Corkscrew Ridge

Rated 4.14/5 based on 7 reviews
Paul Kostner searches for his roots and a genuine self-image when he decides to move back to the land in a rural community of total strangers. He leaves the company of a beautiful woman and bonds to a wounded farmstead he struggles to heal. In the process he hopes to reconnect with a teenage daughter, sobriety, and his soul. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
  • Words: 83,550
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780985084110
About Ron L Winter

Ron Winter grew up on a farm in central Wisconsin. After a career that included secondary and community college teaching, factory work, and carpentry, he is retired to a 200-acre forest paradise on Corkscrew Ridge in Dunn County, Wisconsin.
In addition to his writing, Ron operates his bulldozer, tears down and rebuilds the old farmstead, harvests and sells birch for charity, plants trees, and gardens.
He lives with Mary, his wife of twenty years, not far from his two children and two grandchildren in the Twin Cities and close to his two stepchildren and grandchild.

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Jesse Thomas reviewed on March 1, 2013

this is my favorite type of book to read – take an imperfect hero (or heroine)—none of these cookie-cutter types, thank you very much—and take them out of their element and see what happens. Steven King is great at this, and while “Corkscrew Ridge” by Ron Winter is light years from being a macabre horror story, there were the elements of reaching within one’s self and discovering weaknesses and strengths that were not there before that I enjoy reading about. Sometimes it is hard to transition from one relationship to another, and sometimes we don’t know when to take chances. In this novel, the hero Paul has taken it upon himself to buy a farm that is in serious disrepair. In a way it matches his feelings about life, and he goes about trying to improve both. While this book was not without its faults, and it could probably benefit from a round of proofreading, I’d have to say that I liked it and would read more from this author in the future.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Mark Williams reviewed on Feb. 28, 2013

An interesting read. The author has a way with words, but sometimes it seemed like he was focusing on the wrong things. He’d wax poetic about the details of the landscape, but I was unsure about important character’s qualities and motivations, or some plot points. There were times that I felt there was too much emphasis on the mundane day-to-day actions of a farm, and wished there could have been more tension or action. But if you are into slower paced novels that are more literary in style, than this is a good book to read. I actually liked it, I just think certain points could’ve been improved upon, and the ending seemed rather rushed and neatly wrapped up for my tastes. Not too bad, but not my favorite, either.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Claire Middleton reviewed on Feb. 27, 2013

Paul is a teacher at the local tech college when he comes across a farm (the old Johnson place) that he decides to take over and try to save it. I could see this novel being really appealing to people who are really interested in farming and gardening activities, as they are discussed in great detail in this novel, almost at the expense of a plot. Things just sort of unfold along the way, and there really aren’t very many parts where we as a reader become very emotionally invested in the characters or the outcome of events. However, this isn’t entirely bad, as it made for light hearted reading that is perfect for a rainy day indoors. The author manages to write beautiful descriptions that transport the reader to another time and place and plops us right down in an unfamiliar world (at least for this city gal) and exposes us to a different life, yet with characters we can all identify with on some level. Recommend for fans of drama, light romance, and literary fiction.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Karen Matthews reviewed on Feb. 27, 2013

This was a lovely story about starting over and learning to love again. It is more about relationships and internal struggles and personal journeys than it is about action and external conflicts. If there was something I wished there could have been more of would be that I didn’t get the full sense of struggle that I’d think someone like Paul would be experiencing on many levels. Things just sort of “happened” then worked themselves out. I’ll say that the writing was very good, however, and the descriptions made me feel like I was right in the story the whole time. Recommend for fans of literary fiction
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Anabella Johnson reviewed on Feb. 25, 2013

I read this book in one night! I loved the way that Mr. Winter writes and he has a great “voice”. I was pulled into the story right from the beginning and didn’t want to stop reading until it was over. While the premise may not be entirely unique, of new beginnings and connecting with other broken souls, I enjoyed the relationships between all the characters, although I wish that Paul would’ve spent more time with Liz and less with Fran. Also, I would’ve liked to see more interaction with his daughter, but overall this was a nice book and I really enjoyed reading it. Recommend to fans of Nora Roberts, Pat Conroy, and Nicholas Sparks.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Samantha Ryan reviewed on Feb. 22, 2013

4.5 stars...
A sweet, heart-warming drama about the power of moving on and learning who you are deep down once all the comforts of our normal world disintegrate away. In “Corkscrew Ridge”, Paul Kostner decides to take on a run-down farm and with the help of new friends along the way, turns it and his life around. To me the best part was how easy to read and how authentic the book felt. I could tell the author really knew his stuff, and it showed. The characters were good, although I felt a few more could have been more fully fleshed out. I do think this author has a lot of potential and I’d definitely be interested in checking out more of his work in the future. There were a few editing glitches—nothing that lessened my enjoyment any, but they were there. Recommend for fans of women’s fiction and dramas.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
mary johnson reviewed on Jan. 30, 2013

Corkscrew Ridge is a very enjoyable read, great for vacations! Was not too complicated but still thought provoking. Highly recommend!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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