The Long Winter Ends

The Long Winter EndsThe Long Winter Ends by Newton G. Thomas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought this book to do some research on Cornish miners who immigrated to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to work in the copper mines. It’s a wonderful book for that research, with dialogue written in the full Cornish brogue so the reader is steeped in the sounds of the miners as well as reading about their everyday life and struggles. As a research tool, the book is excellent.

As a story, it leaves a lot to be desired. The biggest issue is, there isn’t an ending. It just stops. In an awkward place. Without wrapping up the characters’ storylines or leaving any sort of satisfaction in a story well told.

But if you’re interested in the Cornish miners of the U.P., then it’s definitely worth the time to read. Allow yourself some extra time to grow accustom to the dialect and speech patterns though, it takes a while to get into the rhythm and cadence of the brogue.

Published by Pegg Thomas

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens; keep a few barn cats, and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” Pegg is published in the Barbour historical romance collections. Pegg also works as Publisher of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. Pegg won the Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope, & Love Award for 2019, was a finalist for the 2019 ACFW Editor of the Year, and a double finalist for the 2019 ACFW Carol Awards.

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