Review: Winter Arrives by Roz Marshall


3 stars

Read from January 15 to 17, 2015 — I own a copy

Synopsis: Jude Winters wears many hats as a mother, home-maker, and graphic artist–but running the White Cairns Ski School in Scotland is a challenge way out of her comfort zone. Left in the lurch by an absent husband, she has no idea how to keep the ailing school afloat, let alone open for the season. But she has to learn fast.

Mike Cole has skied nearly everywhere in the world and now it’s time to tick Scotland off his list, before he kicks the snow from his boots and carries on with his Kiwi version of walkabout. He’s just the kind of instructor Jude needs to help recruit some new talent, but his wanderlust hasn’t been sated and the rest of the world is calling.

Waiting for the first snowfall, Jude feels out of her depth and lost. Managing a disparate band of instructors is nothing like managing a household, and there isn’t enough time to learn even the basics. For the season not to start with a complete disaster, she needs more than a miracle: she needs Mike to stay.

Winter Arrives” is the first novella from the ‘White Cairns Ski School‘ series about a Scottish snowsports school.

Episodes 2-4 and 3 short stories are also available. The series will complete in 2014 with Episode 6.

Bookish Things: 76-86 pages. The cover is very apt for the story, but it’s a bit ‘generic’ given the theme too.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.78

My Review: 
Bookshelves: blog-review-req, indie-author, indie-review-copies, 3-star-review, editing-required, something-missing

Winter Arrives is the first part of a series of books that make up Roz’s White Cairns Ski School collection.

The story is about Jude, who is left to run her ski school on her own for the first time. This annoyed me. There’s supposed bombshells dropped left and right (you’re never really told what happens), Jude has a bit of a sniffle and whine about things and then surprise surprise something or someone appears to fix it. I hate that Jude appears to be so dependent on her husband and while he’s away she can’t seem to do even the most basic things… like open the business’ mail.

The synopsis pretty much sums up the entirety of the book, it’s all there for you…

Let’s move onto the writing.


It’s not the worst I’ve seen, that’s for sure. And the general writing was typo free, it just didn’t sit right. I think it’d benefit from a cull of superfluous words and repetition.

I wanted the story to progress faster, but it didn’t. I also wanted something to actually happen… but it didn’t.

I won’t be continuing on with the series. It just didn’t hold my attention enough. Sorry Roz.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review.**


One thought on “Review: Winter Arrives by Roz Marshall

  1. I saw that GIF last night in Sunset Boulevard! 🙂

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