The Windswept Flame by Marcia Lynn McClure

Broken-irreparably broken. The violent deaths of her father and the young man she’d been engaged to marry, had irrevocably broken Cedar Dale’s heart. Her mother’s heart had been broken, as well-shattered by the loss of her own true love. Thus, pain and anguish-fear and despair-found Cedar Dale, and her mother Flora, returned to the small western town where life had once been happy and filled with hope. Perhaps there she and her mother would find some resemblance of truly living life-instead of merely existing. Yet, the enduring of a broken heart-the fear it breeds-lingers in the soul. In the depths of her splintered self, Cedar wondered if she would ever know true warmth of being again. She was doubtful that she would. Until the day a chance meeting with a dream from her past caused a flicker of wonder to ignite in her bosom. As a child, Cedar Dale had adored the handsome rancher’s son, Tom Evans-followed after him with the infatuated exuberance of a newborn calf. And when chance brought her face-to-face with the object of her childhood fascination once more, Cedar Dale began to believe that perhaps her fragmented heart could be healed-that perhaps life could be more than despair and pain. Yet could Cedar truly hope to win the regard of such a man above men as was Tom Evans? A man kept occupied with hard work and ambition-a man so desperately sought after by seemingly every woman?

I know, I know, another Marcia Lynn McClure book. I’m not sure what it is or why I love her books so much. I have friends that absolutely adore her books and friends who roll their eyes at them. They are clean, sappy, totally predictable and I adore them. I do admit there are some editing mistakes but I can easily overlook the errors and get lost in the story. Marcia is a fabulous storyteller.

The Windswept Flame is a companion book to Weathered Too Young. Although The Windswept Flame can stand alone I would recommend you read Weathered Too Young first.

Marcia’s books are all very predictable. It may seem odd but that is part of the reason I love them. While reading this book I kept waiting for certain things to happen because they always happen in her Historical Romances.

I love that her books are real “old-fashioned” romances. There is never anything more than some passionate kissing. I love that the characters blush at innuendo. Her characters are hard working, honest people who care about and look out for others. They are uplifting and make me smile.

I’ve never been disappointed with one of Marcia’s books. They are my favorite escape. If you like good clean romance I recommend you give her a try.

Content: A clean read with nothing more than kissing and a couple of the mildest of expletives that aren’t allowed to be uttered in my house but that I allow in a book like this.

Rating: 5 Stars because I didn’t want to put it down.