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When feisty Wanda Wyatt is left widowed, penniless, and troubled by recent fits of rage, she turns to the one person she hates—her grandmother, ex-moonshiner Lucie Bosell. Lured by a vague invitation, she travels back to her mountain roots with two goals in mind: money and revenge. But at what cost? Prohibition has come to West Virginia, and with moonshine worth more than When feisty Wanda Wyatt is left widowed, penniless, and troubled by recent fits of rage, she turns to the one person she hates—her grandmother, ex-moonshiner Lucie Bosell. Lured by a vague invitation, she travels back to her mountain roots with two goals in mind: money and revenge. But at what cost? Prohibition has come to West Virginia, and with moonshine worth more than ever, Lucie wants in on the action. Playing along, Wanda finds that being as mean and deceptive as Granny hurts her chances with a compelling man from her past. Worse, the old woman’s high-stakes business attracts ruthless people. Wanda learns the hard way—revenge is cold comfort.


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When feisty Wanda Wyatt is left widowed, penniless, and troubled by recent fits of rage, she turns to the one person she hates—her grandmother, ex-moonshiner Lucie Bosell. Lured by a vague invitation, she travels back to her mountain roots with two goals in mind: money and revenge. But at what cost? Prohibition has come to West Virginia, and with moonshine worth more than When feisty Wanda Wyatt is left widowed, penniless, and troubled by recent fits of rage, she turns to the one person she hates—her grandmother, ex-moonshiner Lucie Bosell. Lured by a vague invitation, she travels back to her mountain roots with two goals in mind: money and revenge. But at what cost? Prohibition has come to West Virginia, and with moonshine worth more than ever, Lucie wants in on the action. Playing along, Wanda finds that being as mean and deceptive as Granny hurts her chances with a compelling man from her past. Worse, the old woman’s high-stakes business attracts ruthless people. Wanda learns the hard way—revenge is cold comfort.

30 review for Cold Comfort

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alesha Leveritt

    I am a sucker for a good historical fiction in rural America, especially around the early 20th century. I don’t know if it just makes me feel close to my grandmother, or if it fulfills a yearning I have for a life that was easier and simpler than where we are now. But I confess that affection to explain how much I have enjoyed this series, and why I have just bought and downloaded my third book. The Good - I love strong female characters who have a good head in their shoulders. Ervin writes that I am a sucker for a good historical fiction in rural America, especially around the early 20th century. I don’t know if it just makes me feel close to my grandmother, or if it fulfills a yearning I have for a life that was easier and simpler than where we are now. But I confess that affection to explain how much I have enjoyed this series, and why I have just bought and downloaded my third book. The Good - I love strong female characters who have a good head in their shoulders. Ervin writes that kind of female lead. The Eh - There is usually a convenient love interest, but happily, that love interest doesn’t dominate the story line. The Ugly - The villains. They are ugly. Them Cottons in this particular book are worth of disdain. I also love following characters through decades of life over the course of the books. I always appreciated that about Janette Oke books, and these are similar, without the heavily Christian fiction overtones. If you love tales of strong women in brutal and somehow simpler times, this is the series for you. As for me, on to Book 3...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Regina Felty

    The first Mountain Women book kept me interested enough in the characters and plot to stick with it. I really wanted to know where Wanda ended up, so I went on to read this second book. As in the first book, I was a little overwhelmed with the numerous characters introduced and going back and forth between them. I found myself asking, "Wait, who was that again?" While the book was still interesting, this second book will be my last in this series. I just couldn't get into the story and it felt l The first Mountain Women book kept me interested enough in the characters and plot to stick with it. I really wanted to know where Wanda ended up, so I went on to read this second book. As in the first book, I was a little overwhelmed with the numerous characters introduced and going back and forth between them. I found myself asking, "Wait, who was that again?" While the book was still interesting, this second book will be my last in this series. I just couldn't get into the story and it felt like it dragged on a bit. The author writes well, the story just couldn't hold me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Woods

    I was unimpressed by this second book of the series. I found nothing endearing or likeable in the main character Wanda nor most of the female characters and felt they were pretty self-destructive women regardless of being uneducated and poverty stricken. I plan to read the third book only to see what happened with May Rose. I just don't see myself recommending this to another reader. I was bored. I was unimpressed by this second book of the series. I found nothing endearing or likeable in the main character Wanda nor most of the female characters and felt they were pretty self-destructive women regardless of being uneducated and poverty stricken. I plan to read the third book only to see what happened with May Rose. I just don't see myself recommending this to another reader. I was bored.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Garth Mailman

