#PublicationDay #Review ~ Ours Is The Winter by @LaurieEllingham @rararesources @HQDigitalUK

Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.

Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under gruelling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.

Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.

Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.

Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.

As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.

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About the Author

Laurie Ellingham lives on the Suffolk/Essex border with her two children, husband, and cockerpoo Rodney. She has a First Class honours degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, but her main love is writing and disappearing into the fictional world of her characters, preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.

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My Review

Ours Is The Winter is a refreshingly different book. The cover gives a brief glimpse into what you can expect. I’m an absolute softie for animals so any story featuring huskies is sure to tempt me.

From the outset we are given the background of the main characters, which provides an insight as to why they would want to embark on the challenge of a lifetime in the Arctic. Erica, Molly and Noah (with a bunch of others) set off into the chilly atmospheric location. They each have demons to deal with, secrets best known to themselves and a lot of grief and anger burbling inside of them.

I loved the icy conditions from a distance, the crunching snow, the freezing toes and noses, shivering in sleeping bags it was all so well described it just made me grateful I wasn’t there! I would be thrilled to see the Northern Lights so could sense their suspense and wonderment of the whole journey. 

I didn’t have any idea what sledding with Huskies involved so that was interesting. The story is set over seven days and packs in a huge amount of action.  I felt sympathy for all of them but also could see both sides of the situation so was tempted to give advice! Yes, it soon became obvious what the connection between two of them was but the unravelling of fragile minds and how they deal with it is beautifully done.

As a *trigger warning I must just say there is reference to self-harming but it is all in context. This is a charming book, made all the more pleasant by the setting, it made a welcome change.

Thanks to the author, publisher, netgalley and Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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