Winter Haven

Winter Haven A twisting mystery exploring God s response to honest questions as a woman s search into her brother s death exposes dark secrets from a town s past

  • Title: Winter Haven
  • Author: Athol Dickson
  • ISBN: 9780764201646
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A twisting mystery exploring God s response to honest questions as a woman s search into her brother s death exposes dark secrets from a town s past.

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    About “Athol Dickson”

    1. Athol Dickson

      Athol Dickson s parents were living on the road when he was born His first bed was a drawer lined with towels in a travel trailer He has loved road trips ever since Boating is a passion, too Athol owns three boats, and once lived aboard a yacht full time while cruising the Gulf of Mexico and the USA s Atlantic coast But Athol s nine novels are proof he can sit still and write if he s with his wife of nearly 30 years, The Lovely Sue They live in Southern California, where Athol is at work on novel number ten, the second in a series call The Malcolm Cutter Memoirs about a multi millionaire chauffeur who would rather solve mysteries for his clients than hang out on his yacht What bliss a novel that combines boats and road trips

    139 thoughts on “Winter Haven”

    1. Another one I absolutely did not want to put down. This book proves there doesn't need to be obscene language or immorality to be interesting and engaging. It was fantastic. My husband asked me if I was coming to bed and I said, "I want to but I just can't! I have to see what happens!" Winter Haven had me guessing through the whole book and just when I thought I had it figured out it turns out I didn't! Loved it till the very end.

    2. I was really not enjoying this book until I got to the very end, which almost made up for the turgidness of the prose. The last chapter saved the book from getting an even lower rating.This is a story of Vera, a young woman (much younger than she acts) who sets off to pick up the body of her brother who has washed up on the shore of a small Maine island. How we got there, and why he doesn't appear to have aged in 13 years, are the "mystery" of the book. The answer, when it is finally revealed, i [...]

    3. This book was ok. I liked the mystery part of it and was surprised by the ending and liked the fact that this book was written with clean subject manner with no immorality or obscene language. However I did not like the flowery description of each and every thing. I also had a hard time following some of the dialogue especially when Vera was describing some of Siggy’s conversations. I was also frustrated with Vera’s conversations with God and her apparent paranoid personality and lack of str [...]

    4. Mystery meets supernatural superstitions meets faithis book has all of that packed into it. It's well-written, suspenseful, and completely surprising. I love how the author took a mystery that had every sign of being other-worldy in nature and turned it into something so easily and simply explained, yet at the same time an explanation that deepens faith. We so often forget how far-reaching and exhaustive the works of God are, and that His plans span decades. This story is a great reminder.

    5. The description on the jacket of this book sounded great, but it turned out to be just silly. I don't know why I read the whole thing, except that I guess I kept waiting for it to get better! It never did.

    6. It was really slow. But the ending and theme redeemed it. Dickenson created a unique story, I only wish he had a more engaging writing style.

    7. I stumbled upon this book on a shelf at the train station. The description seemed captivating enough so I shoved it into my bag and got on the train. I ended up not reading it at all that weekend, and read other books before I finally picked this one up.I'm glad I finally made the effort to read it. First off, any book that starts with a map, I'm sold. After the map, the mystery hooked me.Vera Gamble is a woman in her mid-twenties leading a sad, lonely life, persistently avoiding the dark memori [...]

    8. This book gives a perspective on what effects a fearful, people pleasing, don't dare question God, I need to look good, I dare not fail parent can have on innocent children. The mental turmoil and confusion can destroy faith, reason, and understanding and can lead to questioning ones self, questioning the motives of others, and questioning one's purpose in life. The book has 333 pages and could have been a better read if much of the unnecessary fill would have been eliminated. I skimmed over abo [...]

    9. This is a really GOOD book. Very cleverly written. In depth characterizations, mystery, history, and a bit of spooky thown in! I could truly relate to Vera's lack of confidence and her shy, mousy personality, a result of her overbearing father and the loss of her mother and brother. Yet, through the story, she finds herself, and discovers how to climb out of the darkness that was her past.Highly recommended.

