Leisure, Oct 2002, 5.99, 385 pp.
In 1838 in the western part of Virginia, Ian Duncan returns home to claim Faith Taylor as a wife. However, Faith is expected to wed into the wealthiest most influential family in the area, the Masons. Unable to live without his beloved, Ian persuades Faith to live up to her name and take a chance on him and their love. He and Faith marry and flee west to set up a homestead in the Iowa Territory.
Fifteen years later, Ian and Faith remain happily in love and blessed with two children until her jilted Virginia fiancé Randolph Mason arrives and kills the adults. The chidlren, Jamie and Jenny go to an orphanage where she is sold to a man traveling through. Jamie and his friend CHASE THE WIND follow in order to rescue Jenny.
Sub-genre readers will relish the epic nineteenth century Americana saga, CHASE THE WIND as the story line traverses several decades and the Continental United States. Fans will feel euphoria when Faith and Ian escape, but sadness with the tragic ending of their lives. The fate and search for Jenny also invokes emotion from the audience. However, the plot contains too much angst and would have been better off being divided into two tales albeit one ending tragically while the other turning into a deep love story for the second generation. Based on the strength of her cast, Cindy Holby proves she is quite talented with an enjoyable saga that fans will relish, but would gain much more pleasure to read the “Parts” as separate prequel and sequel novels.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner