Saturday, April 12, 2008
31. "The Tenderness of Wolves" - Stef Penney
Winter is just beginning to tease and freeze in 1867 pioneer Canada. At Dove River, Mrs. Ross finds the dead body of her neighbor, a French trapper. Meanwhile, her son, Francis, has been missing for a few days.
There is no tenderness of wolves in this debut novel, which won the Costa Book of the Year in 2007. But there is hidden tenderness to be found in the hearts of the characters.
Still, I found it to be more mystery novel than historical fiction. There was some historical data, but nothing fresh or unique. Overall, I liked the characters, even if it felt that circumstances were over-manipulated to fit the author's purpose.
2.4 out of 5.0 Blue Romeos.