Five Winters by Kitty Johnson
Happy Friday!!!! Today I have an amazing book to share with you from a new pen name author. Five Winters was published yesterday, December 1st and it is also an Amazon Prime First Reads selection for December. If you love Sophie Cousens, Beth Moran, or Emily Stone, this is the perfect book for you. I cannot say enough great things about this book. I did not want to put it down and read it every chance I got until I finished it!
About the book:
A bighearted novel about motherhood, friendship, moving on, and love of all kinds.
Ever since Beth Bailey was a girl, she’s been in love with her best friend’s older brother, Mark. She’s continued to hold out hope that maybe, someday, he’ll love her back. But now Beth is thirty-five years old, and on the day of Mark’s wedding to another woman, she finally accepts the wake-up call she needs to move on.
Beth’s dream of marrying her first love may be over, but her other biggest desire is still within reach: becoming a mother. Having lost her own parents very young, there’s nothing Beth wants more in life, and nothing she’ll stop at to make her wish come true.
Over the course of five years, and with unexpected twists along the way, Beth will come to startling realizations about family, friendship, the meaning of love, and most importantly, herself on the winding path to happiness and, she hopes, to motherhood.
The author takes us on a five year journey through Beth’s life when she is in her 30’s. Beth is in love with Mark but alas, the connection has not happened for Mark. At Mark’s wedding Beth decides she needs to move on and meets a handsome man at the wedding reception. We get to follow Beth with major events centering around Christmas. Each Christmas Beth gathers with her second family, her best friend Rosie, Mark, and their parents. Beth is extremely close with this family as they have raised her since grade school. The feeling is mutual from the family. I loved the family dynamics and how the book centers on the holidays. There are highs and lows in the book so be ready to join Beth’s emotional roller-coaster.
During an event with the author I learned that a lot of the book was based on her personal experiences. It made the book much more personal knowing that. It also made some of the funny scenes even funnier knowing she actually went through them.
This is a perfect romcom/womens fiction book. It is perfect to read this time of year and leaving you feeling warm and fuzzy.
About the author:
Kitty Johnson lives in Norwich, Norfolk in the UK, with her partner and teenage son. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and teaches creative writing part-time. A nature lover, Kitty enjoys walking in the local woods and by the sea in Norfolk with her dog. Also an artist, she likes to spend time in her studio when she has time. Kitty loves a challenge and once performed stand-up comedy as research for a book - an experience she found very scary but hugely empowering. Kitty also writes as Margaret K Johnson.