Winter Loon

  • Title: Winter Loon
  • Author: Susan Bernhard
  • ISBN: Minnesota
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Winter Loon 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 h
    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 mother s old bedroom surrounde 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 mother s old bedroom surrounded by her remnants and memories As the wait for his father stretches unforgivably into months, a local girl, whose own mother died a brutal death, captures his heart and imagination, reminding Wes that hope always floats to the surface.When buried truths come to light in the spring thaw, wounds are exposed and violence erupts, forcing Wes to embark on a search for his missing father, the truth about his mother, and a future he must claim for himself a quest that begins back at that frozen lake.A powerful, page turning coming of age story, Winter Loon captures the resilience of a boy determined to become a worthy man by confronting family demons, clawing his way out of the darkness, and forging a life from the shambles of a broken past Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 325 pages Published December 1st 2018 by Little A More Details ASIN B07BDKJVWS Edition Language English setting Minnesota United States Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Winter Loon, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This book sounds so intriguing Can someone please tell me where I can get an advance copy of this book 1 likelike 2 months ago Add your answer Diane I received mine through Kindle First Reads through Prime I believe the book was a free selection of the month flag See all 3 questions about Winter Loon Lists with This Book Books with birds in the title 922 books 187 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 01, 2018 Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves 1970s, fiction, family, kindle, minnesota, read in 2018, young adult This was such a heartbreaking story and one in which you feel so emotionally invested in the main character Fifteen year old Wes Ballot is living with his alcoholic parents in Minnesota when his mother drowns in a lake His father sends Wes to temporarily live with his grandparents who aren t exactly warm and welcoming As Wes waits for his father to return, he meets a girl who is also dealing with the death of a parent This is the story of a boy who will learn long buried secrets about his fa This was such a heartbreaking story and one in which you feel so emotionally invested in the main character Fifteen year old Wes Ballot is living with his alcoholic parents in Minnesota when his mother drowns in a lake His father sends Wes to temporarily live with his grandparents who aren t exactly warm and welcoming As Wes waits for his father to return, he meets a girl who is also dealing with the death of a parent This is the story of a boy who will learn long buried secrets about his family history and will have to forge his own path in life Even though this book has such a sadness to it, in some ways it is uplifting as you watch this young boy deal with the crappy hand he was dealt and slowly develop into a man While you are reading you just feel protective of him and want to shelter him from any pain or hurt Haunting is a good word to describe the story as so many things about his family s past that he has no control over are affecting him in the present And that s why Wes is a character to root for because in a way he s having to fight other people s demons and how could you not want him to find happiness Definitely recommend as a good coming of age story This is one of the better Kindle First selections I have picked in recent months flag 78 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 30, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 3.75 rounded up A Devastatingly Sad Coming of Age Story Winter Loon left me with a Very Heavy Heart Wes Ballot is a teenager who has always gotten the short end of the stick He experiences one sad event after another to the point where I honestly had to wonder at times what the point of the story was He loses one family member after another and struggles to be strong, and to find himself when all seems lost Yes, Winter Loon is beautifully written and yes the novel includes a lot of emo 3.75 rounded up A Devastatingly Sad Coming of Age Story Winter Loon left me with a Very Heavy Heart Wes Ballot is a teenager who has always gotten the short end of the stick He experiences one sad event after another to the point where I honestly had to wonder at times what the point of the story was He loses one family member after another and struggles to be strong, and to find himself when all seems lost Yes, Winter Loon is beautifully written and yes the novel includes a lot of emotion but I honestly couldn t comprehend why the author would make a character go through so much heartache and pain, time and again I considered quitting a myriad of times, yet in the end I wanted to know how Wes ended up His strength amazed me They said that a man is the sum of his parts and Wes was definitely that Perhaps a lot of other reviewers would enjoy reading a book with tragedy after tragedy but this book left me feeling bereft even though Wes is such a strong young man That being said, the writing is superb, the storyline is told in the first person and the characterizations are brilliant If you can get past the sadness of this story, this book might be for you Thank you to NetGalley, Little A, and Susan Bernhard for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on NetGalley and on 12.30.18 flag 64 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Dec 16, 