Anyone who visits the Mediterranean island of Sardinia is almost certain to fall head-over-heels for her charms, just as I did. From the stunning mountain scenery and beautiful beaches to the welcoming people and delicious cuisine, I loved it all. And when asked to review, Lexa Dudley’s novel ‘The Whispering Wind‘ set on this lovely Italian island, I was more than happy to oblige.
Right from the start, I was hooked, as Lexa brings to life the Sardinia I so fondly remembered. Her charming heroin, Elise is a visitor to the island, escaping a loveless marriage. When Beppe, a stereotypically tall, dark and handsome hero, meets this lovely newcomer, despite knowing that it breaks every rule that he has been brought up to believe in by his fervently religious mother, he falls hopelessly in love with the married Elise.
Throughout the book Lexa paints a vivid picture of the warm and welcoming Sardinian people, as well as the beauty of the island which Beppe delights in showing Elise – you can almost smell the sea air and taste the roasted suckling pig. More than that, this novel gives a wonderful insight into the culture, traditions, history and sense of community that anyone with an interest in Sardinia will find fascinating.
It’s an easy read that’s hard to put down as it takes you on a roller-coaster of an emotional ride. The unexpected twist towards the end had me literally sobbing out loud, something a book has never managed to achieve before. I couldn’t recommend it more highly to anyone who loves Sardinia or would simply enjoy reading a first class romantic novel.
‘The Whispering Wind’ can be bought from Amazon for Kindle or paperback, The Whispering Wind: Two Lives, One Heartbreaking Story.
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It sounds as though the author has done a great job of bringing the locale to life and combining it with an excellent storyline. Great review, thank you.
I love reading books that bring a location to life, especially if I am about to travel there. I also find this type of writing is great for helping me get through the cold winters of Boston. Thanks for the tip.
I do like to read travel books set in different destinations, and Sardinia is somewhere I would love to visit, so will have to look this one up for my 2015 reading list.
I do hope you get to visit Sardinia one day, a very special place.
I loved Sardinia, just the little corner we saw of it this year. And I love reading books based in places i’ve been and that are travel fiction -will look this one up in the new year!
I’m sure you’d really enjoy it Anna. It would give you a great insight into the island.
I’ve never been to Sardinia but it’s always a pleasure to be able to visit somewhere you’ve read about, be it fiction or fact. A lot of research or first hand experiences can go into novels like this, and it sounds like this one is no exception.
It’s one of the best researched books I’ve ever read and really brings Sardinia to life.
Wow, how timely. I want to visit Sardinia for 2015, so I’m looking forward to reading this ebook, thanks for the review Kat!
My pleasure, I hope yo enjoy it as much as I did.