Published: 01/04/2013
ISBN: 9781780885025
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The Whispering Wind
Two lives, one heartbreaking story
by Lexa Dudley

Elise sighed again; she was truly at peace at last. Her world, she thought, could never bring such divine tranquillity. This man had a tender quality; he was gentle, caring, thoughtful and romantic, and what was more, he was hers in this brief moment of time.

The Whispering Wind is a moving story of two lovers, set on the beautiful island of Sardinia, where Elise goes on holiday to escape a loveless and violent marriage.

Whilst there, she meets and falls in love with Beppe, a local Sard. Despite religious and cultural complications, they embark on a romantic and passionate affair.

Beppe shows Elise his island and introduces her to the welcoming culture of the Sardinians and Elise soon falls under the spell of both the island and its people.

But after weeks of blissful happiness, Elise has to return unexpectedly to England to face all the problems she had been so desperate to leave behind…

The Whispering Wind is a work of fiction that will appeal to women who are romantics at heart.

Finalist in the Romance category of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and both the Romance and Literary Fiction categories of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards!

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A gripping, beautifully descriptive, romantic and tragic tale. A fabulous insight into the stunning landscape, historical culture and traditional community life of the Sardinians.
The book invites you into another world and takes one on a journey of many emotions.
I shall be recommending it to my local book group.

by Sarah Asbury


This book would make a wonderful holiday read.
The main characters are well drawn and we are introduced to them quickly; the narrative also follows at a good pace and although it is essentially a love story, the descriptions of Sardinia and its customs and people as well as all the sounds and smells, make it extremely compelling reading;I couldn't put it down!
Sardinia is definitely on my 'bucket list' as a result!

by P Whalley


This story took me on a journey through warm and sunny Sardinia (always a plus for us in the UK). The vivid descriptions of the island, people, food and culture transported me to a more gentle and meaningful way of life. I felt as though I knew the characters well and could see them as they moved through their lives. Sardinia has such a rich history of which little is known outside the region. I enjoyed learning about the culture and life of Sardinia as much as I enjoyed the story itself. I recommend that you curl up with this book and a glass of your favourite wine and enjoy!

by M Ritsema


An easy holiday read for the pool this summer: beautifully detailed study of Sardinia, its people, customs, history and above all, food! I feel inspired to start cooking eels and roasting a suckling pig over a fire! The island is definitely on my list of places to visit as a result.

by M Gamble


A gripping, beautifully descriptive, romantic and tragic tale. A fabulous insight into the stunning landscape, historical culture and traditional community life of the Sardinians.
The book invites you into another world and takes one on a journey of many emotions.
I shall be recommending it to my local book group.

by chubba


An ideal romantic holiday read that weaves many interesting facts about the history and culture of Sardinia into the story.
Sure to make you want to visit the island.

by R Johnston


A story of immence emotion. Although l have visited the lsland of Sardinia was blind to its culture, history, and sensitivity of a proud people. Thanks to its author you will be given the gift of insite.

by Mrs J Stevenson


Whilst romantic stories would not be my usual choice, this book captivated me from the start. The wonderful description of Sardinia, from it's people and culture through to the beautifully crafted love story. I couldn't put the book down and didn't want it to end.

by Jan Moffat


4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying, worth reading, Jun 29 2013
A delightful, romantic novel - with a twist. This is a love story that starts out gently, and raises the drama as it goes along. Just when you begin to think it is all too good to be true, the tale takes an unexpected direction, and ... well, you read it and find out! The book is well-balanced, very readable and very believable. I'm looking forward to Lexa Dudley's next book. She writes well!

by hummingbird


The secretsales.com verdict:
“As much a love letter to Sardinia as it is a tale of two lovers, Lexa Dudley’s heart-wrenching tale is a must for anyone who likes a good tear jerker. Set in 1969, the novel perfectly captures the essence of an idyllic island struggling to keep up with the 20th century while its two main characters, Elise and Beppe, get caught up in an intense affair. Dudley’s descriptions conjure up perfect images of the people she depicts, from Beppe’s vicious-tongued mother to the eternally kind housekeeper, Maria. As with every good romance tale, it wouldn’t be complete without an element of sadness and this book certainly delivers in that department. This is perfect for a summer holiday – just make sure you don’t read the ending in the middle of a packed train.”

