Laughter in the Wind by Joyce Wheeler

Laughter in the Wind by Joyce Wheeler

Paperback: 344 pages

  • Publisher: WinePress Publishing
  • (April 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414119216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414119212
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches

Book Blurb

Redheaded British nannies are a rarity on the prairies of South Dakota. When Abbie Miller comes to the Jackson ranch, kangarooo tales, romance triangles and mystery follows. While Dakota sunsets and the Jackson children steal her heart, neighbor and school teacher, Torrie McGovern make her boiling mad. Great Aunt Lena adds her conniving to the mix, and common sense totally disappears.
“For a redneck and a redhead,we’ve done pretty good,” Wade Jackson reminds her as both humor and suspense descend upon the Jackson ranch. Tragedy threatens to undermine peace, but understanding comes with laughter in the wind.

My Review

British Nanny Abbie Miller travels to South Dakota for a short term nanny job taking care of Wade Jackson’s three children. Arriving at the Jackson home, she is puzzled about the mother just up and leaving her home, husband and three adorable children. The three small children soon capture Abbie’s heart confusing Abbie even more at Mrs. Jackson’s mysterious disappearance and why she hasn’t returned home. And something else, what’s with the weird downstairs house decorations?

Wade Jackson loves his Dakota ranch home, loves the hard work involved in running a ranch, and loves his three adorable children. He has no idea about his wife hiring a nanny until he walks in the house from his ranch work and there she is. With the nanny, and the strange way she has been acting, he realizes his wife is about to leave him so he encourages her to go ahead, not stay longer to hurt the kids even more, and he even helps her pack her things in the vehicle. Will Wade ever get to the bottom of the secrets, of the strange way his wife decorated the downstairs of their ranch house, of why she has been acting so strange?

Join Wade and Abbie as the author so wonderfully weaves together a story of mystery and fear, love and romance, humor and surprise as well as betrayal and forgiveness. As life goes on at the Jackson ranch and Abbie continues to care for the 3 Jackson children, the situation becomes more complicated when unexpected visitors show up, and things about the past come to surface.

I wasn’t sure about this book when I started reading it, but by the end, I found myself wanting it to keep going. The author’s knowledge of living on a ranch gave her a professional insight to the cast of characters she created as well as the details of ranch life. I enjoyed Wade and Abbie’s characters, the humor in their relationship, and the way Abbie reached out to Wade’s children. I appreciate how the author blends the Biblical issues in the book, not sounding like she’s preaching, but making Christ a part of their everyday lives. I loved this book, it is a very enjoyable and light read and it is on my favorites list!

I received this book free from Wine Press to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


About the Author………Joyce Wheeler………..Author’s Website

And the clouds are the dust of His feet. Nahum 1:3

I’m a confirmed sky gazer. When I think of God strolling through the Heavens kicking up cloud dust, I want to break into a joyful noise.

Justin and I have been married since 1964. While I gaze at the moon, stars, clouds and flowers, he very compentently manages the ranch. (Just don’t ask him to turn on the computer.)

We enjoy our four adult children and their spouses, our ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. I should also add that we share our home with one dignified cat and our grandson’s dog.

When ranching isn’t taking our time and resources , we also enjoy our hobbies. Justin is a walking encyclopedia on Winchester rifles and hunting, and I like to write books.

I’ve been gathering information for a new novel, a historic fiction on homesteaders in our area. It will be a change from the contemporary stories of My Lady and Laughter in the Wind. I’m fascinated by the story that’s unfolding in my mind—-


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