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Winter of the Wolf

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  294 ratings  ·  195 reviews
A tragic mystery blending sleuthing and spirituality

​An exploration in grief, suicide, spiritualism, and Inuit culture, Winter of the Wolf follows Bean, an empathic and spiritually evolved fifteen-year-old, who is determined to unravel the mystery of her brother Sam’s death. Though all evidence points to a suicide, her heart and intuition compel her to dig deeper. With he
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Greenleaf Book Group
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*Deeeeeep Breath*

So, this is a book that follows the apparent suicide of Bean's (yes that's her real name) older brother (Sam) and how the whole family grieves, processes and comes to terms with his death.

This book delves into love and loss, promises tragedy and heartwarming moments...but most of all...I felt annoyed.

And I felt annoyed that I felt annoyed.

It's not that it's a terrible boo
Sometimes the end is only the beginning.....

Martha Hunt Handler presents a storyline that will give you pause. Perhaps you have been touched profoundly by the passing of someone whose death leaves more questions than answers.

Handler introduces us to the Hanes family living in northern Minnesota. Frigid is on the weather meter most of the year. We come to know Bean, a fifteen year old, surrounded by three brothers of differing ages and personalities. But her favorite is her kindred spirit, Sam.
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Winter of the Wolf by Martha Hunt Handler and narrated by Kelly Pruner is a unique book.

Bean’s brother, Sam dies. Everyone believes it is suicide except Bean who tries to find out what actually happened. Sam was very interesting in Inuit culture, and I enjoyed learning a little about Inuit culture.

Winter of the Wolf is a very emotional and tragic story. I enjoyed hearing about Bean interacting with her family and friends and how that changes throughout the book. Bean makes a lot of assumptions
Ariin Palsule
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This book had me hooked in every way possible. The cover had me hooked. That's the sole reason I requested it. The description comes later, gimme the BEAUTIFUL COVERS FIRST!!
The book, inspired from a true incident faced by the author, had an interesting, beautifully written and yet heart-breaking, inconsolable plot about the demise of the MC Bean's brother, Sam. Thanks to the Lilliputian size of their town, the word about Sam's passing away spreads faster than Usain Bolt's sprint. People not e
Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Many Thanks to Net Galley, Greenleaf Book Group and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.

Very recently a popular actor in Indian cinema passed away and a case of suspected suicide was registered. The uproar that erupted is still creating a media storm. There are some claiming friendship milking the tragedy for what it’s worth, there are some for no fault of theirs paying a hefty price as fans have gone berserk, then there are the politician
Bonnie DeMoss
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Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Winter of the Wolf is a story about the tragic and untimely death of a teenage boy and how his family and friends work towards grieving and eventually accepting his loss.

17 year old Sam Kane's body is found in his room by his mother in an apparent suicide. Sam loved and had a strong belief in the Inuit culture and customs and lived his life according to those beliefs. He was a strong, fearless, intelligent, kind, spiritual person with a deep understanding, love and appreciation for Nature an
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winter of the Wolf by Martha Hunt Handler is a very well written story that was agonizing, emotional, and compelling read that struck me from the very first pages of the book. Handler’s writing was beautiful and deep that explored deep themes on grief, loss while weaving the spirituality of the Inuit culture.

From the voice of a young fifteen year old girl named Bean, who is grieving the loss of her brother Sam to an apparent suicide, while following her instincts to uncover the truth.

Overall I
Jul 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, a selfish, unlikeable, psychic girl in love with her brother--who was so fascinated by Inuit culture that he appropriated significant aspects of it--tries to prove that he didn't deliberately hang himself. She appropriates an Inuit ritual herself to contact his spirit, but decides only that he is at peace. At the very end of the book, his best friend tells her that he gave her brother information on autoerotic asphyxiation, and that's how her brother died.

This is a good example of
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Won this via goodreads giveaways, all my opinions are my own:)

3.25 stars 🌟

Writing was a little clunky in the start but I quickly fell into the flow of the story. The journey of Bean to find out what happened to get some understanding and peace was beautiful.

