The Whispering Wind

Two lives, one heartbreaking story

Romance - General
274 Pages
Reviewed on 10/23/2013
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Author Biography

Lexa Dudley is a freelance writer and a poet. She fell in love with the island of Sardinia in 1972 when visiting for the first time with her family; and became intrigued with the island’s unique culture. She has always enjoyed writing, but with a large family to look after and helping her husband run his business, it was a part time hobby.
‘The Whispering Wind’ is a romantic story which gives us a glimpse into the closed world of the Sardinians and reflects her love for the island and its people.
Lexa has returned to Sardinia every year since her first visit and travelled extensively over the island to see the many interesting sites and monuments and to visit numerous friends.
She gave an interview on Radio Sardegna in 1978 about her love for the island and enjoyed a close friendship with the late notable Sardinian author Marcello Serra and his family.
Lexa lives in Suffolk with her husband, three dogs and two horses and enjoys her four sons and eight grandchildren. She is busy working on her next novel which is an historical romance set in Sardinia in 1855.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers' Favorite

The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley is a breathtakingly warm romance set in Sardinia. Elise visits the beautiful island, Sardinia, on a holiday away from her abusive husband, William. The hospitality of the locals and the beauty of the island captivate her and she ends up falling in love with Beppe, a man after her own heart. After years of sadness, she feels her life now has some meaning and revels in the romance of her new-found love. Unfortunately, she has to rush back to her mother's side and then the heartbreaking part of the story begins. Though in her heart she is determined to go back to her love as promised, life and fate have other plans for her. Will she ever be reunited with the one man to whom her soul belongs? Will that man live up to his promise of doing everything possible for her? Will Beppe's love stand the test of time?

The Whispering Wind is definitely a book one can enjoy on holiday. The author has woven the story fantastically while explaining the culture and lifestyle of Sardinia. The place really comes alive with the wonderful descriptions of the various places and festivals. The love story of Elise and Beppe stays with you for a long time. The story is romantic, beautiful, and touches a chord deep in one's heart. One almost wishes that the star-crossed lovers had ended up with a different twist to their story, but on second thoughts, it would not have the same poignancy and feel to it if it was any different. A highly recommended read for those of us who still get misty-eyed over true love and soul mates.

Maria Beltran

The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley is set in the idyllic island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean sea, where history and culture abound. Elise originally booked a holiday in Sardinia with her husband but his violent behavior finally breaks the last straw of their troubled marriage. Prodded by her solicitor, she decides to go ahead with the holiday alone to have some peace. This decision will change her life forever as she is embraced by the Sardinian culture and becomes enamored with the place and its people. She falls in love with a Sardinian, Beppe, and everything seems to be fantastic. This is until the day she has to face the reality waiting for her in England and in Sardinia itself. Will Elise finally find the happiness that she has always been looking for?

Author Lexa Dudley is a romantic novelist who certainly knows a thing or two about love. Her writing style is not that original but she knows how to build up the plot in such a way that the reader cannot help but be captivated by the story. She has an excellent descriptive style, painting the island on the book’s pages like a visual artist painting on a canvas. As a result, I felt like I was transported to Sardinia and experienced the island myself. The Whispering Wind has all the elements of a successful romantic novel and even more. Reading this book is like going on an emotional roller coaster ride of love, hate, sadness, and joy. The story tugs at the heart, the characters are well developed, the plot is interesting and the setting is perfect. What more can a reader ask for?

Mamta Madhavan

The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley is set in Sardinia. Elise goes to the island to escape from her marriage and she meet a local guy and falls in love with him. In the meantime, the problems she left behind in England surface and she is forced to go back.

I found the book beautiful. The story is not cliched like other love stories. The author has managed to bring out the gentle passion and compassion that the lovers share beautifully. Love stories are not always easy to write because it is possible to fall into the usual cliches. Elise trying to escape from a unhappy marriage and going to Sardinia can be understood very easily. Her meeting with local guy Beppe is where the story takes a romantic twist.

The Whispering Wind is not only about romance but it also gives the readers an idea of the Sardinian culture and traditions. We get to take a peek into their closed lives. The story is gentle and soft. It is not one of those aggressive love stories where there is a lot of tumult and raw passion. The face of the story changes when Elise has to go back to England unexpectedly to sort out her marriage from which she was trying to escape.

Now will Elise's past take her away from Beppe? Will Beppe and Elise finally be together?