Delighted to be kicking off Laurie Ellingham’s blog tour today for ‘Ours Is The Winter’, which was published by HQDigital in November. Huge thanks to the publisher for the ARC, and thank you to NeverlandBT for asking me to take part in the blog tour. Here is my review:
Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.
Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under gruelling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.
Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down. Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.
Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.
As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.
What does TWG think?
If this book doesn’t give you all the feels, I don’t know what will.
Three main characters, three different reasons for embarking on a journey of a lifetime, yet all three are connected by one heart-breaking event. Erica, Molly and Noah are about to get up close and personal with a group of Siberian huskies in the Arctic (as you do). Noah is there as his girlfriend, Rachel, is adamant that the challenge will change Noah for the better. Erica is there because she needs to go back to basics and learn how to be herself again. And Molly, well, she’s there for a good reason, but it’s a reason which is completely unknown to her.
All three characters are extremely complex, each of them going through life with a bucketful of guilt mixed in with the odd secret. They have all gone through the last few years believing completely different things, refusing to believe anything different from what their mind has conjured up and it is severely destructive.
I adored how different the setting of this book was! So unique and intriguing, yet not too overpowering to swallow each individual character’s stories. I just loved how the author went about it, peaking my interest with the huskies in the Arctic, yet igniting my emotions with such a clever and well thought out storyline. Even though I had an inkling about where a part of the storyline was heading, I wasn’t prepared for the rawness of how the situation was executed. It was like I was in amongst Erica, Molly and Noah, watching everything unfold and seeing the emotion for my very own eyes. The way in which the author wrote those scenes was incredibly gut wrenching yet written absolutely beautifully.
For me, ‘Ours Is The Winter’ came with such a poignant, underlying message. One which I feel a lot of people need to read and adhere to. A message which stopped me in my tracks, made me sit up and take notice, whilst reaching the very centre of my soul. ‘Ours Is The Winter’ taught me that forgiveness is the greatest power anyone could ever hold in their hands. It takes a lot of courage to be able to stand and look at someone who has hurt you, whilst uttering the words ‘I forgive you’. To be perfectly honest, I have absolutely no idea what I would have done in Molly’s situation, yet the way she handled it is incredibly inspiring. ‘Ours Is The Winter’ taught me that whilst moving on takes strength, forgiving someone takes courage and belief. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean that you trust them, it means that you’re refusing to let their actions have a hold on you anymore.
I absolutely adore Laurie Ellingham’s storytelling as it’s real. It’s poignant. It’s beautiful, and it’s so thought-provoking. This author writes stories from the heart and I’m telling you now, even if your heart is surrounded by enough ice to rival Elsa from Frozen, Laurie Ellingham will get part that exterior and hold your heart in her hands with the minimal amount of effort.
Outstanding once again.
When I’m not running around after my two children, my husband, our Cockerpoo Rodney, or just plain running, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of my characters preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.
When I am in the thick of a character crisis, I can often be seen walking around the village with my jumper on inside out and back to front, chatting (and occasionally laughing) away to myself. I have a first class honours degree in psychology and a background in Public Relations, both of which help in everything I do.
Prize: 1 signed paperback of Laurie’s previous book, “One Endless Summer”.