Seek the truth -no matter how painful- in order to see the full picture.
I’d like to thank FSB Associates and Greenleaf Book Group for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for a review. The premise caught my attention right away and is much different from the books I usually read.
*I want to mention trigger warnings of suicide/grief.*
Winter of the Wolf
Author: Martha Hunt Handler
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Genre: Young Adult
This is a book about grief, loss, and a family’s struggle during it all.
The main character, Bean, deals with the recent loss of her brother who apparently committed suicide, but there could be more to his death as she learns about his Inuit beliefs and starts down a road to uncovering the mystery behind it all.
What interested me in reading this book is that I don’t know that much about Inuit culture and saw it as a different read. I’m not a super spiritual person but have learned and practiced a few things over the years so I wanted to see it from a different perspective.
The beginning is right after Sam’s death and Bean takes us back to that day when she felt something was “off” leading up to finding his body.
Even though the beginning was a little slow for me, the mystery behind Sam’s death piqued my interest. Theories popped into my head but I wasn’t sure where the story would go and I wanted to find out. With that being said, I did get into the story after a few chapters and towards the end, found it hard to put the book down.
Bean can’t wrap her head around Sam taking his own life but it takes her a while to get back into living to get to that point. She and her family need their own time to grieve and grow as people and the book did a good job at that. The biggest takeaway is that everyone grieves and takes their time differently.
One of the reasons I wanted to highlight this book is that all book sales proceeds received will go to the Wolf Conservation Center (nywolf.org.) In the book, animals are more than just animals and if they die, someone like Sam feels awful and wants to help the animal move on, and I can relate to that.
Winter of the Wolf isn’t a long read but there is a lot there when it comes to showing death, grief, and how it impacts what you believe in. Take time to move on and figure yourself out, maybe try out a few different ways of thinking.
I’ve never been part of a religion and just do my own thing but I do believe we should respect nature and all animals and that message truly resonates with me and maybe it’ll help others see it as well.