Wind of the Spirit

What People Are Saying . . .

With rich, vivid descriptions that draw you back in time, characters that become your best friends, eloquent language that will leave you breathless, and a romance that warms you from head to toe, Wind of the Spirit is a stunningly beautiful story about the fight for freedom, survival, and love in a savage land.

—MaryLu Tyndall, bestselling author of The Falcon

and the Sparrow


The passion and intrigue of the American Revolution comes to life in J. M. Hochstetler’s wonderfully entertaining read Wind of the Spirit. Beautifully written and completely engaging, Wind of the Spirit will appeal to fans not just of Christian fiction, but of historical fiction as well. Not to be missed!

—Michelle Moran, bestselling author of The Heretic Queen


Wind of the Spirit by J.M. Hochstetler is a captivating third installment to the American Patriot series, one that will keep you turning pages and reading far into the night. Filled with intrigue and adventure, love and loss, history and hope, Wind of the Spirit is a refreshingly honest expose of American truth, sparing neither the good, the bad, or the ugly. Raw truth, coupled with gentle mercy, will carry your heart from one scene to the next, leaving you cheering for the “good guys” (on all sides), and panting for more . . .

Kathi Macias, author of My Son, John (April 2009)

and Beyond Me: Living a You-First Life in a Me-First World


If you like sweeping historical sagas, Wind of the Spirit deserves to be on your bookshelf.

—Robin Lee Hatcher, author of When Love Blooms


A captivating tale of love and courage skillfully woven into the Revolutionary War, revealing all the human passions and valor that made America great.

—Louise M. Gouge, author of Then Came Hope


I love this series written by J. M. Hochstetler. I have been waiting eagerly for the next installment. I’d be thrilled if she’d write ten books in this engaging style set in the American Revolution. I’d like to see these books, The American Patriot Series, in the hands of every child in America. I think it should be required reading in every history class in the country. A story so fun and fast paced, with the back ground of Hochstetler’s beautifully researched look at this formative time in our country’s history. Keep them coming.

—Mary Connealy


Wind of the Spirit carries you away—literally—to another time and place. The perfect combination of setting and fabulous wording pulled me into the story, and the emotional scenes kept me turning the pages. This story doesn’t drag but keeps building while educating the reader about history at the same time. In regards to sensuality and tension—move over Deeanne Gist—cause Hochstetler goes places most CBA authors can’t. However, the tension is so well done and is so beautifully written, I wouldn’t change a thing. The author shows love as the holy experience it truly is . . . when it occurs the way God intended. I highly recommend this story. I couldn’t put it down.

—Michelle Sutton, author of It’s Not About Me


J. M. Hochstetler’s Wind of the Spirit is a wonderful continuation of her American Patriot Series. It’s rich in historical detail, packed with action and adventure, and sweetened with a touching, passionate love story. I can’t wait for more!

—DeAnna Julie Dodson, author of In Honor Bound


Once again, J.M. Hochstetler brings the past alive in her newest addition to her American Patriot Series. Wind of the Spirit is a wonderful blend of historical events and the fictional romance of characters Elizabeth Howard and Jonathon Carleton. If American History had been taught like this when I went to school, I'd have aced every test.

—A. K. Arenz, author of The Bouncing Grandma mystery series


I couldn't wait to read book #3 of the American Patriot Series by J .M. Hochstetler! It was so good to get reacquainted with these characters, following Elizabeth and Andrews as they searched for Jonathan and their startling reunion among his adopted people, the Shawnee. Hochstetler ramps up the drama at every turn, taking the reader through a full range of emotions. The only criticism comes in realizing we must wait for the next sequel to this compelling story! GREAT job, Hochstetler!

—Diane Moody, author of Confessions of a Prayer Slacker (Sheaf House, August 2010)


The third book in the American Patriot Series by J. M. Hochstetler is out and continues the saga of Elizabeth Howard and Jonathan Carleton. If you missed either of the first two books in the series, Daughter of Liberty or Native Son, I urge you to get a copy and read it before reading Wind of the Spirit. I found the series to be an accurate representation of history and recommend it to lovers of early American history.

In Wind of the Spirit, Elizabeth, also known as Oriole, continues her missions to gather information for General Washington. She misses her dear friend, Jonathan, and begins to wonder if the stories reaching her of a white Shawnee war chief called White Eagle might be Jonathan. She persuades their friend, Colonel Charles Andrews, to mount an expedition to the land of the Shawnees to see if White Eagle really is Jonathan and if so, to persuade him to return to assist the Colonials in their fight. Jonathan has been adopted into the Shawnee tribe but has enemies in the tribe who feel he has not given up his white ways. One Shawnee, Wolfslayer, would like nothing more than to kill Jonathan.

Wind of the Spirit is one of those books that grab you and is difficult to put down to do other tasks. Lovers of American history will find this story to mesh with actual history and will love the continuing story of Elizabeth and Jonathan. Please don't miss it.

—Bob Goss


J. M. Hochstetler is able to bring history to life with her exceptional prose and attention to detail. If you want a Last of the Mohicans type adventure with a hearty dose of romance and realism, buy these books! My only regret is that she doesn't write fast enough and there aren't enough books like hers! Wonderful, inspiring, educational reading! Bless you, J. M.! I use your books for my own research!

—Laura Frantz


With intense drama and brilliant prose, J. M. Hochstetler rivets readers through their journey to find Jonathan and to the Shawnee Indians' fight for survival that is as just a cause as the Americans' fight for independence. Captured and forced to live among the Shawnee when they try to convince Jonathan to return with them, Elizabeth and Charles come to love the `savages' just as Jonathan does, but White Eagles' enemy, Wolfslayer, endangers them all. In Jonathan's battle for supremacy over his Indian nemesis, Elizabeth faces he is more Indian than white and the lure of his people is stronger than even their love. Can she redeem him? We won't know until the next book comes out.

J. M. Hochstetler has set an incredible challenge to herself. By focusing on Elizabeth and Jonathan's love story through this series, she risks agitating readers' patience in seeing their love resolved. I know I'm beginning to feel the waiting as a torture. If it were not for her incredible writing, I would be scanning through the book to find out whether they indeed marry before I actually began reading the book. This may be a parallel lesson God asks of us when He seems to make us wait for answers while teaching us patience and trust.

—Bonnie Toews





Books by J. M. Hochstetler

Daughter of Liberty

Native Son

Wind of the Spirit

One Holy Night


Related Links

J. M. Hochstetler

American Patriot Series Blog

Lamp of History Blog

Sheaf House Publishers