TMW Book Reviews

TMW Review – Taos Winter


Dr. Elizabeth Hairston-McBurrows

“Taos Winter” by Dr. Elizabeth Hairston-McBurrows is a heartwarming novel that intricately weaves the themes of love, cultural identity, and self-discovery. The story unfolds in the enchanting town of Taos, New Mexico, where Mia, a successful Navajo executive, finds herself entangled in a deep and unexpected romance with Corey Hartman, a polished and knowledgeable marketing expert from a wealthy British family.

Hairston-McBurrows skillfully captures the complexities of Mia’s Navajo heritage and her struggles to reconcile it with her modern life. The character’s journey is marked by moments of introspection, spiritual awakening, and a rediscovery of her roots. Mia’s character is richly developed, portraying a strong and independent woman who faces her past while forging a new future.

The novel excels in its depiction of the breathtaking landscapes of Taos and the rich tapestry of Navajo culture. The author’s vivid descriptions bring to life the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the cozy bed-and-breakfast, and the warmth of traditional Navajo practices.

Central to the novel is the romantic relationship between Mia and Corey. Their chemistry is palpable, and their story evolves beautifully, marked by moments of tension, reconciliation, and deepening love. The author deftly handles their cultural differences and the challenges they face, ultimately leading to a heartwarming conclusion.

“Taos Winter” is more than a love story; it’s a journey of self-discovery, cultural respect, and the power of love to transcend boundaries. The narrative is engaging, filled with emotional depth and cultural insights that enrich the reader’s experience. This novel is a testament to the author’s ability to create a compelling, culturally rich, and emotionally resonant story that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned.

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2025