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Midwinter Turns to Spring
                 
The Book

  "Some things that are hidden from view were meant to remain hidden, but others are preordained to reappear at destiny’s prompting.  An artist might conceal the fervent brushwork of his original sentiment under fresh layers of paint—but the underlying image often begs to resurface.  Such is the sentiment of this story.  Having been kept a secret for twenty-six years, it wants to live again."

-- from the Prologue of "Midwinter Turns to Spring"
 

The story begins when Cassidy Hamilton, a San Francisco woman, moves into a Victorian apartment, and discovers a hidden drawer tucked behind the baseboard of a built-in china cabinet.  Inside the drawer is the journal of Savannah Curtis, a woman who lived in the same Victorian apartment twenty-six years earlier. 

     The journal reveals the story of Alfonso Madrigál, a Spanish flamenco guitarist, who meets Savannah, an artist and art appraiser, when he seeks to authenticate a painting that is thought to be the work of Pablo Picasso – a painting that has a mysterious pentimento that’s just beginning to resurface.  Neither of them is looking for the other, and yet when Alfonso Madrigál finds himself attending Savannah’s art lecture one Indian summer in 1977, events from that day forward conspire to irretrievably change both their lives—and the lives of those who knew them.

     Midwinter Turns to Spring explores the nature of love that endures long after the frills of romance and infatuation have fallen away.  It also speculates the outcomes of paths taken and not taken, as well as the punishments and rewards of those that choose to love.  It is rich in hidden meanings, metaphors and deep spiritual insights that keep delivering well after the story ends. 

     "If you've never been moved by a song so deep that it touched places in your heart you didn't know existed ... if you've never heard a guitar weep, or lost yourself in its tears ... if you've never been swept up in the delirium of a love that defies all odds ... the story of Savannah Curtis and Alfonso Madrigál will open your eyes to what's possible when one dares to love." -- Excerpted from the Prologue of Midwinter Turns to Spring.

     Midwinter Turns to Spring is the first novel that comes with its own music soundtrack consisting of songs also written by the author, Maria Veloso.  The music CD soundtrack was produced, arranged, co-written and performed by Zendrik.



 

A percentage of the net proceeds from Midwinter Turns to Spring and its companion music CD is donated to non-profit organizations dedicated to world hunger relief and poverty reduction.

 

 
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Midwinter Turns to Spring
by Maria Veloso
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