Ours Is The Winter by Laurie Ellingham
Publisher: HQ Digital
Published: 17th November 2017
Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.
Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under gruelling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.
Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.
Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.
Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.
As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.
Firstly, thank you to the publisher, the author, and Jenny over at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy of the book, in exchange for my review, and for the chance to take part in the blog tour. How gorgeous is that cover?! It looks wintery, cold, makes me want to beg for warmth but all at the same time it’s stunning.
I struggled to get into this book but got there eventually. It wasn’t about anything I was expecting and I don’t know if I’m disappointed about that or not. To be honest, I don’t actually know what I was fully expecting so I have no right to be disappointed. The setting for this book was perfect, I can honestly say I’ve not read a book like it and when you think about it, that’s a good thing. So, no right to be disappointed. I loved the fact that it was in a setting I’ve never really encountered in a story before, and the thought of working with the dogs and everything was exhausting!! I shiver at the thought of doing it for real.
This story is full of pain, secrets, and hurt. Each of the characters have their own little secret, or issue they want to overcome. My favourite character was probably Noah, I related to him more with some of his issues than Molly or Erica. The thought of what he hides from Rachel was close to home and I liked that I could connect with the pain, the need and the suffering of it. I didn’t really like any of the other characters, especially Rachel. She was more selfish than anything else in my opinion. Molly and Erica didn’t really come across as sisters at any point in the story. They felt more like strangers than anything else. I did like that we got to see them reach out to each other and gradually reconnect as sisters. They had some touching moments in the book and it made them seem that little bit likeable eventually.
I loved that we got 3 sides to the story, with different chapters changing between Noah, Erica and Molly. I liked how we got the story of what happened to each of them in pieces and you never got the lot all in one go. It kept me reading which I really needed with this book. The writing was easy to follow, and was fairly easy to read. You knew who you were reading about, who’s perspective it was, and what you were reading. You felt their pain, their misery, and the difficulties of moving on from their past. I sort of saw the twist coming, but it was still shocking when it did. I really felt for all of them when the truth came out. It was still very unexpected the way Molly find the truth out and you do feel her pain, her betrayal as such. It was the moment for me that made her more real.
Everything about this book will wish you were sat in front of a warm fire, wrapped in the biggest blanket or duvet you own with a nice cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, whatever your preference. You’ll be grateful for the warmth of your home after reading about how cold it is on their journey!!!
I’ve given this book a 4 out of 5, based purely on how I connected with Noah, the setting of the book and the writing style.
Author bio: When I’m not running around after my two children, my husband, our Cockerpoo Rodney, or just plain running, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of my characters preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.
When I am in the thick of a character crisis, I can often be seen walking around the village with my jumper on inside out and back to front, chatting (and occasionally laughing) away to myself.
I have a first class honours degree in psychology and a background in Public Relations, both of which help in everything I do.