Title: Winter's Soul
Author: Patricia Harrington
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Val
All of her life, Elizabeth Sidham, 20, has dreamed of one day marrying into one of Britain’s elite families. It had been Elizabeth’s mother’s wish, too, even to her dying day.
When George Arbuthnot invites Elizabeth to a dinner dance at his family’s manor house, she believes that finally, her dream might come true—for he “belongs.” He is “one of them”, a member of the British Peerage.
George courts Elizabeth, encouraged and guided by his domineering mother, Catherine Arbuthnot. She is determined that he produce an heir—albeit that he has a predilection, one such that he might never marry. But that is a subject, neither mother nor her only son talk about. At his Mother’s coaching and insistence, George woos Elizabeth and the two are married.
After their honeymoon, the couple move into Heathwood Manor, the ancestral home. George’s best friend, William, who is always in the background and often present, promises to “always be a support.” And he is, to both George and Elizabeth.
Winter's Soul concentrates on four characters. Elizabeth, the woman who has always dreamed of being in an elite family. George who is controlled by his mother. Catherine, the overbearing mother with severe control issues and William, the secret lover who could destroy the plans of both Elizabeth and Catherine. With an exceptionally engaging plot line and intelligent dialogue between the characters, this book was enchanting and very different than the norm. Towards the end, I promise, you will be shocked. I was not expecting Winter's Soul to end this way. Very well done and well planned out.
Ms. Harrington has an exquisite gift of imagery. The delicate descriptions painted a picture that I not only was entertained by but reacted to. I would have to say that the descriptions of the mother had me loathing her character. When an author can do that in just a few short pages, I consider that a success.
I enjoyed the way that each character was introduced and how the story was told in first person point of view of that particular character. Not a lot of authors could have pulled this off. I've not read anything like this before and or anything from this author before but in the 31 pages of this book I am convinced that I do not want to miss any of Ms. Harrington's other works. Winter's Soul really wowed me. Pick it up and you'll see what I mean.