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ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-November 28th 2019
Genre-Woman’s Fiction
Publisher-Pan Macmillan

Kindle Edition-546 Pages

A Midwinter Promise by Sunday Times top ten bestselling author Lulu Taylor, is a dramatic story of loss, grief and the legacy of secrets.

‘Don’t you just want to grab this, switch off the phone and curl up on the sofa? Winter bliss from Lulu Taylor’ Veronica Henry

The past

A lonely and imaginative child, Julia loves her family’s beautiful and wild Cornish home with all her heart. But, marked by dark troubles, she enters her adult years determined to leave and seek a new beginning in London. It’s there she meets the handsome David. They fall in love, but when Julia becomes pregnant, even he can’t stop the terrible echoes of the past from ringing in her ears. The only sound to be heard above the noise is the old Cornish house, calling her home . . .

The present

For Julia’s adult children, Alex and Johnnie, the house hides the history of their family within its walls. For Alex, it is full of memories of her late mother. For Johnnie, it is the house that should have been rightfully theirs after Julia died but has been stolen from them instead. With their father now lying in a hospital bed, time is running out for Alex and Johnnie to uncover the secrets of what happened to their mother all those years ago. Can they discover the truth before the house closes its doors to them forever?

MY REVIEW

A Midwinter Promise by Lulu Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Told from two timeframes the past and the present. In the present, we have Alex and Johnnie siblings struggling with many things in there average day to day lives. When their father David has a stroke and their stepmother Sally summons them to his bedside the past and present for them collide as both especially Johnnie are dealing with the recursions of a lifetime of resentments and unspoken hurts. The catalyst of there fathers potential passing brings forth all these hidden feelings bringing them all clawing to the forefront. Also surfacing are hidden questions they both have regarding there mother Julia’s death when they were children and just what there father’s and sally’s role in it was all those years ago. So In the past, we get to focus on Julia herself, her early childhood and upbringing at Tawray and her exposure to her mother’s miscarriages and her eventual death contributing to her daughter’s later fragility and downward spiral. We get to experience alongside Julia her falling in love with her future husband David a handsome naval officer in service to the palace, her love for her children and also her downward despair. I was fascinated by the contrast in regards to Julia’s David compared with Sally’s they just seemed poles apart and at times didn’t even seem like the same individual. I came to the conclusion early on that after the chaos and whirlwind that was Julia David just needed a calm and stable hand and this is what Sally brought to the table. Julia was his everything, the love of his life, his light and after she was gone Sally was comforting and uncomplicated and just easier. I also felt so much emotion for Julia and surprisingly as time went along Sally although she seemed like the villain of the piece here I couldn’t help thinking she deserved some unconditional love herself here instead of settling for the crumbs. I was so very angry with David and how he dealt after Julia’s death and I detested Mundo with a passion. At its heart, this was a story focusing on family dynamics and relationships and the repercussions of mental illness. But it was also rather depressing and I was just left feeling rather sad and deflated by the whole sorry saga.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of A Midwinter Promise.