An Early Frost
An Early Frost by Jenna Brooks is the sequel to October Snow. While October Snow is more about how three women’s friendship is challenged and grows once two discover the other is being abused, An Early Frost is a love story where domestic violence is a subplot. Ms. Brooks artfully continues the story of Dave and Sammie and develops the newly formed relationship between Will and Maxine.
Sammie and Dave must eventually face that they have been avoiding discussions of the death of a dear friend and how that has impacted their relationship. Without coming to terms with their roles and the reasons for this death, Sammie and Dave are in danger of losing their love, resulting in their friend’s death being in vain.
And Will, who was raised in a loving home, must learn how to love Maxine, a woman fractured by her abusive father. By loving Maxine too much, he begins to drive her away. Will’s dilemma is that he must give Maxine the time to learn to trust him without feeling resentful that she doesn’t trust him although he’s never given her cause for distrust.
I highly recommend both books, whether you’ve been touched by domestic violence or not. But, if you have been exposed to domestic violence, An Early Frost provides hope that there is an escape and that one can have a loving and healthy relationship. However, it does not gloss over the fact that it takes effort to overcome a broken past. The characters experience tremendous personal growth before they reach “and they lived happily ever after” at the end of the book.
I loved October Snow, but it left me wanting to know more about the characters and what happened to them. I wondered this for several weeks after I’d read the first book. I’m happy to say that An Early Frost provides the reader with closure.
Note: I received a free copy of An Early Frost in exchange for an honest review.