The Winter People
Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.
Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she'll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her
This is one of those times I have to step back from a book that had me chair-dancing in glee and not rate it based on the end-of-book squeeage I felt, but to search for a little objectivity in my review. Reaction alone, this would be a five plus. Plus a few more.
I’ll admit that there were times THE WINTER PEOPLE frustrated me to nearly growling because it used one of my least favorite tropes – the one that involves not telling the main character anything, then yell at them for making wrong choices. If not for the strong plot, the mystery and the characters I loved, I might have been tempted to nope out. When the reason behind the secrecy was finally revealed, I understood a little better and the trope didn’t bother me as much.
There were a few plot holes in THE WINTER PEOPLE, namely what happens with Salome’s father, but I’m holding out hope that there might be a sequel that picks that little nugget up and runs with it. But even that one little dangling thread wasn’t enough to deter away from how much I loved THE WINTER PEOPLE. The mystery of what was going on around Salome pulled me in but the characters held me there. Salome, Nevin, Colton, Gareth, even shallow Kadie. They all kept me guessing, trying to figure out motivations. I guessed right a few times, but I guessed wrong, too. I have my favorite character – but if I said who, I would probably spoil something big time.
I’m not sure if there’s another book planned in this universe, but I seriously hope there is because I would be thrilled to see these characters again. Who am I kidding, I’ve already gone back and reread a few scenes. Leery as I usually am of all things fae, I’d happily read more from this universe, or this author.
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