2018 Linda rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, native americans, young adult, nature themes Testing the waters is never accomplished within the safety of the shore.Susan Bernhard presents a novel imbued with the tragedies of second hand debris of life The hand off, the jilted inheritance, the receiving end of the deadly stick, the heavy baggage left in the wings by those who came before us Her main character of Wes Ballot is but fifteen years old But Wes bears the internal scars of hovering in the shadows for most of his young life observing and fleeing from the images of his alcoho Testing the waters is never accomplished within the safety of the shore.Susan Bernhard presents a novel imbued with the tragedies of second hand debris of life The hand off, the jilted inheritance, the receiving end of the deadly stick, the heavy baggage left in the wings by those who came before us Her main character of Wes Ballot is but fifteen years old But Wes bears the internal scars of hovering in the shadows for most of his young life observing and fleeing from the images of his alcoholic parents engaged in constant battle Survival meant staying out of the way and making yourself small Daily existence demanded the caretaking of those who relinquished their own parenting roles Bernhard sets up a pivotal situation in which Val shakes her son Wes awake in the middle of the night She beckons to him to follow her down to the edge of Bright Lake near their shanty of a cabin Moss, as usual, has taken to the road with promises to be back soon Val, lit up with high octane whiskey, bends and sways as they make their way to the frozen lake with the promise to experience the low call of the loon And it is here that Bernard will set in motion an out of control, rapid fire situation that will affect all of their lives forever Val ventures onto the ice swaying to music that only she can hear Her body plunges into the frigid darkness of the lake water and no panicking effort by Wes can save her His pitiful screams alert neighbors who call the police When Moss returns, he confronts Wes How could this have happened Wes is bathed in remorse and humiliated by the guilt seeping from his father s cold stare Moss banishes Wes to the care of his dysfunctional grandparents in Loma As readers, we observe Wes condemnation from the frying pan into the fire We will experience the cyclical nature of neglect, abuse, and cruel indifference.But Susan Bernhard steadies the hand with her focus on Wes We will experience the actions and the reactions of Wes as he sorts through the hand that has been dealt to him His testing the waters are at the core of this novel How do we fight the dark knight on horseback when we ve never been given the skills to succeed Always look to the lightI received a copy of Winter Loon through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Little A New York Publishing and to Susan Bernhard for the opportunity flag 39 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Sep 14, 2018 Michelle Hoover rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is a beauty of a page turner, dreamy, disquieting, and uncompromising to the end Against the tide of the wandering heart, the novel tells us, only love can offer us a place to rest and only if we let it flag 29 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 03, 2018 Glenna Pritchett rated it it was amazing Shelves coming of age, kindle first, literary fiction, recommend to friends 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 flag 24 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 12, 2019 Jeannie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2019, favorites, i will always love you I wish I was a writer I would love to write an excellent review for this book, I loved it so much The characters are realistic Wes was my favorite character and my heart broke for him The story is heartbreaking and I had tears in my eyes a couple of times.I can t wait to read from this author This book will go on to my favorites shelf and what a beautiful cover Highly recommend flag 21 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Jan 06, 2019 Sophie Beware Of The Reader rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves new to me author 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 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 qualify this book I d say it s a sad story about life, about family, about secrets but above all else, that first quote is what symbolizes the story perfectly.I decided to read Winter Loon after having visited Emma Scott s account on Facebook where she talked about it as she planned to read the book My curiosity was picked, the blurb intriguing enough and the cover was really gorgeous That was decided I would read Winter Loon One thing I can say about this book it s that it is filled with resentment, boiling emotions, unanswered questions and a quest to find the truth Another important remark the writing is from Wes s point of view but I was never drowned in his emotions.I did some thinking on the reason why I was not completely in Wes shoes to the point of living his life in technicolors I ve determined that the use of inner thougths rather than many active dialogs the telling of a situation rather than the showing was probably the main factor behind my detachment.We are following Wes s thoughts, his memories with his father and with his mother Even when he is experiencing a stressful event one night at his grand parent s house he is describing what is happening and set a distance between the emotions he experienced and the reader.I was able to read the situation, to realize it was sad or dramatic or but I didn t live