the death bed promise she made her. Despite being filled with anger and past hurt because she was left at the altar by the same man and her sister years ago, she proceeded on the journey...
Baird had been exiled to the west due to his past failures and shortcomings. But it turned out to be a place that called out to him, but will he be able to discover himself and accomplish his task? "I received
Ed Burke
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good writing, great reading

This is only the second book I've read by this author who is a singular mix of D. Holland, C. Fyffe and Louis L'Amour. The characters are well rounded yet flawed, the situations are not standard MOB fare, the backgrounds are well researched and the flow and editing are outstanding. Well done. Oh, and she can write accurately about men...that's a gold star right there!
Renita Andries ♡
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Over the past few months I've noticed that I've only wanted to read western romance and then I came across the opportunity to read this book and I couldn't be more happy with my decision to accept. It was a remarkably well written book. Loved the characters and the story line. Definitely recommend reading this book if your looking for a great western romance to read.

I received this book from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.
Betty Lambert
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was ok. It just lacked a lot of oomph and passion. Story line was good but Ms. Grayson could have added a lot more ambition to some of the characters. It was the kind of book where you just knew where it was headed and what the ending would be even before you got halfway through. Just not my kind of reading.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A simple story, but entertaining reading. I liked the setting in Wyoming on a ranch in the late 1800's with some stories of horse breaking, cattle rustling, and interesting relationships with a father getting to know his children. ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Western romance

Several steamy scenes, and a few cuss words. I liked the characters, and the storyline flowed nicely. I think the steam was not really called for. Could have EASILY been clean, and made it a more believable story.
Tiffany H
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: second-choice
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Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotional growth is the lesson here. Ms. Grayson did a good jov on all counts. I still couldn’t like Baird though. I received this book from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily post this review. This is my honest review.
Jean Sheffield
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Reading

Following the story of Ardith and Baird, along with the children, will keep you entertained. You won't want to put it down!
Maryann Sulic
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an interesting read and sweet romance! Book may be 20 years old, but a good story stands the test of time. I'll definitely check out more by Elizabeth Grayson.
Jerry Jares
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ardith Merritt, living in Boston, has a comfortable life as a children's book illustrator. However, her dying sister asks Ardith to take her 3 children to their father in Wyoming. Baird Northcross is in Wyoming Territory because he is such a disappointment to his esteemed family.

Running the family ranch, Sugar Creek, is Baird's last-ditch effort at redemption. However, little in Baird's education or experience has prepared him for such a task. Baird has been a vagabond and adventurer, not an acc
Synopsis: Baird is of nobility, and has never settled down, even though he got married and had children. After one of his mistakes ends up with his cousin getting killed, his uncle, who is the head of the family, banishes him to a run a ranch in Wyoming. Baird asks his wife and children to join him there, having every expectation that his wife's father won't want to be away from his daughter and will order them home. Ardith, who writes and illustrates children's books, promised her dying sister ...more
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Elizabeth Grayson fell in love with historical novels in the third grade. Her teacher read THE GOLD LACE COAT, by Helen Fuller Orton, to her class in preparation for their trip to Fort Niagara—and Elizabeth was hooked. She’s been reading and writing historical novels ever since.

aka Elizabeth Kary
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