In the Wind by Lilliana Anderson
Genre: YA / NA / contemporary romance
A storm raged the day she moved to our small town on the east coast of Australia. When we saw her, she was staring up at the sky with her arms outstretched, letting the torrential rain pour down on her as she laughed and spun around with absolute abandonment. Zeke and I watched her, mesmerised, until she spotted us and went still. It was that moment that everything changed for us. Up until that moment, Zeke and I were best friends – it was all we’d ever been, even though I’d always wanted more. Shea changed all that when she moved into the house next door.
If there was such a thing as magic then Shea held its source. She was light and laughter and everything everyone ever wished they could be. We were spellbound. Awestruck. Desperate to bathe in her light.
She would teach us about life. She would show us what was really inside our hearts, while forcing us to see the world through her free-spirited eyes.
She would teach us about love.
She would teach us about heartache.
She would teach us about loss on the day she disappeared…
She always said that one day she’d follow the wind again. Perhaps that’s what happened, perhaps that’s where she went – in the wind…
What a read to start the year off.
I was ensnared by the character’s stories right from the get go. The conflict was dripping off the page, the tension caused my fingers to curl around my Kindle. I have been waiting for Lilliana to write something a little more edgey, a little more taboo and VOILA! My wish has been granted. I was laughing, crying, cursing and willing for things to work out. That’s the best part of reading, when you get so invested in the story that you have physical reactions.
Yes, there were times that I was predicting things from the little nuggets left behind but instead of that being an eye rolling experience which it can sometimes be, I was still blindsided a little by the way things eventuated.
I thought I had Dawn pegged right from the start. She’s in love with her best friend. She has her life mapped out, but that all changes the night Shea arrived along with a massive storm that wrecks havoc on her life. Shea is good for her for a short time. Encouraging her to look at things differently and trying new things. Trying out new things is short lived when these actions start to have negative flow on effects.
This is a young adult / new adult read but the scenarios are not dumbed down in any way which is a risk for these genres. Have to give props to Lilliana – this book, the storyline, the writing, and the characters has rocketed to my favourite book out of her collection of works.
Highly recommend this read and she’s restored my faith in YA / NA.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for free, receiving this for free has in no way impacted on my thoughts of the book.
Buy IN THE WIND