BOOK REVIEW | MEREDITH AGAINST THE WIND
TITLE: Meredith Against The Wind, Book #2
AUTHOR: Amanda Gale
PUBLISHER: Brenda & Cobena Books
RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2014
GENRE: Women’s Fiction, Romance
“About Book Two, Meredith Against the Wind:
In Meredith Out of the Darkness, Nick showed her the beauty of a simple life in which all her choices were her own. In Book Two, Meredith Against the Wind, Meredith bravely moves forward in her quest for perfection, only her vision of perfection has been forever changed.
In a Washington, DC suburb of Virginia, Meredith meets Wes Bickhart, a charismatic attorney recovering from a divorce. Wes sweeps her off her feet with his wit, charm, and chivalry, and together they enjoy a passion for intellectual banter and for each other. Meredith feels safe with Wes, who having been burned himself, is also seeking the perfect love and wants nothing more than to give her a future of comfort and security. She is tempted by the seemingly perfect life Wes offers her. But in the back of her mind, she wonders if this is what she wants anymore. And the longer she takes to decide, the more she realizes that this life might require her to sacrifice more of herself than she is willing.
In Meredith Against the Wind, Meredith is put to the test as she is forced to stand up for herself, even as she redefines who she really is. Harder now but stronger, and with new perspective, she becomes embroiled in a power struggle as she determines how much is worth surrendering for love.” (Description from Amazon)
Meredith Against the Wind is the second in a four book series following the love life of Meredith Beck, a high school English teacher. In the first book, Meredith Out of Darkness, her heart has been broken and she feels it will never mend. Now she’s in a new place picking up the pieces and trying to figure out who she is again.
Meredith told herself no more men, but before she knew it she was falling for her neighbor Wes Bickhart. Wes wasn’t like Nick in the sense that he was more successful, more sure of himself, and could give Meredith things Nick couldn’t
This book really shows a strong side of Meredith and you see this when she’s fighting with Wes about his controlling ways. Honestly, I think that Wes was a bit needy and that’s coming from personal experience.
There were so many instances when Wes was making decisions “for” her instead of discussing it with Meredith and seeing how she feels. One of the bigger issues that came up was that Wes felt Meredith didn’t need to work anymore. For those women, including myself, that like to have independence by earning a paycheck, Wes’s insistence would have been a deal breaker for me.
In the second book you get to see Meredith grow in a number of ways and you get to know her a little bit more. You can read this as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading the series in order. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to my followers who enjoy reading Women’s Fiction novels. You will become an instant fan of Amanda Gale after you start reading the Meredith series.
A graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, Amanda Gale taught high school English before she began writing women’s fiction. She loves history, classic literature, and quiet nights at home. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family. (Photo Credit: Lisa Schaffer Photography)