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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In her debut novel A Fickle Wind, author Elizabeth Bourne takes us on a journey of a young girl caught in the throes of World War II, who begins to fantasize and dream about a better life for herself. It reads like an autobiography and, for a while, readers must remind themselves that the story is fiction with nonfiction events woven into it. We first meet a girl who feels loved by her absent father and ostracized by her mother. It is England during the war, everyone lives in fear and they live on whatever is available for survival. The child has hopes of a better life and she begins to realize her dreams when she accepts a two-year internship in Canada. From there, she marries and moves to California where she finally begins to feel a sense of self-worth by landing an important job. Never having seen a healthy marital relationship, the woman soon becomes disheartened by a marriage she simply accepted.
A Fickle Wind is, in many ways, a novel of its time in that male and female roles were firmly defined and, for the most part, accepted. The transition from the "good girl" image to that of a woman who explores and fights for what is important to her is heartwarming. I think I was somewhat disappointed to later on see that woman become a bit superficial and materialistic. But, author Bourne does graphically demonstrate in her lead character that you are oftentimes a product of your own wants and needs. In that respect, the lead character was one to remember. All in all, a pretty good debut novel.