Henriksen’s gorgeous settings and multilayered plot enrich the story.
This is an inspiring, feel-good tale.
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A debut novel that honors the strength and spirit of all those who struggle with social persecution because of who they love and how they define family whether it is their own flesh and blood kinfolk or those nearest and dearest to their heart.
Coming of age in the 1930s, Ruth Thompson joins a rodeo circuit to earn her college tuition. Once at college, she meets and falls in love with free-spirited Gisela. From Minnesota to the California coast, Ruth embarks on a journey of self-discovery. As WWII escalates, she must finally find the courage to defy dangerous social repercussions or lose the woman she loves.
Read the first chapter here
Available in paperback and ebook from most online stores:
Amazon US, Kobo.com, BarnesandNoble.com,
Powells.com, and Amazon.co.uk.
Available to independent bookstores and libraries through
Ingram Book Group
2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards
Winner in LGBT Category
2019 Colorado Independent Publishers Association
first place winner in LGBT Category and third place in New Adult Category
The Winter Loon is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
and a finalist in the following contests:
Self Publishing Review Awards 2017
Golden Crown Literary Society
Finalist in two categories: Debut Novel and Historical Fiction
Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award
finalist Debut Category
What People Are Saying:
“The Winter Loon is the literary equivalent of the long slow opening of the loveliest of corollas in harsh environs. It is the quintessential love story of our times.”
Coach: Cultivating Human Promise.
“The Winter Loon is a compelling story of a woman’s secrets, choices and courage. Both tender and wise, Henriksen is a fine story teller and her characters are skillfully drawn and memorable.”
Award-winning writer, group facilitator and activist
www.sandrabutler.net and www.motheringdaughters.net
“This is an ambitious, gripping, often painful story with a lot of drama and emotion, ups and downs and an ending that leaves the reader in satisfying tears.”
“What a beautiful, thoughtful book. The Winter Loon offers up complex characters and issues, a multi-textured plot and lots of heart. I have felt wrapped in the cocoon of this beautiful love story.”
Writing Mentor, Editor, Author of Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul.