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BOOK TRAILER:, with a fall gale howling around the rafters, Amy Johnstone turns to see a woman’s rain-streaked face staring at her through the dark window.The face is identical to her own!Instantly, Amy is catapulted into a world she knows nothing about--a place where a killer rules, where answers stay buried, where time ticksBOOK TRAILER:, with a fall gale howling around the rafters, Amy Johnstone turns to see a woman’s rain-streaked face staring at her through the dark window.The face is identical to her own!Instantly, Amy is catapulted into a world she knows nothing about--a place where a killer rules, where answers stay buried, where time ticks dangerously by, where her life is in constant peril, and worse, where her son, Jamie is hidden.To find her child, she must find her look-alike, and that dislodges a killer who hunts her relentlessly. Sheriff Dallas Wayburne’s investigation parallels Amy’s, and their combined efforts draw them together when time is critical and when their relationship adds yet another dimension to Amy’s stressful life. WINTER’S DESTINY is an edge-of-the-seat thriller set on Oregon's rugged Pacific Coast. Here, the story reaches its unique and spectacular conclusion....

Title : Winter's Destiny
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ISBN : 9781469987491
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 302 Pages
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Winter's Destiny Reviews

  • Ruth
    2019-05-21 19:18

    Amy Johnson is a successful architect married to a doctor and the mother of a little boy whom she loves deeply. At home one night she hears a sound and turns to the window to see what it is. Who would ever expect to see a figure at their window who is not only bloody but looks just like you?!! Amy's life takes a quick turn from the normal. She finds herself looking for the woman at the window only to have her son go missing and her life in constant peril. Allan has written a successful thriller. She certainly holds your interest and keeps you turning the pages. I would definitely look for other books that she has written but when I did a search, found that this was her only book so far. I also read some of the comments in other reviews about editing and all the mistakes that appear in a story. I have found that many of the books that I have gotten for my Kindle have this problem and wonder if they have had no editing done to them. Those errors, however, will never affect how I rate a story. Think of the times that a teacher graded your paper in school and gave you two grades. One for content and the other for mechanics. Let's rate the content and let others worry about the mechanics later.

  • Echo
    2019-04-27 23:33

    If Goodreads allowed me to rate half stars, then I would give this novel 3.5 stars.“Winter’s Destiny” is a mystery/thriller/romance novel about a woman who sees an image of herself bleeding outside of her house and then her life collapses around her. It is a fast, intense, lightning-paced read that you won’t want to put down until the amazing conclusion.I loved this book. It started out quick and, like another reviewer said, I wasn’t sure if the author would be able to keep up the pace but she did and it was phenomenal. Unlike other books, this book didn’t take time out of the action to explain tedious backstories that make you want to put the book down and snooze. While everything was being explained, there was constant action and twists and turns.The only reason I didn’t rate it higher (the editing was sort of bad but I’m not going to bring that into this) was because it was a little predictable, but I didn’t really mind. Considering it’s a first novel, I think the author did an amazing job. I love the characters from the strong, brilliant Amy to the sweet, tough Dallas. And all of the characters in between including her son and other characters who I won’t mention but who’ll you know by the time you finish were great. Even the villain was awesome (I hated him but he’s the kind of character you love to hate). The plot itself wasn’t the most original but there still were enough twists to make it not seem like any old average mystery novel. The romance was also adorably sweet and not too overdone; it managed to make you root for Dallas and Amy without taking too much away from the plot or boring you. One thing I have to comment on is the setting. I absolutely adored it. The cliffs and the danger of the water and “Sneak Waves” were awesome. The author does a terrific job of explaining so that you actually feel as if you’re in the story with the characters, fighting against the suction of a wave trying to drag you out to sea. The fact that the setting lent itself to the dangers of the whole story was awesome. And I’d love to have a house on the coast designed by Amy (when you read it you’ll know which house I’m talking about). The writing was pretty good too; I didn’t expect too much from a first novel but my expectations were surpassed. The writing added to the story and if I was in a bookstore looking for the next book to read I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another book by Nancy Allan because I know her writing style will only get better as she gains more experience. She has description but not so much that you’ll grow bored and she’s good at showing feelings over telling.Overall, a great quick read. If you’re looking for something engrossing then you’ll like this book. Any fans of mystery thrillers will love it for a fast paced, fun read. Definitely recommended. *book won in Goodreads First Reads giveaway*

