Barnaby Brown is a man who always seems down on his luck and all he wants is to head out west to California where the sun seems to always shine and the weather is warm year round. He can barley make ends meet, his car just died in a snow bank, his house will be foreclosed on soon and he is just stuck. Has been since his wife passed away, and life just seems to keep passing him by. However, Barnaby does not help his situation by always resorting to the bottom of a bottle. He knows that is the first step if he wants to change things, and when he gets invited to a New Years party at a neighbors house reality gives him a little bit of a wake up call. It’s New Years – so to new starts, right?
Running into an old friend on New Years has brought back many memories from the past- many happy and fun times but it also brings sadness in reminding him of what he did have. But Julia may be just what it takes to get him out of the rut he has been stuck in. Realizing he can change, and putting one foot in front of the other, and taking it one day at a time Barnaby changes his life and luck seems to be working in his favor and as his dream of heading west seems to be within reach, Barnaby has to decide if this is what he wants or if this is just what it is – a dream.
Thank you to WOW! Women on Writing Tour and the author for the free novel. This was a nice change of read, and reminds us to look at what we have instead of what we dream of. Things can change, and it is about taking it one day at a time and realizing that what we want and need is usually right in front of us.
Barnaby Brown has had enough of freezing winters, insurmountable debt, a dead-end job, and his solitary life as a young widower with no one but his beloved parrot Popsicle. He yearns to move to California and reawaken his long-lost early life as an artist. But new troubles come in threes. His ancient car crashes into a snowbank. Popsicle escapes through a window carelessly left open.
A New York gallery owner offers to represent Barnaby’s paintings—but is he on the up-and-up? All of it serves to shock Barnaby into confronting how low he has sunk, and he vows—again and again—to change. He has a few obstacles, starting with his heavy drinking and long-term neglect of his ancestral home. As he takes steps toward a better life, he re-discovers the value of old friendships and latent talents seen in new light, and finds the courage to consider a second chance at love. Rejoining the mainstream of life presents several startling mysteries he must unravel, with a few mortifying but enlightening stumbles.
A heart-warming novel about ordinary people reclaiming their dormant potential, Waterbury Winter celebrates the restorative value of art and the joy to be found in keeping promises.
About the Author:
Linda Stewart Henley is the author of Estelle: A Novel. Among other honors, it won Silver in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Historical Fiction and was a finalist for The Eric Hoffer Book Awards as well as for the 2021 Nancy Pearl Award. She lives in Anacortes, Washington, with her husband. Waterbury Winter is her second novel.
Praise for Waterbury Winter
“A reflective, witty, and fun story that elegantly crosses genres and addresses intriguing themes.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A heartfelt journey of two lost souls finding grace . . . and each other. Waterbury Winter is a must-read for anyone who believes in second chances and the power of kindness—or who wants to believe in them. This is one of those books that, when you have to put it down, you can’t wait to pick it up again.”
—Donna Cameron, Nautilus Award–winning author of A Year of Living Kindly: Choices that Will Change Your Life and the World Around You
“… a page-turner. I found I could not put it down until I had reached the end. It makes you think about how you are handling your life and if you are stagnating because you are too afraid to take a chance. I enjoyed reading this book from the first page to the last and found the ending the best, due to the fact that I had started rooting early for the main characters.”
—Readers Favorite, 5 stars
“A tour de force reminiscent of A Man Called Ove. Barnaby Brown’s interactions and experiences unfold in such a way as to endear him to the reader. He’s not perfect, but his imperfections are what reveal his gentle and generous spirit, and we root for him at every upturn and downturn. Waterbury Winter is a memorable masterpiece.”
—Saralyn Richard, award-winning author of the Detective Parrott mystery series and A Murder of Principal
“Linda Henley manages to combine drama, romance, humor, and even an art theft mystery in the highly entertaining Waterbury Winter. The novel introduces us to Barnaby Brown, an artist who is so down on his luck there’s no farther to slide. Through fast-paced writing and a series of remarkable plot twists, Henley constantly surprises the reader as Barnaby (accompanied by his faithful parrot, Popsicle) stumbles mightily in his efforts to redeem himself and become the man he wants to be. A many-layered novel, Waterbury Winter is, above all, a moving tribute to the healing power of art.”
—Laurel Davis Huber, award-winning author of The Velveteen Daughter
“… a heart-warming story of loss and love, challenge and resistance, and the power of creative expression. Henley’s masterful descriptions of character and place make these pages the perfect spot to hang out. Readers will make themselves at home, cheer for the protagonist, Barnaby, and be totally charmed by his opinionated parrot, Popsicle.”
—Romalyn Tilghman, award-winning author of To the Stars Through Difficulties
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May 2nd @ The Muffin
Join us as we celebrate the launch of Waterbury Winter by Linda Stewart Henley. We interview the author about her book and also give away a copy to one lucky reader.
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May 3rd @ Fiona Ingram’s Blog
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