The spiritual stuff hit home.. most of it I agree with and also believe in. I've gotten signs in the past from loved ones and its been a huge comfort for me.

The stuff near the end, on one hand it was a beautiful concept but it also felt
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book with no expectations. I can tell you however that if I had any expectations that they were blown away. The way that the author intertwined the spirituality of reincarnation with wolves and death was nice. I have read other books with this type of concept and some were good and others were too far out there on the concept.

Bean is the main voice of this book. Her strong need to learn the truth about her brother's death was felt. While, I did not know much about Sam, it is as
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley, Martha Hunt Handler, Greenleaf Book Group Press, and Greenleaf Audiobooks for the opportunity to listen to Winter of the Wolf in exchange for an honest review.

Initially, I requested this audiobook for two reasons:
1) I love Inuit culture. I did a report on it in 5th grade after visiting Alaska and I currently incorporate Inuit mythology and language into my own writing.
2) I wanted to try out NetGalley’s new app, NetGalley Shelf. Reading on there seems okay, but I wanted to
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Winter of the Wolf was an okay book. It will take you on an emotional ride and you will definitely learn some interesting things alone the way. In it, you will meet Bean and you will also find out that her brother Sam has died. No one knows what exactly happened but all signs lead to suicide at the moment. Of course, Bean doesn't think that's the truth and she is very determined to find out what really happened to her broth
The Nerd Daily
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Jeanette Zhukov

“If I tried to remember the nitty-gritty details of any other day in my life, I’d likely fail miserably. But each moment of the day Sam died seems to have been permanently etched into the folds of my brain.”

A teenaged girl, struggling over the loss of her brother’s possible suicide, goes on her own search for answers in this coming-of-age novel about overcoming grief. Brimming with spirituality and a heart-breaking mystery at its
Erin (acozyhappylife)
I’m so frustrated with this book! Winter of the Wolf was beautifully written and had me believing this would be a 4.5 star book for me. The writing starts out deep and thoughtful. The subject matter was beautifully handled and as someone who has suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide I appreciated that fact immensely. But then I hit the 85% complete mark and the book was close to ruined for me. It was as if the book was all of a sudden written by a different author and if not that then ...more
saima (niqabi reader)
Dec 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I usually don't review books I truly do not like at all, because I don't like giving out entirely negative feedback. I feel like most books have at least something good about them, and it's more just that there are some not-so-good elements, but that was not the case with this one and since this was from Netgalley I feel compelled to give feedback on this book.

First off, I have to say I was so so so so excited to finally see some inuit rep in a book. But... it was awful. Not the writing, but the
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-netgalley
Winter of the Wolf is a story about the apparent suicide of a teenager, Sam and his sister Bean, who loves and idolises him so much that she refuses to believe he would ever kill himself. She decides to take it upon herself to research into his death and try to find out what else could possibly be the reason for his death other than suicide.

The narrator was easy to listen to, she brought the story to life and I always appreciate a good narrator. The author does a very good job of letting the re
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads, mystery
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

Mournful book as a grieving sister remembers the day that led to her favorite brother's death. Definitely not something to read on a rainy Monday.
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was read as an ARC from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