  • Becky
    2019-04-28 20:39

    A woman who seems to have everything,a nice home, money, a job as an architect with a wonderful little boy and a demanding, frigid husband finds her life in a total tail spin after seeing the face of a woman who looks exactly like her in the window of her home on a stormy night. All of a sudden her husband walks out on her, her "less than hospitible" sister in law disappears with Amy's son, Jamie, people are getting killed, houses burnt to the ground, and her mother, diagnosed with Alzheimers, who is in a special home, is suddenly rolling down in her wheelchair towards the open road. Cars are trying to push Amy's car over the side of the embankment. Amy has NO idea what this is all about, except she is in some sort of nightmare she can't wake up from. This a great suspense book that kept me on the edge of my chair and me wondering what is going on and who are the bad guys. You really get swept away with the story and the characters. A little romance is thrown in and it comes out to be an absolute great book. I hated to put it down. I can't to wait read more of her work.

  • Sue
    2019-04-30 18:13

    Alone, with a fall gale howling around the rafters, Amy Johnstone turns to see a woman’s rain-streaked face staring back at her through the dark window. The face is...identical to her own! Instantly, Amy's life crumbles. Something sinister surrounds her and those she loves. She is catapulted into a world she knows nothing about--a place where a killer rules, where her life is in constant peril, and where her child has been taken. WINTER’S DESTINY is an edge-of-the-seat thriller - love story set on the rugged Pacific Coast of Oregon. Here, the story reaches its unique and spectacular conclusion.

  • Katie
    2019-05-03 21:41

    I received this as a Goodreads first read. My mom asked me if I had anything she could read while I finished up my last book so I passed this to her. She normally takes 3-4 days to read anything and she finished this in 2. She told me after she finished that I needed to hurry because this book was FANTASTIC!!! Now having finished this I must say she was right! I LOVED this book! I was completely hooked from page one! It was so action-packed that I had to force myself to put it down to sleep! I look forward to more books!!

  • Lili
    2019-04-29 21:38

    Not very often a book grabs me in the first few pages, but this one did. An exceptionally pacy, exciting read. Perhaps a little unrealistic in the numerous close escapes, nevertheless I enjoyed the read.

  • Lisa Sanders
    2019-05-11 23:13

    This book hit the floor running! After the first chapter, I wondered how the author would keep up the pace through the rest of the book! She did! Lots of twists, turns and surprises in this fast read!

  • Jody Skalski
    2019-05-20 22:21

    This was a fast paced book. I read this in three days and really liked it to the very end. Right from page one, it kept you interested and on the edge of your seat. I would definitely recommend this one if you like mystery, surprises, great characters and good writing. Well done!

  • Leigh
    2019-05-09 19:25

    This was a thriller that was so good. You never figured it out ahead of time like most. Keep me not wanting to put it down when I just had to. Worth it.....for sure. Will look for more by Nancy Allan!!

  • Karla
    2019-05-13 18:27

    Full of suspense from beginning to end, a book that really keeps your attention.

  • Erika
    2019-04-30 00:23

    good book some parts hard to follow and believe but enjoyable. Read it in one day...good plot and had me guessing some and some was easy to figure out.

  • Ellis Phillips
    2019-05-12 17:41

    I really enjoyed reading this story. It is a very fast read, I never wanted to put it down. It really kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to more books from Nancy Allan

  • Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
    2019-05-02 21:29

    Another great free freebie from Amazon. A gritty story about Amy, who discovers that her perfect life wasn't was it seemed! A fast paced, twist and turn page turner.

  • Robin perez
    2019-05-13 23:40

    intense, some predictability, but the story flowed well and kept you in suspense.

  • Keith
    2019-04-25 17:29

    Well written, fast paced, a real good story, characters are believable and come to life...a spectacular ending.

  • Vacrocheter
    2019-05-16 21:23

    I loved this book! I agree with many of the other reviews, this book grabbed my attention from the first paragraph. I read the book in 2 days, something I rarely do.

