After the tragic death of her boyfriend, Hannah Clitheroe is hiding away from the world. But when she discovers she's inherited a house in Cornwall, she knows it's time to face reality.
Her estranged grandmother lived in Kernow House for years, but Hannah soon realises someone else thinks it's rightfully theirs: Raphael Tregar, an intolerant and contemptuous man who quickly gets under her skin.
But as winter sets in, there's one more thing that keeps her up at night, and the rising fear that she may not find her true home in Cornwall after all…
I write quirky, romantic fiction, mostly with a comic twist, sometimes a little magical. Some are novellas, some are 'long' short stories, though I now have a full-length novel out, THE CORNISH COLOURING BOOK CLUB.
The wondrous bestselling author Katie Fforde has said of my books, 'I love Beth Good's quirky style! A thoroughly enjoyable read.'
My stories are always romantic, sweet to a little spicy, and tend to feature either gloriously sunny Cornish beaches or snowy festive scenes, with heroes and heroines falling over each other in a futile effort not to fall in love.
I have too many children and not enough money, so need all the readers I can get. If you love talking to authors in real time, please chat with me on Twitter at @BethGoodWriter ... I'm there most days!
I favourite genre is thrillers, I read a lot of them but sometimes when life is full on I crave a gentle read, an antidote almost where I can escape into a story that isn’t quite so nail biting and fraught. Winter Without You was my antidote and it hit the spot perfectly.
Hannah Clitheroe’s life changes direction when her boyfriend tragically dies and she finds herself in a dark corner of Cornwall in the company of a young solicitor. It’s a miserable, winters afternoon and she’s there to view her inheritance - Kernow House. The property has been left to her by her estranged grandmother - she fully expects to view it and probably sell it but the house draws her in and wraps itself around her. Both she and the house have a history, both are at rock bottom and both are in need of more than a little TLC.
This was such a lovely story with characters that are eclectic to say the least - I’m not sure I know what I’d do if a knock at the door revealed a visitor who introduced herself as a sitting tennant who paid no rent but was a rat wrangler and would bring over a rabbit or two for the pot. Then there was Raphael who was also laying claim to Kernow House, saying it was owned by his late grandfather.
This is a book of discovery and growth for more than a couple of the characters and I thoroughly enjoyed taking their journey with them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a happy ending but in a book that isn't all predictable. The characters are not ‘typical’ and had me smiling and laughing at times, I love a book set around Christmas time, reading about the traditions and customs of a local community that gradually sucked Hannah in as one of their own.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Winter Without You, losing myself in the plot. Hurt, sadness and intrigue butted up to friendship and love. A perfect book to curl up with on a winters afternoon.