    10. Only thing I didn't like is it's a little wordy and descriptive. It takes a little cult religion, a little folklore, a little mental instability, a little mystery and mixes it all together for an enjoyable read. Vera's likable and the ending is satisfying.

    11. There are so many books in this world to love. This one tops the list and blows the others out of the water.

    12. I read WINTER HAVEN first of all because of the title (who wouldn't want one of those), and secondly because Athol Dickson's books came with good words from places like Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, Christian Fiction Review, and the New York Times. Not to mention he is a multiple Christy Award nominee and winner, and this particular book is one of four in his new "Christy Collection." Early on, I realized it was a bit dark and foreboding compared to my usual fare -- fantastic, even. But b [...]

    13. I wanted so much to like this book more than I did. I've had the author recommended to me as proof that Christian Fiction is getting better, that it isnt all just embarrassing. And one level, it does work. The story is unique for a Christian book--a gothic mystery set in modern-day Maine--and the proselytising is better handled here than in other works I've read. Someday, though, I swear I will read a Christian book that doesnt have a preacher or preacher's kid as a main character. Not this one, [...]

    14. "Do not seek the truth, and find no evil."Is there a more spiritually poignant--or intellectually alluring--tagline than this?So, why Winter Haven? A few words on the story and the writing.The Story: Winter Haven is a town on an island of the same name slouching listlessly across the Gulf of Maine. Its inhabitants, isolated by fifty miles of seawater from mainstream reality and unimpeded by centuries of somewhere else's progress, defy such progress and create a reality of their own. And they're [...]

    15. Title: WINTER HAVENAuthor: Athol DicksonPublisher: Bethany HouseMarch 2009ISBN: 978-1-7642-0164-6Genre: Inspirational/suspenseVera Gamble has gotten the call she’s feared for thirteen years. A body has washed up on the coast of a remote island in Maine, and they believe its her brother, Siggy. Reluctantly, Vera takes vacation leave and heads for Winter Haven, while reading a guide book telling a spooky story about how pilgrims disappeared on the island leaving no proof when a man sent to find [...]

    16. "Winter Haven by Athol Dickson" gets 3 stars from me. This is the 4th book of his I have read and though I liked the story line, I didn't like it as well as the other 3 books. To me this book is like Sci-fiction and horror. Thirteen years ago Vera Gamble's brother ran away from home in Texas. The story starts out as Vera is on a mailboat going to Winter Haven to collect her Siggy's body after it was found washed up on the beach, Siggy Gamble only spoke Bible verses and he could speak them in sev [...]

    17. I didn't come to Winter Haven with high expectations. The only reason I bothered to read Athol Dickson's novel at all was the fact that my mother had thought I'd enjoy it. Back then, when I was still in college, and when my recreational-reading pile only continued to grow, my mother's suggestion actually made me put Winter Haven toward the bottom of the stack. After all, my mother prefered books by Thoene, and Kirkpatrick, while I prefered books by Tolkien and MacHale. It took a couple years, my [...]

    18. About the book:Eleven years ago, Vera Gamble's brother left their house never to be seen again. Until the day Vera gets a phone call that his body has been foundwashed ashore in the tiny island town of Winter Haven, Maine. His only surviving kin, Vera travels north to claim the bodyd finds herself tumbling into a tangled mystery. Her brother hasn't aged a day since last she saw him.Determined to uncover what happened in those lost years, Vera soon discovers there are other secrets lurking in thi [...]

    19. A positive thing I can say about this book was it's suspenseful. It kept me wanting to know what was going to happen and what was going to happen on this island. It reminded me at first of one of the best television shows ever, Lost. But a few things bothered me. First, Vera arrives on the island tired and getting over seasickness, having thrown up and gotten it on her clothes. I'm glad the widow she was staying with washed her clothes and a neighbor was nice enough to let her borrow clothes fro [...]