When to read: When you’re lying on a beach.

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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley is set in the idyllic island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean sea, where history and culture abound. Elise originally booked a holiday in Sardinia with her husband but his violent behavior finally breaks the last straw of their troubled marriage. Prodded by her solicitor, she decides to go ahead with the holiday alone to have some peace. This decision will change her life forever as she is embraced by the Sardinian culture and becomes enamored with the place and its people. She falls in love with a Sardinian, Beppe, and everything seems to be fantastic. This is until the day she has to face the reality waiting for her in England and in Sardinia itself. Will Elise finally find the happiness that she has always been looking for?

Author Lexa Dudley is a romantic novelist who certainly knows a thing or two about love. Her writing style is not that original but she knows how to build up the plot in such a way that the reader cannot help but be captivated by the story. She has an excellent descriptive style, painting the island on the book’s pages like a visual artist painting on a canvas. As a result, I felt like I was transported to Sardinia and experienced the island myself. The Whispering Wind has all the elements of a successful romantic novel and even more. Reading this book is like going on an emotional roller coaster ride of love, hate, sadness, and joy. The story tugs at the heart, the characters are well developed, the plot is interesting and the setting is perfect. What more can a reader ask for?

by Maria Beltran


The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley is set in Sardinia. Elise goes to the island to escape from her marriage and she meet a local guy and falls in love with him. In the meantime, the problems she left behind in England surface and she is forced to go back.

I found the book beautiful. The story is not cliched like other love stories. The author has managed to bring out the gentle passion and compassion that the lovers share beautifully. Love stories are not always easy to write because it is possible to fall into the usual cliches. Elise trying to escape from a unhappy marriage and going to Sardinia can be understood very easily. Her meeting with local guy Beppe is where the story takes a romantic twist.

The Whispering Wind is not only about romance but it also gives the readers an idea of the Sardinian culture and traditions. We get to take a peek into their closed lives. The story is gentle and soft. It is not one of those aggressive love stories where there is a lot of tumult and raw passion. The face of the story changes when Elise has to go back to England unexpectedly to sort out her marriage from which she was trying to escape.

Now will Elise's past take her away from Beppe? Will Beppe and Elise finally be together?
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by Mamta Madhavan


The Whispering Wind by Lexa Dudley is a breathtakingly warm romance set in Sardinia. Elise visits the beautiful island, Sardinia, on a holiday away from her abusive husband, William. The hospitality of the locals and the beauty of the island captivate her and she ends up falling in love with Beppe, a man after her own heart. After years of sadness, she feels her life now has some meaning and revels in the romance of her new-found love. Unfortunately, she has to rush back to her mother's side and then the heartbreaking part of the story begins. Though in her heart she is determined to go back to her love as promised, life and fate have other plans for her. Will she ever be reunited with the one man to whom her soul belongs? Will that man live up to his promise of doing everything possible for her? Will Beppe's love stand the test of time?

The Whispering Wind is definitely a book one can enjoy on holiday. The author has woven the story fantastically while explaining the culture and lifestyle of Sardinia. The place really comes alive with the wonderful descriptions of the various places and festivals. The love story of Elise and Beppe stays with you for a long time. The story is romantic, beautiful, and touches a chord deep in one's heart. One almost wishes that the star-crossed lovers had ended up with a different twist to their story, but on second thoughts, it would not have the same poignancy and feel to it if it was any different. A highly recommended read for those of us who still get misty-eyed over true love and soul mates.

by Dr. Oliva Dsouza


If you know and love Sardinia or want to know about the island beyond the main tourist spots, read Lexa Dudley’s “Whispering Wind”. A must; - to take when you visit Sardinia, a good relaxing romance, and useful guide with a gripping conclusion. Would make a great film !

