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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Book Review - The Winters In Bloom by Lisa Tucker

About The Book:
In bestselling author Lisa Tucker’s latest, a family discovers that it’s only when the walls between the present and past crumble that the future can bloom.
Together for over a decade, Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever thought they could be. They have a comfortable home, stable careers, and a young son, Michael, who they love more than anything. Yet because of their complicated histories, Kyra and David have always feared that this domestic bliss couldn’t last - that the life they created was destined to be disrupted. And on one perfectly average summer day, it is: Michael disappears from his own backyard.
The only question is whose past has finally caught up with them: David feels sure that Michael was taken by his troubled ex-wife, while Kyra believes the kidnapper must be someone from her estranged family, someone she betrayed years ago.
As the Winters embark on a journey of time and memory to find Michael, they will be forced to admit these suspicions, revealing secrets about themselves they’ve always kept hidden. But they will also have a chance to discover that it’s not too late to have the family they’ve dreamed of; that even if the world is full of risks, as long as they have hope, the future can bloom.

Lyrical, wise, and witty, The Winters in Bloom is Lisa Tucker’s most optimistic work to date. This enchanting, life-affirming story will charm readers and leave them full of wonder at the stubborn strength of the human heart.

"The Winters In Bloom" was an incredibly compelling and fascinating look at complicated family relationships. I felt such compassion for the parents, David and Kyra, who were desperate to find their young son, but I was suprised to find that I was also sympathic to the character of Courtney, David's unstable ex-wife. She takes the brunt of the suspicion for Michael's disappearance, with good reason, but I felt she was the most empathetic figure in the whole mix.

Tucker does a great job of grabbing the reader's emotions and guiding them through the dysfunctional maze of a family who really needs some lessons in trust and communication. I found her writing style to be very comfortable and will be looking for her past works as well as any future projects she has on the burners!

About The Author:

Lisa Tucker is the author of six novels: The Winters in Bloom, coming this September; The Song Reader, Shout Down the Moon, Once Upon a Day, The Cure for Modern Life, and The Promised World.

Her books have been published in twelve countries and selected for Borders Original Voices, Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, People magazine Critic’s Choice, Redbook Book Club, Amazon Book of the Year, Barnes & Noble Reading Group program, Target “Breakout” Books, Books A Million Fiction Club, the American Library Association Popular Paperbacks, the Indie Next list and the Book Sense Reading Group Suggestions.

She grew up in Missouri, and has lived in Philadelphia and Santa Fe, NM. She has graduate degrees in both English and math. She has taught creative writing at the Taos Writers' Conference and UCLA.

I received a review copy of this book from Booksparks PR. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Mystica said...

I like the 'complicated family relationships' bit! Love these family sagas.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have not read this author yet but have this book waiting on my bookshelf. This sounds like an interesting mix of characters. Great review!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Sounds like an intense emotional read. I'm intrigued because I don't think I've read anything like this before. Thank for introducing me to this one.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thank you all for stopping by!

Melissa said...

I have this one sitting on my shelf! Can't wait to get to it!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf