From the bestselling author of Just Remember to Breathe and The Last Hour, a shocking and poignant story of a family on the brink of destruction and the transformational events that could bring them back together—or tear them apart.
Every day, Cole Roberts reminds himself that life wasn’t always this bleak. He was once passionately in love with Erin. Sam used to be an artistic and lively kid. They hadn’t always lived in a shabby two-room house in rural Alabama, where he runs a mediocre restaurant in the middle of nowhere.
That was before Brenna disappeared. It was before Cole lost his job and they lost their home.
Every day it gets worse. Erin drinks wine out of the bottle and spends her days with a tormented expression, searching the web for signs of their daughter. Sam hides in his room and rarely speaks. And Cole works himself to a stupor for a paycheck a fraction of the size of his old salary.
Until one day a phone call changes everything.
Winter Flower is at once a tragic tale of the disappearance of a child; struggling with gender identity; of the dark world of sex-trafficking and the transformation and healing of a family. Sheehan-Miles’s longest novel delves into the depths of family life—and how, sometimes, we can heal and find restoration.
Winter Flower is one of the most powerful and gripping stories I've ever read.
- Nicely Phrased Book Blog, June 5, 2019
Hopeful and Healing
What an amazing book. It’s not an easy read. It is rich and layered, what I would call a “heavy” book. From the subject matter to the relationships, it was a book I really had to live in for a little while. It’s hard to say much without spoilers, but my emotions were all over the place. The only way i can think of to accurately review this book is to convey that. They ranged from heartbroken and despaired to hopeful joy and everything in between. There were some parts that were so intense they really had my heart racing. In the end I felt emotionally wrecked, but in the best way. After all of that, I was filled with so much hope. I would say that the main theme of this story is healing. The Roberts family will stay with me for a long time. 5 huge stars!