Reviewed by Christen Krumm

Despite the fact that his parents, David and Kyra, have always been obsessively protective of him, Michael Winters has gone missing. The Winters are so protective of their son they do not let him do many things a normal first grader would do simply because of the “what ifs?” He cannot climb trees because what if he falls? He cannot go on boats because what if he falls in the water and forgets how to swim? That fateful afternoon, Kyra runs inside to grab something leaving Michael to play outside unsupervised. When she comes back out, he is gone.

Following an investigation, the police determines that Michael was taken by someone the Winters know. David and Kyra narrow the pool down to two possible suspects — David’s ex-wife, Courtney, whom David divorced years earlier due to the death of his first born and Amy, Kyra’s estranged sister. Even though the actual story takes place on one horrifying day, there are back stories woven throughout the book. The back stories could almost be prequel novels in themselves as they take the reader through the characters’ pasts and explain how they got to be where they are.

The Winters in Bloom is the story of a family. A family with problems and issues, but a family who loves each other. Through their story you really do see them bloom from their over-protective, insecure selves to people that learn to lighten up once in a while. As Michael says at the end of the story, “Nothing had changed at all, except that something had.”

The Winters in Bloom is not a book that I would typically pick up. Lisa Tucker is not an author I have ever heard of. The novel cannot be easily defined as a romance, or historical fiction, or edge-of-your-seat suspense. That being said, however, I absolutely loved this book. Lisa Tucker’s writing has a very calm and relaxing feel, even though the topic (a kidnapping and the heartbreaking back stories) would not necessarily be considered relaxing. I loved the way that she wove the back stories and switched character perspective throughout the novel. This is a great book to read curled up on a rainy weekend with a hot cup of tea.

Rating: 5/5

Christen graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith with a BA in English. She’s a coffee drinking stay at home mom by day and a freelance writer/editor by night. She currently resides in Arkansas with her husband and daughter and is excited to welcome a son in August.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by BookSparks PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.