Book Review-Tender Is The Storm

Tender Is The Storm
Johanna Lindsey
Avon, 363 Pages
Published June 1985
American Western Historical Romance
ISBN: 0-380-89693-1



Sharisse Hammond had no intention of giving herself to some rancher who had sent for a mail-order bride! She had gone West only to escape the New York society marriage her father was arranging.

Lucas Holt’s intentions were also less than honest. But their plans to use each other were soon complicated by unspoken desire. He never expected her to be so stunningly beautiful. And she never expected to want any man so much.

While Lucas forced Sharisse to play in a dangerous game of revenge against the man who killed his father, she forced him to feel passions he could no longer control. Yet when her family asked her to return to New York, Lucas couldn’t find the words to ask her to stay.

Only when their stubborn hearts felt the pain of loss and separation did they come to know how completely they loved each other. And despite the distance and time–and misunderstanding–between them, somehow they had to be together….


Sharisse Hammond, an american heiress, is engaged to a man that she doesn’t love, and feels trapped with no way out, not realizing at first that it is her younger sister that is in love with her fiancee. Once Sharisse learns of this, she learns that her sister has been corresponding with a man in Arizona who is looking for a wife as a mail order bride. So Sharisse decides to let her sister persuade her to go all the way to Arizona to marry a man she doesn’t know, but would rather go out west, than marry someone that her father planned for her. However she never expected how hard life could be out west with a man, never realizing, that really never had any intention of marrying her. But Sharisse learns an aching passion in Lucas’s arms, that she never expected to find, and wonders that when the truth comes about who she really is, will she lose him or find such a exquisite love.

The Hero
Lucas Holt, a twin, has a plan for revenge, but in order to do so, he must find a wife, any wife. So when he sends for a mail order bride, he hardly expected for her to be so beautiful, spirited and passionate. But he has told her that there will be a time before he will marry her so they can get to know one another, however he has no plan to truly marry her. Yet he finds himself so tempted to join himself to the one woman that can free him from all the bitterness in his heart. There are secrets he has kept from Sharisse, that could ruin what they have discovered together.

The Heroine 
Sharisse Hammond, living in New York City, is the oldest of her fathers two daughters. Sharisse’s mother passed away, and now her father is very insistent on whom she is to marry, his friend’s son, an alliance he desires more than anything. But then she learns that her younger sister, is in love with her fiancee, so Sharisse decided to travel out west to Arizona, to marry one Lucas Holt, never knowing how much her life would change. Never knowing that she would be awakened to such desire and sensuality with a man, that she never thought existed, and finds herself falling in love with him.

My Thoughts:
Tender Is The Storm is a single book, not part of any series, written by well known author Johanna Lindsey. It takes place in the American West. This is a story about a young woman who was unhappy in her father’s plans for her, so she decided to make her own decisions regarding her happiness. And a story of a man, who has lost much, and on a quest of revenge, needs a woman, for a wife, but never plans to keep her as such. But throughout this story, we see a enticing adventure, charming characters and a tender love story that bonds two people from different worlds. I found this to be such a romance that was filled with such romance and adventure that I found I couldn’t put it down. A romantic treasure to be sure!

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

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