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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Destiny’s Whirlwind by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield follows the life of Collina McConnell as she faces the task of taking over the running of the estate following her father’s death. Collina had always been dedicated to the farm and the animals and the land, until Franklin Long arrived to spend some time helping out. Then he received his orders to fight in a war in a land far away from the estate of Shushan, and from Collina. Suddenly, Collina finds herself reevaluating all that she had thought important in her life, and she finds herself led in a way she had never thought possible.
The author, Catherine Ulrich Brakefield, has crafted a world where life appears simpler and less complicated, yet there are turmoils within the family and within the mind of Collina, the main protagonist. Franklin Long is roguish yet likeable and the reader is left willing the two to be together. The writing flows smoothly, and the characters are well developed and believable, as is the setting of the Shushan estate. The pace is consistent and, whilst not a fast-paced story, the steady flow makes for a relaxing read and yet still a page-turner. The writing is appropriate for the era, with a clear voice throughout. Destiny’s Whirlwind is book 2 in the Destiny series, and whilst it is an historical romance, it is intertwined with a Christian ethos where Collina endeavours to base all her life decisions on the teachings of the Bible. A nice, gentle read with a genuine feel-good factor.