Bonnie Turner's Face the Winter Naked is a beautifully written tale of strength, hope, love, and despair. Within the pages of this book, the era of the Great Depression unfolds into sharply focused reality, and the people who were impacted the most by that time of financial desperation come to life. Ms. Turner is an excellent storyteller, and I found myself completely immersed in her narrative.
I'm a very picky reader and I don't finish books I don't like -- my reading time is too precious to waste. Reading FACE THE WINTER NAKED was a wonderful way to spend my time. It's well-written, vivid, engaging and heart-tugging. I went to sleep at night thinking of Daniel and LaDaisy , the main characters, and woke up in the morning ready to read more. I raced to the end of the book to know what happened but was sorry when I read the last page because my time with the characters was over.
My parents lived through the Depression era, and many of the stories they told me were directly depicted in this remarkable book... These are real people, with real problems, in a world they didn't create but did their best to survive, and the author is to be commended for writing an insightful book that could have, but didn't, become maudlin. This book is proof that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
I swan, I love this book!
I'm not sure if I've ever seen the mild oath "I swan" in a book before, but my late mother used it often. The language in "Face the Winter Naked" really spoke to me in a familiar tongue. The story reminded me of stories told by my late parents about the Great Depression... my grandma would never turn away a hungry mouth showing up at their door.
Thank you Bonnie for such a fine read.
PS: I'm a 60 plus year old male.
Great thought provoking book
This is a book for those who enjoy connecting with all elements of our humanity...pathos, sorrow, hurt, forgiveness, love and hope. Anyone who has lived the near 70 years I have can relate as we have faced most of life's pains and truly understand that we all suffer from much of the histories and characteristics of these characters. I could not put this book down and did not want it to end.
Face The Winter Naked was an eye opener. Such a sad time. LaDaisy's story could have been the true life story of my Grandma Eva Blue. My grandfather left her to raise 3 little boys by herself. Heros come in every shape & size. This is a work of fiction but Ms Turner could easily have written my grandmothers story.
Daniel suffered from PTSD... This book will haunt you, long after you finish.