Thursday, November 23, 2017

IN THE MIDST OF WINTER by Isabel Allende


Atria Books
General Fiction Adult
Publishing date October 31


In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.

My view

What attracted me to this novel.

Isabel Allende is one of my favorite authors. I would never hesitate buying her new novels, which I have done over many years. Her novels brim with historical facts, and wonderful characters.

In the midst of winter we find again a blend of history within a story which Isabel Allende creates so well.
Richard rents a basement apartment to Lucia, both are professors at a nearby university in New York, both have reached the age of sixty, which I found refreshing. 

Enter a third protagonist, Evelyn with troubles a plenty.
The story moves from this point forward, perhaps on the slow side. I found to many references to the wars, gangs, general troubles taking place in Guatemala and Chile.
Having loved many novels by Isabel Allende___ her great talent to entertain the reader, in my opinion, did not happen___ with In the midst of winter. The reading was slow going, which is not to say someone else might not enjoy this novel.

If you enjoy a romance novel by any means, I recommend this read. 

I am awaiting Isabel Allende's next novel, hoping to find what I so like about her novels

Thank you NetGalley and Atria for this arc