IN it.That being said this book is real I mean this is not some glorified tale where everyone is rich and beautiful No It shows a poor boy who has lived through a dramatic event, the loss of his mother He is going to live with his emotionally cold grand parents after his father left him on a vague promise to be back.His family is far from rich His parents fought a lot And they drank too much His father left him and his mother for long stretches of time for many years His grand parents are far from warm and welcoming Don t tell me this is a rosy painting Throughout the book, Wes will slowly see the whole picture He will discover the secrets of his family and its generations of women.It is harsh It is sad It is sometime depressing It could be real.There are lessons learned too And every woman in this story did her best in her own way Wes will finally be the first male in this family to behave differently He will be the first to show some respect, to care for others, to be protective and set an example somehow.He will have to go on a journey to find the truth and decide who he wanted to be This is a brutal, slow building coming of age story flag 19 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Aug 02, 2018 Lissa Franz rated it it was amazing review of another edition Susan Bernhard s WINTER LOON is a gorgeously lyrical coming of age ballad a soul reckoning exploration of familial ties and the hard fight to make your life your own Wes Ballot s childhood ends when he witnesses a tragedy Forced into the hard, mean life of his grandparents, waiting for his father to rescue him a drifter whose definition of manhood Wes wrestles with throughout the novel Wes must confront his mother s secrets Wes casts about for role models in this tough world and finds it in t Susan Bernhard s WINTER LOON is a gorgeously lyrical coming of age ballad a soul reckoning exploration of familial ties and the hard fight to make your life your own Wes Ballot s childhood ends when he witnesses a tragedy Forced into the hard, mean life of his grandparents, waiting for his father to rescue him a drifter whose definition of manhood Wes wrestles with throughout the novel Wes must confront his mother s secrets Wes casts about for role models in this tough world and finds it in the Hightowers, a family he loves nearly as much as their adopted daughter Jolene It is here he learns love and loyalty Bernhard is deft with the trials and alienation of loneliness She writes beautifully of hardscrabble lives, and with perfect pitch about adolescence, resilience in the face of tragedy, and what it means to transcend a legacy and emerge with an honest, fearless, independent life A soaring and luminous debut flag 18 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Brittany rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, coming of age, year 2018, mystery 4 Stars So go, why don t you See if I care You don t mean that, he said But I did I wanted him to leave and to hold onto me I wanted him to shut the hell up and to tell me I d done all I could I wanted his comfort I got his pain Hauntingly tragic, and a beautiful coming of age story This was a wonderful debutabout 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 In this 4 Stars So go, why don t you See if I care You don t mean that, he said But I did I wanted him to leave and to hold onto me I wanted him to shut the hell up and to tell me I d done all I could I wanted his comfort I got his pain Hauntingly tragic, and a beautiful coming of age story This was a wonderful debutabout 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 In this book we follow Wes, who is 15 years old when his mother drowns His alcoholic father sends him to live with his, less than welcoming, grandparents While there he connects with a young woman who shares the pain of losing a parent This was than a story for me Some parts were so very relatable It was raw and dirty Gritty and painful The way the story was told was heart wrenching and sad, but you cant help but root for Wes It brought out every emotion possible for me The writing was so beautiful and lyrical which made it an easy, enjoyable read even with the heavy subject matter Totally recommend if your in the mood to feel ALL the feels flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 17, 2018 Emilie rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 29, 2018 Crystal King rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves literary Winter Loon is a gorgeous, emotionally wrought, coming of age story about a young boy who watches his mother drown and then must endure the aftermath of her death a father who abandons him, moving in with his abusive grandparents and falling in love with the beautiful Jolene The novel is heart wrenching, gritty, and at times troubling, but one thing that you cannot escape is how you will feel about young Wes Ballot as he tries to figure out his new place in the world This is a brilliant debut Winter Loon is a gorgeous, emotionally wrought, coming of age story about a young boy who watches his mother drown and then must endure the aftermath of her death a father who abandons him, moving in with his abusive grandparents and falling in love with the beautiful Jolene The novel is heart wrenching, gritty, and at times troubling, but one thing that you cannot escape is how you will feel about young Wes Ballot as he tries to figure out his new place in the world This is a brilliant debut and I can t wait to see where Bernhard will take her readers next flag 10 likesLike see review Oct 03, 2018 HollySykes rated it it was amazing review of another edition Winter Loon doesn t read like a debut novel Bernhard writes with incredible