by Elise Forier Edie
The Devil in Midwinter blends Mexican folklore with romance and mystery to create an enchanting, dreamlike tale, with elements of magical realism. The story comes to life, as the characters embark on a spellbinding journey with a dark twist.
Esmerelda "Esme" Ulloa is a 20-year-old college student who lives with her brothers and uncle on an apple orchard in Washington. Driving along the desolate road, she meets a stranger who is injured, hysterical, and ranting about a devil in the orchards. A series of disturbing events unfold, but Esme is distracted by recurring dreams that are haunting, surreal, and beginning to obscure her sense of reality.
A handsome vintner has arrived in town, and Esme's uncle is behaving peculiarly. Following a frightening outburst by her uncle, Esme and her brothers leave the home, only to find themselves in the middle of the dark, shadowy orchard. But what they find that night is even more shocking. Esme's world is turned upside down as she discovers her fate rests in a battle of wills against an ancient demon. But will she find the strength in time to save her one true love?
I really enjoyed this story! It's well written, with magical elements and characters that complement the themes. The characters could have been built up a bit more, but for a novella the author does a great job in imagining a story that is compelling and absorbing, with an enticing fusion of mysticism and reality.
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Reviewed by Stephanie