Review: Winter's End by Clarissa Cartharn

A woman torn between two men – One she once loved and another who threatens to destroy all she’s worked for.

Tormented by the rumors plaguing her once loveless marriage, young widow Emma Winston escapes to Breakish on the Isle of Skye with her two children. But her hopes of a new beginning is shattered as she finds herself torn between the man she once loved, her brother-in-law Richard Winston and wealthy, handsome playboy, Chris Cameron, who threatens to destroy everything she’s accomplished if she doesn’t accept his offer of a convenient marriage.

Will Emma finally learn to follow her heart?

Clarissa Cartharn has always had a deep love for language. Her pursuit of it has led her to obtain a BA majoring in English Language and Literature, sought a career in English, teaching for six years before finally becoming a lawyer. But when she took up the pen, she realized what she was really desiring for was the cathartic release of her wild imagination via writing.

Clarissa is interested in learning new languages and is currently on a quest to conquer Mandarin Chinese.

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My Review:

I absolutely enjoyed the meandering style that Clarissa Cartharn used in WINTER’S END. It could have been a fast read, but the wonderful descriptions of the isle left me wanting to just enjoy the scenery and live alongside the characters.

The cantankerous old lady, Mrs. Kinnaird, who was misunderstood by the local folk due to old folk-lore about the family curse was a great character and greatly added to the book. Emma was a sweet young widow and it was enjoyable to read about her and the children and their lives on the isle. Ms. Cartharn gave such an apt description of the solarium that I felt as though I were sitting there having tea and reading alongside Emma.

Life for Emma appears to be as close to perfect as it can get when along comes Mrs. Kinnaird’s grandson, whom the old lady has determined would be the perfect match for Emma. The butler had a saying, “Don’t settle to love anyone else than what your heart truly deserves. Because when you do find it, you stop searching for that love anymore.” It was appropriate for the story in WINTER’S END.

The only drawback (or two) that I found with the book was that after meandering along at a peaceful pace, it ended rather abruptly. I thought the author could have made the ending a chapter in itself and given the reader a little more detailed ending. Also, the grammar. I found the book contained a number of grammatical errors, some of which may have been the language barrier. I am noticed that books written by authors in the UK differ quite a bit from American authors. Our terminology is very different and it sometimes sticks out like a sore thumb in books. And, even though that may be the case here, it still contained errors. There were sentences that didn’t make a lick of sense to me. The author did give clear distinctions between past and present, using italics to make it easy to incorporate the information.

I am giving WINTER’S END four stars due to the abrupt ending and grammar differences. I loved the story-line and overall, it was a very good book and one worth recommending. 

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