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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
The harrowing drama Winter Storm by Jamieya B-Johnson will tug at your heartstrings as Winter Jones grows up providing an income for her father in the most horrific way. At eighteen, she took control of her life and left it all behind. Nightmares, anxiety attacks, and paranoia followed her halfway across the country, as well as the life growing inside her. Before her baby was born, Winter made three giant steps in her new life: sought counseling, got her GED, and made a true friend. Slowly she was able to grow and thrive, but it came at a steep cost. Can she learn to forgive those who deserve it least, just as her faith has taught her?
Author Jamieya B-Johnson uses her writing to share hope and victory over extreme difficulties and unusual lifestyles. Winter Storm is an intricate web of living in fear, years full of regret, and rising above the rubble of a wrecked life. The storyline is often riveting and moving as the story unfolds, and you see the experiences that led to Winter's scarred mental health. You want to predict where life will take Winter, but the paths are erratic as she is often reacting to the actions of others. The most impressive takeaway from this novel is in the eventual freedom Winter achieves, no longer reliant on revenge, bitterness, or anger. The author writes her character beautifully, raising her above the evil done to her, giving her peace and acceptance. I highly recommend Winter Storm to those who struggle with turmoil and disappointment in their life.