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The Whispering Wind: Two Lives, One Heartbreaking Story Paperback – April 1, 2013
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The main characters are well drawn and we are introduced to them quickly; the narrative also follows at a good pace and although it is essentially a love story, the descriptions of Sardinia and its customs and people as well as all the sounds and smells, make it extremely compelling reading;I couldn't put it down!
Sardinia is definitely on my 'bucket list' as a result!
Everything about this book delights me!!!
Read it ... be transported to Sardegna and I promise you will be captivated ...
From the Author
People often ask me what made me want to set the book in Sardinia. I fell in love with the island the first time we went there and I wanted it to be like a third character in the book. To me, it will always be the Enchanted Island. However, their culture and deep religious conviction would make it difficult to accept a situation like Elise and Beppe's, especially in 1969, so it made me think what might happen to them.
We first travelled to Sardinia in 1972; It was not our first choice! We had decided to go to Corsica, as the family wanted to go to an island and I spoke French. The travel agent, a good friend, rang back and said Corsica was full so had booked us into the south of Sardinia. I must admit we had to go and look it up as we were not sure where it was exactly.
Sardinia proved to be unique with its many languages and proud independent people who were always eager to tell you about the island if you asked. It has outstanding scenery and amazing festivals and we have been back every year since that first visit in 1972.
I first began writing during the day when my children were at school. My husband had moved his office away from home for the first time and suddenly I had a lot of time to myself.
We moved quite a bit in the following years and the manuscript was packed away with all the other books one collects over the years. When I retired, my husband suggested that I find the book and have another look at it, and I set about rewriting it.
Sardinia is an extremely romantic island. Its beautiful beaches and wild mountains are enough to stir the imagination of even the least romantic soul, so it was an obvious choice for the setting.
I have a limited writing background. I am dyslexic, but with the arrival of a computer and spellcheck, life is much easier - although I still write the first two drafts of a manuscript in longhand.
I wrote a book about my father in conjunction with someone who knew him and his business and I have written a book of poems about Sardinia, and had a few letters published in the local and national papers. However, this is my first novel.
I set the book in 1969 because communication with the island was almost impossible at that time. Phone calls had to be booked, taking hours if not days. It was relatively unknown, as tourism had not taken off on the island, which was ideal for the book.
As for the characters, they are funny things. When you start writing, they are in your head and you think you know them; but when they go on the page, they start to take on a life of their own. By the time I reach the end of the two longhand drafts and know how the book ends, I find the characters wouldn't do things I thought they would, or do something surprising. The ideas in your head finally become characters alive on the page.
I tend not to read novels at home as I always have my head either in my book researching something. Mondays is washday in my house and I listen to an audiobook which I love; being read to is just magic and so I leave reading to the beach. My favourite reads are Jeffery Archer - he is such a wonderful storyteller - Lesley Pearce and of course Daphne du Maurier.
At the moment I am putting together a story set in Sardinia in 1855, around the time of the Risorgimento, which is about two families. It is a story of revenge, vendetta and honour, but of course, most of all love.
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----Anaïs Nin, a French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer
Lexa Dudley, an English author, penned her debut book, The Whispering Wind: Two Lives, One Heartbreaking Story , that revolves around a small Italian island, Sardinia.
The Whispering Wind is a moving story of two lovers, set on the beautiful island of Sardinia, where Elise goes on holiday to escape a loveless and violent marriage. Whilst there, she meets and falls in love with Beppe, a local Sard. Despite religious and cultural complications, they embark on a romantic and passionate affair. Beppe shows Elise his island and introduces her to the welcoming culture of the Sardinians and Elise soon falls under the spell of both the island and its people. But after weeks of blissful happiness, Elise has to return unexpectedly to England to face all the problems she had been so desperate to leave behind.
The Whispering Wind is that kind of book which will bring out the deepest pain from our soul and will manage to transform that pain into something beautiful and memorable. Since that is how I felt when I read the book.
Elise, a young and married English woman, take a trip all by herself to an Italian island, Sardinia. To get away from her abusive husband, William, Elise decides to take a break from her marital issues before going for a divorce. But her stay at Sardinia turns out to be something enchanting and fateful for her. Not only Elise was struck by the beauty of this small and lonely island, but also fell in love with the warmth of the local people of Sardinia called, Sards. Little did she knew that her trip to Sardinia would turn out to be lucky for her, as she fell head-over-heels-in-love with a local Sard, Beppe. Their love was not something filled with lust and passion, but their love was something pure and deep with intensity. But Sard people are quite traditional and since it was 1969, modern values like getting married to a divorced woman was still not acceptable in the society. Their love story comes to a halt when Elise had to return back to England due to her mother's illness, but will she come back? Will they find each other in their arms?
The author have spun a heart-touching and deeply moving love-story. The author's portrayal of this island, Sardinia makes me feel like she loves this island like her own home. With her eloquent words, I too can feel the warmth of the Sards like Maria, and the rest. The picture of Sardinia that she painted with her words is vivid, lively and very visual. I was not only transported to the picturesque island, but I could sniff the salty breeze and the sweetness of the wine on my tongue. I could even hear the birds singing and the waves crashing by the shore. And as Beppe and Elise's love story evolved, Sardinia bloomed like a flower.
The author did a great job on crafting the characters with depth and compassion. And their warm demeanor will make you feel like as if you are home. Elise, the main character, is strong willed woman, who fought a lot in her life, yet she stood still. Their narrative is striking and captivating. The prose is articulate and evocative with a rather fast pace. And the plot unraveled like something you need to devour for a longer time, rather than reading it in a haste, since the plot is constantly evolving and the beauty of Sardinia along with Elise's pain and sorrow keeps us engaged to the sore of the story. The chemistry between Beppe and Elise is not lusty yet it's very enriching. The emotions are strongly depicted with intricacy. The first part of the book is enchanting yet poignant, and in the second part, there is a mystery to unlock, although, we know the real culprit who caused the pain between Elise and Beppe, but the way the author unraveled it, made us gripped to the story. And surely, the second half brought a lot of tears to my eyes. I started hating the author for turning her story into something irrevocably painful.
All in all, Sardinia's beauty will bewitch you and the book will make you itch to take a trip to this elegant island, Sardinia.
Verdict: This book proves why pain demands to be felt and if you want to experience a unique combination of beauty and pain, then do read this compelling love story.