Saturday, October 2, 2021

Winter House by Joanne DeMaio ~ My Thoughts #WinterHouse

Winter House

Winter House by Joanne DeMaio
Contemporary Literary Fiction, 256 pages
Published September 14, 2021 by Joanne DeMaio

From New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio comes an enchanting novel about a beautiful old house and the love story it opens its doors to.

New England in December is a special world. Wreath-topped lampposts shine, balsam garland drapes across picket fences, and fresh snow dusts the land. Then there are the decorated houses: saltboxes, Victorians, farmhouses, Tudors. Tiny lights shimmer on front porches; candles glow in paned windows. But one imposing stone colonial towers dark in the night.

Since moving to town, Millie Ives has heard hushed whisperings of that house -- and of the mysterious man who lives and works there. A chance happening leads Millie to this Mr. Winter's spellbinding shop just past the bell tower. Surprisingly, he's not who she thought he'd be.

As the month unfolds, both find themselves on each other's minds and in each other's hearts. Yet when Millie tries to bridge a gap in his life, she risks losing him. Unless the spirit of the season can bring them back together at the Winter House.

My thoughts about Winter House ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"Dean Winter turns away from the window. The view outside is a far cry from the Novembers he's accustomed to back in Connecticut."

I love Joanne's stories and love it when I'm able to go back to her winter books and visit with the people of that community again. She consistently introduces new characters and it's interesting to watch them settle into the lifestyle surrounding them, letting go of their issues and embracing the changes that will make them happy. 

Winter House was a marvelous escape that totally got me in the mood for winter, and the holiday season. Along with the very likeable characters, the setting is so refreshing and beautiful. It makes me wish I was able to be there myself and, for the time that I'm reading the pages, I was transported to that wonderful place. 

Also, I need to mention this cover. I absolutely love this one! So beautiful and festive, totally representing the whole holiday vibe. 

I highly recommend Winter House for the perfect holiday read to get you in the mood for winter and Christmas.

I received a copy of Winter House from the author and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Joanne DeMaio

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea.

Joanne’s books include the New York Times Bestseller Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans, the first in her ongoing and groundbreaking Seaside Saga. These eleven (and counting) novels journey with a group of beach friends, much the way a TV series does, continuing with the same cast of characters and their storylines from book-to-book.

Joanne’s winter novels have also received much acclaim. These heartwarming standalones are set in the same snowy New England town. Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes became a USA Today Bestseller, and has been featured in national magazines and Six Flags theme parks.

In addition, Joanne’s debut novel, Whole Latte Life, won first place in a competition at BookExpo America and was named a Kirkus Reviews Critics’ Pick. Her other novels have appeared in Redbook, First for Women magazine, Southern Living, USA Today and more. ~ Author's website

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