beauty that leaves you breathless and shivering Wes Ballot, after witnessing his mothers death, is shunted through his family to land with his cruel and horrifying grandparents They are easy to dispose at first until their own horrific and terrible lives come to light Bernhard explores the bitterness a person can harbor in their lives and how one people let it lash out on others in the world and some limp on, deter Winter Loon doesn t read like a debut novel Bernhard writes with incredible beauty that leaves you breathless and shivering Wes Ballot, after witnessing his mothers death, is shunted through his family to land with his cruel and horrifying grandparents They are easy to dispose at first until their own horrific and terrible lives come to light Bernhard explores the bitterness a person can harbor in their lives and how one people let it lash out on others in the world and some limp on, determined not to become the people that wounded them In the age of noisy adventure novels and sweeping political metaphors, Bernhard reminds us that sometimes, sometimes people s lives are just quietly shitty, with no conspiracy or reason, without any real institution that can be boycotted or revolution that can be founded Wes story stands as a testament to making a choice between allowing the bitter cycles of family and history swallow you and fighting the current, refusing to let them drag you in with them Throughout the novel, I kept hoping for good things to come to Wes, for his life to have beautiful moments of stillness and rest despite the constant unearthing of painful memories and truths that revealed not only the motives of those he was with, but also of those he d lost Winter Loon is a novel of untangling and of deciding when to reach for the scissors Sometimes it hurts to be reminded that someday, everything will be ok I loved reading this book and winning quiet battles in the depth of winter in Minnesota flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 25, 2018 Rachel rated it it was amazing review of another edition Stunning Heartbreaking Couldn t put it down flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 lauren rated it really liked it There s some part of me that is always inherently drawn to dysfunctional family dynamics in literature I m not sure what that says about me or my familial bonds, perhaps that s a talk with my therapist down the road but in this case, I m glad it brought me to this book I went into this one with no expectations, piqued mostly by the beautiful cover design and the short synopsis But I quickly found myself unable to put this book down The writing and the storytelling flowed effortlessly, maki There s some part of me that is always inherently drawn to dysfunctional family dynamics in literature I m not sure what that says about me or my familial bonds, perhaps that s a talk with my therapist down the road but in this case, I m glad it brought me to this book I went into this one with no expectations, piqued mostly by the beautiful cover design and the short synopsis But I quickly found myself unable to put this book down The writing and the storytelling flowed effortlessly, making it easy to let time slip away and be completely engrossed in this tumultuous narrative It broke my heart, many times over It was such a tragic and harrowing coming of age story about family ties, love, loss and forgiveness It is a story about being burdened with the family you re given, and gaining a sense of belonging with the family you find along the way It s about the need to set roots and to feel wanted A story about finding companionship in unexpected places A story about love A story about letting go and moving on Growing up.It was fascinating to watch Wes journey through the many hardships life threw his way and grow up into an independent and resilient young man This is a book that is likely to stick with me for a long while I m glad I got to read it flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Phyllis rated it it was amazing 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 flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 11, 2018 Karen Kay rated it liked it Shelves arc netgalley, minnesota, mystery, united states, young adult, twd challenge, netgalley read 2018, longmire challenge I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review 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 mother s old bedroom surrounded by her remnants and memories An okay read 3.25 stars flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2018 Lisa Books Smiles rated it liked it review of another edition 3.25 stars flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Debi Hawkes rated it it was amazing I let my eyes rest again on the craggy spot, dark as spilled ink and barely out of my reach, where the ice had given way and the hungry lake had swallowed my mother whole A truly wonderful novel Thoughtful and thought provoking.Wes, the main character was so completely realized, my heart broke for him, over and over.My running thought while reading Such broken people, striving so hard to break the cycle Sometimes it s easier to build something new than it is to fix something broken T I let my eyes rest again on the craggy spot, dark as spilled ink and barely out of my reach, where the ice had given way and the hungry lake had swallowed my mother whole A truly wonderful novel Thoughtful and thought provoking.Wes, the main character was so completely realized, my heart broke for him, over and over.My running thought while reading Such broken people, striving so hard to break the cycle Sometimes it s easier to build something new than it is to fix something broken This is so well