Monday, December 26, 2011

Review: Winter Longing by Tricia Mills and a Holiday Greeting

I truly hope that you all had a wonderful holiday yesterday and were able to spend time with family and friends and appreciate all that is around you.

I truly love this time of year. I know it can be hectic and crazy but I think there is something to be said for the magic that is in the air. For the excitement of the little kids as they see presents under the tree and are read the Christmas Story for the first time.

I love the generosity lots of people display this time of year as they express love to others and lend a helping hand.

I wish that we could all remember how good it feels to love and to be loved by others. To help when we are needed without thinking twice about it.

Oh how much better the world would be if we could carry some of that magic and kindness with us everyday and share it with others!

I wish you all a fabulous week as we celebrate the remaining holiday week and hope the new year brings you lots of happiness and good reads!

Title: Winter Longing
Author: Tricia Mills
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Razorbill (Aug. 5, 2010)
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Goodreads Description:
 When Winter's boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she's robbed of the future she'd only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer's presence continues to haunt her.
But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept all that she can't change. Can she open herself to a new future . . . and a possible new love?

My Review:
So admittedly this probably wasn't the best book to read right before the holidays because it deals with loss and love and moving on, but, it was an exceptional read and one that just grabbed hold of your emotions until you felt the MC's heartache and you felt like your heart was breaking too.

This book drew out so many emotions. It truly was very well written and just well played out.

There were no easy answers or miraculous recoveries or discoveries. Instead you were left moving along with Winter and as she slowly took this journey life through at her and grew from it. Not only did she grow from it, but I think in the end she coquered it as much as someone can in a situation like this one.

As she learned to deal and let go of the pain and accept what life now had to offer her I felt like I was right there with her, holding her hand and rooting for her to make those hard choices and to pick herself up and mend her broken heart.

This was a truly great read. Mills is an excellent author. She brought out all the emotions and feelings you want in a good well written read. I felt connected to Winter in a way that isn't always easy to do as a writer and a reader.

I will most definitely be seeking out her other work and reading it as well.



  1. What a nice holiday post Ali! Hope you had a great Christmas!

  2. I've had this book on my shelf for a while, I really want to read it! Nice review.
    ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte - 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge

  3. You should read it for sure Jen! But have some tissues handy!