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Mini Truth on The Stillness of Winter

22545806The Stillness of Winter by Vincent Watson
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Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

A different kind of Love Story. The Stillness of Winter is the story of Samuel who returns home to discover that the love of his life had taken herself out of the equation they had strived to become, leaving only a hastily scribbled note. It is the story of Marlys who manages Samuel through the days and months after his abandonment and who for her own reasons keeps him emotionally afloat when his own personal demons threaten to drag him desperately into darkness. It is the story of Julia, who returns intending to provide closure, but instead presents Samuel with ideas and concepts about love that he struggles to understand. The Stillness of Winter is a love story that grabs you by the heartstrings and tugs on them until you give in to the randomness that is learning to love someone you thought you knew better than yourself. Its about keeping secrets that are better shared when love is new out of fear, and friendship that is there to keep those dark at bay when it is threatened.

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Hello and welcome to The Review Board. Today we bring you an inside look at “The Stillness of Winter” by Mr. Vincent Watson via the thoughts of Mini Truth.

Mini Truth

Truthful Takes

“The Stillness of Winter” is an interesting story, but could be better. Today, I’ll be very direct on my thoughts about this book. First let’s start with the premise.

Samuel is a man in love whose heart has just been shattered by the object of his affection, Julia. The entire first half of the story is a combination of memories that Samuel is having of Julia, along with current events which involves his best friend Marlys.

The author very intricately spells out the string of events that eventually contributes to Samuel’s current melancholy.

The second half of the book focuses on the subsequent happenings which includes Marlys, Samuel and their relationship with each other. Also, eventually Julia pops up again.

This is all I’m going to say as I do not want to spoil the story for potential readers. I would like to say that potential readers might be pleased at the unexpected twist that is thrown in the story that no one sees coming.

With that said I’ll go into the Pros and Cons.

Pros-300x286PROS:

  • The author does a great job writing the story in a way that absorbs the reader. It’s very compelling and realistic.
  • The characters are believable, although a bit “in extremes” as to how they are portrayed. I’ll explain more on this in the Cons.
  • The story has a steady pace and rhythm. It keeps moving in a way that never falters.
  • The conflict is presented in a very authentic way.
  • For the most part, they syntax was correct with the exception of a few small details which will be listed in the Cons.

Cons-300x284CONS:

  • The vast amount of run-on sentences made for an exhausting read.
  • The main character’s name was not mentioned until the 30% mark of the story. It was as though giving the main character a name was an afterthought. Never once is he referred to by name by any of the other characters until this mark. This really irked me because I knew everyone’s name but his. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know that he was actually a man until this point as well.
  • While the characters were believable, I felt as though they were depicted in extremes. Like, Marlys seems to ALWAYS be angry. Samuel seems to ALWAYS be depressed, Julia ALWAYS seemed chipper (at least until she divulges her secret), even when she’s talking about how her parents passed away.
  • I was furious at the ending. It was just too convenient. I felt as though a story like this deserved a sort of (as my friend C. Desert Rose would say) “happily ever after is subjective” type of ending. Yet, I think that the author tried too hard to give it a “happily ever after” which in turn took away from the believeability factor that rang true through the rest of the story.
  • I didn’t once see how the title of the book tied into the story itself.
  • The cover also ran at odd as it pertained to the theme of the story.

Side Note:

When looking “The Stillness of Winter” up, I came across this …

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I REALLY hope that is a typo. I would NEVER pay for a book the equivalent of two months worth of rent! I’m just saying.

With all of this being said, I give “The Stillness of Winter” a grand total of 6.5 TRB Stars which will translate into 3 stars on other platforms.

6.5stars

Well, that’s all for today. Thank you for visiting The Review Board. Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe. Have a wonderful day!

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I write books, I makes magazines, I cook food, I blog... a lot. And I also happen to take a lot of food pictures. Basically, I'm just me.

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