What if the one person you wanted to talk to wouldn’t listen?
Winter Gregory and her twin sister Daisy live oceans apart but they still have the ‘twin thing’ going on. Daisy is Winter’s port in the storm, the first person she calls when things go wrong …
And things are wrong. Winter has travelled to a remote Yorkshire village to write her new book, and to escape her ex-boyfriend Dan Bekener. Dan never liked her reliance on Daisy and made her choose – but Winter’s twin will always be her first choice.
She soon finds herself immersed in village life after meeting the troubled Hill family; horse-loving eight-year-old Scarlet and damaged, yet temptingly gorgeous, Alex. The distraction is welcome and, when Winter needs to talk, Daisy is always there.
But Dan can’t stay away and remains intent on driving the sisters apart – because Dan knows something about Daisy…
Firstly a plee to anyone who plans to read and then possibly review this book. Here is a book with secrets, a book with a carefully delivered plot based on one simple fact – a fact that is only hinted at until the end – Please don’t ruin it for others!
This is the sixth book I believe by Jane Lovering and again she delivers, this time building a world around Winter, the female lead, through the medium of both emails and Tweets that pepper her language freely. The writing is strong and in places remarkably funny – Not in a laugh out loud kind of way, more the wry manical chuckle that will get you stared at in the Tube!
Interestingly Jane Loverings’ book draws on two accidents, for want of a better word that I have personal experience with.
Firstly speech dysfluency. Alex, the obvious main lead is suffering from a post traumatic speech impediment, or stutter if you like. I’m aware of dysphasia and dysfluency post-stroke and have personal experience of this and of the sad and often challenging problem affecting childhood and being carried through to adulthood. This different slant is intriguing, but believable. Writing in stutter is difficult and the writer’s research shines through in this area.
Secondly I’d like to talk twins! Twins of course are easy fodder for writers, particularly identical ones. My first forage into the world of books on twins was Ken Follett’s The Third Twin, but since then my reading has revolved around non fiction, being as I have a pair of this unique breed lurking at home somewhere near the biscuit tin! The bond that binds twins has been discoursed at length across all mediums of the media, however scarcely as skillfully drawn as by Jane Lovering. Only a twin or a twin parent can truly identify that unique bond, and no – mine never wore the same clothes!
Finally i’d like to end on a coincidence. Winter, what an amazing name. First the Winters Tale – I saw this in Stratdord upon Avon, what an experience. Second ‘The Winter Ghosts’ by Kate Mosse – have you read it? I hope not because then I can recommend another smashing book. Last but not least Win Bee – Dai Monday’s side kick in my own series of books, in this case Win standing for Winthrop!
Book first reviewed for NetGalley as an ARC for a frank opinion.