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The Winters in Bloom

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,093 ratings  ·  204 reviews
In bestselling author Lisa Tucker’s latest, a family discovers that it’s only when the walls between the present and past crumble that the future can bloom.  


Together for over a decade, Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever thought they could be.  They have a comfortable home, stable careers, and a young son, Michael, who they love more than anything.  Yet b
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Atria Books
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Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Where’s my Mommy?

Winters in Bloom is an intergenerational book centered on the loss or lack or just bad parenting. Mostly it’s moms who are derided but dads don’t come out too great either. Two small girls, Amy and Kyra, watch as their mom packs up the car and leaves her daughters weeping and alone on the front doorstep. They never recover. Though they have a father and stepmother they always feel the only one they can count on is one another. Amy tries to be perfect, perfect grades, behavior, l
Dale Harcombe
Mar 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
I hate writing negative reviews but in this case I can't help it. I was really looking forward to reading this book. The premise of this story was good with a child, Michael who disappears from his own backyard. The suspicion is he has been abducted. Yes, another one. I seem to have read a few on this vein lately. Maybe that was part of the problem. But I don’t think so.
So many times I nearly gave up on this book. In the end I wished I had. Sheer stubbornness kept me reading but I admit to skim
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
I found this book mostly rather uninteresting. The story of the Winter family - Kyra, David and their son, Michael, is meant to be an uplifting tale of the importance of risk and trust and I imagine some other points that I missed, but it ends up just mostly being a slog. We get the whole annoying backstory on both Kyra and David and are supposed to understand why they are ridiculously overprotective of their son and also why they fall apart when he is abducted (wouldn't everyone?).

I think I wa
Lydia Presley
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
When I picked up The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker I was definitely in the mood for some family drama reading. I got chills with the opening section and felt immediately connected to this small, 5-year old child named Michael. Then, he was whisked away and the story began to unfold.

The Winters in Bloom is a novel that explores not only the disappearance of Michael, but the past histories of his parents. Both are overly cautious for reasons of their own. For David Winter, it was tragedy of one
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Kyra and David Winter are both super cautious people because of their painful pasts. Both fear they don't deserve the happiness they currently have and that it will not last. Their worse fears are confirmed when their five year old son Michael disappears from their yard in the middle of the afternoon. Both parents are convinced the kidnapper is someone from their past, and now they must surrender their fears and confess what,a nd who, they are each hiding.

This is a powerful and emotional book. I
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Short of It:

I opened the book and fell right in.

The Rest of It:

Kyra and David are happily married, have a nice home and have stable careers. They live with their son Michael and things could not be more perfect. But in the back of their minds, because of decisions they made in the past, they expect tragedy at every turn and it hits when Michael suddenly vanishes from their backyard.

This is really an amazing book. I know it’s gotten some mixed reviews but if you enjoy dysfunction, let me tell
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have mixed emotions about this book. The beginning with the kidnapping seemed like this could be a really good suspenseful book. But then we started getting the back stories of David and Kyra. The chapters jumped around between different times and different parts of their lives. There were several times I was lost. Might have been because this book just wasn't holding my interest. Several times I almost quit reading altogether but I'm one to finish a book unless it is truly awful. This one was ...more
Kathryn Bashaar
Sep 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book was pretty bad. It could have been a good book. The premise was interesting and the characters were likable. But it read like a first draft: tons of this-happened-then-this-happened-then-this-happened exposition that should have been turned into scenes, lots of telling instead of showing, clunky language, and really convoluted motivations for some of the characters that had to be awkwardly explained. It needed 2-3 more rewrites before it went to print. This is the author's 6th book, so ...more
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pre-2014
The Winters are a couple of creeps as far as I'm concerned. It was hard for me to like them considering they are ruining their son's life with how much they smother him and how neurotic they teach him to be. In reality, any child who goes through that would probably need therapy to live a normal life, instead of the anticlimactic ending Lisa Tucker gives the book. Ironically, the only character I really liked was David Bloom's ex-wife. She was refreshingly honest without feeling sorry for hersel ...more
Robin Moore
Mar 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
I didn't care much for this story of 2 overprotective parents and their little boy; I stuck with it to learn who took the boy from the backyard one day. This novel had too many extremes: evil stepmothers, drug addicted sister, eternally patient husband to complaining and off balance wife. The character development was so heavy handed that I had no sympathy for these people. Rather, I didn't care about them.
Debra Martin
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Doubt is a powerful emotion especially when it spills over into a child’s world. Children are very perceptive and can easily pick up on a parent’s thinking whether it is verbally expressed or not. I doubt he can climb that tree, so we mustn’t let him try. Doubt is pervasive whether we want it to be or not.

