Caro and Cammy are supposed to be eagerly preparing for their wedding day, but second thoughts have Caro disappearing before she has to walk down the aisle. But if Caro won’t marry him, then TV star Stacey will surely take her place, having traveled all the way from LA to finally tell Cammy how she feels about him. Meanwhile, Seb, perhaps by fate, crosses paths with a wedding member who he might have more than a brief connection to. Then there’s Josie, wedding planner extraordinaire, who’s just trying to hold everything together even after receiving her own devastating news. It’s going to be a long winter’s day …
For a wintry snow-filled wedding, December could not be a better month. It’s just unfortunate that the last thing Caro wants when she wakes up on her wedding day is to get married. After being plagued by a series of nightmares and knowing how badly her parents’ marriage ended, she calls the whole thing off. It’s an explosive opening that author Shari Low expertly manages.
In these first few pages, Low carefully infuses the dramatic with just thew right amount of humor while also keeping everyone involved sympathetic. Sure, Caro is dropping a bombshell at the last possible hour, but she’s so likable and obviously distraught in her concern that it’s hard not to accept her reasoning—and yet Cammy remains such an upstanding guy that he deserves a happy ending. It’s a balancing act, full of believable complications, that Low keeps up again and again.
While the wedding propels the majority of the action, there are three other stories working in tandem with Caro’s. Told in alternating viewpoints over a twenty-four hour period, each of their additions are equally compelling. Stacey has never gotten over Cammy, but struggles being open with him. Seb, still reeling after the death of his wife, stumbles into the wedding practically on accident, but with something major to offer. Either of them could have filled a novel of their own, but Low expertly allows them to share the stage with each other, and the result is a rich exploration of a day in the life of a group of seemingly-loosely connected individuals.
Even so, there’s a star turn in the fourth voice: Josie. Somewhat cantankerous with a firm spirit and deep loyalty, she essentially functions as a matriarch over the proceedings. After being dealt serious medical news at the start, she casts it aside in favor of everyone else’s problems. This results in the some of the most heartfelt, touching moments of the book.
How much action can possible be packed into one day? If you’re Shari Low: an awful lot. There are few writers currently out there who can weave full characters into a slick story of family and romance with seemingly effortless ease. But she does, proving that she’s a master storyteller along the way.
Title: The Last Day of Winter
Author: Shari Low
Publication Date: October 03, 2019
Classification: Women’s Fiction
Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.