A huge delight to be the latest stop on this wonderful Blog Tour for THE WINTER THAT MADE US by KATE FIELD. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!
The Winter That Made Us
When Tess finds herself unexpectedly alone and back in Ribblemill, the childhood village she thought she’d escaped, she’s sure she can survive a temporary stay. She’s spent a lifetime making the best of things, hasn’t she?
Determined to throw herself into village life, Tess starts a choir and gathers a team of volunteers to restore the walled garden at Ramblings, the local stately home. Everything could be perfect, if she weren’t sharing a cottage and a cat with a man whose manner is more prickly than the nettles she’s removing…
As winter approaches, Tess finds herself putting down her own roots as fast as she’s pulling them up in the garden. But the ghosts of the past hover close by, and Tess must face them if she’s to discover whether home is where her heart has been all along.
Published by Accent Press
About the Author
Kate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire, where she lives with her husband, daughter and hyperactive cat.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2017.
Another fabulous book from an author who is quickly becoming one of my favourites! Kate Field has created another great cast of characters and put them in a believable situation that draws you in and tugs at the heartstrings. A story with all the feels!!
Tess Bailey is a woman who finds herself returning to her childhood village, Ribblemill, after many years away. Her life hasn’t quite turned out as expected and she’s looking for a way to find some meaning and purpose to her time. Her love of helping others and music shines through from the start though and she soon volunteers for a number of community projects, along with starting her own groups – the perfect way to become a firm favourite with the locals, many of who have known her and her family for a number of years.
She finds herself sharing a house – the wonderfully named Cobweb Cottage – with Noah, a man who is a completely different character from herself. He just wants to be left alone and enjoys the peace and quiet. The more time they spend together though, the more you realise that they’re both quite similar in that they’re hiding things from each other and you wonder if they’ll be able to open up.
Her singing group becomes a big hit, and then she also starts a community gardening group to help restore the Walled Gardens, and these help distract her from her own problems and those that beset her family. It even means she gets to spend more time with Noah who is working on the gardens, so she starts to learn even more about him from his brothers and they way they are seemingly protective of him when certain events seem problematic for him
I loved the characters of Tess and Noah! So likeable and endearing – you sense they are both dealing with some quite serious issues and do so in quite different ways which is always fascinating to explore. The book starts to take a darker turn towards the end which just adds to the drama and ramps up the emotions! Loved it!!