When we lose loved ones, we often take off down a far different path, sometimes one not of our choosing. A troubled heart led Josh to leave Maine and family behind to build a communication-free “green” cabin deep in the wilderness with his peaceful view of towering mountains and an awesome lake. Serendipity and early snowstorms bring Jami and Josh together for a winter of unique experiences and intense moments while sharing the incredible beauty of the Northwest. Shannon, a gregarious golden retriever, chaperones the sometimes-strange shenanigans of her mid-fifties counterparts with a quizzical lifting of her eyebrows.Humor, faith, and tears draw them close. Joshua’s heart is finally healing. With Jami having no recollection of her previous life, she fights falling in love. A springtime hike triggers her memory and Jami deals with a freshly broken heart and fighting her feelings for Josh. Returning to the Midwest and home territory, Jami experiences even stronger maternal ties to her growing family and a surprisingly negative response from her youngest daughter. This situation does not mesh with Josh’s fantasy of marrying each other and living in his isolated dream house in the Northwest wilderness.Mike Ward, Editor of RV Life, Lynnwood, WA, writes in his review of December, 2012:"There are several parallels in the novel to Sharlene’s life. Like Jami, the heroine in her book, Sharlene had two grown daughters when her husband died, and like Jami, she is an intrepid and resourceful woman.Sharlene describes the origins of the novel this way: “The settings and storyline are from my imagination, a melding of people I’ve known and places I’ve traveled. I’m sure my daughters and close friends will recognize similarities to our family lives. The conflicts and the pain of losing a mate are very real.”In her RV Life column, Sharlene has often written about traveling alone to isolated places. A key setting of the novel is a house in the Pacific Northwest wilderness that is so remote from civilization that its only access is by a dirt road that is impassable in winter. There is no phone service. Wind turbines and solar cells provide electricity. There is a wood stove for cooking and an indoor garden for food.Sharlene said she modeled the house partly on a three-story log cabin she wrote about in RV Life nearly three years ago. That story was about a couple in Idaho whose home was 13 miles beyond the electric grid. They were “living green,” running all their appliances on solar power and a backup generator.Winter in the Wilderness is an old-fashioned romance that should appeal to many RVers, though RVing itself makes only a minor appearance in the story. The two central characters are both in their 50s. Josh is a writer who has faced tragedy and moved to a remote house in the wilderness. Jami is the sole survivor of a plane crash who finds refuge at his home.How these two people interact and recover from the blows that life has dealt them is at the core of this fast-paced novel."