Review: The Winter of Summer by Lizzie Lawson

She never knew what she was really doing.

Cover Design: Dakota McCord


Less than a year ago, Tricia Readdie’s life was turned upside down when she became a household name overnight. She was arrested and nearly charged as part of a crime ring until her girlfriend, the ring’s leader, pleaded with authorities. With one year left before she graduates, Tricia pushes through the onslaught of physical threats against her, stemming from peers who don’t believe her story.

Summer Woods is alone in the world after her family banished her when she came out, leaving her to fend for herself. Her job as a DPS officer is in jeopardy after a misunderstanding went awry. She’s given a chance to prove herself by going undercover as a student to protect Tricia from growing resentment. But when it comes to her family, Summer refuses to talk about them.

When Tricia learns what Summer has been hiding from her, will she forgive or forget?5

My thoughts

Lizzie Lawson comes up with an awful and realistic premise for The Winter of Summer. I cannot even imagine what I would do in Tricia’s situation.

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Tricia is a victim of circumstance and her own caretaking nature. The problem with this is sometimes you let yourself be used because you need something in return. Tricia got more than she bargained for when saying “yes” to favors from people who once cared about her and didn’t even know her. Lawson’s story is a warning to every caretaking person out there. (I, for one, am taking heed.)

Tricia and her bodyguard, Summer, are amazing together. They end up having to face haters, rage, despair, and ignorance. Summer is exactly the type of woman Tricia needs with her positive energy. She just might not be the cop she needs her to be as you will read (smh).

Lawson creates an incredible family for Tricia that I want more of. Kendra is an amazing sister and source of support for Tricia. I want her love story no matter who she falls for. I actually want to see everyone again, maybe Lawson can write a holiday story about them. No pressure (laugh).

The Winter of Summer is at once heavy and light, the lightness coming from Summer. Lawson strikes the right balance between two warring emotions: trauma and falling in love. I thoroughly enjoyed The Winter of Summer.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Midwestern Dreams Publishing, 6 July 2021; Originally published in October 2020

Cover Design: Dakota McCord; Photo by Tony Ross

Editor: Dakota McCord

Series: Readdie Family #2; Settings: West Des Moines, IA and Schaumburg, IL, U.S.

Pages: 130

SC: Lesbian, Demi-Romantic, Trans


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