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.
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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As a reader, I am constantly looking for books that challenge and surprise me. Ours is the Winter did both. A fantastically written adventure for the heart and soul.
We meet a varied bunch of characters all who have come to participate in an Arctic challenge for charity. However, it’s not only travel baggage that each participant is carrying with them.
With each key character having their own personal issues. It was fascinating to find out their story and the repercussions that it has had on their life. The book was a personal affirmation to me that we really don’t know what each person is going through privately, in the real world. Behind the smiles or the snappy retort that hurts our feelings. There could be a personal battle going. It made me much more aware of people and I really try to stick by my mantra to be kind and have courage. It was Cinderella’s mantra too and it worked out quite well for her.
At the heart of Ours is the Winter it’s all about loss in its varying forms. I loved how unpredictable a book it was. Which was very refreshing and it had me hooked from chapter one.
The book is extremely atmospheric, I feel like I was in the Arctic with the Huskies. I needed to grab a cosy blanket because I was so cold from the fictitious snow. It’s so well written, you can feel and smell everything.
I was on a bus when I finished the book and I was in floods of unexpected tears. With a dear old man next to me giving me a tissue.
Ours is the Winter for me was an unexpected delight and I thoroughly recommend you dive in. It’s also super for a Christmas present.
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