In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
What’s it about?
A snowstorm in Brooklyn brings Richard, Lucia, and Evelyn together. When Richard hits Evelyn's car during a snowstorm he hands her his information and is surprised when she runs away. Things take a turn when Evelyn, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, arrives at his door later that evening needing help. Richard turns to his neighbor Lucia to help translate.
What did it make me think about?
This was just an easy, enjoyable read. The topic Allende's story focuses on is immigration, but there are so many current novels discussing immigration in a deeper way. Having said that- Allende may get readers thinking about this topic that veer away from heavier books.
Should I read it?
I would put this in the beach book category. Great when you just want to read for pleasure, enjoy a little romance, and not think too hard...
"For years now he had lived in a perfectly controlled environment where there were no surprises or upheavals, and yet he had not completely forgotten the fascination of the few adventures he had known in his youth, particularly his mad passion for Anita. He smiled at his apprehension, because driving a few blocks in bad weather was not exactly an adventure. At that moment he saw clearly how small and limited his existence had become."
If you like this try-
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!