Sunday, November 20, 2016

Book Review - Home for Winter by Rebecca Boxall

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Review by Suze
 
Serena and Luna are identical twins, but while they look exactly alike their characters couldn't be more different. Serena is kind and thoughtful and Luna is difficult and sometimes incredibly mean. She's selfish and she manages to hurt her sister plenty of times. Eventually she betrays her in a way that breaks Serena's heart.
 
Serena's boyfriend Will is a vicar. They move to a rural village to start over. There they open their house for those who need it. Finally their days are filled with company and sometimes happiness again and they can start to heal. They need to find their place in the village, there's a whole new way of life they have to get used to, and an alleged curse on the house is keeping Serena busy. When Serena and Will finally feel like they can breathe a little again Luna disrupts their lives once more. Will Serena be able to overcome yet another hurdle or will her sister be able to destroy her this time?
 
Home for Winter is a wonderful original story. I immediately loved Serena, she's calm, levelheaded and she's kind and caring. She opens her home for two people who need a place to stay and deserve a second chance to find happiness. While what Serena has been through is awful she's still there for others and I loved that about her character. Fortunately she's found a warmhearted man to share her life with. Will is always there to support her. She needs an ally, someone who always has her back and that's what their relationship provides. They're obviously made for each other and I enjoyed reading about their daily life.
 
Luna is unstable and she doesn't care about the damage she causes, she does whatever she likes. She doesn't want Serena to have anything she doesn't have. I often felt bad for Serena and it broke my heart to see what Luna did to her. Fortunately Serena is strong and she can deal with a lot. Rebecca Boxall alternates Serena's life in the present with a chronological account of what happened to her before she moved to the countryside. Luna is always an uncertain factor, she's someone who disrupts and destroys. That makes the story interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I knew something big was about to happen, but I had no idea what it would be. I love stories about sisters and Home for Winter is definitely interesting enough to make it a really good one.
 
Rebecca Boxall writes about life in a parish and she does this in a way that makes her story great for both readers who are and aren't religious. I enjoyed reading about the visitors of the house, the inhabitants of the village and their annual events and the countryside way of life. Rebecca Boxall's descriptions are vivid and thorough. I could almost taste, hear, feel and smell everything she writes about and that's what I loved most about this book. I enjoyed reading this fantastic winter story very much.
 
Advice
 
This book is perfect for readers who like surprising countryside stories about sisters with an unusual relationship.

23 comments:

  1. this sounds really good. I want to know more about the curse. I expect it is hard to be Estranged from your twin. I need to get this.

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  2. Very interesting. A new twist to the twins book plots.

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  3. Sounds like a great twist on a fun trope!

    --Trix

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  4. This book sounds wonderful. I love stories about twins.

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  5. Sounds heartwarming and wonderful. Thank you for posting.

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  6. Sounds like a great read for winter, thanks for bringing these new stories to your readers :)

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  7. Sounds like a great book. Will definitely have to check this out. Thanks for posting this.

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  8. This sounds like a great book. Lovely review!

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  9. I like reading stories about strong women who carry on/overcome.

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  10. I have three older sisters and love reading about similar scenarios.

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  11. I actually like countryside stories, even though I don't read them that often.

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  12. You really are drawn to books about siblings, aren't you Suze! I always like a plot that has an unstable factor (in this case Luna) involved.

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    1. I am, it's one of my favourite topics to read about. I really like a good intriguing sister story and if I see one I always want to read it straight away.

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  13. Sounds great. :) I think I'd enjoy it.

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  14. This is a well written review about an interesting sounding story. I think I'll give it a go :)

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  15. It sounds as a good readding, a good way to spend our free time.

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  16. This sounds like a really interesting story, I'm looking forward to read it. Great review!

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  17. Whenever I hear about a book with a vicar, it reminds me of the episode on Friends where Rachel read about a vicar. Ha! I, too, like a good sister story.
    Dianna

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  18. This sounds unlike most books I read, not in a bad way. Thanks for sharing this book.

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  19. I love reading about the relationships betweeen sisters and this one sounds unusual. Thanks for sharing.

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