Saturday, June 4, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: "Blaming The Wind" by Alessandra Harris




Blaming the Wind 
By Alessandra Harris 
Genre: Women’s Fiction 
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing 

Sophia Douglas can’t shake the fear that she’s in over her head. A spontaneous elopement and a layoff from her high-paying job are stressful enough, but a plus sign on her pregnancy test sends her into a panic.  Fearing her husband, Terrence, might leave like her father did, Sophia confides her insecurities to Tara, her friend and mom of three. 
Though Tara Fisher encourages Sophia to trust Terrence, she’s hiding her own secret: a handsome attorney is pursuing her, and she’s questioning her commitment to Josh, her husband of ten years.   After a devastating career-ending accident, Josh has changed and so have Tara’s feelings for him. 
When a crisis arises that threatens to destroy Sophia and Terrence’s young marriage, Sophia must either overcome her fear of abandonment or lose everything she never knew she wanted.  Meanwhile, as Tara is torn between responsibility and passion, her imperfectly put together life starts to unravel, and ghosts from her past resurface to haunt her. 
As these two couples grapple with secrets, temptation, and illness, only time will tell if their vows are strong enough to hold them together. 


Author Bio 
Alessandra Harris loves drama… well, on the page, that is.  As a writer of women’s fiction, she delves into real-life issues without shying away from controversial topics.   
After graduating from San Jose State, Alessandra volunteered as a contributing writer for CityFlight.com, a former online magazine geared toward the San Francisco Bay Area’s African American Community.  An avid reader of women’s fiction, she transitioned to writing fiction with the help of writing instructors and critique groups.   
Currently, Alessandra is the organizer of San Jose Writers, a diverse group of writers in the South Bay Area, California.  At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four wonderful children. 

Twitter: @alessandrah17 
On Red Adept: http://bit.ly/25Jh1QJ   

MY REVIEW:

This was a book that made me think of a soap opera written by a psychologist. Weird analogy, I know. I read a lot of women's fiction, and while it isn't my favorite genre, I do find enjoyment every so often leaving the world of fantasy for some reality-based fiction. Usually I do so to remind myself how messed up real life can be, because no genre does drama like women's fiction!
Mrs. Harris wrote a really great character in Sophia. She's not always strong or reasonable, but her emotional scars make her a character you want to take and wrap in a blanket and tell her it's going to be okay. I didn't like Tara as much, but that's personal preference and nothing more.
The book does have a tendency to get overly dramatic, which I know some readers will like. Personally, I thought it could have done with a little less of the histrionics.
It was a good book, and I will read more of Mrs. Harris' work in the future!

4/5--well-written!

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