written, very talented Definitely an author to keep on my radar flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 10, 2018 Nicole G rated it really liked it Shelves kindle first, 2018, contemporary fiction Of the First Reads I ve picked up over time, only one or two have been really fantastic This book blew those away.I can t believe this is the author s first novel I expect we ll be hearing from her.At bottom, this is a coming of age story, with family tragedy, and this could be ham handed with a less capable writer This was gorgeous in its prose, and really made me feel for the characters As I read the last words, I snapped my Kindle cover closed and just sat for a few minu Of the First Reads I ve picked up over time, only one or two have been really fantastic This book blew those away.I can t believe this is the author s first novel I expect we ll be hearing from her.At bottom, this is a coming of age story, with family tragedy, and this could be ham handed with a less capable writer This was gorgeous in its prose, and really made me feel for the characters As I read the last words, I snapped my Kindle cover closed and just sat for a few minutes, extending the end in my thoughts and just ruminating as if they were real flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Suanne rated it it was amazing Shelves general fiction, all time favorites, authors 18 Wes Ballott watches his mother die in a frozen lake in Minnesota After that horror, he is abandoned by his father and forced to live with his chain smoking, alcoholic bitter maternal grandparents who kept his mother s room unchanged for years hiding truths better left buried but can t open their hearts to her son Everyone Wes comes into contact is the worst possible role model for a parentless child, yet somehow he finds just the right person to help him heal and move on Despite the stark emp Wes Ballott watches his mother die in a frozen lake in Minnesota After that horror, he is abandoned by his father and forced to live with his chain smoking, alcoholic bitter maternal grandparents who kept his mother s room unchanged for years hiding truths better left buried but can t open their hearts to her son Everyone Wes comes into contact is the worst possible role model for a parentless child, yet somehow he finds just the right person to help him heal and move on Despite the stark emptiness of his life, Wes nearly finds a real family when he starts seeing a Native American girl Eventually he loses even her but has a chance to form another family Wes s growth from adolescence to manhood is extraordinary, heart breaking, yet inspiring A brilliantly written coming of age story, Winter Loon has taut yet lyrical prose that put me in mind of Louise Erdrich, words which one doesn t expect from a debut author I particularly enjoyed her recurrent use of the winter loon, weather, nature, and Native American myths to reflect and contrast with her characters Winter Loon is not a vapid read, but underlying the central dread and misery, an uplifting redemption filters through like sunshine through leaves Watching Wes become a better person than anyone in his dysfunctional family is haunting and magical Several times, though moved to tears, I was forced to continue reading Bernhard s elegent prose flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Holly Robinson rated it it was amazing review of another edition It s tempting to read only the books we re comfortable with, or those that stay within the lanes of familiar genres Winter Loon is not a comfortable or easy read, in that the plight of teenager Wes Ballot is so harsh With our current news headlines, you even might wonder why you d want to dive into a book that seems as chilly and unforgiving as the Minnesota lake that takes the life of Wes s mother at the start of the novel But do it The writing in this novel is poignant, lyrical, cinematic, It s tempting to read only the books we re comfortable with, or those that stay within the lanes of familiar genres Winter Loon is not a comfortable or easy read, in that the plight of teenager Wes Ballot is so harsh With our current news headlines, you even might wonder why you d want to dive into a book that seems as chilly and unforgiving as the Minnesota lake that takes the life of Wes s mother at the start of the novel But do it The writing in this novel is poignant, lyrical, cinematic, darkly comic, and unforgettable This is one of the most unique and rewarding debut novels I ve read in a long time flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 22, 2018 Michele Ferrari rated it it was amazing review of another edition A haunting coming of age story about a boy who struggles to move past the pain and tragedies of his parents and grandparents to become his own person Wes is a character who you grow to love and want to protect as he confronts the challenges of adolescence in the shadow of his mother s death and violent life Susan Bernhard is one of those rare writers who is able to use language in completely unique and lyrical ways while keeping the story in the voice of her young narrator A complex story bea A haunting coming of age story about a boy who struggles to move past the pain and tragedies of his parents and grandparents to become his own person Wes is a character who you grow to love and want to protect as he confronts the challenges of adolescence in the shadow of his mother s death and violent life Susan Bernhard is one of those rare writers who is able to use language in completely unique and lyrical ways while keeping the story in the voice of her young narrator A complex story beautifully told flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 30, 