I like Newport's writing style. There is just something about how she tells a story that captures me. Much of the narrative consists of the day to day activities of the people involved. There are no life and death suspense moments involved in the plot. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the novel.
I did not feel the plot was very strong. A man comes to town to ski and befriends people. We find he is struggling over something. Through flashbacks, we find the history behind his turmoil. Genealogy researcher Jillian and her dad help the fellow to understand his situation and come to grips with what must be done. There is sort of a love triangle included but not really. Newport does address several issues in the character interaction such as shame and guilt.
This is a novel for people who like a gentle story without any heart stopping suspense. The characters come across as good people wanting to do the right thing and that is refreshing.
Olivia Newport lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies.
Barbour Publishing, 256 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.