  • Sharould
    2019-05-04 00:23

    I read this book in a day . I loved it .

  • Jerry lewis
    2019-05-04 00:31

    very good book

  • Cheryl A. Swift
    2019-05-05 00:35

    Thoroughly EnjoyedI thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were enough twists and turns to keep things interesting. The story kept moving and threw surprises and it made me want to finish it. I will be reading more of Nancy's books. It's nice to find a new author to read!

  • Pam
    2019-05-08 20:32

    Typical romance/suspenseKept my interest. Descriptions of Oregon coast intriguing. Resolution not so obvious as to make the book boring. Very light, quick reading.

  • Clara
    2019-04-21 23:15

    This is the first book I have read by this author and it was great. Had me wanting to keep reading and not put it down. I can honestly say I will be reading more books by this author.

  • Kim Page
    2019-04-27 19:12

    Fantastic!! I was up 'til 4 in the morning finishing this book...yes it was that good, I literally couldn't put it down!!Right from the very beginning I was drawn in by the excitement and intrigue of the story as well as Amy the main character. As the story went on the cast of characters just got better...I loved it and can't imagine giving it less than 5 stars!!

  • Aimeekay
    2019-05-03 21:15

    I went into Winter's Destiny thinking it would be different than what it was. Not from the summary, which I read, but based on the title. I know that sounds odd, but even after finishing the book I couldn't figure out the relationship between the two. However Winter's Destiny kept me interested from the beginning to end and I enjoyed all the different twists and turns.Let's start with the characters. I liked watching them handle all the situations that the author put them in. Really the book wasn't just about the mystery surrounding Amy and her family, but about the characters themselves.Then there's the story itself. The author kept the mysteries going from the beginning to end. Also she kept the action going to the end as well. There were quite a few times I wasn't sure if some of the characters were going to make it to the last page. The only thing that really didn't quite do it for me was the the last part of the book. Yes it was packed with action and adventure. Yes the mysteries were one by one being revealed. But compared to the pacing at the beginning of the book the ending just seemed rushed. It was almost like the author just wanted the book to be over. I'm going to give an example but I don't want to give away too much, so please excuse me if it's vague. Ok, at the end of the book there's one more mystery involving one of the main characters, I figured it was going to be a set up for another book, but the author answers the question of what happened to the said character was answered in one quick page. After everything else that had led up to that point it just seemed like a brush off. Overall I enjoyed Winter's Destiny. It's not something I'd normally read, but it kept me interested throughout. Both in the story and the characters. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars because of the rushed feel towards the end. But I definitely would recommend it, especially with beach read season coming up. I got this book from Amazon because it was on sale and decided to review it for this event. All opinions in this fair and honest review are my own.

  • Bonnie Ferrante
    2019-05-19 01:19

    I was surprised to learn that this was Nancy Allan's first book. She knows how to grab the reader and keep her until the very end. Whenever I thought the action was winding down, it jumped up another notch. There were a few times when I thought the plot was weak or far-fetched but not enough to stop my interest in the story.The heroine is stubborn and reckless but her love for her son and her bravery make the reader invest in Amy's well-being. The sheriff doesn't seem to catch on that he can't tell Amy to stay put and expect her to do it. The number of times she set out against all odds is a bit unbelievable, but this is a thriller after all. There were twists and turns galore. Nancy Allan really knows how to use the setting to pump up the atmosphere. The Oregon coast was a potent character in the novel. The title really didn't suit the story though.I don't really enjoy romance novels, so I can't fairly critique that part. I found the dialogue artificial at times, especially with regard to the relationship. I also thought the suddenness and intensity of the bond between the sheriff and Amy was a tad overdone but I am sure there are many readers who will love it.Allan's writing is descriptive but tight. It can be overly dramatic at times but not enough to detract from the story. I think this was the second edition of the book. Nancy Allan did an admirable job with the mechanics. I was very pleased not to be pulled out of the story by the errors often found in self published books.I was torn between rating this a three or a four but then I realized I kept wanting time to get back to it. That's worth a four. If you like an edge of your seat thriller with a relatable heroine and a touch of romance, you'll enjoy this book.

