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The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker

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Cover art: The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: The Winters in Bloom
Author: Lisa Tucker
Publisher: Atria
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-7540-5 (Hardcover)
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present & Past/Philadelphia/Jersey Shore
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Lisa's Website: www.lisatucker.com


Dear Reader:

Ms. Tucker has, once again, taken frightening subjects - humanity or, lack thereof - and written a heart-wrenching novel about the choices we make in life, and how they come back at us in the end.

There are many storylines in this book that wrap around a boy named Michael. Michael is a lovely child, but he has parents that seem to be scared of everything; they want to put their son into a plastic bubble so he can never feel hurt or pain. One day, while heís playing outside, a woman comes up and takes his hand and leads him to the ocean. She also leaves behind a note that states she is not going to do anything bad to Michael and he WILL be returned.

The police are called and the parents, Kyra and David, are frightened beyond belief that their son is missing. They are also looking back at their lives to see if, in fact, they already know the identity of Michaelís "abductor."

The reader is taken through many lives. Kyra and Amy - sisters, whose Mom walked out on them one day and all they had was each other against the atrocities of the world. Amy was the pretty "angel" who everyone loved, whereas Kyra was the gangly, unsure-of-herself girl who was more than a bit envious of how easy her sisterís life seemed. Of course, her sisterís life was anything but easy.

David thinks back to a woman heíd met and married a long time before. David was always compassionate - which is what his mother worried about constantly - and went for the "women in need." Courtney, his first wife, was certainly that kind of woman. When they experienced a horrific moment in their married lives that had to do with their first child, Courtney and David called it quitsÖbut the forgiveness never happened between them. Add in a mother who simply canít understand her child and his choices; and feelings of hurt and betrayal between family members who simply made the wrong choice at the wrong time, and you have a story full of family drama, pain, and the blessings and atrocities that life hands to each and every one of us if we take the wrong path, or believe the wrong things.

Lisa Tucker is a wonder at writing these types of stories. And, although, the subject matter for this writer is a little too "rough," there are many readers out there who glean perseverance, strength, and honesty from Lisaís gut-wrenching tales of life.

Until next time,
Amy

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