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A Winter Night

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  12 reviews
34-year-old Angie Dugan struggles with many things--anxiety, her career as a social worker in a retirement home, and her difficult family. Her biggest struggle, though, is finding love. When she meets Matt, she's swept away by his attention. As issues from his past come up she wonders if she can trust him. Should she break it off, or give him another chance? In the end, al ...more
Published March 16th 2021 by Unsolicited Press
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Feb 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thirty-four-year-old, Angie Dugan works as a social worker in a retirement home. She helps others all day but what she really needs/wants is to be cared for herself. She struggles with anxiety and self-doubt. Angie is also struggling to find love. She meets Matt. Is he the one? Will issues from his past affect their present? Do they have a future? Trust is an issue. She is a social worker, she knows about trust issues, but how will she address them for herself? Is she ready to take a step? Will ...more
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-for-tlc
A WINTER NIGHT is my first book by Anne Leigh Parrish but after reading A WINTER NIGHT, I plan to order some of her previous books. When I read the synopsis of this book, I was afraid that it was going to be a dark depressing book — it was absolutely the opposite. I don’t really want to give anything away so I won’t say anything else about the plot, but this was such a wonderful book, and I really loved the whole story. The chapters were really short as well which is something I l really like. I ...more
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womensfiction
A Winter Night by Anne Leigh Parrish is a novel about Angie Dugan, a social worker working with the elderly in a senior living facility. The novel explores her thoughts, her current situation, anxieties and trust issues. She is embarking on a romantic relationships and learning to trust and discover herself within this rlationship.

Though we are in the midst of summer reading, this book reminded me of how I long for the cool winter nights and activities related to the winter season. The winter s
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I joined this book tour! What a refreshing & palette cleansing read for someone that gets way too wrapped up in the dark world of thrillers quite often! (...which I'm not mad about, but I totally dig a change of bookish scenery from time to time.) The main character of Angie Dugan is written in a way that is easily relatable, with the right amount of layers & depth, which makes 'A Winter Night' even more enjoyable to read.

'A Winter Night' is a story of personal growth, learning to lo
Sep 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A really lovely and beautifully written book - the language is to be savored. There is an understated gentleness, too, which is countered by flashes of wonderfully funny observations. Highly recommended!
Janilyn Kocher
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Do you really ever know a person? Angie is juggling many things and her anxiety is very high. Then she meets Matt, but can she trust him? The main issue in this book is how does Angie best cope with all that life has thrown at her. Trusting someone new is a big step. I thought the dialogue was good. The subject matter of the book is very relatable to issue people contend with in their lives. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the early read.
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was first introduced to the Dugan family in Anne Leigh Parrish's book of linked short stories, Our Love Could Light the World. The Dugan family story continued in the novel The Amendment. I loved both books, and so I really looked forward to a third meeting with the Dugans in A Winter Night.

A Winter Night focuses on 34 year-old Angie Dugan, who works as a social worker at a retirement/nursing home. Angie helps families and residents adjust to a new life. She's good at her job, even if it is no
Chrissi Sepe
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book I’ve read about the Dugan family - Anne Leigh Parrish’s wonderful creation of a mom, dad, stepdad and five grown children - and I found it as enjoyable and thought-provoking as the first two. “A Winter Night” focuses on Angie who is the eldest of her siblings, and she is the most mature and the most cautious. To me, she always seemed to be the most responsible Dugan family member, even more so than her mom, Lavinia, who another Dugan family novel, “The Amendment,” is about ...more
Robert Crooke
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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The novels and stories of Anne Leigh Parrish often follow the fortunes of the Dugans, an extended, multi-generational family from Dunston NY, a fictionalized version of Ithaca. Her work is comically irreverent and heartbreakingly honest. Nearly always, her stories turn on the dramatic resolution of someone’s longing for the truth of love.

In A Winter Night—the latest installment of her family series—it is cold enough to see breath. Snow keeps falling. Christmas is coming. Her ch
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Winter Night is the kind of book that sneaks up on you. Anne Leigh Parrish is also a poet, and now and then her descriptions and turns of phrase struck me. For example: “The sharp smell of silver on the air says it will snow tonight.” “She’s built like a soup can.” “She needed so much personal space that Matt felt he was only ever visiting.”
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
A Winter's Night is a quiet book about trust and love and family. It is beautifully written and easy to get invested in the main character's life - both the highs and the lows. It's almost like getting in touch with a friend that you haven't seen in a long time and catching up on their life.

Angie Dugan is 34 years old and works as a social worker at a retirement home. She enjoys her job and is very good at it but isn't sure if she wants to keep doing it in the future. She has a difficult family
Jul 09, 2021 rated it liked it
I went back and forth on my rating for this book. During the first half of the book, I was totally waffling. Then I became a little more interested. Then I skimmed.

There were parts of the plots (and there's a few going on) that I thought had promise and might have been developed further. Then again, maybe there was too much going on.

Let's get to Angie, the main character. She doesn't know if she loves her job. She doesn't know if her boyfriend, Matt, is the one. She doesn't know what to do abou
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