Five-year-old Michael lives in an environment of doubt. Although his parents, David and Kyra Winter, believe they are doing everything possible to raise a happy healthy child, what they are act
Lisa B.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Book Overview from Goodreads:
Kyra and David Winter are happier than they ever thought they could be. They have a comfortable home, stable careers, and a young son, Michael, whom they love more than anything. Yet because of their complicated histories, Kyra and David have always feared that the life they created was destined to be disrupted. And on one perfectly average summer day, it is: Michael disappears from his own backyard.
The only question is whose past has finally caught up with them: Dav
The Winters in Bloom is a chilling portrait of a modern family and how they react when their greatest fear is realized. As the story goes back and forth from David and Kyra's memories to their present-day sufferings, the reader is left to guess as to Michael's whereabouts and to the identity of his kidnapper. Ms. Tucker explores the long-lasting impact of secrets on relationships.

Kyra and David are so filled with fear that they make one uncomfortable. How they can say they are living life is com
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
When I started reading my e-galley of The Winters in Bloom, I noticed first the page at the beginning where the publisher was talking about how much she loved this book and how it was the best one of the year. Her praise was so high that I kind of rolled my eyes, thinking that she loves it because it will make her money. I am happy to report that the book really was that good. From the absolutely incredible first chapter, I was totally involved in the story.

My one previous experience with Lisa T
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves really good adult fiction
Recommended to Patty by: Shelf Awareness

My Quick Summary...

This is the story of two families who become oddly connected due to a tragedy. This has to be explained by understanding the earlier life of one of the characters, Kyra , and the first marriage of Kyra's husband, David, to his first wife, Courtney.
The characters in this story have all been touched by some sort of abandonment that leads Kyra and David to totally over protect their five year old son.
At first it was difficult to understand why this overprotection was so over the
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by Lisa Tucker but won't be my last. The first part of the book caught my attention and demanded that I read on. Kyra and David Winter experience one of the the worst nightmares a parent can experience, their son, Michael is abducted. We get a glimpse of what they are going through in the beginning and also get a glimpse of Michael and his abductor although the abductor's identity remains a mystery.

The book then goes into the past lives of Kyra and David. We le
Romancing the Book
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Reviewed by Lisa
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Kyra and David Winter seem to have the perfect life. A strong marriage, great careers and a beautiful son named Michael. On an ordinary summer day their perfect life begins to crumble when Michael disappears from their backyard. They each suspect the past they have been running from for so long has finally caught up to them. Krya and David begin to realize that in order for them to move forward, they must revisit the past they have hidden from each other
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kyra and David Winters are cautious parents to 6-year old Michael. Some might say overly cautious. Their lives soon come under scrutiny after Michael disappears from their backyard, threatening to change their lives forever.

