Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wind of the Spirit by J.M. Hochstetler

American Patriot Series, 
Book 3
By J. M. Hochstetler
Historical Fiction

ISBN 978-0-9797485-3-0
Trade paperback with maps, appendix, and discussion guide

ABOUT WIND OF THE SPIRIT: Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness.

Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: J. M. Hochstetler writes stories that always involve some element of the past and of finding home. Born in central Indiana, the daughter of Mennonite farmers, she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Germanic languages. She was an editor with Abingdon Press for twelve years and has published four novels. Daughter of Liberty (2004), Native Son (2005), and Wind of the Spirit (March 2009), the first three books of the critically acclaimed American Patriot Series, are set during the American Revolution. One Holy Night, a retelling of the Christmas story set in modern times, is the 2009 Christian Small Publishers Fiction Book of the Year and a finalist for the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Long Contemporary Book of the Year.

Hochstetler is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Christian Authors Network, Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, Nashville Christian Writers Association, and Historical Novels Society. She and her husband live near Nashville, Tennessee.

You can find Joan online  or at this book’s blog

   MY THOUGHTS: Wind of the Spirit is the first book of the American Patriot Series that I’ve read and I enjoyed the story very much. Even though it was obvious that I was missing much of the beginning, this book read very well on its own. Of course, now I have to read the first two books because I’m hooked.
   Elizabeth Howard and Jonathan Carleton are intriguing characters. With multifaceted personalities, they give the story an emotional depth that is sometimes missing in Historical Fiction. 
   J. M. Hochstetler acquaints us with the American Revolution in a way that brings this part of Colonial history to life. And if that were not drama enough, she presents through the eyes of Jonathan Carleton, as the adopted Shawnee War Chief White Eagle, the struggle of America’s native tribes to retain their own lands and way of life.
   This story mixes history, adventure and romance into one powerful read. I'm sure no one who loves Historical Fiction will be disappointed with Wind of the Spirit. I'm looking forward to reading the first two books and eagerly await the fourth book in this series.

   My Favorite Snippets:
~  “The man you seek is not here,” he said, speaking now in English, his voice harsh. With a jerky movement of his head, he nodded toward the eastern edge of the forest. “He died far away a long time ago.”

~  Was it possible that Jonathan Carleton still existed somewhere in the soul of this enigmatic warrior? She prayed it was so.

  *A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by the Author

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review Lynda. I ended up buying the first two books because I enjoyed this one so much.

    If you or your readers wander over to Joan's website, you'll find an excellent video trailer there for this book.

    Thanks for hosting Joan during her virtual book tour. Happy holidays to you and your readers.