Friday, November 25, 2016

Review 'Midwinter' by Fiona Melrose
Father and Son, Landyn and Vale Midwinter, are men of the land. Suffolk farmers. Times are hard and they struggle to sustain their property, their livelihood and their heritage in the face of competition from big business.

But an even bigger, more brutal fight is brewing: a fight between each other, about the horrible death of Cecelia, beloved wife and mother, in Zambia ten years earlier. A past they have both refused to confront until now.

Over the course of a particularly mauling Suffolk winter, Landyn and Vale grapple with their memories and their pain, raking over what remains of their fragile family unit, constantly at odds and under threat of falling apart forever. While Vale makes increasingly desperate decisions, Landyn retreats, finding solace in the land, his animals - and a fox who haunts the farm and seems to bring with her both comfort and protection.

Alive to language and nature, Midwinter is a novel about guilt, blame and lost opportunities. Ultimately it is a story about love and the lengths we will go to find our way home.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
November 2nd, 2016
eBook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
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My Review:

When I received an email about a review request for ‘Midwinter’ by Fiona Melrose, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover. I really loved the simplicity of this cover. And after reading the book description I knew this was a book I wanted to read. ‘Midwinter’ is a different read than my ‘usual’ ones, but I definitely couldn’t wait to start reading.

In ‘Midwinter’’ we meet Landyn and Vale Midwinter, a father and his son. Landyn and Vale are struggling to keep their land from the big companies. They are both working hard to keep what is theirs. But what makes the struggle even harder is the loss of their wife, and mother Cecilia.  The only way to keep their land is to work together. But that is easier said than done.

‘Midwinter’ is a beautiful and touching story about a father and a son who both lost a very important person in their life. Both guys haven’t really started with getting on. And it was very beautiful and heartbreaking to read the story of Landyn and Vale.
I definitely also loved the way the fox had a place in this story. The fox was an animal both men got fascinated by and I love reading these parts.

At times is was also kind of hard to read this book. Life is definitely brutal for Landyn and Vale. And it’s hard to read about what they have to go through. Fiona Melrose was definitely able to write about their grieve and pain in such a way I felt myself overwhelmed with emotions. I’m always in awe when an author is able to do that.

It’s hard to imagine ‘Midwinter’ is Fiona Melrose’s debut novel. This book is really good and it definitely makes you wonder what Fiona has in store for us. I really recommend ‘Midwinter’, it’s a beautiful read you’ll remember for a long time.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Fiona Melrose was born in Johannesburg but has spent the majority of her adult life in the UK, first in London and then in East Anglia. She moved to Suffolk to concentrate on her writing and it is there that Midwinter was conceived. Previously Fiona has worked in academia, NGO's, public affairs and as an emerging markets analyst. She continues to keep a foot in both continents and is currently
spending the majority of her time back in South Africa where she is completing her second novel.

For more information please visit Fiona’s website. Or visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Great review, lovely blog.

    I found you on the Facebook Group, Books, Blogs, Readers & Writers.

    Going to follow.

    Nice to meet you.


    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I'm going to check out your blog now ;)


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