Winter Haven

Winter Haven

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by Athol Dickson
     
 

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A remote island shrouded in heavy mist and cloaked in secrecy...

Thirteen years ago, Siggy Gamble ran away from home, never to be found—until his body washes ashore on the tiny island of Winter Haven off the coast of Maine. Now his sister, Vera, travels north to claim the body and finds herself tangled in the impossible.

Her brother hasn't aged a day since

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A remote island shrouded in heavy mist and cloaked in secrecy...

Thirteen years ago, Siggy Gamble ran away from home, never to be found—until his body washes ashore on the tiny island of Winter Haven off the coast of Maine. Now his sister, Vera, travels north to claim the body and finds herself tangled in the impossible.

Her brother hasn't aged a day since last she saw him.

Determined to uncover the cause of Siggy's mysterious end, Vera soon learns there are many secrets haunting the island—tales of lost colonies, a witch bent on revenge, and a towering forest where no creature dares to live. Hemmed in by unearthly fog and distrusted by the locals, Vera's only ally is the owner of a grand but dilapidated mansion poised on a rocky cliff. Will her desperate questions find answers, or will Winter Haven claim yet one more dark legend?

"Dickson's engrossing and taut novel pulls readers into the life of Vera and her quest."

—Library Journal (starred review)

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Editorial Reviews

Fark BookshelfReview.com
Athol Dickson is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Winter Haven is further proof of the depth of his talent and his storytelling ability. At its core this is a mystery novel, yet it is so much more. Dickson treats us to a wonderfully drawn story that includes suspense, chills, a hint of romance, and a search for spiritual truth that will resonate with the reader long after the last line.
—Jake Chism
ArmchairInterviews.com
Athol Dickson has scored a winner with Winter Haven. It is dark and haunting and reminiscent of stories like Rebecca and Wuthering Heights but with God at the center. It is also beautiful and hopeful.... It is my favorite book of 2008 thus far.
—Andrea Sisco
Romantic Times
TOP PICK! 4.5 stars Nothing is as it seems in this novel by a gifted writer. Readers will be swept along with the suspense and paranormal elements, and they'll still be guessing until the last paragraph.

Fark RoadtoRomance.ca
This is a wonderful suspense with twists and turns sure to hold the readers attention to the end. There is mystery as well with elements of the paranormal. I highly recommended this book.
—Patsy Glans
Fark FaithfulReader.com
In Winter Haven, master storyteller Athol Dickson returns to Maine, the setting of his last novel, The Cure, to spin the sort of hair-raising tale of suspense his readers have come to expect and enjoy.... Dickson pens some great eerie scenes ... This evocative writing makes following the storyline a pleasure. Christian readers will also appreciate the abundant faith themes throughout.... Winter Haven is an absorbing suspense novel from one of Christian fiction's most engaging writers.
—Cindy Crosby
Library Journal

When Vera Gamble learns that her brother Siggy's body has been found, years after his disappearance, on the shores of Winter Haven, ME, she travels to the remote island to claim it. In examining the corpse, Vera is startled to discover that her brother had not aged since he disappeared. She also learns there are mysterious island legends about an uninhabited forest and supernatural entities out for revenge. Christy Award winner Dickson's (River Rising) engrossing and taut novel pulls readers into the life of Vera and her quest to find out what happened to her little brother. Highly recommended for all collections.


—Tamara Butler
Spartanburg Herald-Journal - Staff Review
Athol Dickson's new novel, RIVER RISING, elevates the tiny, isolated Mississippi bayou town of Pilotsville, La., to the Gethsemane of 1927...a compelling read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764201646
Publisher:
Bethany House Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Athol Dickson studied painting, sculpture, and architecture at the university level followed by a 20-year career as an architect. He is the author of five novels including River Rising, winner of the 2006 Christy Award for Suspense, and The Cure. Dickson has also written the bestselling memoir The Gospel According to Moses. He and his wife, Sue, live in Laguna Beach, California.

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