#Review: Ours is the Winter by @LaurieEllingham @rararesources #OursistheWinter

Ours is the Winter is published today by HQ Digital. My thanks to the Authors and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for providing me with the review copy and allowing me to take part in today's publication celebration. 

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.

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My Thoughts:

I am delighted to be able to review Ours is the Winter today. Laurie Ellingham has been a guest on my blog before and you can read her post about her journey to publication here.

I was initially drawn in to this book by that gorgeous cover and the setting of the story. The setting is Alaska and the author managed to draw me in with her evocative description of the landscape, of the cold and the snow. Of course as a massive dog lover, the huskies in this book were very welcome.

This books focuses on three main characters. Erica, Molly and Noah, who all have their differing reasons for embarking on the trip to drive Siberian Huskies in an Arctic Challenge. All three hope that the trip will change them and allow them to escape their problems, and I would say to move on with their lives. We are introduced to all three characters and are allowed a little insight into their lives. 

Laurie Ellingham has created some very real and often flawed characters and she has seemingly done this effortlessly. The setting is the biggest draw of this book for me but the story comes together beautifully. I felt emotionally invested in the outcomes of the characters lives as each chapter went by.

I found Ours is the Winter to have a wonderful and evocative setting, excellently drawn characters and a plot that managed to engage me. It really was a beautiful and captivating read and I look forward to reading more by Laurie Ellingham in the future.

About the Author:
Laurie Ellingham lives on the Suffolk/Essex border with her two children, husband, and cockerpoo Rodney. She has a First Class honours degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, but her main love is writing and disappearing into the fictional world of her characters, preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.

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