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Friday, May 1, 2009

Winter Madness by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Winter Madness by Pamela S. Thibodeaux
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary; Inspirational
Length: Short (20 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Sienna has survived what most succumb to--the death of a spouse and child--and she has maintained her faith despite her troubles.

William has never met anyone who actually lived out what they say they believe.

Is it true love between the faithful optimist and broody pessimist or simply winter madness?

Sienna and William’s feelings for one another are all too clear from the start. Their chance meeting seems like fate. However, Sienna’s tranquility in the face of her own past tragedies upsets William’s outlook. His reaction to her, and to her simple love of the first snow storm of the season, will reveal the depths of Sienna’s feelings; loss, as well as love. We will see her as a beautiful person. William, for all his more negative reaction, we will understand, even sympathize with.

Thibodeaux does a good job showing us character feelings… but then also explains them. She shows William’s fear, then spends a paragraph explaining his fear. His dialogue at times is terse, perhaps even challenging (as in, ‘don’t give me a pat answer…’) Yet, we, as readers, can see his tension is largely because he cares. A narrator explaining his fear is intrusive. The explanations of emotions slow this otherwise evocative tale.

Sienna’s faith, the voice of God, even the simple, delightful descriptions of the natural world, support a sense of the awe of the Almighty. It is, in short, inspirational. It could however, have been more subtle, less wordy. Thibodeaux’ "Winter Madness" is well worth a read.