- File Size: 644 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: HQ Digital (November 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 17, 2017
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0739SQG3P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ours is the Winter: a gripping story of love, friendship and adventure Kindle Edition
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I wasn't fond of many of the characters until the last couple of chapters in the book. The storyline was interesting - sled dog challenges across the frozen Arctic and the details about the dogs and how the whole challenge was handled were fun to read about.
The story focuses on three characters - half-sisters Erica and Molly, and Noah, all from England. And it soon becomes apparent that all are hiding secrets and heartaches.
I wish I'd liked the story more. All the ingredients were there for a good book - they just didn't get mixed correctly.
I received this book from HQ Digital UK through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read the book and write an unbiased review. I feel that I've done that.
Molly is angry, it's all she can think about. The anger consumes her. She's lost her brother and she's mad at Erica and has shut her out. Erica wants nothing more than to repair their relationship, but Molly is so brokenhearted that it's hard to see past her feelings of hate. When she meets Noah something shifts, but Noah is traveling with his girlfriend. He's battling the same kind of darkness Molly has inside of her and they're kindred spirits. However, a lot is standing in their way. Will their journey heal both of their souls or will it make their lives even more complicated?
Ours is the Winter is a compelling story about family, relationships, grief and secrets. I was immediately intrigued by the three main characters. Erica, Molly and Noah all have something to work through and during the trip everything they're dealing with comes to the surface. They're all broken in a way and even though the traumas of the past can never be undone, the way they live with them and feel about themselves can be changed. It's a great subject for a moving story and Laurie Ellingham skillfully explores the many layers of their emotions. Her main characters aren't without flaws, which makes them human and real and I was fascinated from the very beginning.
Laurie Ellingham has a warm and open writing style that immediately drew me into her story. I couldn't put it down. I liked the way she combines an adventurous journey with plenty of depth and a strong story. I loved the setting, the cold and the challenge to survive are perfect for the poignant drama that unfolds. Ours is the Winter is filled with unexpected circumstances, personal trials, pain, hope and beautiful captivating scenes. I absolutely loved this amazing story.
Erica and Molly are estranged half-sisters who are struggling with what has happened in their lives. Grief, lies, uncertainty, and guilt all play a huge part in their lives, and Erica desperately hopes that working together on this exploration will help them find the peace and the answers they both need, as well as a little escapism from reality.
Noah has been dragged along by his partner Rachel as she makes another attempt to 'fix' him. Why can't she understand that he will never be the same person he was before that night? Everything changed for him back then and as he constantly struggles with the darkness that wants to suck him down forever, he does what he has to do to survive, and he is sure that this expedition will do nothing for him.
But as these strangers are forced to work together and share their personal space in extreme conditions, the Arctic will change each of their lives forever. And as they face up to reality it becomes clear that they will be connected forever by this experience, no matter how painful it may be.
OURS IS THE WINTER by Laurie Ellingham is a superbly written story with many ups and downs that will break your heart but it also excellently portrays the strength of the human spirit, and what we can achieve when we open ourselves up to the truth and face it head-on. The characters are flawed and emotional, and all so real to make them very easy to connect with and care about, and Noah found a special place in my heart as he struggled with his demons. The pace of the story is perfect and the Arctic setting simply breathtaking as you can picture it in your mind - and not to forget there are gorgeous dogs too!
OURS IS THE WINTER by Laurie Ellingham is a powerful tale of strength, grief, and finding light in the darkness, and it deserves to be read by fiction fans the world over. A truly excellent story.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the blog tour organiser