    Available for borrowing only in audio. Set among the hillbillies of West Virginia. Not particularly enthused about the narrator. Wanda quickly learns her granny’s invitation involves helping to make corn liquor--moonshine and fending off the unwanted attentions of male clan members. About as cliche as it sounds. Life is tough here, especially if you’re a woman. Cold Comfort indeed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This one felt a bit manufactured - like the author needed reason to get "us" back to town, so she invented this beef with Granny Bosell. At no point in the first book was any hay made of Wanda/Wands's mother's treatment by her grandma - just a mention of how they went back and abruptly left, and were never close or in contact after that. That's a might thin reason for a 15 year grudge that requires travelling across the country to address. Regardless of that, and the fact that Wanda is pretty unli This one felt a bit manufactured - like the author needed reason to get "us" back to town, so she invented this beef with Granny Bosell. At no point in the first book was any hay made of Wanda/Wands's mother's treatment by her grandma - just a mention of how they went back and abruptly left, and were never close or in contact after that. That's a might thin reason for a 15 year grudge that requires travelling across the country to address. Regardless of that, and the fact that Wanda is pretty unlikeable, i'll continue on with the series, because I do enjoy MayRose and the little town that's growing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ann Mclellan

    Just as good as the first in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna Pieron

    Took me until I was more than halfway into the book to become involved in the plot. Almost gave up and then it finally got interesting. Not a fan.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Don’t really know what go say. Except it’s good enough to go to the next book without stopping. That tell you anything?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    This book was the second in a 5 book series on Mountain Women. Can't say I loved it, but it was an interesting story. Hope the next 3 will be better. This book was the second in a 5 book series on Mountain Women. Can't say I loved it, but it was an interesting story. Hope the next 3 will be better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adah M. Wiltse

    Good

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gigi2u2

    May Rose is s saint I love May Rose. Her husband was a scoundrel. Wanda is a real character too. She really made this book very interesting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Lee Wood

    MOUNTAIN LIFE Sadness and revenge for past wrongs. Wanda is a grown woman who has a daughter named Evie. May Rose lives in Fargo, North Dakota with her brother-in-law Russell, one of the Heriff brothers Charlie who will live with May Rose until he's fifteen and then leaves for parts unknown. Wanda is headed back to Winkler, West Virginia to visit her grandmother, Lucie. The reason for Wanda return is revenge for her dead mother Evalena, who Wanda feels was mistreated and her own grandma did not s MOUNTAIN LIFE Sadness and revenge for past wrongs. Wanda is a grown woman who has a daughter named Evie. May Rose lives in Fargo, North Dakota with her brother-in-law Russell, one of the Heriff brothers Charlie who will live with May Rose until he's fifteen and then leaves for parts unknown. Wanda is headed back to Winkler, West Virginia to visit her grandmother, Lucie. The reason for Wanda return is revenge for her dead mother Evalena, who Wanda feels was mistreated and her own grandma did not support her mother, which forced Evalena to become a who're. This is series is a sad insight of how hard it was to keep food on the table and a descent roof over your head. Hardships around every corner no reprieve to be seen. Domestic and child abuse seems to be rampant throughout the settlement. These are mountain people who are closed mouth, they don't trust or like outsiders. Moonshiners are considered as lawbreakers, but this is part of the fabric of life in the hollers and dales that support farms and hide other things. Lots of farms have been in the family for at least a hundred years or more. The descriptions of how the area looks sounds depressing, for example lots of lumber companies depleted the forests for lumber, but they never replace or replanted the trees. Then there were the coal mines which created mini-town's which were company owed. The miners were mistreated, the mines were dangerous, lots of mines caved in. The entire set up was dangerous. Many miners suffer from the life threatening respiratory diseases, mainly "Black Lung Disease" due to inadequate ventilation in the mines..Wanda and her aunts deal with a lot of misery..hoping for the best but expecting the worse this seems to be life in the mountains of West Virginia.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Another good read from the author of The Girl on the Mountain, continuing the story and can't wait for the next book! Here's a brief review from Amazon: When feisty Wanda Wyatt is left widowed, penniless, and disturbed by recent fits of rage, she turns to the one person she hates ─ her grandmother, ex-moonshiner Lucie Bosell. Lured by a vague invitation, she travels back to her mountain roots with two goals in mind: money and revenge. But at what cost? Prohibition has come to West Virginia, and Another good read from the author of The Girl on the Mountain, continuing the story and can't wait for the next book! Here's a brief review from Amazon: When feisty Wanda Wyatt is left widowed, penniless, and disturbed by recent fits of rage, she turns to the one person she hates ─ her grandmother, ex-moonshiner Lucie Bosell. Lured by a vague invitation, she travels back to her mountain roots with two goals in mind: money and revenge. But at what cost? Prohibition has come to West Virginia, and with moonshine worth more than ever, Lucie wants in on the action. Playing along, Wanda finds that being as mean and deceptive as Granny hurts her chances with a compelling man from her past. Worse, the old woman’s high-stakes business attracts ruthless people and big trouble. Wanda learns the hard way--revenge is cold comfort. This is Bk. 2 in the Mountain Women series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Wanda left the Virginia mountains in 1900 as a child. After her husband dies, leaving her with a child of her own and a penchant for craziness, Wanda returns to her Virginia roots to avenge her mother and because she needs help. But going home is fraught with danger. Wanda’s grandmother, Lucie Bosell, is a hard-scrabble mountain woman who makes moonshine and gets what she wants. Being near blind doesn’t stop her. In Cold Comfort, author Carol Ervin has woven a vivid tale set in the backwoods with Wanda left the Virginia mountains in 1900 as a child. After her husband dies, leaving her with a child of her own and a penchant for craziness, Wanda returns to her Virginia roots to avenge her mother and because she needs help. But going home is fraught with danger. Wanda’s grandmother, Lucie Bosell, is a hard-scrabble mountain woman who makes moonshine and gets what she wants. Being near blind doesn’t stop her. In Cold Comfort, author Carol Ervin has woven a vivid tale set in the backwoods with bold characters, brilliant dialogue, and descriptive skill that sets you on the back of an unfamiliar horse and lets you feel the bumps right along with Wanda. Though the plot lags in spots and at times I wanted to feel the danger even more, Cold Comfort is a good read and I was never tempted to stop.

