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Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction: Historical" category of the 2016 Bookvana Awards."..loved the weaving of history into this tale;...loved generational spans and the storytelling was well done." Christy, Goodreads reviewerThis fictional memoir chronicles the lives of three generations of women born in the Kansas Flint Hills who set aside their own hopes and dreams to support the dreams of the men they fall in love with.Pioneer women followed their men into the rolling Flint Hills of Kansas in search of the dream, but when Virginia Findlay gives up her career as a one-room school teacher in rural Kansas to marry her sweetheart, she is unaware of the chain of events she sets in motion for the three generations of women who follow in her footsteps. The Flint Hills promised bountiful wildlife and fertile valleys, but for Virginia, Helen and Leah it was an empty promise. Dreams here often withered and died from starvation or the harshness and unpredictability of the climate. Like the pioneer women who came before them, these women are also willing to follow the dream. They are independent and courageous women who set aside their own dreams to nurture and support others. Eventually, each woman must triumph over heartache,poverty, and abuse before finally recognizing her hidden strength and power and finding the courage to be true to herself. Through their example, these women guide each succeeding generation through life and provide a blueprint for making the important decisions that help them find happiness in life. 

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Kansas is known for its relentless and unceasing wind. During the dust storms of the 1930's entire lives were carried away with the topsoil. I have always been intrigued by the way seemingly random events can change the course of our lives and futures. In the book, the wind became a metaphor for the changes that affect lives without our control. The cover of the book depicting the old schoolhouse with the windswept tree evokes an emotion of hope and promise as well as sadness and loss.I was inspired to write this book by the women in my family who also had to triumph over great odds to create a better life for their children. Many of the stories and incidents in the book are based on those that were passed down to me through the generations. Others were based on personal interviews and intensive research on the economic and political issues of the times in which they lived. While the book is primarily geared toward women, I believe it has a message for both men and women. It raises a question about the nature of relationships and the magnetic draw between realists and dreamers, and in particular, the struggle to find a balance between the two.

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The windswept Flint Hills of Kansas promised bountiful wildlife and fertile valleys, but for Virginia, Helen and Leah, it was an empty promise Dreams here often withered and died from starvation or the harshness and unpredictability of the climate. Eventually, each woman must face the decision to set aside her own hopes and dreams in the struggle to maintain home and family against impossible odds.

Skillfully creating compassionate characters with a range of emotions, WINDBORNE is a novel unique in style and scope. Set against a historical backdrop of major economic and cultural changes of he past century, it is an elegantly timeless tale about the nature of life, love and awakening.

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Book Description Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Kansas tallgrass prairie provides a vivid setting for Windborne, a new novel by Wanda DeHaven Pyle. The author draws heavily on her childhood experiences growing up in the Flint Hills to chronicle a story of three generations of women who triumph over heartache, poverty, and abuse to pursue the dream of a better life. Skillfully creating compassionate characters with a range of emotions, Windborne is a novel unique in style and scope. Set against a historical backdrop of major economic and cultural changes of the past century, it is an elegantly timeless tale about the nature of love, loss and awakening. Pioneer women followed their men into the rolling Flint Hills of Kansas in search of the dream, but when Virginia Findlay gives up her career as a one-room school teacher in rural Kansas to marry her sweetheart, she is unaware of the chain of events she sets in motion for the three generations of women who follow. The Flint Hills promised bountiful wildlife and fertile valleys, but for Virginia, Helen and Leah it was an empty promise. Bowing to the culture of the times, Virginia gives up her teaching career to marry Will Caulder, a young cowboy who has big dreams of owning his own ranch and making a name for himself among the large cattle ranchers of the day. However, the death of their first child followed by the devastating effects of the Great Depression changes everything. Will and Virginia s family comes of age with the onset of World War II. Their oldest son is drafted into the Army and their two older daughters marry servicemen, leaving only Helen, their youngest, still in school. Once out from under the shadow of her older siblings and attending college on her own, Helen discovers her own identity and independence. She passes the war years in a whirlwind of activity with only a vague understanding of what the war is all about. When the war ends, returning servicemen are eager to marry and return to a life of normalcy and Helen is swept off her feet by Jack DeWitt, a young sailor who promises her the life she has always dreamed of. But like many returning veterans, he suffers from the stress and depression brought on by direct combat with the enemy. Jack s dream is also to own a large cattle ranch in the Flint Hills, but having grown up in the city and suffered a childhood filled with emotional abuse from his alcoholic father, he is ill-prepared for what lies in store. He is unable to overcome the demons that still haunt him from the war and turns to alcohol for relief. He comes physically abusive to Helen and their daughters and one night in a drunken rage, he ends it all leaving Helen and her daughters to find the strength to survive on their own. When Will s failing health leads to a fatal heart attack, Virginia is faced with her own unfulfilled hopes and dreams until an opportunity presents itself that brings her life full circle. In the twilight of her years she is finally able to recapture the passion and purpose she had felt all those years ago as the schoolmarm. During the difficult years before Jack s death, Helen had relied on her older daughter, Leah, to feed her emotional needs and provide her with the strength to carry on. Now, Leah is set adrift in the culture of the 1960 s not knowing exactly what her role in life should be. She is torn between her need for the safety and security of a traditional relationship and her desire for an independent life and an exciting career. Her choice sends her careening down a path of emotional destruction until she is forced to stand on her own again and rediscover the essence of her own identity. Like the pioneer women who came before them, these are independent and courageous women who set aside their own dreams to nurture and support others. Eventually, each woman must recognize her hidden strength and power and find the courage to be true to herself. Bookseller Inventory # APC9781492189718

