Item description for Leaving Winter by Kathleen A. S. Quinn...
A charming story of love, warmth, and the hope of Spring.
Cordelia has come to Rome for the Christmas holidays with dreams of a different life, but she finds that her loneliness and her embarrassment about her weight follow her. Just as she is giving up all hope, she meets Frank, a man with a terribly scarred face and an equally wounded soul.
As their friendship grows and becomes something more, their tentative movements toward each other begin the slow process of healing their lives. Together, they learn how to escape from cold isolation and leave their personal winters behind.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Publisher Silver Lake Publishing
ISBN 1931095736 ISBN13 9781931095730
Reviews - What do customers think about Leaving Winter?
Great short story-poor novel Feb 17, 2008
Leaving Winter is a wonderful little story. However, it lacks character and plot development. Would have been much better in an anthology rather than a book of its own. I felt quite cheated by the brevity of it. Also, fellow readers, if you are looking for any descriptive narration of the love scenes...don't bother with this book. If you can find the book in the library, which I couldn't, get it there. If you are a fast reader, you will be able to complete this book in an hour or less. Not worth the price of admission.
A moving story, but lacking something May 9, 2007
Cordelia is grieving the lost of her parents when she was christmas in Rome. There she meet Frank McCarthy a man who is scar on the inside and outside. This these are two a drawn together, but there there time is limited. "Leaving Winter" is very short novel by Kathleen A. Quinn, while does have have a lot of emotional impact,it did seem that Ms. Quinn could have taken the time to make the book longer.
The Pure Love Story Mar 5, 2006
Cordelia Brown had a life filled with hardships. She took care of her sick mother before cancer took her as well as cared for her father before he passed. Before he died, her father gifted her with a trip to Rome; something he had wanted to do with her mother but never got the chance. Now, Cordelia was off to take a break from life not sure what she was going to do next. She prayed for a dream, having not a clue that it was just a few yards from where she was standing. But would she be able to accept it?
Frank McCarthy also lived a life filled with hardships. Frank had to suffer the loss of a brother with no one to help him get through his darkness. His face scared for life. He prayed for a miracle, also not knowing how close it was to him. Would he be able to thaw out his heart for another?
Kathleen Quinn is an amazing story weaver. I found this story to be heart warming, letting you know that there is still true love out there. Quinn's writing flowed naturally, no matter what characters voice she was using. I loved how the book went between Cordelia, her niece Pam, Frank, and his sister Claire, whether it was seen through their eyes or written down like reading a journal. The voice changes in the storyline kept the book flowing, giving the reader a taste of all the characters involved in the story. I really felt like I knew these characters and hated seeing the end of the book. Even though I loved the ending and was very happy with it. I was unhappy to see the characters be done and no more to tell.
I loved Cordelia most of all cause she was of plus size. She was never able to accept her size around her sisters until Frank entered the picture and showed her the beauty within herself. Once she became confident with herself, nothing stood in her way. She was no longer intimidated by her sisters' rude and childish comments. The only thing that mattered to her was how Frank felt about her.
The other character I liked was Pam, Cordelia's niece. Now I don't believe she was plus sized but she was Cordelia's cheerleader, always there for Cordelia even before she met Frank. Pam loved her aunt and stood up to her mom. Pam was a true free spirit. It was heartwarming to see the change in Pam throughout the story and to see how Frank and Cordelia's relationship made her realize what she needed to hold out for.
This book reflected that it doesn't matter what you look like as long as you believe in who you are as a human being, the inside is truly what counts. There should be more books that reflect this. Kathleen A. Quinn is an author I hope to read more of and hope others come to know her work. It is really good and clean. The love story is pure and should be an example of what people should wait for.
Reviewed by Krista for BBW Reviews
Not quite up to par Jul 16, 2005
Like other reviewers stated: this book has a good and uplifting message. The idea that a person's physical appearance doesn't deter them from wanting and finding a "soul connection" in our superficial world. And I enjoyed the author's narrative style of interjecting journal-like monologues from other character's point-of-view throughout the book. What I didn't like was the length of the story...around 100 pages...which I blame for the second disappointment, lack of character development and plot. There was a great plot outline in the story, but the actual tale was so linear and boring. It was like the framework of a great book was present, but wasn't "fleshed" out to my liking. The dialogue was a bit trite as well. No momentus revelations here folks. Nope, it's your plain and simple: "I like you" and "I like you too Frank" all the way to the end.
Leaves Something to Be Desired Mar 20, 2005
This book starts from an excellent premise, that regardless of size or other physical conditions people need love and affection just as much as anyone else and that emotional wounds of the past can keep us from responding positively to overtures of caring in the present no matter how sincere and honest they may be. But in my opinion Leaving Winter is very amateurishly written.
It spends too much time telling when it should be showing. It wanders a lot rather than having a direction. The premise that an essentially homebody would go off and spend weeks in one city in Italy (rather than touring the entire country) just because her deceased parents would have wanted her to does not seem plausible to me. The other side characters who narrate their own little sections merely to provide background information that would have been much better handled in flashbacks are annoying. The character of the niece who is described as being a very modern teen and yet who likes old fashioned things seems too great a contradiction and her nearly equal confidante relationship with her aunt needs a lot more support to be believable.
All that said it was an enjoyable book and it did have some very nice, poignant moments. But I found myself spending too much time thinking how I could have written it better to really endorse it.