Riding the Hurricane


Romance - Contemporary
356 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2013
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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

As Riding The Hurricane opens, we find Cassie at a crossroads in her life. Her daughter is on the brink of adulthood and therefore less reliant on her, while Cassie is then left to contend with a drunken, abusive husband. We meet up with Cassie just as she finally reaches her breaking point and seeks refuge in Christchurch. While exiled from her life, she returns to an old love, painting, and a new friend in the form of the bubbly and outrageous Louise. Then there is ‘little Nicky,’ Louise’s son who isn’t so little anymore and he instantly captures Cassie’s attention. Paulette Rae tells the tale of a woman torn between going back to a terrifying life with an unpredictable addict and an uncertain future. Cassie chooses to linger in a satisfying present until she can get her life and herself sorted out.

Cassie does more than sort herself out; she starts a whole new life and in the process learns to love and trust again. Although Nick forces her to face her fears and they fight like crazy because of it, Paulette Rae beautifully paints the picture of their journey to love. Constantly battling her ex-husband for control of her life, Cassie finds Nick’s innocent love refreshing yet it still terrifies her. After almost losing Nick, she finds that Riding The Hurricane is the only way to get to safety on the other side. This story wouldn’t have been half as entertaining without the spunky Louise acting as both best friend and sounding board for Cassie through her difficult journey. By the end of Riding The Hurricane, you will feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and supremely happy with the way Cassie’s life turns out.