I have read a number of Phyllis Whitney's books over the years, but felt that I was reading something new in this one. This could easily have been set in Scandinavia. However, winter people are plainly people of ice, people
without the ability to feel or empathize with others, but with the ability to charm and/or use others for their benefit!
Miss Whitney seems to favor the southeast in many of her books, so this came as quite a change for me. The writing was inspired. Perhaps the subject matter led Miss Whitney in an entirely different direction. I have read and seen stories, movies, about the bond between twins. We are led down an entirely different path with the twins in this book. Talented, tainted, and with a self-love that twists around their birth bond, fight it though they seem to, we wonder until the end, can this bond, hopefully, be broken. There's not much of a love story here (Darn it!) but we are clearly shown that some people are incapable of love, though they may wish otherwise.
I defy any reader to put this one down midway through it. ENJOY!! (?)