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Friday, January 13, 2023

Winter's Truth by Heather Hummel Gallagher (Book Review)


Winter's Truth by Heather Hummel Gallagher
Book 2: Camden Lake Tales Series
Publisher: Independent Self Publisher
Publication Date: October 28, 2022
Format: Paperback - 20 pages
               Kindle - 3420 KB
ISBN: 979-8360873600
Genre: Women's Fiction / Coming Of Age

Buy The Book: 
Amazon (Free On Kindle Unlimited)

Buy The Series: Camden Lake Tales Series
Book 1: Summer's Wisdom
Book 2: Winter's Truth

Book Description: 

At fourteen, Elizabeth grieves the loss of her parents. At sixteen, she leaves her newborn baby on the steps of a church. Can she, at the pinnacle of her youth, trust what the rest of her future holds?

Elizabeth Daniels shudders as she leaves her newborn daughter on the steps of a church on Christmas Eve. Reeling from the loss of her parents two years earlier to an accident at a hotel in Europe, she lives with her loving grandparents in their cabin in Shippend, Maine. And though she’s fallen for the handsome senior football player at school, her conflicted heart worries about her future with him and for her baby.

Will Elizabeth learn that life can hold surprises and that she can triumph in life despite her teenage challenges?

Winter’s Truth, a family-focused and compelling piece of women’s literature, is the second in the Camden Lake Tales series and is the backstory of Jamie’s birthmother.

Book Excerpt:

My Book Review:

In Winter's Truth, the second book in the Camden Lake Tales series, author Heather Hummel Gallagher weaves a wonderful women's fiction story that follows the coming of age backstory of Jamie Jacobson's birth mother, Elizabeth Daniels.

In the Spring of 1971, thirteen year old Elizabeth Daniels came to live with her maternal grandparents in Shippend, Maine, when her parents were killed while overseas in Stockholm. 

The author weaves a fascinating tale that easily engages the reader to follow Elizabeth's coming of age journey as she learns to deal with the loss of her parents, and move forward with her life. Elizabeth's story takes the reader from the Spring of 1971 through the Winter of 1975. Elizabeth settles into her life with her grandparents, finding friends and enjoying her teenage years, but when she turns sixteen in the Spring of 1974, she is in a relationship with eighteen year old Brett, who is graduating from high school and going to college in the Fall. Elizabeth becomes pregnant and her choices and decisions on how to handle her pregnancy will have consequences that will change her life forever.

Winter's Truth is a heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable coming of age story. You can't help but feel for Elizabeth as her world changed after the deaths of her parents, and how she had to learn to embrace her teenage years while living with her grandparents. Elizabeth discovers that her world is filled with a loving family and friendships, but also a world where life challenges will guide her teenage choices and decisions, and the consequences that come along with them. 

Winter's Truth is a compelling women's fiction story that will pull at your heartstrings and touch your soul. 


About The Author

Heather Hummel Gallagher is a New York Book Festival award-winning novelist of the Journals from the Heart Series.

Heather's novels include the Journals from the Heart series -- New York Book Festival Award-Winning Whispers from the Heart and the second in the series, Write from the Heart. The third,Wisdom from the Heart, is forthcoming. Her stand-alone novels are In God We Trust, and Call it Kismet, which was featured on the cover of Bedside Reading.

As a ghostwriter, Heather has penned over a dozen books and counting. Her clients include corporations, politicians, philanthropists, dating coaches, real estate agents, public figures, and business leaders. With experience in both traditional and independent publishing, Heather's diverse background and knowledge of the industry appealed to many authors seeking a qualified ghostwriter.

By personal request from Arianna Huffington, Heather is a featured blogger in the Arts & Culture section of the Huffington Post. Her article titled "Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions" gained remarkable attention in the industry, including ReTweets from Publishers Weekly and many quality literary agents.

Television, print, and radio coverage for her clients’ books include: The Today Show and other regional shows; Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the Washington Post; and in magazines that include: Health, Body & Soul, First, and Spry Living, a combined circulation of nearly 20 million in print alone.  A contributing author in Successful eBook Publishing: The Complete How-to Guide for Creating and Launching Your Amazon Kindle eBook by David Wogahn, Heather shares her wisdom in a chapter on ghostwriting.

​A former high school English teacher turned novelist and ghostwriter, Heather followed her grandmother’s footsteps with the written word.

Born in Greenwich, CT, Heather soon left New England and spent her twenties and thirties traveling and living in every corner of the US. Eventually, she settled down and married for the first time in her early-fifties. She and her husband, Stephen, have two pups, Kizzy and Luna. 

Heather's second career is as a land and seascape photographer. Her work is represented by Agora Gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City. A graduate with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, Heather holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in English and Secondary Education.


2009 Mature Media Awards, Merit Award: Gracefully
2009 New York Book Festival, Women's Literature: Whispers from the Heart
Noted as a top "Books for Grownups" by Publishers Weekly: Gracefully
Essays: Messages of Hope and Healing (Sunpiper Media, 2006) Blue Ridge Anthology (Cedar Creek, 2007)

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