Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publish Date: April 19, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: Can Ros Wynne, who has lost everything she thought defined her, find her true life—and her true love—surrounded by the lingering history of the once-grand Winter Manor?
When Ros unexpectedly inherits Winter Manor on the condition that she oversee the restoration of the remote and dilapidated house, it seems the perfect place for her to retreat from her recently failed relationship, the death of her mother, and the loss of her job. But Winter Manor is not entirely at rest. The echoes of its past reach forward into the present, and Ros’s life is perceptibly shaped by the lives—and loves—of the people who inhabited those rooms and corridors in the centuries before her.
Then Anna arrives. The architect—with her designer clothes, hot car, and air of supreme professionalism—is at first an unwelcome, if necessary, intrusion. But as Ros learns Anna’s truths, she finds solace from her past losses in their developing intimacy. And when their love is threatened, Ros must decide whether her own ghosts will forever define her, or if she can embrace her life for what it is—past, present, and future.
Review: Ms. Buck has brought the history and people of Winter Manor to life. When Ros shows up to Winter Manor after inheriting it from an honorary Aunt, she is astounded by the amount of work that needs to be done as well as it's charm and beauty. Winter Manor is haunted, not in the traditional sense, but by heartbreak and atrophied from lack of care - as is Ros. Interspersed within the tale of Ros are vignettes of the people who lived in Winter Manor previously and their own joys and suffering. I wish there had been more of the vignettes. I liked Ros and her sister a lot, but I wasn't too fond of Anna. She seemed too cold and then had a seemingly "sudden" revelation and change. Still, Ghosts of Winter is a sweet tale of hope.