Ghosts of Winter

Ghosts of Winter

by Rebecca S. Buck

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Can Ros Wynne, who has lost everything she thought defined her, find her true life—and her true love—surrounded by the lingering history of the once-grand Winter Manor?

When Ros unexpectedly inherits Winter Manor on the condition that she oversee the restoration of the remote and dilapidated house, it seems the perfect place for her to retreat from her recently failed relationship, the death of her mother, and the loss of her job. But Winter Manor is not entirely at rest. The echoes of its past reach forward into the present, and Ros’s life is perceptibly shaped by the lives—and loves—of the people who inhabited those rooms and corridors in the centuries before her.

Then Anna arrives. The architect—with her designer clothes, hot car, and air of supreme professionalism—is at first an unwelcome, if necessary, intrusion. But as Ros learns Anna’s truths, she finds solace from her past losses in their developing intimacy. And when their love is threatened, Ros must decide whether her own ghosts will forever define her, or if she can embrace her life for what it is—past, present, and future.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016194585
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, Inc
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 701,145
File size: 837 KB

About the Author

Rebecca S. Buck has lived in Nottingham, England most of her life. She was accepted by the University of Oxford to read History, but soon found that something inside her rebelled against such a rarified academic environment and left to return to her hometown. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2004 with a degree in English Studies. She hopes to return to study at postgraduate level in the near future, with a specific interest in Romantic and nineteenth century literature from a gender/queer perspective. She is fascinated by the relationship between literature and culture, especially in a historical context, and the importance of fiction for representing the human experience. This is partly what inspires her to write.

Rebecca remembers writing stories and poems from a very young age. Creating fiction is her outlet for an over-active imagination and a propensity for spending far too much time absorbed in her own thoughts. She firmly believes that a good book is defined by how much a reader enjoys it, over and above any other merits it might have.

When she’s not writing, Rebecca is usually to be found reading (any book anyone recommends to her) or listening to music (the louder the better). She also loves to travel, especially to the beautiful cities of Europe, and has, since 2005, spent much of her time in Slovenia in central Europe, where she has worked as a private tutor at the same time as trying to renovate two houses.

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Ghosts of Winter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JeNN27 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book a few days ago expecting it to be as good as her previous book or better. I was sadly disappointed. The title did not live up to the book. The author rambles about her relationship failure and her inadequacies. I gave the book a chance and then archived it. Perhaps I was being too critical, but for ten bucks, I would like an adventure at least.
melmcGA More than 1 year ago
Buck is a refreshing new voice on the literary scene. The talent first glimpsed in last year's 'Truths' continues to flourish in 'Ghosts of Winter'. 'Ghosts' tells the story of Ros at a pivotal moment in her life. Having lost her mother, her girlfriend and her job, she takes the only course she feels open to her; taking ownership of a rundown manor house left to her by a family friend. The once grand house is now dilapidated and decayed from years of neglect, but its grandeur and stateliness remain under the shabby facade. Ros is alternately attracted and intimidated by the talented and polished architect Anna who has been hired to oversee the renovations required by the bequest. The characters are well developed and intensely real. Winter Manor, first built in 1746, is a fascinating character in the novel in its own right. Buck tells its story in an engaging series of historical vignettes, well spaced throughout the book. It's a wonderful reminder that the past is never truly gone, only lingering just below the surface of our present reality. Not just for the history lovers, the book delivers a wonderfully satisfying romantic storyline as well. Buck is incredibly talented at writing romantic tension, and you will feel it. Buck is very adept with language that is never trite or clichéd. This book is a fantastic read, and I eagerly await her next one.