A couple years ago, I read and reviewed another book by Anne Leigh Parrish, The Amendment, and was struck by how relatable even her unlikeable characters were, so I jumped at the chance to read her newest publication, especially since there is a connection between the two books. In this novel, A Winter Night, we meet a 34-year-old woman Angie Dugan, who works as a social worker in a retirement home and is nursing some dissatisfaction with the job that used to fulfill her. She is also struggling in her new relationship with Matt as she ponders whether her new boyfriend is trustworthy and if this is indeed the right situation for her.
Parrish creates characters that are instantly relatable as they deal with issues that are immediately familiar to us, whether we or someone we know has encountered them, and the story is completely immersive. The dialogue and the little details she includes gives her novels a cinematic feel.
The book is mostly focused on studying Angie but there are secondary characters to observe, colorful characters like some of the residents at the retirement home, and its interesting to see how Angie relates to them, how she reacts to their confessions and internalizes their life lessons. At just under 250 pages, A Winter Night is a quick, engaging read and will probably have you chuckling while you ponder some of the serious subjects of love and ambition.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in order to participate in a blog tour organized by TLC Book Tours. I was not otherwise compensated for this review and the above comprises my honest and unbiased reaction to this book.