A haunting debut novel about family and sacrifice, Winter Loon reminds us of how great a burden the past can be, the toll it exacts, and the freedom that comes from letting it go.Abandoned by his father after his mother drowns in a frozen Minnesota lake, fifteen-year-old Wes Ballot is stranded with coldhearted grandparents and holed up in his mothers old bedroom surrounded b...
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Winter Loon Reviews
"I'd come to realize that all my life I'd been sheltered and shaped for the better by women who'd had to fight for every last thing and who'd done their best, even my mother, even Ruby in her way."
For those who follow me for some time, know that this is not my usual genre or type of book.
My main reads are YA and romance.
If this book centers around a teenager of fifteen year old, Wes, I would not call it YA. Nor would I call it romance even if you'll find some love story in it.
Trying to qualif ...more
A beautifully written book about a young boy seemingly abandoned by everyone around him but yet who strives to become someone dependable and others can count on him.
Great story. Kind of hard to read some parts because of the darkness within. Love the beauty of Montana, too!
This is the story of Wes Ballot, a fifteen year old boy who witnesses the death of his mother when she falls through the ice on a Minnesota lake. His father sends him to live with his grandparents and stays in his mother's old childhood bedroom. It is a coming of age story of abuse, dysfunction and heartbreak. It's a well written page turner and I understand a debut novel. Susan Bernhard is a very talented writer.
Compelling, beautiful, coming of age novel. I was so moved by Wes's story.
This book is beautiful. The prose is elegant and, though it took me a moment to become fully immersed in the story, the characters are rich and the setting tangible. It’s a story of loss and finding and wrought with love and comfort. This books wraps around you and I can’t wait for it to be released and shared with the world.
Five humongous, glowing, golden stars!
Once in a while a debut novel will knock off my socks. This one did, so I’m going to follow this author and wait impatiently for her next one.
I am an amateur at reviewing books, and this one is too good to suffer such an injustice. So I’ll say only that you simply must read it.