Review: To Tame the Wind by Regan Walker
All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell’s schooner, the English privateer decided to take the one thing his enemy held most dear… her.
A BATTLE IS JOINED
The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire’s father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises.
This is the prequel to the Agents of the Crown trilogy but can be read as a stand alone.
REVIEW: This story has been sitting on my to-be-read list for a while and I think that I had built up too much anticipation, so I caved in and read it in THREE days. To Tame the Wind is such a beautiful historical romance. This story begins with Claire Donet, a convent girl, sneaking away to the grand masquerade. After escaping into the darkness, she realizes that someone has followed her. Claire’s decision to allow a little girl by the name of Elise to follow her to the masquerade haunts her for years. Soon after returning from that dreadfully cold and wet night after seeing her fill of gowns and one certain Golden Eagle, Elise dies from a bought of pneumonia. Upon Elise’s deathbed, Claire makes the solemn vow to live out her life the way that Elise would have if death had not come to sweep her away to the heavens. She makes the vow to become a nun once she comes of age so that she can teach children. As she lay sleeping one night, someone climbs up her window and makes away with her, leaving a note behind for her father. This kidnapping makes her rethink everything that she has thought about the past. What will her final decision be when she is returned to her father?
I absolutely loved reading about Claire and Simon. Both of these characters are so full of passion and morals. My favorite character within this story is Lady Danvers though. Lady Danvers is extremely compassionate and wants nothing more than the war to end, allowing peace for the Americans, French, and British. She is kind toward the American prisoners by providing them with blankets and food. Her and Clare assist with their injuries and take care of the children. Another favorite character of mine would have to be Jean Donet. He was a pirate and then transitioned to a privateer working to bargain British soldiers in exchange for American soldiers. With his demeanor and the love he has for his daughter, I really enjoyed reading about his character.
I recommend To Tame the Wind to anyone who enjoys historical romance novels. This is a truly beautiful and amazing story and I could not put it down. In my opinion, the pace was steady, but fast. I enjoy reading books that do not linger on certain aspects or scenes, so that factor was wonderful. I also feel that this author does a superb job with character development and credibility. The history that revolves around these two characters is astonishing. I rate To Tame the Wind with five stars and look forward to reading the next in her Agents of the Crown Series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Regan Walker is an award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She has six times been featured on USA TODAY’s HEA blog and four times nominated for the prestigious RONE award (her novel, The Red Wolf’s Prize, won Best Historical Novel for 2015 in the medieval category; To Tame the Wind is a finalist in 2016). Regan writes historically authentic novels with real historical figures along with her fictional characters. Her readers experience history, adventure and love.