I'm thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Winter That Made Us by Kate Field and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...
When Tess finds herself unexpectedly alone and back in Ribblemill, the childhood village she thought she’d escaped, she’s sure she can survive a temporary stay. She’s spent a lifetime making the best of things, hasn’t she?
Determined to throw herself into village life, Tess starts a choir and gathers a team of volunteers to restore the walled garden at Ramblings, the local stately home. Everything could be perfect, if she weren’t sharing a cottage and a cat with a man whose manner is more prickly than the nettles she’s removing…
As winter approaches, Tess finds herself putting down her own roots as fast as she’s pulling them up in the garden. But the ghosts of the past hover close by, and Tess must face them if she’s to discover whether home is where her heart has been all along.
The Winter That Made Us was so much more than I was expecting with a beautifully written story and characters that gave me that all important emotional connection. In this story we meet Tess and Noah who for various reasons end up sharing a cottage and what follows is a truly heartfelt story as both characters learn to face their pasts to begin to move forward.
The story moves at a lovely pace and I didn't want to put it down, it was just so easy to become caught up in Tess and Noah's lives. As they begin a tentative friendship secrets begin to surface especially involving Tess. There are some beautiful moments as the characters slowly but surely begin to come out of their shells along with seeing them begin to let their guards down. Even the minor characters all bring something special to the story and add that little extra depth as their lives all become entwined. The setting had a lovely charm providing community spirit and friendships that was perfectly placed within the story.
There is emotion and to be honest there were tears but there was also such a lovely warmth and hopeful feeling to this book that made it so enjoyable for me. The characters of Noah and Tess really make this story and I loved every moment.
A story of hope, new beginnings and love!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy.
Kate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire,
where she lives with her husband, daughter and hyperactive cat.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2017.
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