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    Beautiful

    I absolutely loved this tale of three people whose lives cross path due to an unusual event. Allende’s prose is both mystical and rooted in everyday realities.
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    a great historical read

    Isabel Allende is an author who brings her Chilean-American experiences to her writing. Her latest novel In the Midst of Winter brings together an interconnecting story of three very different individuals. Richard Bowmaster and Evelyn Ortega are involved in a minor car accident that ends up being the catalyst needed to propel a long-awaited love story into reality. Richard has entered his sixth decade of life and Evelyn is a young immigrant, undocumented. They should have no reason to communicate after their accident. But when Evelyn needs help she turns to Richard, who brings in his sixty-two-year-old neighbor Lucia to help the young woman when he is at a loss as what to do. This is a memorizing and emotional novel that is not only told from past and present but also from various cities and different cultural backgrounds. The three main characters seem to have nothing in common but as they come together to help Evelyn in her situation they find that they have more in common than any of them realized. I like that Evelyn and Lucia had much in common with their immigration to the states and their past circumstances. I also found the love story between Lucia and Richard intriguing. It is rare to read about any kind of romance between a couple of such an older age. While it was refreshing, I was kind of asking myself why they hadn’t gotten together sooner. I mean they live near each other and work together. They obviously know each other, but it takes a stranger to bring them together. I wasn’t really feeling that. This was a great historical read, but I need to state that you need to take into consideration that this is a novel that is translated from its original language, and as such loses some of its meaning and emotion. Not too much but I feel that the reader should be aware. 4 stars.
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    Fantastic Read

    Again, this is another wonderful book by Allende! She has such a powerful ability to tell a story! She interweaves three stories magically and you love each character more and more as you discover more about them.
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    Very interesting and engaging

    Three individuals collide on a snowy Brooklyn street by accident. What develops is friendship of sharing life stories and love is born. Interesting and engaging.
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    Age and understanding

    An awareness of the stories that make up the patchwork of north Americans.
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