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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 X 1.04 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Days of Redemption
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray spins a beautiful holiday tale of finding love in unexpected places
Twenty-year-old Ruth Stutzman is a wonderful caregiver . . . but she has no experience with children. Laid off because of budget cuts from her job at a retirement home, she's relieved to find work—even if it means temporarily watching widower Martin Rhodes's brood of six!
Martin has been doing his best since his wife's passing, but he and the children need help. Their house, once full of laughter and light, has been darkened by sadness. Soon after Ruth arrives, the children are drawn to her warmth and gentleness, and so is Martin, even though he feels it's wrong. But the harder he tries to ignore her, the deeper he begins to care for this attractive young woman who has brought joy back into his children's lives . . . and his own.
Each passing day brings the Rhodes closer to Ruth . . . and closer to Christmas, when she will have to say goodbye. Ruth cannot deny the bond she feels with the children—and with Martin. When her old job becomes available again, Ruth finds herself torn: How can she stay with the Rhodes? And yet how can she go?
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
“[A] feel-good winner.”
“A story of love and forgiveness, Gray paints a stirring picture of Christmas time and the magic it can have on people.”
“An engaging, romantic love story...of faith, family and misunderstandings highlights the rich magic of Christmas and why it’s known as the blessed season of love, forgiveness and joy.”
“Gray’s latest embodies the meaning of Christmas. It is a reminder that all situations good, bad or inconvenient happen for a reason: It is God’s plan.”
Featuring beloved characters from Gray’s “Sisters of the Heart” series, this simple, homespun love story is sure to please fans.”
“A lovely holiday novella with characters who are caring, loveable, and kind. The storyline flows evenly and is believable. Love will find you in some very unexpected places when you are not looking. Gray is an amazing writer who does not disappoint her fans.”
Gray writes a sweet Amish holiday romance with wonderfully endearing characters that transcends cliché.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Back In SugarcreekOctober 21, 2014MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Snowfall was such a great book that I sat down and read it all at once, could not put it down.
My heart really broke for Ruth, such a wonderful young woman, and instead of being bitter about her lot in life, she moved with sparkle. Yes she hurt and longed, but her heart was not bitter.
Then we have Martin, a very hard working Amish man who is a widower left with six children under the age of ten. Had to chuckle when the book opened and one of our old friends, Lovinia babysitting for the children.
Yes we are back in Sugarcreek with are dear friends, and the awesome Amish community here. We reunite with most of our friends here, and youre in for some good surprises! Made me think of Mary Poppins, only there isnt any magic, or is there?
There is such a great faith in God here, and loved how they all seemed to face adversity, and yet were there for one another. Is it by chance that Ruth is in Lovinias path that day? I think not.
Another great page turner by Shelley Shepard Gray and welcome back to Ohio, and life in this Community.
I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher Avon Inspire, and was not required to give a positive review.
Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Heart Tugging Christmas Read!October 20, 2014Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read many of author Shelley Shepard Grays Amish fiction novels. I have loved them all.
Snowfall is a novella that will warm you from head to toe. Kindness, Love, Trust, Faith, and Family oozes from this story. I found myself numerous times tearing up throughout the pages. I was deeply touched by this moving novella.
By the time I finished Snowfall I wanted to be part of the Rhodes family in the worst way. The children will melt your heart and you will have a strong urge to grab them and hug them tight.
Where does Ruth Stutzman belong? This dear, dear, young lady has been through so much. She has no idea what it feels like to be truly loved and wanted. Will she ever have the security and love of a real true family?
I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Snowfall and treat yourself to a wonderful heartwarming read that will stay with you long after you read the last page.
StacyWTennesseeAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sugar and SpiceAugust 29, 2014StacyWTennesseeAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There is something special about the first snow of the season. The beauty and serenity of white. That one moment in time when everything is still and quiet. The peacefulness that resides over the land and penetrates your mind. Each snowflake is unique and different just like Shelley's characters in Snowfall.
What a delightful story of family coming together, love and faithfulness, six rambunctious kids and one fluffy puppy. Even though some might be re-visiting some of the characters from the other books in the Days of Redemption series, this novella stands all on its own. Shelley always writes with a passion that shines through in all her characters. I totally loved how the kids had a voice in this story, so innocent in their intentions. Snowfall is all sugar and spice with a pinch of craziness that will have you laughing and smiling all the way to the end. I highly recommend this book!
CindyLBaltimore, MDAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Christmas StoryAugust 19, 2014CindyLBaltimore, MDAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Shelley Shepard Gray nailed another great book and love of mine - Christmas and Amish fiction wrapped up in one. Shelley knows how to draw you into the story and make you feel like you are there experiencing it all. From an Amish man selling Christmas trees, to his six sometimes "out of control" children, to someone new looking after those sometimes "out of control" children, to being loved, and to snowfall. So grab a cup of hot chocolate, find your favorite reading corner, and unwrap the storyline in Snowfall...one of those must reads for the Christmas season.
KristiIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Charming ReadAugust 16, 2014KristiIndianaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't normally read novellas because I really like to sink my teeth into a novel with the more in-depth story line. Shelley Shepard Gray has changed my thoughts on this though with Snowfall. This book was such a delight to read!
There was enough of a story to sink my teeth into and the characters were fully developed and well rounded. I loved the sayings from the kids at the beginning of every chapter. Those were so sweet and sometimes funny. These along with the kids interactions in the book showcases Shelley's talent as an author. She can write a very believable scene with kids and grownups that will keep the reader wanting more. The story line was good and moved at a quick pace keeping my interest from beginning to end.
This book would be a perfect gift for anyone who loves Amish fiction, a sweet romance, and the holidays. It is the perfect book to read over a weekend!
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