  • Betty
    2019-05-13 21:30

    They say that everybody has a double, and maybe it's true. Amy, a professional architect, certainly begins to think so when one of Oregon's coast storms batters the house and a woman appears in her window looking exactly the same as herself, except for the fact that the woman was bleeding. Who was she? Certainly not a relative she has ever known about, none look like she does. With power going on and off, winds howling and rattling the house, she locates a flashlight to find the woman who obviously needs help.What is it about these storms that come so suddenly and cause not just damage, but seem to create chaos with the inhabitants? When the sheriff receives the call, he is already dealing with one of these weird events. But when he gets to Amy's home, he is greeted by her arrogant husband, a doctor, who declares nothing happened, there was no woman. How then will he explain the trail of blood? Even the tracker dog picked up the trail. So begins an interesting journey of long-kept secrets, wild car chases, foot races, and deadly villains. This book is an unusual thriller with a long history and a heart-stopping finish. Nancy Allan has kept me in her grip from start to finish.

  • Kerry Clair
    2019-05-01 21:40

    This wasn't a polished story at all and much of it was unrealistic. Killers that kill everyone without batting an eye but continually over and over "warn" the main characters but don't kill THEM makes no sense. So many other things simply weren't realistic. The author has a writing style that with some more experience could be really good but I found this book somewhat amateurish and unpolished. And everything the main character did or thought was followed with an exclamation point!! Everything!!!! It was crazy!!! Yeah. It gets to you. Then they has to add in a romance that was so in appropriate and odd that it was just kind of forced in there. Yeah. A woman has no idea where her kid is - but hey, let's start dating! The story idea was good though and I think there is great potential here... Just wasn't crazy about this one.

  • Marsha Graham
    2019-04-25 17:36

    Have you ever gone to a movie that you thought had a car chase and then found out that except for the start and finish it was ALL car chase? That's what Winter's Destiny is like. There are constant thrills and chills, but sometimes you'd like it to slow down some so you can catch your breath. I am not sure I've ever read a "perils of Pauline" style book with this many perils for the heroine to navigate in such a rapid-fire manner. Wow... Unfortunately, there was a good deal of one dimension character development. The motivation for Dan, when it was revealed, didn't make sense me - more than once. The evil people are extremely evil with no redeeming features at all, and there is no ostensible reason to call all the females bitches and whores all the time. However, the description of the Oregon coast was spot on and captivating.

  • Yairy
    2019-05-02 22:36

    This book was simply amazing; from the very start of the story the plot grabbed my attention and the characters as well. I am not one to read thrillers and action packed books, but this book managed to wrap the real world in a mind-twisting road of conflicts, mystery and a strong female character, which is a rare thing now days. I love her determination and her desire to protect her son over everything was just breath taking. I had trouble each night putting this book down and ended up staying till late one night because i simply couldn't pull myself from the story unfolding on the pages. This is for sure one of my all-time favorite books!

  • Jenni
    2019-05-11 00:26

    I became sucked into this story and turned the pages at a vast rate. Crisis followed crisis and it was hard to believe the time frame.The main character was a bit shallow and totally foolhardy and reckless, making very silly decisions that put her and her family in more risk. She could not just stop and think and I wanted to shout at her, guess I got involved. The love angle is twee, but cute and I enjoyed it. I do like to read a story sometimes that is easy and that has certain aspects that are quite predictable.Couldn't give it 5 stars due to some typos and the disappearing burns !!Holiday beach story- definitely.Thanks for the entertainment Nancy Allan

  • Gary Sedivy
    2019-05-01 22:39

    'Identical twin' mystery. An evil psychotic doctor, reminiscent of 'Boys From Brasil'. Add INSTANT emotional attraction between the heroine and the local police chief. Yeah, right. And the heroine never listens to instructions to stay in a safe place. She goes through more harrowing crises than Anna Pigeon - almost dying in each one - yet she is up-and-running, despite nearly freezing, drowning, leaping from a near fatal car wrecks, getting trapped in a blowhole. It goes on and on. I got tired reading all the stuff she survived. The story was set in Oregon, but the only place recognizable is Portland.