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Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite
In Temper the Winds, Wilma Hamill engages readers in the lives of people grappling with love on multiple levels. Readers encounter people whose existence is filled with the kind of stimulating realism that keeps a person invested in the story. In some cases, Hamill’s tale pushes the envelope of credibility with behavior that forces one to think: yes, as disconcerting as they seem, things like this could have happened. Hamill also gives us children who behave like children and men who are both strong and fragile. I especially like the way the subplots wrapped themselves so conveniently around the life of Maggie, the main character. Her need to make a life for herself and for her daughters after her husband dies drives this story. However, the overall plot provides readers with a feast, much like a Thanksgiving dinner where the turkey is surrounded by an abundance of great side dishes.
The characters in Wilma Hamill’s Temper the Winds have a raw honesty that makes one glad to be privy to their thoughts and to the motives behind those thoughts. The author’s choice of multiple points of view is the right one. I would not consider the story to be predominantly a romance, though the romantic element is there. I categorize it as a family drama with believable intersections of lives in a way that maintains tension throughout the book and compels a person to finish it. Sex is handled tastefully. The n-word is used; yet, I don’t feel that the word was used in a manner that should be offensive to anyone, given the time period in which the story takes place. I would enjoy reading some novellas or novelettes that provide back story for some of the principal characters such as Claude and Leona, and Sara and her family. There’s also room for new stories about some of the other characters. This is the kind of book I would like to see made into a movie.