The Winter That Made Us
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.
About the author
Tina Russell is a Lifestyle and Wellbeing Blogger who helps and inspires women to live simply and shine in life. After years of not valuing herself and being a perfectionist, Tina suffered from anxiety and exhaustion. Tina set about retraining her brain and getting her shine back and making self-care and self-development her passions. Now happier in her life, Tina uses her coaching and influencing skills from her corporate HR career, and years of experience in making positive changes to her life, to inspire and motivate other women to do the same. Through her blog, Facebook group and soon through ebooks and courses, Tina promotes simple living, self-care and self-development When not behind a laptop, you might find Tina spending time with her husband, working on an organisation project, catching up on a box set, on a walk with her beloved Labrador Harvey or out for dinner with friends having a giggle.