A Quiet Winter is one of those books you want to curl up with in front of a roaring fire during cold months. Isabel Ashdown instantly absorbs and draws you into a vast mix of raw human emotion, and every time you feel that you know where it’s headed, Isabel pulls you in a new direction.
Sarah Ribbons, who has recently lost her father is in an ever sinking denial of grief. She can’t quite bring herself to move on and take that next step to recovery. Pushing those close to her away, she soon finds herself quite alone. That is until she meets Ed, a builder who encourages her to renovate her father’s cottage. Both have their own set of very different problems in life, and as each story is gradually revealed, the connection between reader and character strengthens.
Don’t be fooled though, this is not a predictable story, but what is does have is a great sense of satisfaction and reality.
Isabel’s writing is flawless, almost soothing and flows with utter ease. I look forward to reading many more of her books.
Having not been a great reader of short stories before, this may have just converted me. It was lovely to be able to easily read it within one sitting on a cosy night.