September Wind Book Two

Passage to Emancipation (September Wind series)

Fiction - Drama
294 Pages
Reviewed on 09/07/2023
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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Kathleen Janz-Anderson continues Emily’s story in September Wind Book II: Passage to Emancipation. Emily waited for Shayne to appear, but he never showed up. When she entered The Palace, Ms. Bea told her that Shayne was no longer allowed there and was married with children. She also told Emily that she would still be required to be a prostitute on the nights that she was not dancing. Donald Schillings offered Emily a proposition that she couldn’t refuse. She was to be a nanny for his two children, Maria and Nathan. Emily noticed that Schillings paid little attention to his children. When she told him that the children would enjoy riding, he built a stable. Much to Emily’s dismay, Schillings hired Paul to teach the children to ride. Emily felt Paul was spying on her.

Kathleen Janz-Anderson connected Emily’s past to her current life with ease. Despite how vile Claude had been to her, Emily felt guilty for killing him. It was easy to understand why Emily wanted to leave The Palace. I thought her attachment to Maria and Nathan was endearing and assisted with their behavioral change. Several significant events built tension between Schilling and Emily. He restricted her ability to contact the outside world. The transitions from each day to the next made for an easy-to-follow timeline. The vivid detail given of Emily’s inner thoughts was flawless. I could understand her instinctual need to protect Maria and Nathan. The revelations as the story reached a climax were unexpected. I am eager to read the next edition of the series. Anyone who enjoys stories about young women facing genuine struggles would like September Wind II.

Rabia Tanveer

September Wind: Passage to Emancipation is the second book in the September Wind series by Kathleen Janz-Anderson. Emily was looking forward to marrying Shayne, but things were not as they seemed. She had packed her bags and was ready to leave The Palace behind when she found Shayne had lied to her. She never felt more alone, but the fire in her heart was still alive. Emily made friends and made peace with her situation but kept the desire to get out of the brothel in her heart. However, something unexpected happened. Emily’s father was alive, and that wasn’t the only secret being kept from her. Before she knew it, Emily was unraveling secrets and finding more reasons to fight. But why did Emily’s father leave her behind with her cruel grandfather?

Kathleen Janz-Anderson ensured her readers were in for a treat for the second time. Emily was learning to survive in the big city but still had that spark. Emily was no longer naïve and knew her way around the treacherous world. Working for Donald proved very beneficial for her. He provided Emily with a safe environment and a chance to escape The Palace. Nathan and Maria were hilarious and added some comic relief to the story. I was glad we got some closure for her relationship with her grandfather. It didn’t ease the hurt of how he acted with her in the past, but it gave Emily the courage to think of a future away from the troubles of her past. I loved the ending. It was hopeful, full of promises and potential. The narrative was perfect to draw the readers right in and stay until the end. Reading this story was very cathartic. I highly recommend these books.

K.C. Finn

September Wind Book Two: Passage to Emancipation is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, coming-of-age, and slice-of-life subgenres. It is intended for young adult and adult readers alike to enjoy, and it was penned by author Kathleen Janz-Anderson. In this gripping continuation of Emily's journey into young adulthood, Emily plans to leave The Palace with the man who proposed to her. The novel delves into her reflections on past events and the regrets she carries, as Emily's powerful voice expresses her mixed emotions, including disdain for The Palace but a desire for her lost love to change his ways.

Author Kathleen Janz-Anderson’s writing style immerses readers in Emily's world, making her thoughts and emotions palpable with well-chosen insights and dialogue moments. Emily's complex character adds depth to the narrative as she grapples with regrets and dreams for the future. The juxtaposition of her desire to leave The Palace and her longing for redemption creates tension and intrigue throughout the story that’s backed up with genuine emotional depth. As a reader, I found myself drawn into Emily's world, empathizing with her struggles and rooting for her to find happiness and emancipation. Janz-Anderson's masterful storytelling and Emily's compelling voice are an unbeatable combination to make the novel a memorable and engaging read, which is a hard task indeed for a second in a series to achieve so well. Overall, September Wind Book Two: Passage to Emancipation is a thought-provoking and emotionally charged story of a young woman's journey toward freedom and self-discovery.

Christine Nguyen

September Wind Book Two: Passage to Emancipation by Kathleen Janz-Anderson is the continuation of Emily’s tumultuous journey into womanhood. Emily is thrust into a vastly different world at The Palace where she is stuck because she has no other alternatives. She finds an avenue of escape through one of the patrons that frequents The Palace, but she is once again left disappointed. Emily returns to The Palace, only to receive an unexpected offer for a position as a nanny from Donald, the mysterious and aloof patron. She must adhere to very strict rules regarding the household. She soon forms a strong attachment with her two young charges. Emily then finds herself caught up in the intrigue surrounding Donald’s nefarious activities which lead to many twists and turns. Emily’s life finally offers the promise of fulfillment, but her past catches up with her and she has to face the consequences of her actions.

Kathleen Janz-Anderson successfully continues to draw readers back to Emily’s coming-of-age saga of discovering herself and her role in the world. The story is laden with heavy suspense as Emily keeps being caught up in mysteries that could endanger her position and her life. The pace is fast and gripping, leading to many surprises along the way. The caregiving relationship that Emily develops with the two children is sweet and tender. Passage to Emancipation is packed with excitement and unpredictable turns that will leave readers craving more. Following Emily’s journey has been riveting.

Antoinette Wessels

In the second book of September Wind by Kathleen Janz-Anderson, the adventures of Emily Rezell continue after she has left her grandfather's farm. Running away from her past and embracing a new future as a nanny to the young children of Donald Schillings, Emily once again finds herself in a situation that could have been better. But Emily always sees the light in every situation and makes the best of her new job as a nanny. Not long after entering Donald's life, Emily realizes that he may be up to something illegal, but with Donald's friends in high places, who will believe her? When Emily lands in the hospital, old acquaintances make their appearance, and new, surprising ones come into her life. It seems that, for once, everything will be okay.

September Wind Book Two was an excellent read. Not only was there romance, but this book also had suspense. Each page held an exciting part of the story, and I enjoyed reading September Wind Book Two by Kathleen Janz-Anderson extremely. It is a marvelous follow-up to the first book. Many of my questions were answered, and the character development in Emily is exciting. All the new characters in the second book of September Wind make for an interesting read, especially toward the novel's end. The love story between Emily and Michael is exciting, and I hope that Kathleen Janz-Anderson will tell us more about this in the third installment. I am looking forward to the next book about Emily. It seems everything is finally looking up for her, but I believe the author has a surprise in store.