The Winter That Made Us

22/09/2018 0 By tinaadmin
The Winter That Made Us
Published: 2018-09-20
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.

You're introduced to the main character, Tess, who is coming back to the village she grew up in. She tells people she's on a sabbatical from work, but there is more to the reasons than she is letting on.

She throws herself into village life but you can see that she feels she has to keep up a persona. A view for the outside world that doesn't reflect how she is really feeling. As the book goes on Tess realises that she can relax and you see less Disney Princess more the real her.

Tessa's story with her husband I had guessed. Also be the honest, I am not sure I was convinced by Tessa's childhood story. It is not something I have experience of, however not sure how plausible some of the lines were. That aside I enjoyed the rest of the book.

You also get to know other characters, I especially loved reading about Noel and Kyle. Both have clearly been through emotional trauma, both slowly starting to heal but the scenes as they do that are so beautifully done.

The book is intriguing, heart-warming and written in such a way that makes you want to keep reading.