She builds wind farms, he detests them. Can they ever generate love?
After fifteen happy years of marriage, Kate Courtenay discovers that her charismatic novelist husband is spending more and more of his time with a young fan. She throws herself into her work, a controversial wind farm that's stirring up tempers in the local community. Sparks fly when she goes head to head against its most outspoken opponent, local gardener Ibsen Brown - a man with a past of his own. But a scheme for a local community garden brings the sparring-partners together, producing the sort of electricity that threatens to short-circuit the whole system.
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 413 g
Dimensions: 203 x 127 x 22 mm
To a semirural suburb of Edinburgh, a season of change is coming. There will be upheavals personal, environmental, and community-wide. FACE THE WIND AND FLY is the clear-eyed, involving, and sensitive story of how people cope with those changes, either finding the courage and the hope to face the future as a new chapter of life, or clinging to - and being trapped by - the past.
Jenny Harper has a wonderful gift with words. Her turns of phrase are gripping and evocative: "This wasn't wildlife, it was nature on an industrial scale;" "Edinburgh was looking gray-cauled and sorry, a charcoal city in a pale mist." Not a character in the story rings false, and because of that we are able to feel for each one, even those who are their own worst enemies. From the very first page, we care about and empathize with central character Kate, caught in a perfect storm of Murphy's Law snafus both personal and professional.
But Kate is by no means the only fully-fleshed and complex character in the novel. Notable are Ibsen, who yearns for peace - and for Kate - but is held in emotional bonds of grief and guilt; Frank, whose reasonable and neighborly personality is overtaken and frighteningly consumed by rage; Ninian, struggling with the miserable confusion of adolescence and family upheaval; Harry, surprisingly and poignantly misunderstood; and Andrew, who may have come to the frayed end of the patience of those who love him. There are more as well, for Ms. Harper has created a fully populated, very human and recognizable world.
I loved this novel. The story is fresh but completely relatable. Ms. Harper focuses not so much on change itself, but rather on how people react to it, or to the threat of it, and the difficult, sometimes life-changing, decisions those people face. Highly recommended! -- Lorrie Farrelly - American Author * Amazon Review *