In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

In the Midst of Winter

In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unfores...

Details In the Midst of Winter

TitleIn the Midst of Winter
Release DateNov 2nd, 2017
PublisherSimon Schuster Audio UK
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

Reviews In the Midst of Winter

  • Elyse
    Smiling ear-to-ear!!!!! Awwwwww that was fun!!! Isabel Allende - "QUEEN OF STORYTELLING"....born into a Chilean family - blends many of my favorite topics in this story ....., aging, pessimism, optimism, humor, seriousness ( political - social issues), history and personal background stories taking place in some of the most fascinating places on earth: Brooklyn, Brazil, Guatemala, Canada, and Chile, .......chaos & drama, great chemist...
  • Angela M
    I'm a fan of several of Allende's earlier books and this one seemed so promising at the start . Two fascinating, heartbreaking stories of Lucia and Evelyn both making their way to the US from horrific circumstances from two different places and two different times. They become connected through Richard whose story was intriguing and heartbreaking in its own right. Richard is a university professor, landlord, acquaintance, and employer of Lucia , ...
  • Diane S ☔
    This was the monthly buddy read between Angela,Esil and I. I love many of the books this author has written, although I thought her earlier novels were the most powerful. The first few chapters of this one are meant to familiarize the reader with the characters. Then we started exploring their back stories,and at first I thought this might be her most powerful book yet. Unfortunately didn't feel that way the end. She introduced something that see...
  • Linda
    Life seems to dole out hopelessness like the flight of a wingless bird.Richard Bowmaster looks out the window of his three-story brownstone in Brooklyn with much apprehension. Abundance is to be embraced unless it is the form of a snow storm. The city has all but shut down with its streets almost impassable. As a professor at NYU, no classes can be a point of celebration.Tucked under another abundance in the form of blankets in the freezing basem...
  • Esil
    It's frustrating to read a book that feels like it could be so much better. Isabel Allende's latest book, In The Midst Of Winter, has a lot of promise but as it turns out I felt like it delivered a fairly disjointed uneven narrative. Lucia is a 62 year old Chilean, living temporarily in New York. Richard is Lucia's landlord, and he had lived for many years in Brazil. Evelyn is from Guatemala. One stormy night, Lucia, Richard and Evelyn are thrown...
  • Jean
    In the Midst of Winter features three distinct individuals who are brought together during a crippling blizzard. All of Brooklyn is shut down. Richard Bowmaster, a 60-year-old academic, is on his way home from the emergency vet clinic when he rear-ends a vehicle driven by Evelyn Ortega, a youthful, fragile-looking undocumented Guatemalan. To his surprise and chagrin, she knocks on his door later that evening seeking help. Claiming limited Spanish...
  • Dorie
    I have been a fan of Ms. Allende ever since I read “Daughter of Fortune” many, many years ago. I was looking forward to this book and the premise was a good one, but in the end it didn’t work for me. It seemed to me that Ms. Allende was trying to write an immigrant story but also a present day story filled with an unbelievable plot and three individuals who are all deeply scarred from their past. If this had been any other author I don’t ...
  • Emer
    'In the Midst of Winter' is a beautifully written and quietly charming novel. In this story we are introduced to three characters, Lucia Maraz, Richard Bowmaster and Evelyn Ortega, whose lives become inextricably interlinked over the course of a few days in a winter storm in New York. Simply put Lucia is a goddess. I love her. She's complex, she's wise, a bit batty, definitely lonely, incredibly funny and wonderfully dynamic... At almost sixty-tw...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    With this book, Isabel Allende returns to subject matter that made her reputation as a premier storyteller. Invoking elements of magic realism into a powerful story of political terrorism. The title In the Midst of Winter holds a double meaning. The action of the present day which forms the framework, takes place during the Snowzilla called Jonas in January, 2016, but it also refers to the promise of summer in an ice bound land of old age. Richar...
  • Lesincele Viaja gracias a los libros
    Hacía ya varios años que no leía nada de Isabel Allende y he disfrutado mucho de volver a ella. Es una historia de un asesinato pero narrado todo de una forma muy pausada e intercalada con el pasado de cada uno de los personajes. Una historia diferente que habla de varios temas de inmigración o de la vida conyugal.
  • Kike
    Una bella historia sobre amistad y solidaridad. Retrata perfectamente como los seres humanos podemos olvidarnos de nuestras diferencias para ayudarnos y aunque la historia le falta la potencia de otras de Isabel Allende, no deja de estar muy bien escrita.
  • Judy
    Isabel Allende is one of my favorite writers and I always enjoy her novels. I was very happy to have the chance to read an advance copy of this book. This one was a good story of two different immigrants who came to the US through a chain of terrible events. Then there is Richard who has a heartbreaking story himself. Their lives intersect in the midst of a snowstorm in New York and the three of them become entangled in a conspiracy that could ha...
  • Aylavella
    Muy del estilo de la autora. Novela entretenida, con un punto de misterio, amor y crítica social.Recomendable.
  • Lectora de tot
    4,5 realmente!
  • Lende