by david wilson


“I adore the author’s writing style; her ability to evocatively convey the setting. There is so much colour and passion and feeling in her writing: she’s a romance writer par excellence.
The story drew me in from the beginning, so much so that I read the book in just two sittings – I couldn’t put it down. I love the characterisation, especially of the local Sardinian people. I love the depth to the character of Elise and her journey to find herself, and to heal her heart, after her abusive marriage. I love the hero of the book, Beppe, and find him so real as a person that he seems alive beyond the words on the page. I love the development of Beppe and Elise’s relationship, and the attention the author pays to exploring their feelings.
No doubt you’re spotting a theme: I love this book!”

by Hannah Fielding


BOOK REVIEW: THE WHISPERING WIND BY LEXA DUDLEY
JANUARY 5, 2015 AMANDA'S WANDERLUST LEAVE A COMMENT
A stunning portrait of an island as well as a passionate love story…
A finalist in the Indie Book Awards, this wonderful book hooked me immediately with it’s beautiful descriptive writing and well developed characters.
The Whispering Wind is the story of two lovers, Elise and Beppe, set on the beautiful island of Sardinia. Elise visits the island on holiday in a bid to escape her violent husband. Whilst there, she meets and falls in love with local Sard, Beppe. But can the young couple overcome religious and cultural issues to be together?
It is at once a passionate and beautifully crafted love story and at the same time a tribute to the glorious island of Sardinia, so will have broad appeal among lovers of both romance and travel writing; bringing back many memories for those who have visited.
I particularly enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of Sardinia, it’s history, people, customs and culture, as we are taken on a virtual tour of the island. But the love story is also pacey and compelling.
The carefully crafted detail contained in the narrative, transports you directly to Sardinia as you read; you can almost feel the heat and smell the peach blossom. From the first paragraph of the book you are taken on holiday with Elise as she rediscovers herself through travel:
“A gentle breeze fluttered through the peach grove, but gave no respite from the midday sun. The rows of peach and lemon trees offered no shade, and the branches of the tall cypress trees surrounding the orchard seemed to trap and intensify the relentless rays, creating an overwhelming heat that pervaded everything. Only the strident call of the cicadas broke the unnerving quiet that descended over the parched land.”
It is clear that the author has a deep love of Sardinia and has researched the book well.
The island is now well and truly on my list of places to visit thanks to this book.
Thank you to Lexa Dudley for providing a review copy of the book.

by Amanda's Wanderlust


5.0 out of 5 stars
Enchanting yet poignant and deeply moving love story
By ADITI SAHA on March 9, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
----Anaïs Nin, a French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer

Lexa Dudley, an English author, penned her debut book, The Whispering Wind: Two Lives, One Heartbreaking Story , that revolves around a small Italian island, Sardinia.

Synopsis:

The Whispering Wind is a moving story of two lovers, set on the beautiful island of Sardinia, where Elise goes on holiday to escape a loveless and violent marriage. Whilst there, she meets and falls in love with Beppe, a local Sard. Despite religious and cultural complications, they embark on a romantic and passionate affair. Beppe shows Elise his island and introduces her to the welcoming culture of the Sardinians and Elise soon falls under the spell of both the island and its people. But after weeks of blissful happiness, Elise has to return unexpectedly to England to face all the problems she had been so desperate to leave behind.

The Whispering Wind is that kind of book which will bring out the deepest pain from our soul and will manage to transform that pain into something beautiful and memorable. Since that is how I felt when I read the book.

Elise, a young and married English woman, take a trip all by herself to an Italian island, Sardinia. To get away from her abusive husband, William, Elise decides to take a break from her marital issues before going for a divorce. But her stay at Sardinia turns out to be something enchanting and fateful for her. Not only Elise was struck by the beauty of this small and lonely island, but also fell in love with the warmth of the local people of Sardinia called, Sards. Little did she knew that her trip to Sardinia would turn out to be lucky for her, as she fell head-over-heels-in-love with a local Sard, Beppe. Their love was not something filled with lust and passion, but their love was something pure and deep with intensity. But Sard people are quite traditional and since it was 1969, modern values like getting married to a divorced woman was still not acceptable in the society. Their love story comes to a halt when Elise had to return back to England due to her mother's illness, but will she come back? Will they find each other in their arms?

