Winter Passing by Cindy McCormick Martinusen

Winter Passing

2001 Christy Award finalist! Darby Evans stands before her grandmother's bed, wondering why the dying older woman calls the name of a stranger—Tatianna. A young woman searches for clues to her grandmother's love and legacy lost during World War II. A beautiful story of ultimate love and the passing of a sixty-year-old winter of sorrow.

Details Winter Passing

TitleWinter Passing
Release DateSep 1st, 2000
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
GenreChristian Fiction, War, World War II, Fiction, Holocaust, Historical, Historical Fiction, Christian

Reviews Winter Passing

  • Larisha
    Wonderfully written book and hard to believe thiswas Cindy's 1st book. This is part of a trilogy. I lovehow the characters are developed and how thebook finds us all over Austria.Great job weaving the past w/ present. Over &over the book's theme is to live each day like it'syour last. One day we ALL will stand before God andgive an account for how we lived. Let's hear...'Well done good & faithful servant. Wonderfully written book and hard to be...
  • Linda Stuckey
    wonderful story and good writing. Really enjoyed reading this amazing story.
  • Suzanne
    I didn't realize until searching for this book on Goodreads that this was the first book of a Trilogy. Guess I know what I'll be looking for on my next trip to the library....I liked this book, even if it was a bit predictable at times. It made me consider some tough questions, especially about my own motives for different actions and decisions. I would give it more like a 3.5 rating if I could.
  • Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
    This book was very well written and wonderful because of the Holocaust history woven through it. The descriptions of the memorials were vivid and the book raised some great questions for the reader to ask themselves while the characters are doing the same thing. Very good book for anyone with a love of history--especially anything surrounding WW2.
  • Erin
    Goodness I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As much as I know about WWII, especially the Jews & Christians who were killed. But I didn't remember that there was a concentration camp in Austria. This book made me want to visit Austria. Goodness I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As much as I know about WWII, especially the Jews & Christians who were killed. But I didn't remember that there was a concentration camp in Austria. This book made me want to...
  • Angela Leikem
    This was a great book, especially for those who love WWII historical fiction. I felt as if I was in Austria myself. And although this is fiction, it's amazing to think that stories similar to this one happened all the time during the War. Can't wait to read the next two in the trilogy.
  • Hannah Boehmer
    I've read this a few times and I cry each time.
  • Becky
    No greater love hath a man that this: that he lay down his life for his friend.
  • Rachael Burrows
    Absolutely LOVED this book!!! If you love historical fiction..especially WWII, I highly recommend!
  • Barb
    Sorry to say this did not live up to my expectations although parts of this novel were interesting. I thought it would be a mystery/historical novel but was also used as a platform to preach Christianity. The characters felt quite two dimensional and shallow. It doesn't hold a candle to Gerald Green's "Holocaust" which I would recommend unreservedly to all. There is also a TV miniseries based on "Holocaust" starring Meryl Streep, James Woods and ...
  • Carmen Imes
    This WW2 mystery has a fascinating plot. I recommend reading it without reading the book flaps or back cover first, as they spoil the surprises. Follow a young woman as she tries to find out the truth about her Grandmother's past in Austria during WW2.The writing style is not outstanding, but the plot is intriguing. I enjoyed this book.
  • Sharon
    I was engaged from the first page and although most of the story was predictable, there was so much richness in the telling of it. The detail and research about Austria and WWII were incredible.
  • SueNote
    I enjoyed this first book in a trilogy. However, as I start the 2nd, I expected it to carry on from the first...that was disappointing.
  • Susan
    The plot was intriguing, but rather plodding at the beginning.
  • Tarissa
    I've set my year off on the right foot by reading Winter Passing. It's an epic tale of a woman's pursuit of her family's history.When her grandmother passes on, Darby Evans latches onto the dying wish -- that Darby visits Austria and sets things aright, concerning her grandmother's best friend. Grandmother Celia, born in Austria, escaped during World War II after the country was overtaken by the German occupation. Upon the start of her investigat...
  • Liza
    The story posed some difficult questions and provided interesting historical detail. I am glad I read it.However, there is one pet peeve I have, even more than someone "shoving religion down your throat": When they try to sneak it up on you. It is the most noticeable and annoying thing, whether the writer/speaker (supposedly) doesn't realize s/he is trying to convert you. I have nothing against any of the peaceful religions of the world, but I do...
  • Mere
    Oh wow, I thoroughly enjoyed this story that spanned generations!!! Darby's Austrian grandmother, Celia, has so many secrets from her past that come to life after her death. Darby goes in search of answers in Austria, and finds the answers she seeks and many more. The whole story is extremely well written, and I didn't want it to end! (spoiler: I cried a few times) Martinusen brought so many characters to life in Winter Passing, and taught me muc...
  • Rosemary Ellis
    A story of a women who, in keeping a deathbed promise to her grandmother, goes to Austria to "give Tatianna her name back" and to find her family inheritance. Darby's grandmother, pregnant with Darby's mother, had fled Austria in 1941. When her husband did not meet her in NYC as planned, the grandmother wrote to a friend and was told he had died, and so she began her new life as a single mother. Darby grew up knowing little about her family histo...
  • Linda
    This summer I have read several novels that were set during WWII, and I am so intrigued by that time. This is set in modern times, but the plot was begun during the Nazi takeover of Austria. Cindy Martinusen has really done her research and it shows. I would have given this book 5 stars but it was too predictable for me, even though I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. I just finished her 2nd in this trilogy and now am on to the 3rd....
  • Susan
    I have had this book sitting on my shelf for several years. One day I picked it up and started reading the first page and I was hooked! I have to admit I let a lot of things go while reading this book, I just didn't want to put it down. I have never been able to study about the Nazi occupation or the concentration camps because it has always made me so sad. After reading this book I have been starting to research that time in history. This is the...
  • Kristin
    The mystery and historical aspect intrigued me to pick this up. Although I could figure out the ending early on, it still had many moments which moved me and surprised me.At the end, I would have like to have slapped Brant for still being filled with doubts and Darby for being stupid a second time about a strange car, but knew a happy ending was still in the cards.
  • Kelly
    really cool mystery story that talked a lot about nazi germany during the war, which i find fascinating. there was some people finding jesus toward the end, but the author didn't really force it down your throat.quick read
  • Rachel
    I enjoyed this book. The author included beautiful details about Austria and interesting facts about the Holocaust. I wouldn't call it a mystery, as you could see what was coming a mile away, but overall it was a good read. Interesting Christian turn at the end.
  • Andrea
    Wow, I totally forgot that I read this, but loved it! The mystery was so great.
  • Joyce
  • Shelly
    Sweet story line, but too predictable.
  • Robin
    This was an interesting story about a woman researching her past and the history of the holocaust. It was predictable, though still captivating.
  • Brandi
    I really enjoyed this book. I love to read stories that have anything to do with World War 2 and Concentration camps. I thought this was a really well written book.
  • Kathy
    LOVED it, Great Historical romance, sort of, full of mystery, intrigue, laughter, tears, couldn't put it down.
  • Kristen
    I really enjoyed this book. I could picture myself in Austria. It was a vivad portrayal of world war 2