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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller Isabel Allende returns with a beautifully crafted, multigenerational novel of struggle, endurance and friendship against the odds.

Amid the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, an unexpected friendship blossoms between three people thrown together by circumstance. Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his 60s, hits the car driven by Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented migrant from Guatemala.

But what at first seems an inconvenience takes an unforeseen and darker turn when Evelyn comes to him and his neighbour Lucia Maraz, desperately seeking help. Sweeping from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala to turbulent 1970s Chile and Brazil, and woven with Isabel Allende's trademark humanity, passion and storytelling verve, In the Midst of Winter is a mesmerizing and unforgettable tale.

©2017 Isabel Allende (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio UK

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loved it

Great book. Enjoyed the story and liked all the narrators. fave author ever. I a

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Tender and informative book

Isabelle Allende is one of my favourite writers. She is a master in mixing love stories with historical events. Every time I read one of her books I learn more about south American history that put me in touch with a reality that I could never imagined! This book describes very well the pain and sorrow that the protagonists go through, yet, they find the light at the end of the tunnel. Love, hope , acceptance: the cure for everything.

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A bit boring

Just following up a recommendation, found it pretty dull. Maybe it wasn’t my type of book but there wasn’t anything brilliant about it.

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Great Twist and Insightful

Really great twist of how these 3 characters come together. I enjoyed their own individual stories. I was grateful for the insight into Guatemala and Mexican culture. Something you never really hear about. Most of it being sad, horrific and traumatic. Thank you Isabel for bringing some their hardships to life!
The only downside was the Narration I thought Richards voice was dreary and hard to listen too. My favourite voice was Evelyns. Just personal preference though! :)

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  • Kate
  • 29-12-2020

An Imaginative Story.

Isabel Allende is a magnificent storyteller one who truly understands the mysteries of life and love with a wisdom which she easily conveys to her readers.
Through her ability to create both intriguing and credible characters she transports the reader into the psyche of each one in turn.
This book is a testament to the resilience and fortitude of human nature and its quest for love, acceptance and connection.
I loved this book.

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  • Geordie lass
  • 14-12-2020

Engrossing.

Really enjoyed this book. Fascinating stories and believable characters, brought together with a tense mission that changes them all.

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  • Daniela Rodrigues
  • 03-05-2020

great book, great narration.

great narration - 3 different narrators for the three main characters. set in different times but easily marked so you always know where you are.
great story!

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  • Vicuña
  • 30-04-2020

Multilayered story of our time

Absolutely captivated by this unusual story. Well plotted and with credible well rounded characters. Strong sense of time and place and I really enjoyed this morally complex story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-2020

heart warming story

Beautiful story of unexpected love later in life.
I liked the different narrators telling the different characters stories
Timely politically too - humanising the stories behind central American migration to the States

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  • SharonK
  • 18-05-2018

good narration few ouple of skips in the sound

enjoyed the book good narration but quite afew ouple of skips in the sound which was disappointing

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