An excellent narrative on why families should be as honest as possible with one another. The secrets that both David and Kyra hold inside threaten to break their marriage and their family. At times far-fetched and at others, spot on, this novel made me really think about how
Virginia Campbell
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Winters, David and Kyra, are happy being married to each other and parenting their gifted son, Michael. Their happiness is not without undercurrents, as they each have reason to fear that sudden, devastating loss may enter their lives. In some people, emotional scars are readily apparent. However, there are other people whose inner wounds continue to fester and never heal over. They may appear functional, but the turmoil inside increases in pitch until it escapes, leaving havoc in its wake. ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it

The Winters in Bloom is an introspective novel about forgiveness. Not just forgiving people for their transgressions against us, but forgiving ourselves for mistakes made long ago. The Winters in Bloom is somewhat of a dark novel. The subject matter is heartbreaking, there is no way around that. I did like that portions of the book is set in Kansas City, on a day (Home opener of the Chief's) that I want to be in Kansas City more than any other day, it was
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
David and Kyra are over protective and have even taken Michael out of school because of it. They have finally let him go outside by himself for half an hour to play each day, but Michael has no idea what to do with himself. Then a stranger shows up and starts talking to him. She convinces Michael to leave with her and that begins the Winters nightmare. While talking with the police, Kyra and David eventually tell about the things that happened in their lives to make them the way they are. David ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when you cross a preposterous plot with implausible characters....the first truly bad Lisa Tucker book I've read.

My guess is she was going for an intelligent psychological thriller but ended up with a ridiculous trainwreck of young adult fiction. The story follows Kyra and David a neurotic young couple who on the surface seem to have it all yet have always feared that this domestic bliss couldn't last. I was confused thoroughly mid way through by characters who looked and felt t
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Based on the overall rating, I expected to hate this book (then why did I read it?, you ask. Good question. I don't really know why. I just did). Honestly, it's not a bad little book. There's nothing earth-shattering or life-changing about it. The story isn't exceptional, and the writing doesn't stand out. But it's a good story with solid writing. My biggest criticism is that the ending is a bit lame. OK, really lame. But this is a quick read, and a page-turner. Not a bad read for the beach or a ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nov-11
After reading and enjoying Lisa Tucker's, The Song Reader, I was thrilled to be reading another of her books.

The first chapter blew me away. The rest of the story is told going back and forth between the past and present, introducing us to each of the characters and how they were connected to each other. The ending, involving the tree, I thought was brilliant. It left me feeling satisfied after everything that went on in the story and thinking "this is just right and now they can carry on".

Diane S ☔
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
3. 5 This is a very dark novel but it also a novel about the secrets people keep and the way they tend to haunt their lives into the future. Not able to forgive themselves for past tragedies they let it affect their lives and the lives of their children in horrifying ways. It is also a novel about forgiveness and change and seeing a better way into the future. Well written, interesting story, I loved the little boy Michael, and his view into his own world as well as the adults in his life. The c ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book sounded promising, but I couldn't get into it after the first chapter. Like someone else said in their review, there was too much telling about what happened ala "this happened, and then this happened" and not enough active story. Maybe I should have stuck with it through the back story, but I just wasn't interested enough.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was way too slow for me. Instead of telling the story Lisa Tucker took the long way around and told prior stories about how the Winter's got where they were.
Helicopter parents that home-school their only child are sure that each of them are responsible for their boy being taken from their back yard. Took way too long to read because it just didn't hold my interest...
Nov 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, abandoned
I tried and tried and tried again to read this because its blurb was so good - the book not so much for me. Ultimately it's all hat and no cattle - where hat is exposition and cattle is ... hell, I don't know what it is, but never you mind. Not for me.
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
OK, but didn't identify much with the characters
Dec 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
I usually love her books.......not sure how I'm liking this one though. About halfway through and I'm feeling lost about it. Now that I'm done with it, I decided I was disappointed with it.
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Lisa Tucker is the author of six novels: The Winters in Bloom, coming this September; The Song Reader, Shout Down the Moon, Once Upon a Day, The Cure for Modern Life, and The Promised World.

Her books have been published in twelve countries and selected for Borders Original Voices, Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, People magazine Critic’s Choice, Redbook Book Club, A