The Wind Weeps (Part one of a two-book series. Read "Reckoning Tide" for the conclusion.)
From big city boredom to B.C.’s West Coast—and what does Andrea find?
Marriage and a new home?
Learning to fish, hunt, and survive in the wilderness. Yes.
But Andrea finds herself in an abusive marriage with a crazy man. We are left wondering if old loves and new skills will save her when her husband's instability threatens her life?
The Wind Weeps, is a must-read for any woman going into a relationship. But it is also a man's story as it involves the rugged world of commercial fishing on the coast.
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Having spent a year on the BC coast, I had learned that there was a rough and tumble attitude that prevailed among fishermen as a sort of sub-culture that intrigued me - hence, my interest in this book. It turned out to be a double-treat, however: With no minced words and nothing glossed over, the author not only immersed me into this sub-culture, she also told a spell-binding story. If you've never spent time on the Canadian west coast, you'll want to after reading this book. And you may even turn out to be like Andrea and get more of an adventure than you bargained for.
I just finished reading The Wind Weeps by Anneli Purchase. It is a very good read with true and knowledgeable descriptions of the BC coast.
It is a "couldn't-put-it-down-until-I'm finished" book. All along I was rooting for Andrea. I would like to see a sequel so I don't have to guess at what happened next.
I had the good fortune of being one of the "first readers" of this book just prior to publication.
From the sheltered life in Ontario, Andrea crosses the continent to the rugged world of West Coast British Columbia. This story sucks the reader in with a humorous and intriguing look at the lives of commercial fishermen. The reader is caught in Andrea's life as her decisions lead her down a path she could never have anticipated. Soon you are sitting on the edge of your chair, tense with worry about Andrea. And the ending!? All I can say is that there had better be a sequel. The mechanics are solid, the imagery vivid and the emotional impact will have you rooting for Andrea.
A really good story! We don't always make the right choices. We always think we can change people but human nature is very complex. Set in an unforgiving landscape of fittest survival, the human is a fragile and troubled creature. This is a book where the writer clearly knows that small mistakes can hook you in the mouth like a salmon on a merciless steel line. The water is cold for any warm blooded stranger who falls in the struggle. Yet this is the true life for these characters on the fishing grounds of the North. No ice can freeze the heat of desire and no innocence of springtime can un-cry the tears of youthful regret. Set in an awesome savage beauty, the human spirit goes on through real and imagined kisses and wine to find a wider perspective. We are free because love imprisons us. I adored this book for its exploration of this dilemma set in the real lives of real folk. No highfalutin literati posturing but a hand on the winch, a knife in the hand and a pulse in the flesh mix in this story. The style is straightforward without gratuitous flourishes - a bit like ice and a loving kiss. A sexually sophisticated and tension packed story. A good good read!
Elise and Hazel:
Loved it! Love the title! Loved the contents, as they kept us interested and engaged. Learned more about the lonely life of fisher people, and we revisited some of our personal dockside stories. The book touches on many topics most people will not talk about. It has some interesting dynamics with isolation. Why would the wind weep? There are a number of ways this is revealed. It makes us think that we all have stories that need to be written!
Make your next read, the Wind Weeps.
Looking forward to your next book! Brava! Anneli