Books – The Road To Winterhaven by Geoff Nolan

I’m not going to do regular book reviews on this site, but I’m very happy to recommend one book that I read recently – The Road to Winterhaven.

Why should you buy this book?

WinterhavenFirst of all, because it’s a good read with characters that you’ll care for and a story that will touch you (especially during the northern winter).

Secondly, because it costs a mere $3 on Amazon just a few cents more on Kobo, Nook, Sony and Smashwords.

Finally, aside from being a good yarn and an inexpensive one, The Road To Winterhaven is the first book published by one of your fellow commenters – a regular at Saabs United in the old days who went by the name of JFan; real name – Geoff Nolan.

As someone who writes for pleasure and aspires to put a book together one day, I found myself inspired by Geoff Nolan’s work. I tried to picture myself putting a story into words, as he has done here. I found myself admiring his dedication, courage and honesty because the process must have been a lot more personal that I’d previously imagined it to be.

The story is set in the late 1920’s. The central character in The Road to Winterhaven is a man named De Angelis, who arrives in Winterhaven in the middle of winter to find a town missing two things. The first thing missing is hope because the town has just been sold to a young megolamaniac entrepreneur, a sort of local-boy-made-good-but-turned-bad who’s determined to throw all the residents out and use Winterhaven as one end of a trans-continental American highway.

The second thing missing is a church and our hero sees that building one might restore the other. What follows is an Amish-style building effort to get the church built in just a few days. All the while we’re introduced to a cast of characters that end up with a lot more depth and dimension than I expected.

I grew up in a very churchy environment, one that I separated from around 10 years ago. I’m no longer a practicing Christian, nor a believer, and I’m comfortable with that. Because of my own background, I found a few of the spiritual overtones in the book a little too much at times. They didn’t make me uncomfortable but they did make me a little cynical, if only for a short time. Perhaps the best compliment that I can pay to Geoff is to say that the story and the characters overcame my cynicism and I still managed to thoroughly enjoy reading this first effort.

You can view Geoff Nolan’s website here. The links above will lead you sites where you can purchase and download the book.

I’d encourage you to check it out.

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1 Comment

  1. Hi Steve,

    You have no idea what that review means to me. It’s very, very much appreciated. As you mentioned before, I know the story isn’t what you’re used to, so thanks very much for sticking with it – I’ve had a few nice emails from people in places I’ve never heard of about it, so it’s a good start.

    After several years writing about World Wars 1 and 2, concentration camps and some terrible things in general that would keep me awake at night, I think I needed to write Winterhaven – the other side of the coin. My great-grandfather – an Irishman – fought with the British in World War 1. He went through hell yet always tried to spread good after. I guess I often think of him when writing these things.

    Finally, thanks to you, Steve. Without going into detail, there were some difficult days when I was writing. It was always a pleasure to check out SaabsUnited (and now Swadeology) whenever a break was needed. And that’s the truth.

    Back to writing…

    Happy New Year to you – and everyone here.
    All the best from Ireland,