WINDFALL

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Caine ups both the pace and the stakes in the fourth entry in her stellar series. Joanne is as appealing as ever,
and the revelation that the future of both the djinn and the Wardens -- indeed,
of perhaps the whole world -- is at
stake underscores both her strength
and vulnerablility.
Unflinchingly honest with herself and more than willing to acknowledge her own failings, Joanne cannot help but draw the reader's sympathy and affection. Colorful supporting characters, including her fellow bikini-clad weathergirl, Cherise, lighten this thundercloud of a novel, but on the whole this is the darkest, most enthralling and most powerful novel yet from the talented Caine.

Caine ups both the pace and the stakes in the fourth entry in her stellar series. Joanne is as appealing as ever, and the revelation that the future of both the djinn and the Wardens -- indeed, of perhaps the whole world -- is at stake underscores both her strength and vulnerablility.

Joanne Baldwin's life just keeps getting more complicated. The newest Weather Wardens outing finds Jo unhappily employed as a weathergirl at a fourth- rate Florida tv station, saddled with her newly divorced sister, suspected of weather-tampering and missing her djinn lover, David, who is confined to his bottle trying to heal from the damage he sustained during their Las Vegas fiasco. And that's just for starters. The truce between the Wardens and the djinn is deteriorating quickly, and a battle between the two powerful forces could spell disaster for the entire world. Joanne unwillingly is drawn into the thick of the fray, facing an unthinkable choice between her love for David and the future of humanity.

Unflinchingly honest with herself and more than willing to acknowledge her own failings, Joanne cannot help but draw the reader's sympathy and affection. Colorful supporting characters, including her fellow bikini-clad weathergirl, Cherise, lighten this thundercloud of a novel, but on the whole this is the darkest, most enthralling and most powerful novel yet from the talented Caine.(Nov., 352 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jen Talley Exum