2018 Kathy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Compelling, beautiful, coming of age novel I was so moved by Wes s story flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 12, 2018 Ginger rated it it was amazing RealityIt has always amazed me how strangers can treat you better than blood, but for their loss, we do become better people flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2018 Polina Lu rated it it was amazing review of another edition Great story Kind of hard to read some parts because of the darkness within Love the beauty of Montana, too flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Linda Knight rated it it was amazing thin ice awaits those who seek happinessI read the caption on this book, selected it and then spent an entire day reading it It kept me entranced and so wanting to go to the last chapterbut I held out and was rewarded for it flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Katherine Sherbrooke rated it it was amazing review of another edition If you love the intersection of gorgeous writing, characters you won t forget and a story that will keep the pages turning, this book is for you You will be transported from the moment you start reading to a world that is likely quite different from your own, and yet resonates with all the most important questions about love loss, who we belong to and when we choose to let go Absolutely loved it flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 05, 2018 Patricia Caldwell rated it it was amazing A beautiful emotional readI haven t been touched by a book like this in a long time Beautiful, heartbreaking, extremely well written If you re looking for a great read, chose this bookA literary jewel flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Kathleen rated it liked it I would really like to give this 3.5 stars This is a really beautifully written story and it s a really sad story There is a lovely young man who pulls you through this story and all its sadness, that at times I found a bit hard to believe his rigor to endure without some kind of acting out or breakdown But in the end, this is a beautiful story about love real true love and those are the best stories to read Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing with an advanced copy to read i I would really like to give this 3.5 stars This is a really beautifully written story and it s a really sad story There is a lovely young man who pulls you through this story and all its sadness, that at times I found a bit hard to believe his rigor to endure without some kind of acting out or breakdown But in the end, this is a beautiful story about love real true love and those are the best stories to read Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing with an advanced copy to read in exchange for an honest opinion. flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Jan rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Librari Update to formats cover needed 3 26 Oct 03, 2018 07 37AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. This was such a heartbreaking story and one in which you feel so emotionally invested in the main character Fifteen year old Wes Ballot is living with his alcoholic parents in Minnesota when his mother drowns in a lake His father sends Wes to temporarily live with his grandparents who aren t exactly warm and welcoming As Wes waits for his father to return, he meets a girl who is also dealing with the death of a parent This is the story of a boy who will learn long buried secrets about his fa Thi [...]

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    2. 3.75 rounded up A Devastatingly Sad Coming of Age Story Winter Loon left me with a Very Heavy Heart Wes Ballot is a teenager who has always gotten the short end of the stick He experiences one sad event after another to the point where I honestly had to wonder at times what the point of the story was He loses one family member after another and struggles to be strong, and to find himself when all seems lost Yes, Winter Loon is beautifully written and yes the novel includes a lot of emo 3.75 roun [...]

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    3. Testing the waters is never accomplished within the safety of the shore.Susan Bernhard presents a novel imbued with the tragedies of second hand debris of life The hand off, the jilted inheritance, the receiving end of the deadly stick, the heavy baggage left in the wings by those who came before us Her main character of Wes Ballot is but fifteen years old But Wes bears the internal scars of hovering in the shadows for most of his young life observing and fleeing from the images of his alcoho Te [...]

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    4. This is a beauty of a page turner, dreamy, disquieting, and uncompromising to the end Against the tide of the wandering heart, the novel tells us, only love can offer us a place to rest and only if we let it.

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    5. 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.

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    6. I wish I was a writer I would love to write an excellent review for this book, I loved it so much The characters are realistic Wes was my favorite character and my heart broke for him The story is heartbreaking and I had tears in my eyes a couple of times.I can t wait to read from this author This book will go on to my favorites shelf and what a beautiful cover Highly recommend

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    7. 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 qua [...]

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