ARC Review – One Winter Morning


Title: One Winter Morning

Author: Isabelle Broom

Publication date: 17th October 2019

4 stars

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley to review before publication. This review is 100 % my own as are all my thoughts and opinions and is not affected by this.

On a winter morning she lost a piece of her heart. Can she find it?

Evangeline isn’t feeling festive this December.

The frost and fairy lights only remind her it’s been a year since she lost the mother who took her in as a baby and raised her.

She’s never felt more alone – until she discovers her birth mother’s identity. And where to find her.

A lifetime and thousands of miles have separated Evangeline and Bonnie. Now, travelling to New Zealand could be Evangeline’s chance to confront the woman who gave her up.

But is she ready for what she’ll find there?

The answers she’s been looking for, a new family to heal her . . . Or someone she could never have expected?

Last year I read One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom that took place in the exotic setting of Sri Lanka and it blew me away. This time we’re headed across the globe to New Zealand and I was hoping to be swept away, not only by the story itself, but also by the beauty of the country, which I have experienced first hand myself.

It also didn’t truly occur to me that I just read a book set in December and throughout Christmas, which I normally stay away from unless we’re close to the holidays. I suppose with this story being set in New Zealand, where the seasons are reversed, it didn’t give me that giddy, cozy holiday feeling like usual.
That’s something I remember from one Christmas I spent in Australia – the heat melted away my holiday spirit. My holiday spirit was working overtime just to get me in some kind of jolly mood. But that’s really not important here.
Instead, let’s move on to the story.

We have two P.O.Vs in this book – Evangeline or Geenie as she’s called mostly, and Bonnie. Bonnie’s chapters tend to spend time in the past, which I found a little dull to be honest, whereas Geenie is sort of our MC who we follow across the globe in search of her birth mother, though it doesn’t quite happen the way Geenie intended.

It was a different story in the way that romance took a backseat to family bonding and family love, which was nice and not often seen and something that really should be focused more on in books, but hey, we are people of habit.
It was kind of refreshing, but romance did lurk in the bushes (hah) in a subtle way that I enjoyed. But I did realise that I was expecting more romance because I’ve grown used to reading about it in every other book that I pick up.

The characters are easily liked and you’ll be rooting for Geenie to not only find her birth mother, but perhaps even love, although you’ll be flipping until the last pages to find out how it’ll all end.

The story and plot itself was a good one and some things definitely makes you think of how you’d have handled such a delicate situation yourself.

Overall I quite enjoyed this book, though I had hoped to have been more swept away by the setting like in One Thousand Stars and You. Nevertheless, One Winter Morning is full of warmth, adventure and love and it is a great way to show just how far you can be willing to go for family.

Do I recommend this book?

To whom?
To those who loves a good family story or a story with a travel aspect, where you get to explore a new country whilst finding yourself.

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