Official Review: Midwinter Turns to Spring by Maria Veloso

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Official Review: Midwinter Turns to Spring by Maria Veloso

Post by mmm17 » 10 Sep 2019, 13:25

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Midwinter Turns to Spring" by Maria Veloso.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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In Midwinter Turns to Spring, written by Maria Veloso, readers get to follow a creative, poetic, and heart-warming love story. It all starts when Cassidy Hamilton moves into a Victorian apartment in San Francisco and discovers the enthralling journal of Savannah Curtis in a cabinet drawer. Cassidy reads it avidly and learns that Savannah was an artist and art appraiser who lived in the apartment twenty-six years earlier. Back then, Savannah had an intense love affair with a handsome flamenco guitarist named Alfonso Madrigál, a Spanish expat born and raised at the Andalusian province of Málaga.

The couple met when Alfonso tried to authenticate a mysterious painting that could be the work of Picasso. A very brief but passionate affair followed. It was a secret one, also, for they were both in committed relationships. Cassidy wonders if things could have changed since then, and surprising events unfold. But no spoilers are permitted!

I was delighted by this book’s symbolism, metaphors, and artistic references. There’s even an accompanying soundtrack – eleven songs with lyrics written by the author – performed by a talented artist called Zendrik. I found these lovely ballads online, and I enjoyed listening to them. I particularly liked ‘La Ultima Vez’ (The Last Time).

I found Midwinter Turns to Spring to be a charming story of love and loss but also hope and redemption. It raises deep, age-old existential questions about love and relationships. Veloso is a marvelous storyteller, and her prose is lyrical and tasteful. Her writing style is imaginative and captivating. For instance, Alfonso “could still feel on his skin the humid breezes from the Mediterranean” and hear “the muffled splash of the Mediterranean on the coastal shores, and the clang of the church bells every hour.” Above all, I enjoyed the several fascinating references to art, music, and literature, such as Garcia Lorca’s poems.

Additionally, I admired the way Veloso skillfully switched points of view throughout the novel. The story begins narrated in the first person by Cassidy, but the narration shifts to the third person as readers get to follow Alfonso and Savannah’s tale a couple of decades before. Ultimately, after Cassidy becomes part of the story, she finishes its narration.

Lastly, I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars because I felt that the editing is not yet in its most polished form. Although the grammatical errors were not serious (unnecessary commas for the most part), they were numerous and necessitated the deduction of a star. I would surely give this book the maximum score if the errors got fixed, for there was nothing I disliked about it. Midwinter Turns to Spring is an enjoyable read that I believe will appeal to readers who are fond of romantic dramas.

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Post by Miller56 » 16 Jan 2020, 11:20

Thanks for the review. I think I would enjoy reading this novel. I think a well written soundtrack adds to the appeal of the romantic drama.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 16 Jan 2020, 11:48

I was delighted by this book’s symbolism, metaphors, and artistic references. There’s even an accompanying soundtrack – eleven songs with lyrics written by the author – performed by a talented artist called Zendrik. I found these lovely ballads online, and I enjoyed listening to them. I particularly liked ‘La Ultima Vez’ (The Last Time).
This sounds like something I would also enjoy. Thanks for the excellent review and recommendation!

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Post by MsH2k » 17 Jan 2020, 00:52

mmm17 wrote:
10 Sep 2019, 13:25
There’s even an accompanying soundtrack – eleven songs with lyrics written by the author – performed by a talented artist called Zendrik. I found these lovely ballads online, and I enjoyed listening to them. I particularly liked ‘La Ultima Vez’ (The Last Time).
I was curious about the music that accompanied this book. Thank you for referencing it. Wonderful review!

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Post by Cotwani » 19 Jan 2020, 01:58

Sounds like an artistically interesting read. U got me at the symbolism and metaphors! Great review!
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Post by Sheila_Jay » 20 Jan 2020, 00:09

An amazing love story and as a fan of this genre, I look forward to reading this amazing book. Many thanks for the well-written review.
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Post by xoxoAnushka » Yesterday, 06:23

I am definitely intrigued by your review, looking forward to read this.

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