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What readers are saying about Buffalo Ridge:

A real page turner... enjoyed it immensely! - Scott G.

I really liked the book. The characters were fully drawn, and the tension was real, as was the setting. When you talked about the convenience store at the corner of highways 19 and 75, I immediately knew where that was: Dino's in Ivanhoe! There was also a good exploration of the impact of trauma on kids (very timely given the school shootings, and that thing down in Ala-bama now), and enough potential suspects and characters drawn with enough gray (Newton Case, the sheriff) that you didn't know which way it would end up turning. And that also gave it enough possibilities so that the ending was natural, not gimmicky. Tom Otto, though -- a real ding-dong! Sometimes, I rooted for him to screw up even more than he did so Jeri could simply take the kids and move on with a responsible life. But in the end he redeemed himself, too! By the way, I meant that ding-dong comment about Tom Otto in a good way! The way he behaved in some situations, I wanted to slap him upside the head -- that means he was a real character, and I had invested in him, which is what you want. - Dana Y.

I found this to be a gripping story mostly because I found the characters to be real. They faced real struggles with their jobs, their finances, and their family decisions. The author does a great job of developing the characters so that at the end of the story you feel like they might have been your neighbors. - Tom on Goodreads

What readers are saying about Good Ice:

This was a fun book to read for entertainment with a backdrop of history and culture, set in Min-nesota. It was hard to put down and easy to stay interested. Looking forward to reading other books by this author! – L. Tracy

Forrest Peterson’s first novel will delight readers with its depiction of 1950s Minnesota. Peter-son, a former newspaperman, evokes the era with a reporter’s eye for detail: a radio broadcast of the old Minneapolis Lakers playing Syracuse; skates cutting through ice on a winter night; newspaper accounts of Coya Knutson – Minnesota’s first woman in Congress – and her ill-fated 1958 campaign. The book, however, is more than an homage to smalltowns past. Its story of out-casts struggling against the status quo is itself a larger tale of a town’s introduction to demo-graphic and cultural change. The hero of the story – a boy of Hispanic descent name Mario – a black police officer and a battle-scarred World War Two veteran bump up against the sensibilities of Minnesota’s Scandinavians and Germans. The results, as told by Peterson in clear, straightfor-ward writing, are often humorous and touching – and sometimes tragic. – Gregg A.
I enjoyed it immensely! I'd recommend it simply because it is a great story that touches on issues relevant for the setting of the book as well as anywhere today. You will enjoy very believable characterizations, a bit of history and a smooth-flowing and compelling story. – Doug W.

It's an interesting book, set in a small town in the 1950s, examining racism and getting past the life-was-good nostalgia some have for the time period. The language is direct, plain-spoken but it evokes some other well-known novels that chronicle post-war small town life, most notably, Lar-ry Watson's "Montana 1948." – Dana Y.

Forrest is a good story teller. The story is compelling and the writing clear and evocative of the time period. He captures small towns in the '50s and recognizes emerging racial and social issues. He creates his characters with warmth and sensitivity. I recommend it. – Carole V.

Best book I read, ever; all my kids read it. – Patron at 3M holiday craft sale, Hutchinson.