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Review by Suze
Salome is afraid of winter. This is the result of falling in her grandparents' pond when she was a little girl. Because she heard voices before she fell in and when she was brought to the surface she's had many years of psychiatric treatment. Is she really imagining things though? The voices told her to stay away and that is exactly what she's done. When her grandparents have to travel to Arizona for the cold season because of health reasons, they ask Salome to keep an eye on their property. This means she has to overcome her fears. Every day she has to fulfill a certain amount of tasks and her grandmother stresses she shouldn't forget.
Salome isn't completely alone. One of her grandmother's friends, Nevin, helps her with the gifts she's supposed to leave on a daily basis and she considers him a friend. At school Colton, her secret crush, wants to go out with her. Salome's best friend Kadie regularly takes her to a coffee shop where they meet Gareth. The guys have all promised to protect Salome, but are they speaking the truth and why does she need protection? There are secrets she has to uncover for her own safety. Who can she trust and why does she keep seeing strange and dangerous beings others can't see, is she going crazy again or is something more sinister going on?
The Winter People is a great winter story. Salome is a bit naïve. She's always been protected and she does what people order her to do, because she's been told she can't trust her own ears and eyes, but is that really the case? I couldn't wait to find out who or what was behind the awful things that keep happening to her. Slowly she starts to believe in herself and during that process she also becomes more confident and eventually she can be certain of her own judgment, that was amazing to see. Salome has a lot to overcome and she transforms from a scared little girl into a strong woman who can make her own choices.
Rebekah L. Purdy writes about an intriguing magical world. I loved the way she uses the seasons. When the weather changes, Salome's life changes as well. Because of Salome's fears the story instantly gets a cold and creepy atmosphere when she's outside, which is something I liked very much. She needs protection, but who can give it to her? I enjoyed reading about the guys, who are all interesting and I loved finding out more about their characters. Salome has a lot to learn and she doesn't have a long time to figure things out. I was fascinated by her story and the lovely fitting ending made me smile. The Winter People is a wonderful romantic first book in a series and I look forward to reading the rest of the stories.
About Rebekah L. Purdy
I was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the mitten-shaped state on the map). I’ve lived here most of my life other than the few years I spent in the U.S. Army. At which time I got a chance to experience MO, KS, SC, and CA.
I work full time for the court system and in my free time I write YA stories. Pretty much any genre within the YA realm is game for me, but my favorites are fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, thrillers, light sci-fi, and some time travel.
I also have a big family–I like to consider us the modern day Brady Bunch. When my hubby and I met and got married, he had 3 children from a previous marriage, I had 2 and we have 1 together. It’s a lot of fun though.
And I can’t forget my other family members–yep, we’ve got some pets: 4 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 turtle. Everyone in the family has one…I won’t bore you all with their names (unless you really want to know). Okay, you talked me into it! Jack, Pearl, Grr…(yes that’s my dog’s name), Leia, Callie, Mooshoo, Grouchy, and Sorbert. Other than writing some of my other hobbies include: reading (mostly YA of course), singing, swimming, football, soccer, running, camping, sledding, church, hanging with my kids, and traveling.
I belong to a fabulous writing group called YA Fiction Fantatics (YAFF) and you guessed it we all write YA!
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And that’s me in a big ‘ol nutshell.
The Winter People Series
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Rebekah Purdy, I live in Michigan and have for most of my life. By day I do enforcement for the court system here, and by night I write YA books I have 6 kids and LOTS of pets…
2. What makes your heart beat faster?
Sunsets on Lake Michigan. Seriously one of the most beautiful things you’ll EVER see!!
3. If you could create the perfect romantic day what would it look like?
Taking a hike up along the shores of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula and having a picnic, while listening to the waves crash in.
4. Who is your favorite romantic couple?
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy (LOL)
5. Could you describe what romance means to you?
Romance to me is like an “extension” of loving someone. Like you want to do kind, sweet, loving gestures to remind them of that love.
6. Do you find it difficult to write about romance?
Sometimes. It really depends on the characters I’m writing about/the storyline. Other times, it’s like you know these characters are just meant to be.
7. Can you tell us about your most romantic experience?
Hmmm…I’d have to say the time my hubby surprised me with a weekend away. He’d contacted family to come stay with our kids, then told me to pack a bag and he took me out of town. It was a spur of the moment “date” weekend.
8. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're in a romantic mood?
Pretty much any kind of music, but I LOVE a lot of the soft rock songs or the pop love songs (Taylor Swift, Adele, 50s music, boy band music).
9. Which country personafies romance for you and why?
To me, I think Ireland. Just because it’s such a beautiful country and there are SO many places to just lose yourself…and I kind of love the accents and music over there (LOL).
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
More contemporary stories. I have a couple new contemporaries coming out here in the next 1-2 years. YA Romance FTW. LOL. So I’m plugging away with edits/copyedits.
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