The author have spun a heart-touching and deeply moving love-story. The author's portrayal of this island, Sardinia makes me feel like she loves this island like her own home. With her eloquent words, I too can feel the warmth of the Sards like Maria, and the rest. The picture of Sardinia that she painted with her words is vivid, lively and very visual. I was not only transported to the picturesque island, but I could sniff the salty breeze and the sweetness of the wine on my tongue. I could even hear the birds singing and the waves crashing by the shore. And as Beppe and Elise's love story evolved, Sardinia bloomed like a flower.

The author did a great job on crafting the characters with depth and compassion. And their warm demeanor will make you feel like as if you are home. Elise, the main character, is strong willed woman, who fought a lot in her life, yet she stood still. Their narrative is striking and captivating. The prose is articulate and evocative with a rather fast pace. And the plot unraveled like something you need to devour for a longer time, rather than reading it in a haste, since the plot is constantly evolving and the beauty of Sardinia along with Elise's pain and sorrow keeps us engaged to the sore of the story. The chemistry between Beppe and Elise is not lusty yet it's very enriching. The emotions are strongly depicted with intricacy. The first part of the book is enchanting yet poignant, and in the second part, there is a mystery to unlock, although, we know the real culprit who caused the pain between Elise and Beppe, but the way the author unraveled it, made us gripped to the story. And surely, the second half brought a lot of tears to my eyes. I started hating the author for turning her story into something irrevocably painful.
All in all, Sardinia's beauty will bewitch you and the book will make you itch to take a trip to this elegant island, Sardinia.

Verdict: This book proves why pain demands to be felt and if you want to experience a unique combination of beauty and pain, then do read this compelling love story.

by Aditi Saha


When Lexa approached me to enquire whether I may be interested in reviewing her novel, my answer was an easy ‘yes’. Romance set on Sardinia? Right up my street, especially given the fact that my own latest novel, The Echoes of Love, is a romance set in Venice, Tuscany and… Sardinia! I love the setting – Sardinia is quite one of my favourite places for its unspoilt beauty – and so I was very keen to read this novel.

I knew from the first paragraph that the book would not disappoint:

A gentle breeze fluttered through the peach grove, but gave no respite from the midday sun. The rows of peach and olive trees offered no shade, and the branches of the tall cypress trees surrounding the orchard seemed to trap and intensify the relentless rays, creating an overwhelming heat that pervaded everything. Only the strident call of the cicadas broke the unnerving quiet that descended over the dry land.

I adore the author’s writing style; her ability to evocatively convey the setting. There is so much colour and passion and feeling in her writing: she’s a romance writer par excellence.

The story drew me in from the beginning, so much so that I read the book in just two sittings – I couldn’t put it down. I love the characterisation, especially of the local Sardinian people. I love the depth to the character of Elise and her journey to find herself, and to heal her heart, after her abusive marriage. I love the hero of the book, Beppe, and find him so real as a person that he seems alive beyond the words on the page. I love the development of Beppe and Elise’s relationship, and the attention the author pays to exploring their feelings.

No doubt you’re spotting a theme: I love this book!

I’ve no wish to provide a spoiler of the ending here. Suffice it to say that it surprised me, and moved me, and is, I think, a very mature and intelligent close to the book. I’d have loved more depth at the end; more exploration of Elise’s life when she returns to England, and Beppe’s respectively. But I see why the author has written the book as she has.

In all, this is a book that stayed with me after I read the final words, and is one I think I will re-read in the future. It’s certainly made me pine for beautiful Sardinia!

I very much hope Lexa has more books in the pipeline: I will be first in line to read her next release.

by Hannah Fielding


 

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