- 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: #722,166 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.
You can read this book on so many levels. It’s a superb adventure story with individuals pushing themselves to their absolute limits in a hostile environment – gripping and dramatic, with the most magnificent descriptions of the desolation and the breath-taking moments of beauty, the mechanics of sledding wonderfully researched and fed into the story. And those characters! The twists and turns of the difficult relationship between Erica and Molly were so very well done, from silent hostility to fierce defence and every shade in between – and Noah just made you want to hold him as he dealt with his pain and darkness in his own way. The supporting characters are so much more than that too – Noah’s girlfriend, the father and sons with the moving back story, the ditsy twins who have a lot more depth than you initially expect. Heavens, even the huskies have distinct personalities.
As the secrets and background stories emerge, it’s a very emotional read – there’s immense sadness, loss and guilt, so well portrayed that it really hurts when it hits you in the gut. The powerful message I picked up from the book (apart from “never let go of your sledge”…) was that it’s impossible to forgive others until you can forgive yourself: the journey to that point was one that I tremendously enjoyed, all-consuming, with moments of sheer joy among those of dreadful anguish and pain.
The whole story is superbly balanced – driven by its characters, every one of whom (well, almost every one) you’ll take to your heart. A rather special book, very accomplished story telling, and an unforgettable experience I honestly wasn’t expecting – I really loved it.
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