  15. 5 out of 5

    April Martinez

    Cold Comfort By Carol Ervin Reading about Wanda is a never ending adventure! I'd love to see these books made into films! Learned about how a still works, and how much labor is involved. We could all imagine living in that house in the valley with a pond, geese, dogs underfoot and the sounds of country living when the sun goes down. We all have a family member who is as mean as dirt, yet we love them just the same and they manage to give all families stronger hearts and memories to talk about! Th Cold Comfort By Carol Ervin Reading about Wanda is a never ending adventure! I'd love to see these books made into films! Learned about how a still works, and how much labor is involved. We could all imagine living in that house in the valley with a pond, geese, dogs underfoot and the sounds of country living when the sun goes down. We all have a family member who is as mean as dirt, yet we love them just the same and they manage to give all families stronger hearts and memories to talk about! These are easy books to read and lots of fun!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deliasue

    This moonshining family has gone bad. the mother rules the roost. She has two grown daughters who cater to her every wish. But when the niece comes back after the death of her husband, she tries to straighten them all out. A lot of suspense and intrigue in this book. I like Carol Ervin's writing, and will read other books by her. This moonshining family has gone bad. the mother rules the roost. She has two grown daughters who cater to her every wish. But when the niece comes back after the death of her husband, she tries to straighten them all out. A lot of suspense and intrigue in this book. I like Carol Ervin's writing, and will read other books by her.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Carol's second book does not disappoint. Again, she has created characters and a setting that are captivating. You can tell that Carol did her research on stills and bootlegging in West Virginia in the early 1900s. Once you begin this book you won't want to put it down and you won't want it to end. Luckily, there is another to come! Carol's second book does not disappoint. Again, she has created characters and a setting that are captivating. You can tell that Carol did her research on stills and bootlegging in West Virginia in the early 1900s. Once you begin this book you won't want to put it down and you won't want it to end. Luckily, there is another to come!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dottie

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Loved reading about prohibition era moonshiners. Characters come to life in a West Virginia mountain setting. As I was reading Wanda came to life with a depth of character exhibiting a whole gamit of emotions and I loved the crusty grandma Lucy. Can't wait for the next book. I really enjoyed reading this book. Loved reading about prohibition era moonshiners. Characters come to life in a West Virginia mountain setting. As I was reading Wanda came to life with a depth of character exhibiting a whole gamit of emotions and I loved the crusty grandma Lucy. Can't wait for the next book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Hungerford

    I am utterly captivated by this Author's style of writing! I just finished the second book in this series and it is the most unusual and fascinating story I've ever followed. I can't wait to read the third one, which I've already downloaded. I am utterly captivated by this Author's style of writing! I just finished the second book in this series and it is the most unusual and fascinating story I've ever followed. I can't wait to read the third one, which I've already downloaded.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nana

    Is revenge worth all this? Trying to get back at your family does not always go as you expected. Is it worth risking your own future for a grandmother who never cared for you?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Stewart

    Book #2 in the series

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Feyen-carlson

    A good book but...... It was a good but at times, a little too much! If you like historical fiction it's an interesting storyline. Just a little dry in some places. A good book but...... It was a good but at times, a little too much! If you like historical fiction it's an interesting storyline. Just a little dry in some places.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    Excellent series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annette K Hernandez

    Wanda's story fifteen years later. Wanda goes back to Winkler to get to know her granny. She reunites with her two aunts also and everyone gets into a mess of trouble. Wanda's story fifteen years later. Wanda goes back to Winkler to get to know her granny. She reunites with her two aunts also and everyone gets into a mess of trouble.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hanna Petree

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lenny Reuter

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lori Shafer

  28. 5 out of 5

    sue parke

  29. 4 out of 5

    ZAYNA BERRY

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donna Noe

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