The Tenderness of Wolves

The Tenderness of Wolves

Large Print - 2007
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If people only knew how many times a day God rescues them, they would know what true gratitude is." That is only one of the quotes you can find in this book. Many of the harder questions are handled in this book, and the answers are surprising and satisfying. Roman Catholic Spirituality at its best, full of richness - a sure five course spiritual meal.
Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Thorndike Press, 2007.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410403308
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 689 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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CircMary Dec 10, 2019

Intriguing characters, setting, and plot. I still feel like I am slogging through the snowy wilds of northern Ontario with them. For those who don’t like their murder mysteries tied up in a neat bundle.

Jan 29, 2019

My new favorite author - all 3 books to date are wonderful!

Mar 20, 2018

A mystery that takes its time to get into the story. The Canadian North country in 1867 is the scene, and a man is found murdered in his cabin. A teenage boy is suspected because he flees from the small community. His mother joins with a tracker to follow him and discover the truth. Central to the plot is the homosexual relationship between the suspect and the dead man.

Jan 06, 2017

Wow--amazing that this is only Stef Penney's first novel! It reads like a tenth! I love how she gives so much depth to so many characters. Great setting in a great era. I was dying to learn who dun it even though I didn't really want it to end. Perfect, perfect novel for the cold weather we've been going through--just sat indoors and lost myself in the story. Wonderfully complex but she took pains to make it easier to pick up the thread of where a particular character or group was headed when a new chapter started. I'll be watching for her future novels.

Dec 04, 2016

One of the most beautiful stories I've read in a long time! This is historical fiction at his best.

Jul 17, 2016

Historical fiction, outdoor adventure, and a mystery combined. A bit too many characters and subplots, some of which were left unfinished. Also a bit slow in places. OK, but not great.

Jul 19, 2015

This is the kind of book you don't want to finish. It's a beautifully written and totally engrossing story. I loved it.

Nov 07, 2014

Small print books are readable for a limited number of people! If SPL adds her 2nd book in multiple forms...why not add ebook for her first popular book?

Oct 11, 2014

The author has a vivid imagination and the setting is interesting. There are far too many characters with their own side stories causing the suspense to be entirely lost by the time murderer is confronted. The book ends abruptly leaving all the other side stories dangling. If you do like this book, you might also enjoy the real life biography titled: "Esther: The Remarkable True Story of Esther Wheelwright, Puritan Child, Native Daughter, Mother Superior" by Julie Wheelwright. Also, for a most beautiful depiction of the Canadian woods in winter, read David Adams Richards novel: "The Friends of Meager Fortune".

Helen100 Sep 14, 2014

I was totally captivated with this story. I almost felt that I was the one trudging through the blowing snow looking for my lost son.

I felt that the book did a wonderful job of depicting life in Canada as it truly was in the mid 1800s. There were decent people and there were ruthless people during those times - both white and native. The policies of the Hudson's Bay Company were also examined in an impartial way. There were some truly terrible practices that were used to keep the native people tied to the Company but there was also a certain amount of assistance given.

I am looking forward to reading future novels written by this author.

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notTom Dec 16, 2010

An isolated woodsman is brutally murdered in the small town of Dove River in the bleak and snow-ravaged wilderness of Northern Canada in 1867. Suspicion immediately falls upon the neighbor's missing son. But as the investigation deepens, the case takes a bizarre turn and reveals secrets that cannot stay hidden forever.

This book was the Winner of the 2006 Costa Award, in large part due to the author's terrific description of setting.


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