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Face the Wind and fly (The Heartlands Series Book 1) by [Harper, Jenny]
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Book 1 of 3 in The Heartlands Series (3 Book Series)

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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

About the Author

Though Jenny Harper was born in India and grew up in England, she lives in Edinburgh and loves Scotland and all things Scottish. Her Scottish Heartlands series is contemporary women's fiction with a bite; complex characters facing serious issues. She is married to former MSP Robin Harper.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494958821
  • Publisher: Accent Press (10 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MMF0RKY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Courtenay, a very modern woman, has a very modern problem. A qualified and experienced engineer she has been charged with investigating the possibilities of establishing a viable wind farm on a site of natural beauty. Problem 1 is, Kate and her family live near Summerfield Law, the chosen site. Kate understands and appreciates the many feelings aroused in her village but is prepared to argue the issues professionally. She is not prepared for mutiny from a male member of her own team who, jealous of her position, deliberately presents the community sceptics with a map showing an access road that would utterly destroy the beauty of the area.
Her professional life is hectic as she deals with feelings. arguments, and counter arguments, accepting that she will win over some villagers but will never reach others including a very attractive local gardener who has a very personal reason for not wanting the turbines.
And here our thoroughly modern woman finds herself faced with a very old problem. Why is she so drawn to this man when she is happily married - or is she?
The writing is intelligent, especially when Ms Harper is painting the stunning scenery for the reader or presenting the arguments for having wind power. We meet a host of beautifully-drawn local inhabitants including Kate's teenage son and the dog, Wellington.
For or against wind power? You will still find this a thoroughly good read.
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Set in the fictional East Lothian village of Forgie, Jenny Harper's novel is a captivating blend of the contemporary and the timeless. Kate Courtney is a thoroughly modern woman who juggles life and work and not entirely successfully. When she finds herself having to promote the building of a wind farm sited near to her village, controversy and conflict among local residents is the inevitable outcome.
While the subject matter of the novel is bang up to date, the problems of relationships, life/work balance and adolescence are perennial. Ms Harper deals with these issues so realistically that the reader is drawn into the lives of Kate, her friends and those she loves. The dialogue is sharp and naturalistic and the characters colourful and realistic. And the love interest in the shape of the wonderfully named Ibsen Brown, a local horticulturalist is brilliant. After all, the man is into gardening, owns a gorgeous dog called Wellington and has a very sad back story - what's not to love?
I look forward eagerly to reading the author's next novel!
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The setting here is a fictional East Lothian village with forays into Edinburgh - there is a great sense of place.
Kate Courtenay is a wind-farm engineer, an occupation that brings out strong feelings from all concerned, particularly when a new wind-farm is planned in her own back yard. She has also to contend with her grumpy teenage son Ninian, best friend Charlotte's sudden coolness, novelist husband Andrew's suspicious behaviour - and her burgeoning feelings for gardener Ibsen Brown. Ibsen (great name for a hero) is called after the playwright (appropriately, Henrik Ibsen wrote Enemy of the People about a community in conflict over a proposed development). A page-turning read about `a strong woman under pressure'; I look forward to Jenny Harper's next novel under this banner.
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Face the Wind and Fly is a lovely, beautifully written story about the difficulties of married life and the temptations that fatally compromise a relationship between husband and wife.

At heart it is a classic romance of 'will they, won't they': with the protagonist of the piece torn between wanting to make her marriage work or to follow her heart to be with a man who seems to be the complete opposite of her husband.

The heroine, Kate Courtney, is a strong, career-driven woman who is placed in the invidious position of leading a work project to implement a wind farm in the conservation village where she lives. The project causes mayhem for her both at work and at home. She begins to realise that her husband is not all that he seems and she becomes involved with the local gardener, Ibsen, whom she is strongly drawn to despite their many differences.

Jenny Harper paints a beautiful picture of the burgeoning romance between Kate and Ibsen, without losing sight of how difficult it is to lose the comfort and familiarity of married life. She creates highly believable characters and situations and it is easy to be drawn into the world of 'Hailesbank' with its colourful locals and beautifully described scenery.

I'm looking forward to reading the next book, 'Loving Susie' - the first chapter was at the end of this novel and looks equally as good as this one! More please from Ms Harper!
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Good to have a romantic read that features contemporary issues like the
environment. Sub plots and personable characters draw the reader into
an engaging yet unusual kind of tale about opposites that attract.
Highly recommended to those who want romance with a difference. Can't
wait to read Jenny Harper's next book.
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I admired the mature writing style in this novel. Jenny Harper describes scenery and people in such a way that it took no effort for me as a reader to `see' them. The topics covered - chiefly the contemporary dilemma for a community faced with the potential upheaval of a wind farm being constructed in their glorious landscape, and the perennial problem of a marriage under stress - are dealt with in just enough detail to be credible and interesting without labouring the issues to a point of tedium (as some writers can).

I cared about the heroine, Kate, and her gruff teenage son, Ninian. I was concerned about her husband's behaviour and I grew to know the rest of her community. I fell in love with the hero, Ibsen Brown, the moment he was introduced: `Ibsen Brown loved the weather.' What a cracking name - and what a lovely character.

A very satisfying read.
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