Title: Hope In The Heart Of Winter
Author Name & Publisher: Rebecca S. Buck (Smashwords Edition )
Publication Date & Length: December 14th 2015- 34 pages
In 1927, Evadne Burns invites her closest school friends to join her for a weekend reunion at her grand home, Winter Manor. The passing of time and the dark shadow of the First World War has shaped them all as women, yet their friendships remain strong. The tragedy of the era has only made them more determined to live their lives to the full.
Evadne is delighted to see Clara and Courtney again, two women dedicated to each other since they were schoolgirls and still unable to keeps their hands off each other, even in view of Winter’s servants. There is the more conservative Madge, to remind them of the life they were expected to lead. But most of all, Evadne is pleased to see Edith Richardson, with whom she shared one precious night but left a lasting connection. With Edith, she chooses to share a secret that will affect the rest of their lives, together or apart.
This short story involves characters I read about in another Rebecca S Buck novel, ‘Fragile Wings’. Clara and Courtney are devoted to each other and we find out that their relationship started at school many years before. They meet up with some other old school-friends at a country manor and we find out about Evadne and Edith’s attraction to each other.
Although I enjoyed the story it was just too short and left too many things unresolved. It needed to go further in depth as there is certainly enough of interest to make a full novel. The new characters introduced are fascinating and I want to find out more about their story and how life pans out for them.