The Winters in Bloom

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The Winters in Bloom

Married for ten years, David and Kyra Winter appear to have it all. They have a comfortable home, stable careers and a gifted son, Michael, who they adore. But both David and Kyra don't expect their happiness to last - neither feel as if they deserve the life they have. And then one day, their life is disrupted when Michael disappears from their back yard.

Both David and Kyra have secrets in their past, David is sure Michael was taken by his troubled ex-wife, while Kyra thinks the kidnapper is someone from her family, someone she betrayed years ago.

As David and Kyra relive their memories through time in an effort to find Michael, they will both have to risk revealing the secrets about themselves they've always kept hidden. Will the truth give them a chance to discover it's never too late to have the family they dream of? Even in a world full of risk, will David and Kyra realize that as long as they have hope, their future will bloom?

The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker is an interesting and thought provoking look at a modern family whose greatest fear comes to pass. The story begins by introducing us to David and Kyra Winters, an average couple with regular jobs and a gifted child. Something neither character believes they deserve. As the story progresses, Ms. Tucker introduces us to the character's pasts via flashbacks, which provide us with their history and the reasons behind their fears. While the story's pace is somewhat slow, the character development is well done and the safety of the missing child, Michael, is never really in question.

David and Kyra Winters both have secrets which haunt them and drive their fears. They've never even told each other their secrets; they're too ashamed of what they've done. Deep down there is a fear of rejection over their pasts. Their fears have made living life somewhat of a challenge; they home school their son to protect him from bullies, they teach him to fear dirt because he might get worms and don't let him climb a tree because he might fall and get hurt. They're even afraid to let him play outside in their fenced in yard, and of course when they do that's when he's kidnapped.

As the police look for the missing child, David and Kyra both dwell on their past and about who would want to take their child. While the kidnapper left a note stating Michael would be returned unharmed, both are afraid their son might have to pay for their sins. David is afraid his ex-wife, a woman with mental problems, might have taken his son, while Kyra fears her sister, who she hasn't seen in years and who has a drug problem, is the kidnapper.

As each chapter reveals a piece of David and Kyra's past, we get to meet the secondary characters in the story. We meet Sandra, David's mother, whose relationship with her son has gone through several changes over time. We meet Courtney, David's ex, who has psychiatric issues and got married too young. We meet Amy, Kyra's sister, who made plans for her and Kyra's future but dropped out of college, and became a singer and a drug addict. As each character is revealed, we discover the choices David and Kyra made and how this affected their relationships. We learn their secrets.

When the location of their child is revealed, will David and Kyra still love each other now that their secrets have been revealed? And will they be able to overlook the past, forgive all of the people involved and move forward as a family? You'll have to read The Winters in Bloom to find out, it kept me turning the pages.

Book Blurb for The Winters in Bloom

In bestselling author Lisa Tucker's latest, a family discovers that it's only when the walls between the present and past crumble that the future can bloom.

Together for over a decade, Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever thought they could be.ÿ They have a comfortable home, stable careers, and a young son, Michael, whom they love more than anything.ÿ Yet because of their complicated histories, Kyra and David have always feared that this domestic bliss couldn't last - that the life they created was destined to be disrupted.ÿ And on one perfectly average summer day, it is: Michael disappears from his own backyard.

The only question is whose past has finally caught up with them: David feels sure that Michael was taken by his troubled ex-wife, while Kyra believes the kidnapper must be someone from her estranged family, someone she betrayed years ago.

As the Winters embark on a journey of time and memory to find Michael, they will be forced to admit these suspicions, revealing secrets about themselves they've always kept hidden.ÿ But they will also have a chance to discover that it's not too late to have the family they've dreamed of; that even if the world is full of risks, as long as they have hope, the future can bloom.

Lyrical, wise, and witty, The Winters in Bloom is Lisa Tucker's most optimistic work to date.ÿ This enchanting, life-affirming story will charm readers and leave them full of wonder at the stubborn strength of the human heart.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2011 3.50