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Book Description Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Kansas tallgrass prairie provides a vivid setting for Windborne, a new novel by Wanda DeHaven Pyle. The author draws heavily on her childhood experiences growing up in the Flint Hills to chronicle a story of three generations of women who triumph over heartache, poverty, and abuse to pursue the dream of a better life. Skillfully creating compassionate characters with a range of emotions, Windborne is a novel unique in style and scope. Set against a historical backdrop of major economic and cultural changes of the past century, it is an elegantly timeless tale about the nature of love, loss and awakening. Pioneer women followed their men into the rolling Flint Hills of Kansas in search of the dream, but when Virginia Findlay gives up her career as a one-room school teacher in rural Kansas to marry her sweetheart, she is unaware of the chain of events she sets in motion for the three generations of women who follow. The Flint Hills promised bountiful wildlife and fertile valleys, but for Virginia, Helen and Leah it was an empty promise. Bowing to the culture of the times, Virginia gives up her teaching career to marry Will Caulder, a young cowboy who has big dreams of owning his own ranch and making a name for himself among the large cattle ranchers of the day. However, the death of their first child followed by the devastating effects of the Great Depression changes everything. Will and Virginia s family comes of age with the onset of World War II. Their oldest son is drafted into the Army and their two older daughters marry servicemen, leaving only Helen, their youngest, still in school. Once out from under the shadow of her older siblings and attending college on her own, Helen discovers her own identity and independence. She passes the war years in a whirlwind of activity with only a vague understanding of what the war is all about. When the war ends, returning servicemen are eager to marry and return to a life of normalcy and Helen is swept off her feet by Jack DeWitt, a young sailor who promises her the life she has always dreamed of. But like many returning veterans, he suffers from the stress and depression brought on by direct combat with the enemy. Jack s dream is also to own a large cattle ranch in the Flint Hills, but having grown up in the city and suffered a childhood filled with emotional abuse from his alcoholic father, he is ill-prepared for what lies in store. He is unable to overcome the demons that still haunt him from the war and turns to alcohol for relief. He comes physically abusive to Helen and their daughters and one night in a drunken rage, he ends it all leaving Helen and her daughters to find the strength to survive on their own. When Will s failing health leads to a fatal heart attack, Virginia is faced with her own unfulfilled hopes and dreams until an opportunity presents itself that brings her life full circle. In the twilight of her years she is finally able to recapture the passion and purpose she had felt all those years ago as the schoolmarm. During the difficult years before Jack s death, Helen had relied on her older daughter, Leah, to feed her emotional needs and provide her with the strength to carry on. Now, Leah is set adrift in the culture of the 1960 s not knowing exactly what her role in life should be. She is torn between her need for the safety and security of a traditional relationship and her desire for an independent life and an exciting career. Her choice sends her careening down a path of emotional destruction until she is forced to stand on her own again and rediscover the essence of her own identity. Like the pioneer women who came before them, these are independent and courageous women who set aside their own dreams to nurture and support others. Eventually, each woman must recognize her hidden strength and power and find the courage to be true to herself. Bookseller Inventory # APC9781492189718

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