by Ruth Axtell Morren

December 2003
ISBN: 0-373-78509-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Trade Paperback

What profits a man if he gains the world but loses his soul? Itís a question that burns in every personís mind when they try to reconcile their beliefs with the world they live in.

Althea Breton finds herself being led to take a position in Simon Aquilarís household. She was once a member of the very society that Simon is trying to enter. She has renounced her wealth and her title to serve the poor in the worst sections of London.

Simonís young daughter is ill and needs a nurse. Althea cannot turn her back on a child, so she reluctantly enters the home. She isnít sure if she can serve a man who only pays a vague lip service to the God she loves.

Simon has no use for a God who seems distant to him. He has paid lip service to religion to start his amazing rise to Paliamentary stardom. The only things he really cares for is his daughter and his career. When he seems to be on the brink of losing it all, will Simon turn to the God that Althea knows and loves?

A touching story of faith and love, Winter Is Past teaches us about accepting the truth of God without being blinded by the trappings of religion. Althea is an independent character who is willing to accept ridicule and scorn for her beliefs. Her faith is so strong that she is willing to walk away for everything she loves because it is what her God has decided for her. Simon is an enduringly scornful hero. The reader can sense that he longs for tenderness and love, but is unsure if anyone would love him for himself, not for what he can do for them.

Grab up this debut novel and soak in the reassurance that someone bigger than we are is watching over us.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Jenni.

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