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Paperback Book Cover of Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard

Winter Loon

Wes Ballot deals with an alcoholic father who abandons him after the death of his mother who drowned in the frozen Minnesota lake. He now lives with his grandparents who are not the most warmest to welcoming people in the world. As Wes lives with his grandparents waiting for his father’s return, he meets a girl who is also grieving the death of a parent. Wes ends up learning the buried secrets of his family history that forces him to bear the weight of his family’s dark secrets. Read Wes’ transformation from boy to man in this haunting coming of age story by Susan Bernhard.

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 away and the hungry lake had swallowed my mother whole.

 

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Paperback Book Cover of The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel

The River Widow

During the Great Depression, in 1937, Adah Branch accidently kills her abusive husband, Lester. Adah must save her step-daughter Daisy from Lester’s cruel family all while she battles to survive the darkness of the Great Depression and to escape from the presence of Lester’s family thirst for revenge. However, Adah is included in a romance that ruins her plans of escape and she must make a difficult choice, risk everything to save Daisy or make a new life with a loving man. Author of the bestselling book, The Whisky Sea, Ann Howard Creel wrote a story of a woman’s great survival during the Great Depression.

Adah discovered she had a knack for reading people. She took that God-given talent and further developed her observational skills. Everyone had a tell, and she used that more than anything else to survive by fortune-telling.

 

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Paperback Book Cover of And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken

Lada Dragwlya is not any typical princess. Abandoned by her father and raised by the Ottoman Courts, Lada learned that being ruthless is key to surviving. To act as pawns in a cruel game Lada and her brother, Radu, are special from their lineage that also makes them targets. When they meet Mehmed – the lonely son of the sultan – Radu feels he has found a true friend and Lada questions that she has found a person who is worth her passion. Explore a well-written and highly-originated story by Kiersten White who gave a female a lead who does not need the male heroine to protect and save her from any threat.

‘On our wedding night,’ she said, ‘I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed to only myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.’

 

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Paperback Book Cover of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong

Now the days of winter begin, and the Goblin King rides aboard, searching for his bride…

Tales of the beautiful and dangerous Goblin King has been told to Lisel all her life that have enraptured her to inspirations of musical compositions. When her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Lisel must go underground to save her. She finds the mysterious world captivating and she becomes the Goblin King’s enemy and friend. S. Jae-Jones narrates raw and lyrical characters of good and evil that will warm a heart from the winter winds.

‘Life,’ he said softly, ‘is more than flesh. Your body is a candle, your soul the flame. The longer I burn the candle…’ He did not finish.

‘A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick,’ I said. ‘I would rather light the flame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in the darkness.’

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