TitleWinter Loon
AuthorSusan Bernhard
ImprintSusan Bernhard Ltd
Sales rank4.5
FormatKindle Edition


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.


Katie B

Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

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... (Sign in to see more)

Michelle Hoover

Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

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.

Lissa Franz

Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

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... (Sign in to see more)


Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

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 an... (Sign in to see more)

Crystal King

Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

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 wrenc... (Sign in to see more)


Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

Stunning Heartbreaking Couldn t put it down.

Michele Ferrari

Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

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 viol... (Sign in to see more)


Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

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 o... (Sign in to see more)


Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

Compelling, beautiful, coming of age novel I was so moved by Wes s story.

Katherine Sherbrooke

Winter Loon By Susan Bernhard

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 impo... (Sign in to see more)

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