A Midwinter Promise

Lulu Taylor

28 November 2019
544 pages


A Midwinter Promise by Sunday Times top ten bestselling author Lulu Taylor is a dramatic story of loss, grief and the legacy of secrets.

'Don’t you just want to grab this, switch off the phone and curl up on the sofa? Winter bliss from Lulu Taylor' – Veronica Henry, author of A Night on the Orient Express.

The past
A lonely and imaginative child, Julia loves her family’s beautiful and wild Cornish home with all her heart. But, marked by dark troubles, she enters her adult years determined to leave and seek a new beginning in London. It’s there she meets the handsome David. They fall in love but, when Julia becomes pregnant, even he can’t stop the terrible echoes of the past from ringing in her ears. The only sound to be heard above the noise is the old Cornish house, calling her home . . .

The present
For Julia’s adult children, Alex and Johnnie, the house hides the history of their family within its walls. For Alex, it is full of memories of her late mother. For Johnnie, it is the house – rightfully theirs after Julia's death – that was stolen. With their father now lying in a hospital bed, time is running out for Alex and Johnnie to uncover the secrets of what happened to their mother all those years ago. Can they discover the truth before the house closes its doors to them forever?

Few people write big house Christmas sagas as well as Taylor. Her latest is among her best, featuring an old Cornish house, a dark secret and a family split apart
Swapping between two timelines, and with some fabulous 80s nostalgia, this immersive tale handles issues such as mental illness and miscarriage with sensitivity. An engrossing read
This heartrending novel switches between the past and the present as Julia’s two grown-up kids seek to understand their mother’s torment