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Posted December 18, 2012
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite
"Coming Out of Winter" by Thomas Young is a story of Ludy and Corrine Porter, their parents, their children, their friends and their secrets in the small Georgia town of Crossroads. The story begins in the 1950s when eighteen year old Ludy and sixteen year old Corrine are about to be married. Ludy and Corrine share many good times, as well as many bad times. During their life together from their humble start to the wealth and power they earn they never lose the deep love they share for each other. Corrine presents Ludy with nine children. Ludy works hard to improve the life of his family. Over the years he becomes a very rich and important man in the town. He owns the town café, is a partner in the town hotel, and buys and builds a beautiful home and farm for Corrine and the children. Clive Barrow is the childhood friend of Ludy. He is the one who shares a deep dark secret that could destroy the reputations of both men. Clive also causes suffering to two of the Porter children because of his secret desires.
"Coming Out of Winter" by Thomas Young is a family saga spanning 40 years. Thomas Young shares with us the good, the bad and the ugly sides of life. It is a well-written book that emotionally attaches you to each character, capturing your attention and pulling you into the story. "Coming Out of Winter" offers the reader love, suspense, drama, death, and good and bad people that will keep you turning the pages. I recommend this book to the reader who enjoys the story of a family with real life issues presented in a caring way without sexual or obscene descriptions. I hope to see many more books by Young in the future.
Posted December 18, 2012
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers Favorite
Corrine lay in a hospital bed in ICU as her daughter Bobbie Jean sat vigilantly next to her. The once beautiful petite woman was almost unrecognizable. After she lost Ludy she changed. She loved her children dearly but life wasn’t worth continuing without her precious husband, Ludy. There had been no response to stimuli in the previous week. The scene shifts to the past, the evening before Corrine and Ludy were joined in wedlock. Ludy despised his family’s saw mill and jumped at the opportunity of starting his own business. He took financial chances that often left Corrine disconcerted. After the death of Ludy’s father, the couple inherited the large estate. Although they should have been financially comfortable for the rest of their life, Ludy made a risky business venture that left him in debt for several million and with some bad people angry enough to rough him up. Throughout their years together Ludy and Corrine faced financial hardships and death, yet their love only grew stronger.
"Coming Out of Winter" by Thomas Young is a book filled with love, joy, and sadness. Young’s plot is character-driven. In "Coming Out of Winter", we come to know Corrine and Ludy well. Corrine is the strength behind their relationship. Ludy had many flaws but Corrine not only overlooked them but managed to subtly cover for him. A lot of emphasis is placed on Corrine’s weight and how it contributed to her death. Young also addresses the issue of homosexuality and does so in a mature, restrained manner. From the moment Clive was introduced, I suspected his sexual orientation. Toward the end of the book Clive’s mental stability is questioned. Another aspect of the plot that will jump out at females is the many children Corrine bore. "Coming Out of Winter" is a fascinating read that will have readers eagerly turning the pages.