Winter Meets Summer

Romance - Comedy
260 Pages
Reviewed on 11/28/2023
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Author Biography

You can’t always plan where life will take you. That is certainly true for Christine Noyes. Growing up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, she spent her youth building forts, playing sports and enjoying the perceived innocence of the 1960’s.
Not having a clear vision of what her life should be, she went where she was most comfortable, to the kitchen. Beginning her work life as a cook at her grandfather’s restaurant at the age of eleven, she spent the next several decades re-inventing herself, becoming an accomplished chef, a sales representative, an entrepreneur, and now a writer and illustrator. She never chose her professions, they chose her.
She married her husband and soulmate, Al, in 1989. They moved to Orange, Massachusetts where, after Al’s passing, Chris remains today with thirty years of wonderful memories to keep her company.
When not at her keyboard, she can be found in her kitchen: back to her roots and love of cooking.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite

Winter Meets Summer by Christine Noyes is a heartwarming romantic novel that unfolds in Newton, introducing us to two unlikely souls. The story revolves around Ted Winter, a sixty-seven-year-old widower recovering from a heart attack and burdened by the demands of his life. With the support of his daughter and business partner, he begins his journey to retirement. Meanwhile, we meet Summer, a free-spirited sixty-five-year-old chef. Their paths cross at Cayuga Lake, where Ted embarks on a motorhome adventure, and Summer enjoys a holiday. Summer assists Ted in the basics of camping and enchants him with her culinary skills. Ted gradually learns to embrace life's unexpected nature with Summer by his side. Marci, Ted's daughter, notices the growing connection between her father and Summer, while Summer explores the possibility of a past history with Ted, driven by her belief in reincarnation. As Ted officially retires, he becomes more involved in Summer's life, helping her with her new fertility clinic venture. Both characters are haunted by past heartbreak and are hesitant to open their hearts again. Ted's attempt to distance himself from Summer only deepens his feelings, making him realize he can't live without her. Fearing the loss of Summer, Ted embarks on a journey to Ohio to find her after she leaves the campsite.

Christine Noyes excels in delivering a delightful and heartwarming romantic comedy with vivid characters and a story that beautifully balances humor, emotion, and personal growth. Ted and Summer are endearing protagonists, each with their own quirks and vulnerabilities. The narrative explores the themes of second chances, personal growth, and the healing power of love to mend old wounds. Set against the backdrop of Cayuga Lake, the novel captures the essence of embracing life's surprises and living in the moment. The supporting characters, like Marci and Frank, add depth and complexity to the plot. Winter Meets Summer is an uplifting read that leaves readers with a renewed belief in the magic of love, no matter the season of life. Christine Noyes has crafted a touching tale of love, self-discovery, and the joy of embracing the unexpected. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Ted and Summer, especially the inclusion of their families and friends.

Nino Lobiladze

Ted Winter, a successful lawyer, had his second heart attack when he was only sixty-seven years old. His daughter, Marci, threatened to move her family to Ted's house, considering that he worked too much and couldn't take proper care of himself after losing his beloved wife, Carol. As a temporary solution, Ted bought a big motorhome and drove to the Cayuga Lake campground, where he decided to stay for a while. He spotted an old VW bus in the neighboring lot. Soon, the owner of the bus, named Summer, got Ted's attention. She unceremoniously entered Ted's motorhome and his life to offer him tasty food, attention, and friendship. But Ted wasn't happy about her manners at all. Yet he couldn't stop thinking about this fascinating woman who used to cook delicious food for her neighbors for free. Ted learned that sixty-five-year-old Summer had also lost the love of her life, her husband, Arthur. She had been caring for her parents for the last five years and decided to live freely after losing them not long ago. Will Ted's and Summer's tentative friendship grow into something more? Winter Meets Summer by Christine Noyes is for fans of romance, drama, humor, and psychology.

Winter Meets Summer is a witty and very profound read, touching on questions about our place and true purpose in life. Christine Noyes tells us that we never stop growing and developing as humans, and age doesn't play any role in this significant growth. At first, Ted seems unfriendly, but he has a big, loving heart under these protective layers. Summer is quite a character! She could be annoying and even a bit arrogant, like when she kept addressing Ted as "Teddy," the nickname he couldn't stand. But Summer is full of amazing surprises. Christine also tells us that problems with parents can haunt us at any age and speaks about coping with loss and grief. I appreciated Christine's beautiful writing style and profound knowledge of human nature. The author's wise insights given from Summer's point of view offer us a fresh interpretation of familiar philosophical concepts. The events unfold quickly and hold our attention from the first page. Christine persuades us that our golden years will bring us many opportunities if we look at them from a wider perspective. Overall, Winter Meets Summer is a touching story that will make us smile and give us much food for thought.

Diana Lopez

Winter Meets Summer by Christine Noyes teaches us that life involves changes, and we must adapt to them. The story revolves around two characters. Summer is an older woman who, after losing her husband, seeks to start anew by dedicating herself to doing what she loves and being part of her community. On the other hand, Ted Winter is a sixty-seven-year-old lawyer going through a second heart attack. Ted's family and doctor pressure him to live a healthier lifestyle, but he disagrees because of his love for work and order. When they meet, Summer is kind and friendly, but Ted is not used to this and resists talking with her. But as they get to know each other, both learn not to judge, to let go of the past and to face their fears.

Summer is a fantastic character. She prepares dinners for campers at Cayuga Lake, and when she sees Ted struggling with his camper, she approaches him to offer food and advice. During each encounter, Summer asks questions and learns more about Ted and his family. I thought Winter Meets Summer was a beautiful story because both characters reflect on their life experiences. Moreover, they also tell each other funny anecdotes while creating good new moments by doing everyday activities together. I loved how Ted and Summer influenced each other. The plot is engaging due to their constant efforts to embark on new experiences. The narrative with both points of view allows for a deeper understanding of their feelings. Christine Noyes presents a fun story with the most unexpected moments thanks to Summer's creative ideas that lead Ted to experience new situations. Winter Meets Summer is an ideal romance novel for fans of the genre.