Smith has moved on to Winter after her novel Autumn. Although not strictly linear, this story has a more straight forward plot line than Autumn. The story takes place over three days, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Boxing Day. Sophia Cleves is rattling around her 15-room house in Cornwall waiting for her son Arthur and his girlfriend Charlotte to arrive for the holidays. Arthur is in a fluster because Charlotte has dumped him and hijacked his blog, Art In Nature. He then shows up in Cornwall with Lux who's agreed to play Charlotte for the holiday. Finding his mother in crisis, Lux gets Arthur to call his Aunt Iris for help. Most of the story is told in flashbacks which covers both Sophie's and Iris' histories -- one as a successful business woman and the other as an activist. Smith again plays with language, Shakespeare, and her love of Dickens. The book is vaguely reminiscent of A Christmas Carol with Smith's unique spin on the classic.