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by Kathleen A. Quinn
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
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
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.)
"Leaving Winter" is a delightful, darling story. Don't miss it!
Warning: This book has some sensual moments and coarse language within its
pages. Also, you'll want to have a box of tissues handy.
If you liked "Leaving Winter" you might also enjoy
"Love at Large",
"Teacher's Pet", "Etta Mae's Little
"The Legacy Tree",
"The Bridesmaid's Reward", "More to Love", "His
"Truth and Lies",
"The Independent Bride",
"His Email-Order Wife", or
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