Publisher : Unsolicited Press (March 16, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 248 pages
34-year-old Angie Dugan struggles with many things--anxiety, her career as a social worker in a retirement home, and her difficult family. Her biggest struggle, though, is finding love. When she meets Matt, she's swept away by his attention. As issues from his past come up she wonders if she can trust him. Should she break it off, or give him another chance? In the end, all she can do is listen to her heart, and evaluate what she wants most.
"An outstanding, unsentimental portrait of family, love, and unavoidable hardships." KIRKUS
"Anne Leigh Parrish does it once again. In A Winter Night, she brings her signature wisdom and wit to the world of Angie Dugan, a retirement home social worker who spends her days caring for others while yearning to be cared for herself. Part social commentary in the spirit of Jane Austen, and at moments romantic comedy in the vein of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, A Winter Night is ultimately a poignant and powerful novel that delves deep into the meaning of trust, understanding and forgiveness. Anne Leigh Parrish proves the rare writer who can make readers laugh hard while taking them on a serious journey--and this is a journey upon which readers most certainly wish to embark."Jacob M. Appel, author of Millard Salter's Last Day.
"The author's spare, vibrant prose dives deep into the emotion of each moment. Angie is an interesting character because she is so real. She is not exciting, not gorgeous, not very sure of herself, and not always likable. Her inner narrative is authentic to her past life experience; this is what resonated with me most while I read. Angie's anxiety, self-doubt, and desperate hope for the new relationship she has begun with Matt sometimes manifest as harsh words to the people she cares about the most; she worries that she doesn't know how to love. At the same time, she spends most of her life caring for the people around her. The author does a fantastic job narrating the voice inside Angie's head. This inner dialogue-sometimes sarcastic, sometimes scared, occasionally kind-is what brought the book to life for me." HannahReads, Online Book Club
A Winter Night by Anne Leigh Parrish is a novel about Angie Dugan, a social worker working with the elderly in a senior living facility. The novel explores her thoughts, her current situation, anxieties and trust issues. She is embarking on a romantic relationships and learning to trust and discover herself within this rlationship.
Though we are in the midst of summer reading, this book reminded me of how I long for the cool winter nights and activities related to the winter season. The winter season in itself is like a character in this novel, as well as, creating this atmospheric read - one that brings the sense of coolness/chill rather than the warmth of sunshine.
A fantastic character driven story.