Reviewed by Danielle
TITLE: Winter Heart
SERIES: Seasons of Love #4
AUTHOR: B.G Thomas
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 400 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2016
For over ten years, Wyatt Dolan defined himself as the lover of Howard Wallace. Howard made sure Wyatt’s self-worth depended on that role. So when Howard dumps him, he is lost at sea in a storm without a rudder. If it wasn’t for his supportive friends, he doesn’t know what he’d do. Finally, after a series of disasters, he escapes to Camp Sanctuary—a sacred place to him—where he can be alone, try to put his past behind him, and find a new direction for his life.
Kevin Owens is a lonely man. He is very intelligent—several apps he created have gone on to make him a comfortable living—but he is also quite shy and is uncomfortable making conversation. The death of his dear friend and former lover after a long illness leaves him grieving, confused, and adrift. Then a dream guides him to Camp Sanctuary, only to find that the one cabin with a wood-burning stove has already been reserved. And worse, by a man he’s had a secret crush on for years—Wyatt Dolan.
When a snowstorm knocks out power at the Camp, Wyatt and Kevin must share the same cabin to stay warm, and very soon, magical things begin to happen.
The beginning of this book left me in awe. The grief coming from Wyatt for losing Howard, rarely I have despised a character so much as him btw, but especially the friendship between the Four and their lovers who joined them for their porch parties, the fabulous four plus.
I can not forget to mention the Yule celebration. It had me captivated, absorbing the information author B.G Thomas was giving in those pages, it is fabulous…
This story grabbed me and didn’t let go and it had me up reading for hours.
One of the most impressive things for me was the fact that almost half of the book takes place without Wyatt and Kevin being together or even meeting in person. It tells both their stories from each of their own views. It tells for example Wyatt’s life with Howard and his past and it tells Kevin’s relationship with best friend Cauley.
When they do meet is strangely the part where I did lose a bit of my concentration. It takes them quite some time to get together although you feel it coming for a long time. That is the only slight bit of criticism I have for this book.
When Kevin and Wyatt get together in more than one way it opens up opportunities but instead of having the pleasure to enjoy them, life throws them a curveball and it’s a hard one.
I am not going to go into detail about what happens as I honestly believe that it is for the reader to find out. For me the last part of the story was healing, fulfilling, eye-opening and more. The way Mr. Thomas show us the true meaning of love, friendship and family is outstanding.
This story is a beautiful sum up of life’s passings, of understanding love, religion, beliefs, friendship and relationships and couldn’t have been a more fitting ending to this series. The epilogue deserves a special mention though. It is the literal cherry on top of the cake. It leaves you smiling and a little choked up after you set yourself time to process this long but very worthwhile novel.
I have been following this series from the beginning and had the pleasure of reading and reviewing each story , with this fourth one the series ends , But as we know if you are a follower of B.G Thomas in his writing somewhere the characters will appear 😉
Leap, people Leap………
Highly recommended as is the whole series.