This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite
The Winds of Autumn by Susan Rounds is a heartwarming and captivating story beginning in St. Louis after the War of the Rebellion. Mariah Renwick was still consumed by the pain of her sister’s death but knew she must move forward somehow. Her wealthy business mogul father puts into play a set of circumstances that will take Mariah on the adventure of her life; if she survives. Her new husband, Nathan, seems like a proper gentleman, but out on the Oregon Trail, his true nature is exposed. He is brutal, mean-hearted, and cruel to Mariah, but his tormented past haunts him every minute. Julian Marquette, a railroad magnate, met Mariah two years prior while securing another bank loan for her father. Julian was captivated by Mariah but kept his feelings hidden. The Oregon Trail is one of hardship, crossing desolate lands filled with the tribes of the Sioux Nation, who are wary of the people traversing their lands and building the iron horse railway. With Mariah in danger of losing her life, her father asks Julian to find her. Will Julian have a chance to tell Mariah of his love for her? Many dreams are left out on the Oregon Trail.
Susan Rounds’ The Winds of Autumn tells the story of a triangle. On two sides is a budding, passionate love that can no longer be hidden, filled with desire and romance. The third side belongs to Mariah’s husband, Nathan, the vindictive, abusive, and violent military man she married without knowing his true nature. The author has an exceptional gift for character development. As each new character is introduced, the reader will gain a clear vision of the appearance, behavior, and attitude of the character. Rounds has made each personality shine in their own unique way and in a clear set of parameters. The story flowed so well from the first page and was so highly entertaining that I was unable to put the book down. I had a burning desire to know what was going to happen next. The descriptions of the setting were so convincing that I felt I was part of the group of settlers on the wagon train. This is a highly entertaining book that had me spellbound from the very beginning. The Winds of Autumn is a literary triumph, and I look forward to reading more of this author’s work.