My Review of “IN THE MIDST OF WINTER” By Isabel Allende



In the Midst of Winter

by Isabel Allende (Goodreads Author)
In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia. (less)
Expected publication: November 2nd 2017 by Simon Schuster Audio UK
147116702X (ISBN13: 9781471167027)
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I appreciate the different layers written by Isabel Allende, author of  “In the Midst of Winter”  Isabel Allende is a talented storyteller, and captivates the reader with intriguing background information and colorful characters. The genres for this story are Fiction, Romance,  Adventure, and Romance with some History that is included. The timeline is in the present, and in the past when it provides information about the characters and events in the story. The story takes place currently in Brooklyn (and surrounding areas) , and is described in the past to Guatemala, Chile,  and Brazil.
The author describes the characters as complicated , complex and conflicted. A major snowstorm  and a mild car accident is how the three main characters meet. Richard Bowmaster is a 60 year old human rights professor that accidentally hits the Lexus that Evelyn Ortega, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala is driving. Evelyn shows up shortly thereafter asking his help. Richard calls his tenant, Lucia Maraz, a 60 ish year old  lecturer from Chile for help. As the weather gets progressively worse, the three wind up sharing their tragic and difficult earlier lives in the countries they were in.
The three of them also find themselves in a dangerous and complicated situation that they have to work together to resolve.
I appreciate that the author discusses important issues in society as people’s rights and freedom,  immigration, displaced people, spousal abuse, bullying and abuse, and the hardships of taking care of sick children.  The author also discussed the importance of family, friendship, hope and love. I would highly recommend this novel to those readers that enjoy Fiction. I received a copy of this Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.

4 comments on “My Review of “IN THE MIDST OF WINTER” By Isabel Allende”

  1. I really liked the theme that the 3 main characters met during a car accident. Car accidents are very dangerous and cause loss of life as well as damage to auto body parts. One should drive very carefully on road so that they don’t have to face any sort of difficulty later.


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