A Winter’s Love, though previously published, was not a book of Madeleine L’Engle’s that I had heard of before and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. A Wrinkle in Time has been a classic that I have enjoyed over the years, so I was eager to get started in reading this early work.
The book itself is well written, L’Engle is still young in her style so it has a notably different feel than other works that I have read. The subject matter, however, was incredibly mature and at times difficult as my attention wanted to wander elsewhere, searching for something lighter and reflective. To dismiss it as a mid-life crisis style book, or a marriage-on-the-rocks book, is not well enough for what her writing deserves–yet at the same time, that’s what it felt like to me in this first read. It is a bit haunting, and I will no doubt return to it. Later in life. When it is more likely to resonate.
Overall it was an interesting read, though far from the scope and (young adult) genre of what I was expecting, and I am glad to see that it has been re-released after being out of print for many years. If you enjoy general adult fiction and reading about the struggles of some marriages, this may be the right book for you.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A lonely woman is torn between the bonds of family and the potential of new love in this moving novel from the author of A Wrinkle in Time.
Caught somewhere between love, hate, and indifference, Emily Bowen’s marriage is hanging on by a thread. After being let go from his job, her husband pulled away from her, and the distance continues to grow during their family’s sabbatical in Switzerland.
With their relationship as cold as the wind baying outside, Emily finds unexpected warmth in a man from her past. As she contemplates seizing the connection she’s been craving, Emily must decide if she’s willing to sacrifice the life she’s built for an unseen future.