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Storm Winds (Wind Dancer) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1991
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In the second part of her trilogy (which began with The Wind Dancer ) following the fortunes of the Andreas and Vasaro families, Johansen serves up a diverting romance and plot twists worthy of a mystery novel. Convent students Juliette de Clement and Catherine Vasaro feel isolated from the horrors of France's Reign of Terror until the night revolutionaries attack their "aristocratic" establishment, massacring nuns and students alike. The young women escape, but not unscathed: Catherine is raped, and Juliette murders one of Catherine's attackers. An enigmatic revolutionary named Francois Etchelet delivers the two young women to the Paris home of Catherine's cousin Jean Marc Andreas. Juliette, wanted for murder, barters for Jean Marc's protection: she will use her connections at court to help Jean Marc recover his family's once-prized possession, a golden statue of Pegasus last owned by the royal family and now missing. As Jean Marc and Juliette take up the hunt, they become increasingly involved with the shadowy, dangerous world of the Royalists and--of course--with each other.
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Praise for Iris Johansen’s novels
“Iris Johansen keeps the reader intrigued with complex characters and plenty of plot twists. Moves so fast, you’ll be reading the epilogue before you notice.”
“Johansen’s thrillers ooze enough testosterone to suggest she also descends from the house of Robert Ludlum. Johansen pushes the gender boundary in popular fiction, offering up that rarity: a woman’s novel for men.”
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This is the story of how hard it was to survive and stay sane in the mist of a revolution and how hard it is for the men and women who love to save and protect each other.
Storm Winds is set 200 years after Wind Dancer, in the late 18th century in France. It begins a few years before the dawn of the French Revolution as Jean Marc Andreas, heir to the Andreas shipping and banking business based in Marseilles, meets Juliette de Clement, a courageous but lonely young 14 year old woman whose mother is a courtesan at the court of Marie Antoinette. Juliette takes care of Jean Marc (who is 10 years her senior) when he is injured and their time together at the inn is not forgotten by either of them. When Jean Marc has the chance to send his ward, Catherine Vasaro, to an abbey for an aristocrat's education, he asks the Queen to send Juliette with her. Juliette thinks it is so she can watch over the sensitive and fragile Catherine, but Jean Marc has other plans in mind. At the abbey, the girls come to be great friends and Juliette pursues her love of painting. Years later, as France's Reign of Terror begins, the revolutionaries attack the abbey, massacring and raping nuns and students. The two young women escape with their lives as one of the revolutionary leaders, Francois Etchelet, comes to their rescue and delivers them to Jean Marc's Paris home. Juliette, wanted for murder, asks for Jean Marc's protection in exchange for which she will use her connections with the Queen, who is now imprisoned in the Temple, to recover his family's once-prized possession, the golden statue of Pegasus--the Wind Dancer--last owned by the royal family and now missing. As Jean Marc and Juliette search for the Wind Dancer, they face treachery, danger and a city in the grip of the Revolution.
You will love this well told tale of a tumultuous time in the history of France. You will love Jean Marc, Francois, Juliette and Catherine. Amazing details, careful attention to detail and history. Highly recommended.
This was a beautifully told, exquisitely paced story with many interesting characters, both good and bad. Iris Johansen has a deft touch when it comes to writing dialogue that moves the story along both quickly and believably.
You do not need to read the first book of the trilogy to enjoy Storm Winds. It's a terrific stand-alone novel that I highly recommend to any lover of historical romance.
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Whole book. Keeps you reading. Goes from one character to another. A lot of action.