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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book,
This review is from: Leaving Winter (Paperback)I loved this book. It tells a great story. I read the book in one day. I would recommend this book to all of my friends!
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 and 9/10 stars!,
This review is from: Leaving Winter (Paperback)Heroine: plump/voluptuous
Cordelia Brown is certain she is having the worst Christmas ever. Her loving parents have passed away and her beautiful but unkind sisters can't forgive her for inheriting the family home. So she escapes to Rome as per her father's final wishes in the hopes that she'll find some happiness there. Perhaps while in Italy, away from the glares of her sisters, her plumpness will magically transform into voluptuousness and she'll be able to hold her head up high and even appear graceful now and then.
But Cordelia's lack of self-confidence and grief over the loss of her parents follow her to Rome, as do hurtful emails from her sisters. The distraught young woman wanders around the city and happens across a tiny, ancient church that looks like the perfect place to lick her wounds. While weeping in one of the pews she meets a kind but mysterious stranger, an attractive man who hides half his face from her, but she catches a glimpse of it and sees that it is horribly disfigured.
Suddenly Cordelia finds she is not as alone in the world as she thought, or as unattractive as her sisters insisted. But her new friend's scars are more than skin deep and threaten to keep Cordelia from ever growing closer to him.
Can Cordelia win the trust and love of this lonely kindred spirit and turn her worst Christmas into one she'll cherish forever?
What worked for me:
The author described Rome so beautifully that I find I want to go there and see it for myself now.
Aside from a spot or two which could have been polished to an even higher sheen, this story just sang for me! Such wonderful attention paid to minutiae, and what beautiful dialogue was shared between the struggling lovers.
The jump from the narrative about Cordelia and Frank to letters written by their relatives was a bit of a shock, but the e-mail exchanges certainly were a unique way to paint the family portraits.
Size-wise Cordelia thought she was large and ungainly but Frank didn't agree in the least.
What didn't work for me:
Those sisters! Thank heavens I was blessed with a brother instead. (I could go for having a niece like Pam, though.)
Warning: This book has some sensual moments and coarse language within its pages. Also, you'll want to have a box of tissues handy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book In Years,
This review is from: Leaving Winter (Paperback)Powerful, moving, funny and heart-rending, Kathleen Quinn's wonderfully written Leaving Winter held me enthralled to the very last word. This is a writer of substance, with much to say about the human condition. The story is that of the finely-drawn Cordelia and Frank, who find each other in the face of the injuries life has inflicted on them. A journey into the heart, that left me feeling uplifted and deeply moved. Can't wait for her next book!
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-warming story at Christmas time, or any time!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Leaving Winter (Paperback)This book was a bit of a surprise to me. I didn't know what to expect, but I am happy to say that I loved it! It's a charming little story of two people who have gone through life feeling isolated, yet are finally able to chip away at their "walls" together.
I liked it so much I even ordered several extra copies to give as Christmas gifts!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Little Heartwarmer,
By A Customer
This review is from: Leaving Winter (Paperback)Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. The winter of the characters' isolation fades to the warmth of spring when Cordelia, overweight and painfully shy, meets Frank, who is severely scarred from a childhood accident.
The setting of Rome added to my interest. I felt as though I, too, were walking past the Trevi Fountain, seeing the Christmas Fair in Piazza Navona, or watching the rain fall through the roof opening in the Pantheon.
A lovely little book!
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Leaving Winter by Kathleen A. Quinn (Paperback - Dec 1 2003)
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