In the Shadow of Winter, by Lorna Gray

8 Apr

shadow of winter

Format: e-ARC, 339 pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

Published: March 12, 2015

ISBN: 9780008122720

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Back cover blurb: The Cotswolds, 1947

The relentless winter of 1947 holds post-war Britain in its deadly grip, and Eleanor Phillips rides out from her beleaguered Cotswold farm to rescue a stranger lost in the storm. But the near-dead man is no stranger and when she recognises Matthew Croft, the old ties of a failed romance tug deeply. Her sweetheart has returned from the war…

Suspicion, the police and the panicked flight of a desperate man beat a path to her door. And with a wanted man hidden in her home and stealing back into her heart, Eleanor must be on her guard—for the net is closing in on them both and enemies are all around…

My review: This gets off to a very slow start, probably because having a taciturn hero means there is hardly any dialogue in the first quarter to advance and break up the narrative. However, once the mystery of his flight is revealed, the plot becomes more interesting and the last quarter is action-packed.

Nevertheless, I’m not sure I connected with these characters as much as I should have. Eleanor is plucky and good with horses, but I don’t feel like I know much about her, and I know even less about Matthew. They drink a lot of tea. He healed very quickly from his injuries. But I like them. Freddy is also a great secondary character.

Some of the word choices were wrong, but as this was an ARC I’m hoping those errors will have been corrected for the final published version. The cover is very pretty, but like the blurb it’s a bit misleading about the plot.

***Disclaimer: This e-ARC was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to them. ***

My rating: 3/5







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