AUTHOR: Tricia Mills
RATING: 4 STARS
PUBLISHED: August 2010 - Penguin Group
"When Winter’s boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she’s robbed of the future she’d only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer’s presence continues to haunt her. But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept all that she can’t change. Can she open herself to a new future . . . and a possible new love?"
WARNING…DO NOT READ ON A PLANE OR ANY OTHER PUBLIC SETTING…THIS BOOK MAY CAUSE TEARS! Oh yeah, I was on a three hour plane ride while I bawled my way through this book. Embarrassed, I had to keep looking up from the book to stare at the headrest in front of me while I tried to think happy thoughts so I could keep the tears at bay. Pretty humiliating…but worth it!
With themes on loss, mourning, moving on, and the consequences of holding back, Winter Longing by Tricia Mills is a story to read. Mills created characters who felt exceedingly real; I laughed with them, cried with them, sympathized with them and when their hearts broke, my heart broke. I also appreciate how Mills showed Winter struggling and grieving for an extended period of time versus three pages later having her happy and free (WOW that sounds mean) but this, especially, kept the story genuine.
I gave Winter Longing 4 STARS. I was very pleased with this emotional, bittersweet tale, and I strongly recommend for others to read it.