A lot can change within 24 hours: Lila is determined to tell her lover’s wife about the affair she has with her husband. Cammy wants to propose to his girlfriend but first, he needs to find the perfect ring. Bernadette is finally ready to leave her controlling husband. And Caro sets off to find out whether her father has been lying to her all her life.
On one day in December, all of their lives will change forever. New acquaintances and friends are made, relationships changed and secrets unearthed.
When I bought this book I expected to read a feel-good-story. That was not necessarily the case but I was not disappointed. One Day in Winter is feel-good in the sense that you feel as though good people, in the end, get what they deserve in the best way possible. But on the other hand, it was not very cheerful as it addresses a lot of serious topics: sickness, betrayal, death, domestic violence and hurtful secrets.
The Reader of One Day in Winter gets quite a lot of People, the four mentioned above being the most important. Thanks to the structure of the book you can really follow them through the day: the book has a part for every hour of the day and each hour is then told by each of the four main protagonists in turn. That means that you read some things several times but always from an other point of view and therefore slightly different. Every now and then I wanted to scream because people missed each other by just a few minutes.
Most of the characters were really likeable. The exception among the four main ones is Lila. Her, I would have prefered to punch sometimes. She is one of the most self-involved, egocentric persons I have ever read about (or met in real life, for that matter). She’s also really superficial and every time she brushed people aside with no regard for their feelings I got more and more mad with her.
The other three, however, were really amiable and likeable. Each of them has very different Problems. Especially Caro and Cammy evolved a lot throughout the book. Bernadette is the one where domestic violence comes into play and I liked that One Day in Winter shows it doesn’t have to be physical. Bernadette’s husband talks to and about her in a very demeaning and humiliating way and, as the book is written in Bernadettes view, the reader can see how that affects her. I think it’s something we often forget how much words can hurt and influence the way we see ourselves and our surroundings.
One Day in Winter was not the feel-good-book I expected it to be, it was so much better. It’s a great read about friendship, family and romance, not really Christmassy, but perfect to snuggle up with a cup of tea and some gingerbread.
Rating: 5/5 stars
The A Winter Day Series
- A Day in Winter
- Another Day in Winter
- The Last Day in Winter
More reviews of One Day in Winter:
Portobello Book Blog („a perfect mix of romance, relationships, friendships and secrets“)
Shalini’s Books & Reviews (4 stars; „A skilfully written story with intertwining subplots showing different aspects of life and human psyche.“)
Stacy Is Reading („an incredible composition of love and life in all its ugly glory“)
About Shari Low:
Low was born in a town near Glasgow. She managed nightclubs in Scotland, later worked in Shanghai and Hong Kong for a hotel chain and relocated back to Glasgow in the 90s. There she met her then-future husband. After turning 30 she started writing her first book, What if?, which was published in 2001. Since then, she has written more than 20 other books and has become one half of Shari King, an author duo that has published two thrillers.
Together with her husband, their two teenage sons and a dog, she lives near Glasgow.
Source: Shari Lows website