This book surprised me in a number of ways - for some reason, I expected it to fall more into the realms of fantasy, where Bean discovers that her brother has somehow been reincarnated into a wolf, but discovered that it was a very realistic, moving journey through loss, grief, and recovery. I don’t know what the author has experienced in life, but I expect that she has gone through the loss of someone very dear to her in order
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rfv, e-copy, 5-stars
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This book was not what I was expecting. When I read the description of this book I decided I wanted to read it because I was interested in the reference to Inuit culture. A few years ago I read Confessions of an Igloo Dweller: Memories of the Old Arctic which is a non-fiction book by a man who lived with the Inuit people for an extended period of time. Because I enjoyed that book so much I decided to give a fiction book about Inuit culture a go. I really did enjoy this book, the spiritualism is ...more
Jammin Jenny
I really liked this story about a teenager that is found dead in his bedroom. The authorities say it's a suicide but his sister doesn't believe it. Through soul searching and questioning people around her, she realizes she can't find the answer. But her family goes through the grief process, deals with mental health issues, and in the end, they eventually find the answer. Great storytelling for a really sad subject. ...more
Brenna Clark
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to Greenleaf Book Group Press for reaching out to me about this whirlwind of a mystery. It felt incredibly kismet, even before reading the synopsis of the book, that this ARC came my way. I have always felt extremely drawn to wolves, and not only does the symbolism of the gorgeous creatures serve as a running through-line in Winter of the Wolf, but after some research on the author herself, I noticed that she has devoted her life to helping them. I immediately felt close to her ...more
Bradley (AudioShelf)
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was pleasently surprised at how good this book was!!! So thank you very much to netgalley for supplying us with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review!

This book dealt with grief in the most truest of ways. The story was about a young woman (Bean) who is processing the reported suicide of her brother (Sam). However, she is determined, through grief, to prove that her brother wasn't one to die by suicide and that there had to be more to the story of his death. With the help of
Celia Buell
Free in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Goodreads Giveaways. Thanks to Greenleaf Publishing Inc for listing.

TRIGGER WARNING: this book is fairly graphic and though the MC is the age of many characters in middle grade novels, I would not recommend anyone under the age of sixteen or without a certain level of maturity should read it. Specific triggers under spoiler.

(view spoiler)

Generally, for me, a boo
Colleen Scidmore
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Winter of the Wolf is the first audiobook I listened to on NetGalleys new audio review addition! I was super psyched to get this. And the cover is just beautiful! I love Wolves and Pigs and all other But there is something just so regal about a wolf to me.

Bean, who is super close to her older brother Sam has just lost him to what seems like a suicide. Everything points perfectly to suicide from the way he died to some incidents leading up to his death. But something in Beans gut t
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
My heart is broken, but I'm smiling...

Winter of the Wolf is a harrowing yet alluring depiction of grief and the pain and questioning that follows after an unexpected loss of a loved one.

Bean has recently lost her brother, Sam, to an apparent suicide. Questioning the cause of Sam’s death, Bean embarks on a journey of spirituality and grief in order to find out the truth.

I’d like to start off by stating that this book made me cry twice and that despite its heaviness, it has made me feel lighter.
Padmaja Reddy
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Martha Hunt Handler's Winter of the Wolf narrates a very emotional journey of a teenage girl Bean in turning her grief into gratitude.

Sam, her dear brother, is the one who first pronounced her existence at age two when even their mother did not know that she was pregnant with Bean. He is the one who gave her the name, Bean. Sam’s unexpected death comes as a big shock and she is more shattered when it is pronounced that he has killed himself.

Bean is not willing to accept that he is gone. She se
Theresa Smith
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed this novel so much, and considering my somewhat shaky relationship with YA fiction, I was quite surprised from the get-go how much I didn’t want to put this novel down. It had everything: a compelling story, well fleshed out characters, depth and meaning, along with a sensitivity regarding what can only be considered as ‘big ticket’ issues. This might be marketed as a YA novel, but it’s really one that suits all ages, in my opinion.

Bean was a beautiful narrator, so honest and loyal. I
Sep 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
I just could not get past the main character's awful personality and had to quit 35% in. "Bean" used depression as an excuse to be an awful person, but then got mad at her mother for having depression and not being Bean's personal slave. Also the mother said she stopped taking her antidepressants because she "didn't fell like she needed them" and this attitude may change latter on in the book but I'm not here for people not taking literal neuronal death seriously because they don't want the medi ...more
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Martha Hunt Handler grew up dreaming of wolves and has always understood that her role in this lifetime is to tell stories and be a voice for nature. She has been an environmental consultant, a magazine columnist, an actress, and a polar explorer, among other occupations. When she and her four children relocated from Los Angeles to New York more than twenty years ago she began to literally hear th ...more

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