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Monday, 29 October 2018

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About Winter Without You

What do you do when you lose everything?

After the tragic death of her boyfriend, Hannah Clitheroe is hiding away from the world. But when she discovers she's inherited a house in Cornwall, she knows it's time to face reality.

Her estranged grandmother lived in Kernow House for years, but Hannah soon realises someone else thinks it's rightfully theirs: Raphael Tregar, a difficult man who quickly gets under her skin.

But as winter sets in, there's one more thing that keeps her up at night, and the rising fear that she may not find her true home in Cornwall after all..

My review of Winter Without You

Winter Without You is a pure delight. I enjoyed every single page. It's one of those books that you cosy up with, that allow you to escape the realities of the world. It's a warm and comforting hug of a book and I loved it.

Hannah is at the centre of the story. Following the death of her boyfriend she learns that she has inherited a cottage in Cornwall, and she makes the bold decision to relocate there in order to start her life afresh. She desperately  needs this new beginning and we follow her journey as she sets up home, makes friends and tries to make a new life for herself.

This is a romantic read. The romantic interest being Raphael, the neighbour who wants the cottage for himself and, who from the very beginning she can't stop thinking about. He is dark and handsome, but he too has flaws and although I wasn't particularly fond of him at the beginning, I realised that he was misunderstood and I grew to love him. Some of the best dialogue in this book is between Hannah and Raphael, some made me laugh, others made me cry. They just worked so beautifully together on the page.

The book however is not just about Hannah and Raphael, as we meet so many other colourful characters along the way who inhabit this small Cornish village. Lizzie really touched my heart, the woman whose Hannah's grandma allowed to live on the farm in a ramshackle caravan. She made me laugh out loud and at other times my heart ached for this lady. Such beautiful writing.

Winter Without You is an exquisite read, that's perfect for those cold winter nights. It's a story about loss and learning to love again, and that sometimes love happens in the most unexpected of places.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advanced Reader Copy. 

Winter Without You is published on 1st Nov by Quercus.

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