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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475294395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475294392
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,293,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Niki Lewis Shepherd grew up on a cattle ranch in western Kansas. She played in the remains of the old sod house where, as a child, her grandmother huddled when a prairie fire roared overhead. She dreamed of knowing her great, great, grandfather who trailed cattle north from Texas to the railheads in Kansas and grazed his cattle in the same pastures where she roamed. She helped with the seasonal ritual of driving the cattle to summer range in the spring and bringing them back to the ranch in the fall, her time on horseback enriched by hearing stories of the past. All this left its mark. The Wintering is an attempt to hold on to a place and time. Although she has lived in suburban Kansas City for the past forty-six years, she still considers herself a country girl. The sight of a passing pickup truck with the driver raising his index finger from the steering wheel to give the standard country wave still makes her smile.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Reader in the Mitten on March 21, 2013
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From the first page, I was hooked into Maud's story - of her widowhood, her determination to keep the homestead and tough it out, her trials and troubles with the prairie, the ranchers and neighboring farmers, the loneliness... I loved it. A grittier style than Laura Ingalls Wilder and Willa Cather, and the romance adds a nice touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Newman on September 20, 2012
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The Wintering

I loved this book. It is a good story, well-plotted, compelling characters, and the reader learns something about the period of the settlement of Kansas. Strong, believable female characters reflect the struggles of the time, but the really nice thing about the book is that the struggles, while specific to the time, are universal to those women of all time have faced. Well written, vivid. I remember the characters and the story weeks after having read it. Niki Shepherd is a good writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Bader Jones on September 9, 2012
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Niki Lewis Shepherd's novel, The Wintering, is set in the Central Plains of Kansas 1884-1886. "When spring came, some cattle had survived the winter. Some had perished. So it was with the people."
Maud Coleman, a pioneer bride, buries her husband when the story opens. She moves past "the silence of yesterday" and experiences a new beginning with the Kansas sandpeople.
The author takes the reader through periods of hardship and loss, and yet, all the while the land remains. It "claims its people" as much as the Claim Families hold onto the land.
Scenes are set with vistas replete with plum bushes with white blossoms and backdrops of blue gamma. When you lie in Maud's bed you gaze above at "muslin sheeting" on the ceiling.
This is a character driven novel supported with strong lyrical passages. The peole are less than perfect. They survive by holding unto their dreams. Maud finds romance with a rancher named Breed and finds "a new season".
I learned a great deal about this area of Kansas, and the story kept me turning the pages. I did not want to leave the main character, Maud, and missed her for days after I finished the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chalise A. Miner on September 8, 2012
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What I liked best in this wonderful, deep, and quiet book were the characters. They still HAD character. They were so controlled, yet with fire in their veins just beneath the surface. Things are supposed to be "sexier" now days. They aren't. There is something so compelling and, yes, sexy, about a fire that is just ABOUT to flash into flame or one that MIGHT. Much more so than one you just know is roaring away steadily all the time. Ho hum... This seems to be Niki Shepherd's talent. You wait for it. You want it. Like good sex the first time. I enjoyed this book on many levels. I could FEEL the wind blowing across those praries. I could feel the deep regrets and the abiding joys. I could almost taste the preserves and feel the weariness in my readers bones and skin from waiting and from working. This author must KNOW this place and time. I hope that we see more from her.
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