    Me tomo aproximadamente 20 días terminar este libro (lo cual es muchísimo considerando que solo tiene 350 páginas). Bueno, tampoco es que estuviese leyendo todos los días, pero aún así, al igual que todas las otras novelas de Isabel Allende, me tomé mi tiempo para digerirlo. No tengo mucho que decir, me gustó, pero fueron los mismos elementos que destacó en cualquier libro de ella; se siente personal, involucra muchas emociones, cuenta h...
  • Estefania
    Recién termine de leer “Más allá del invierno” de Isabel Allende. Me gusto. Es una novela de estilo thriller, que muestra la conmovedora y desgarradora vida y sobrevivencia de los tres protagonistas: Lucia, chilena, y Evelyn, Guatemalteca, inmigrantes y Richard, judío norteamericano. A partir de una terrible situación que estuvieron involucrados, encuentran otro sentido de la vida: la amistad, amor, esperanza, segundas oportunidades.
  • Jennifer
    This novel held a lot of promise, but in the end didn't quite deliver.In the midst of a blizzard that has all but shut down NYC, Richard, Lucia and Evelyn find their lives intertwining by a twist of fate. Finding themselves in an impossible situation, they make a decision that will bond them for the rest of their lives.There is quite a bit of back and forth in this novel. We hear each character's back-story, and try to learn how they arrived at t...
  • Nancy
    In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.—Albert CamusIn the middle of a blizzard, Richard is moved to shed his twenty-five year long isolation and dares to love again, guided by Lucia, who has lost everything several times but still takes a chance on love. What brings them together is Evelyn, an undocumented alien, the loving caretaker of a boy with Cerebral Palsy whose parents' toxic relationship and troubled...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:“These things happen in life, Richard.”“Not in mine.”“Yes, I’ve realized that. But see how life refuses to leave us in peace? Sooner or later it catches up with us.”Many readers may think this is going to be a stuffy love story between the old folks, it’s not. It’s good for the young to remember that even those of us past our days of blushing youth still feel many of the same ye...
  • Patve
    Maravillada, una vez más .... un libro tan thriller y tan humano a la vez... tan lleno de historias reales, de tierra, de tragedias y sentimientos...A veces uno tiene que ayudar un poquito a la justicia divina.... la maldad y la bondad, lo correcto y lo incorrecto, tienen muchos matices...Ese final me encantó
  • Iris
    Todo un deleite leer a Isabel Allende. Tres vidas con con un pesado equipaje a cuestas, tres relatos entre el duro y triste pasado y un acontecimiento que les da un giro a sus vidas y les brinda nuevas oportunidades y esperanzas. Una narración "suave", ligera, sencilla, con elementos presentes en obras anteriores y tan característicos de la autora.
  • Kati Berman
    In the Midst of Winter by Isabel AllendeI received this advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. For me this book had two distinct stories, one I liked , one I didn't. Richard, Lucia and Evelyn are the three main characters in this book. Richard is a university professor, in his 60's, lives with his three cats in a basement apartment in. Brooklyn, NY In the present day. He rents another apartment to Lucia, a visiting profess...
  • Leer En el Sur
    Me gustó mucho, historia de personajes con un asesinato como excusa, relatos de vida profundos y conmovedores.
  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews In the Midst of Winter is a beautiful, melancholy tale, in which Allende intricately, yet seamlessly weaves three different pasts into a common present. Story: Not only does In the Midst of Winter span over several decades, it also includes four different countries. Allende's lyrical writing brings the character to life, and with all their intricacies and flaws, they became very real...
  • Andre
    The foundation of the novel is the relationship between Richard, 60 and Lucia, 62. The question that lingers between these two, is love possible in the mature years of one’s live? Well as the novel unfolds, we find the passions along with Richard that he thought he had long locked away. Lucia had always longed for a lover/partner in her life and was determined to not let age be a hindrance. “Her desire to get the most out of life grew greate...
  • Donna Davis
    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you already know that Allende is a luminary that owns the literary lane of magical realism, and is renowned for her fictional immigration stories. But it’s her accessibility, the way she spins her tale as though speaking to a good friend, along with her sparkling great humor and feminist spirit that keep me coming back for more. My bookshelves may be crowded, but when I have to clear old books...
  • Angie
    Me sigue pareciendo extraño que los personajes ni se inmutaron con ese descubrimiento, en fin, me dicen que es parte del realismo mágico de la autora. La lectura fue muy amena, rápida y entretenida. Sinceramente, me sorprendió que me gustara el libro porque siempre he tenido una especie de "recelo" con Isabel Allende por valerse del golpe de estado en todas sus obras y aunque acá igual salió ese tema no fue lo principal así que pude leer t...
  • Tensy Gesteira estevez
    Isabel Allende ha conseguido emocionarme de nuevo en esta historia de amor pero también de mucha crítica. Es su novela más personal y en ella, al igual que en las últimas anteriores, se ve el anuncio de la muerte y la soledad. Ojalá nunca me falten historias así que demuestran que la vida siempre tiene el sentido que uno le busque.
  • Linda Zagon
    MY REVIEW OF "IN THE MIDST OF WINTER" by Isabel AllendeI appreciate the different layers written by Isabel Allende, author of  "In the Midst of Winter"  Isabel Allende is a talented storyteller, and captivates the reader with intriguing background information and colorful characters. The genres for this story are Fiction, Romance,  Adventure, and Romance with some History that is included. The timeline is in the present, and in the past when i...
  • Belén