Title – The Dead of Winter
Authors – Julie Solano & Tracy Justice
Publication Date – November 21, 2015
Series – Seasons of Jefferson #2
For one group of teens, a cruel, twisted fall changed everything.
Relationships. Trust. Destiny.
Now, living with the harsh consequences of their choices, is there hope to mend what fall has left broken?
Find out as the story continues.
Oh. My. Goodness! I don’t know how much my heart can handle from these two fabulous authors! Julie Solano and Tracy Justice have yet again delivered a poignantly beautiful tale that left my heart racing, my blood pumping, and my love of the young adult genre renewed. Dead of Winter is the second book in the Seasons of Jefferson series and because of some serious possible spoilers, I’ll keep my review short and sweet.
“Maybe you should see him so you know what he’s been through. It might help you recover if you hear his side of the story.”
As soon as I put down the first book, I literally had to jump into this one. I was compelled to know what happened to these beloved characters that I so deeply fell for in When Fall Breaks. I was excited to see more growth and entirely new dimensions to the people that I had previously come to know. While I could predict what was going on in one aspect, there were plenty of other surprises that kept me guessing. The journey is one that I had to take and I felt like I battled uphill right alongside this crew. They’re coming back from an unforgettable, scarring scenario and it felt like the authors really took those emotions into consideration. Each battle wound felt painstakingly authentic, which left me feeling even closer to these characters than before.
“No words are spoken. No gestures are shared. Though we ride together, we are alone in our thoughts.”
What hits me the hardest about these authors’ writing is how they choose to tackle real-life issues in their storylines. The drama that they fill their pages with aren’t just the “he said, she said”, typical angst that I come across as a reader. They use issues that plague far too high a percentage of our society and use that to drive the novel forward. Furthermore, they show that it’s not a particular age group that goes through these problems. So many times, I think society sees troubles that teenagers go through as wavering and inconsequential. However, Solano and Justice shine a light on how inaccurate this can be. In Dead of Winter, the particular problem these kids are facing is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I know that I, for one, didn’t imagine teens going through something like that, but this novel certainly opened my eyes, and I hope to see it do the same for others as well.
“Well, if anything, it’s clear I’m not alone in battling inner demons tonight. If I can’t beat mine, maybe I can help her beat hers.”
I know my review is incredibly vague, but I couldn’t take the chance of spoiling anything for other readers. Be prepared to go through all the stages of grief, and some of them maybe even more than once. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to message the authors to see whose book is coming next because your heart is just going to want more. I’m aching to get my hands on book three already because no matter how many times my heart gets put through the wringer or my stomach swarms with those butterflies of anxiety, Solano and Justice deliver stories that are worth every single flutter!
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Don’t Miss the Others in the Series!
When Fall Breaks (Seasons of Jefferson #1)
Secrets of Spring (Seasons of Jefferson #3)
Julie Solano has lived in far Northern California, nearly her entire life. She graduated from CSU, Chico, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Child Development. She later went on to Simpson University where she obtained her multiple subject teaching credential. Julie enjoys life in the “State of Jefferson” where she lives with her husband and two children. As a family, they spend their time tromping around the Marble Mountains and Russian Wilder-ness. They also take pleasure in rafting, skiing, snowmobiling, off-roading, campfires, and living it up in the great outdoors. When she’s not with her family, Julie spends her days teaching next door to her co-author, fellow prankster, and partner in crime, Tracy. The most recent of their crazy adventures was to take on the challenge of writing this silly, little novel about life in their neck of the woods. They hope you have fun reading this story which was inspired by their small town, rural upbringing, and the personalities of their four children.
Born and raised in Northern California, Tracy Justice is a wife, mother, and full-time teacher. She graduated from CSU, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. One of her fondest memories growing up was herding cattle in the Marble Mountains with her family. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding horses, running, hiking, swimming, and of course reading. After some encouragement from Julie, she decided to add “Coauthor” to her ever growing bucket list. She never knew how much fun it would be to write a book with her best friend. She hopes you enjoy reading this story as much as they enjoyed writing it.