- File Size: 830 KB
- Print Length: 179 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Affinity Ebook Press NZ LTD; 1 edition (October 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M8PUZDV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#690,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #3034 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Romance > Lesbian Romance
- #3692 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Romance > Lesbian
- #3835 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Lesbian Fiction
Christmas at Winterbourne: A Memoir in the Making Kindle Edition
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A nosy writer, a long lost lover and a disappearing girlfriend all make this an interesting tale of the interaction of a group of people over the festive season. It is a Christmas story, but not overly so, more an observational drama that happens to be set in the Christmas season.
All of the characters are well drawn and fleshed out. Although some take more centre stage than others, this is definitely not a tale about one couple; in fact the life of the author is as dominant as the current inhabitants. We have the tension of a woman who thinks she is being cheated on, the regrets of a lover who should have followed her heart, and the anguish of a partner abandoned. It is not all doom and gloom however, as we also have happily married and partnered couples whose gentle interactions show the give and take of long-term marriages. Oh and snowball flights and skinny-dipping to lighten the mood.
Jen Silver uses the house and the weather to great effect, making them an important part of the story. The feeling of warmth and cosy hospitality, despite the various stresses of supporting and providing for a large group, are central to the feel of the book, and this is decidedly a feel-good tale of good will and good intentions.
There are moments of romance, comedy, anguish and love. The group, predominantly women and lesbian, provides an interesting mix. And despite the number of characters, rooms and scenes Ms Silver does an excellent job of keeping it all clear in our minds without ever falling into the trap of the constant repetition of names; even the flashbacks are clear and well defined.
I was given this ARC free by Affinity ebook press in return for an honest review.
Its Christmas time and Gabby has decided that even though she is nine months pregnant they should keep the retreat open for the holiday. Take half a dozen friends, a set of parents and a group of lesbians and watch the drama unfold.
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I am not a fan of Christmas and I was really worried that this book would be all about it. Turns out that while the book is set during that time of year, it was much, much more than that! Ms Silver writes flawlessly. The pace was great, there were no technical errors that I noticed and the story itself was just wonderful. I loved the interaction between the guests and Gabby and Wil. Gabby's parents were absolutely darling. In spite of all the angst and inconveniences the group endured everyone was willing and able to look for the good and to go with the flow. I was highly entertained by them all. It was a vacation I would loved to have been a part of. Nicely done Ms Silver.