New Release and My Review: In the Wind by Lilliana Anderson

New Release and My Review:  In the Wind by Lilliana AndersonIn the Wind by Lilliana Anderson
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Taboo
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Synopsis

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...

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

My Review

“He was the light that pushed away the darkness and filled my heart with hope.”

In the Wind by Author Lilliana Anderson is a standalone, New Adult Romance. It is a compelling story with a rare mix of intrigue, taboo, self-discovery, and love.

“…every time she opened her mouth, an intelligence spilled from her lips that I hadn’t expected when I first saw her twirling in the wind and the rain.”

Dawn Tucker has never fit in. She is unique and eccentric; adequate for her, but not her mother or her place of residence. She is what you’d call an “old soul”.  Zeke is her best friend.  They are inseparable, making plans and sharing their dreams with one another.  Shea is the new face in town. The third wheel. She is intelligent and is a thinker, but in reality is the antithesis of Dawn.  These three personalities, along with others introduced along the way, create for us a story that is so unique and riveting that it cannot be put down.

“I forgive you for walking away, and I forgive you for not being there, and I forgive you for taking away my future. I’ll make my future on my own, and I’ll be fine because I’m letting you go now, just like you let me go that day on the beach.”

I was hooked from the first part of chapter one, totally unprepared for what was to unfold In the Wind. It chronicled a story of coming-of-age and finding one’s self. One thing that beckons to me when reading are characters that show development and change.  Every character introduced in this story underwent life-altering transformations. I will say, unequivocally, that I loved Dawn. She was the most giving and selfless young woman. She had a way of passage to discover in order for her to become the woman that she was purposed to be. But, she embraced this challenge and the outcome was priceless. Other characters also proved to be diverse from their original presentation in the story, and these variations were cause for a spectrum of emotions to pour out of me, unable to be contained.

“I cried for the little girl who dreamed of an unrealistic kind of love. I cried for the teenager who had a dream to make something special of her life. And I cried for the young woman who recently learned that love was conditional and everyone left.”

Every scene that was set by Author Lilliana Anderson was a driving force in the story for visualizing the lives that each person lived.  The subjects and twists and turns of reality continually caught me off guard.  They weren’t forced or awkward, they just happened, as if it was real-life and I was living it with them.  Turning the final page, I felt completed. Although I had a great fondness for many of the characters and hated to see them go, I knew that they had been given the best possible ending, and I was thankful for this resolution.

“I would prefer to save you a hundred times a day than to see you get hurt even once.”

5 Stars

About Lilliana Anderson

Bestselling Author of the Drawn Series, the Beautiful Series, and 47 Things, Lilliana has always loved to read and write, considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer.

Australian born and bred, she writes New Adult Romance revolving around her authentically Aussie characters.

Lilliana feels that the world should see Australia for more than just it's outback and tries to show characters in more of a city setting.

When she isn't writing, she wears the hat of 'wife and mother' to her husband and four children.

Before Lilliana turned to writing, she worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities and communications before transferring to commerce/law at university.

Originally from Sydney's Western suburbs, she currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.

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