    20. Wow!! That is my keyword for this book!!! I absolutely loved it!!! I actually got this book for free and thought it would not be any good so I wasn't too excited to start it. After the first chapter I felt the same way but I kept on with it and I am so very glad I did!! This book is the one of the most spiritual fictional novels I have ever read!! The writer is brilliant and tied in many details and subplots with elegance!! Not only did he write a many leads he closed them all out and left you w [...]

    21. Athol Dickson scores another knockout with Winter Haven. Simply put, Dickson produces the best prose in all of Chritian fiction.Winter Haven, told in the first person by its heroine Vera, answers one great question; is it wrong to ask God why? When we meet Vera she has retreaed into an orderly world of numbers as an accountant. There she finds refuge from her tortured past as the daughter of a faith healer who could not heal his own family. But a call revealing the discovery of her long lost Sav [...]

    22. As an atheist, I was a little wary of this book when I read the back and saw that it was Christian fiction. Luckily there is little preaching, and the Christianity manifests itself mostly in the main character's bother, who only speaks in verses from the Bible. This book is definitely a page turner and is more well-written than other page turners I've read, however it requires some suspension of disbelief. I give this book a solid three meaning that I can't rave about it, but at the same time I [...]

    23. Like Vera, the main character of this book, I was completely taken in by it's mysterious supernatural occurrences and couldn't put it down until the truth had been uncovered. Vera is startled out of her workaholic existence by a phone call from an islander off the coast of Maine saying that they have found the body of her brother--the brother that disappeared when Vera was just a child. Vera goes on a quest to claim his body and bring it home--but becomes immersed in the mystery of the island wh [...]

    24. One of the best Christian books I've read in a while I really loved this one. It started out a little strange, but I'm so glad I stuck it out. Mysterious, psychological, frightening, romantic, and uplifting elements all rolled into one great read with the Gospel message at its core. I read a lot of Christian fiction, but too often these books can be cheesy, predictable, or downright stereotypical. It was so refreshing to find a writer who managed to glorify God with a very well-written and unpre [...]

    25. Winter Haven by Athol Dickson is a unique story, bordering on supernatural activities. I liked the transition into the story. Beginning in Texas it moves to Maine where the story reveals itself. A brush with unexplained phenomena frightens our protagonist and she tries to unravel her brothers death. In her travels she meets a mysterious stranger who lights a spark in her. Worries of who to trust makes think she's going mad. When the circumstances of her brother's death is discovered she may have [...]

    26. I had a love/hate relationship with this book. On one hand I really enjoyed the mystery aspect of it - the eerie occurrences, wondering what the explanation was going to be for all of the strange things going on. On the other hand, I really hated the religious parts of the book. Even though it isn't preachy, I think the story could have been successful without it. It's probably my fault for not realizing it was going to be like that before I read it. Aside from that though, it was an enjoyable a [...]

    27. Grammar mistake pages 34, 217 and again twice in the 270s. If I wasn't hooked I'd've put the book down at the first one. It's a testament to the skill of the author that I overlooked them.This book dropped from 4 stars down to 1.5 by not having an editor. Fix the grammatical mistakes and drop the shitting allover religion and this would've gotten a much higher rating. And I don't even respect much about religions. 2 stars means okay, three would've meant I'd read more from this author, Four woul [...]

    28. I have been in a reading slump as of late. Nothing is keeping me excited enough to read. Now I know it is just a phase and I actually dont like it because I love to love to read! But I stumbled on this book and lo and behold I quite liked it! Really liked it, actually, enough to finish it which has been a feat as of late as a matter of fact. It is a mystery of sorts with a little romance and is squeaky clean. I recommend!

    29. I have been trying to read this book since I received the ARC. However, the run-on sentences on the very first page have put me off, and I'm having an incredibly difficult time getting past that.It sounds like a book I'd love, and I'm disappointed that I can't get past the first 10 pages. I recognize that it is an unedited version, but that doesn't account for the poor grammar at the start of the book.Maybe I'll try it again in an edited version.

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