Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Book Review: A Winter Night

Once again, I am screwed up on my days of the week. I barely got it together to do my therapy appointment today, but tomorrow Olivia has one at 8 a.m. Fun fact- I have the HARDEST time ever waking up before 10. I'm not even kidding. It was bad before my AFE but now it's just ridiculous. I have to take my cortisol medication because your body has cortisol that is all, "hey- wake up, loser" but my body has none of that. So it's like dragging me from death's sleep and asking me to function.  

It doesn't go well. 

Somehow I need to do it tomorrow. Honestly I even considered not going to sleep tonight because it might be easier. 

A Winter Night - Anne Leigh Parrish

34-year-old Angie Dugan struggles with many things--anxiety, her career as a social worker in a retirement home, and her difficult family. Her biggest struggle, though, is finding love. When she meets Matt, she's swept away by his attention. As issues from his past come up she wonders if she can trust him. Should she break it off, or give him another chance? In the end, all she can do is listen to her heart, and evaluate what she wants most.
Well, this book comes in at 245 pages and at times, it really felt like the longest book I had ever read. It isn't, of course, but the writing style is definitely one that took me a bit to get used to. Not that it's written poorly, quite the opposite, but the main character goes through life and her issues rather slowly and the writing basically matches it. So, maybe that was intentional? The chapters are rather short though so if you're a chapter or two kind of reader, this will be right up your alley. 

I'm a bit at a loss on how much to write because there are so many things that are addressed in this book, but all done in an exacting way that you don't want to ruin it. I do love the idea of second chances and listening to your heart or what others say and how sometimes that's just what you need to do. Also, I love how anxiety is addressed in the story but also her family. Her issues with her family are what made Angie endearing to me, and I found myself rooting for her so she could build the family she needs. It's definitely an emotional book, have a tissue or two handy! The problems Angie faces throughout the book is relatable, her responses to them are relatable, and it just might encourage you to throw caution to the wind in your own life. 

I'd give this one a solid 4 stars. I didn't know that the author had other books featuring the Dugan family, and now that I've gotten a glimpse into it, I'd be interested in reading the others. She is definitely an author I'd pick up again. 

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Anne Leigh Parrish for having me on this tour and sending me a copy for review! 

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1 comment:

Why Girls Are Weird said...

Perfect, sounds like I need to check this out!