Snow Melts in Spring made me fall in love with horses again like Black Beauty did when I was a child. It swept me to the heart of the Flint Hills. And, it made me question the willingness of my heart to follow wherever God leads me. At just the right time, my copy of Snow Melts in Spring by Deborah Vogts arrived in my mailbox. I was excited to read this book because it is set in the uniquely beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas, and authored by a woman who loves of those hills. Her words took me straight to the heart of the matter - the love of horses, those rolling hills, and the struggle to have them both. I especially related to Mattie, the heroine of the story, a young independent woman with plans for the future. As a young veterinarian, she knows she will have to prove herself by challenging the stereotype of the old horse doctor. However, that battle dims in comparison to confronting of her own willingness to give up her beloved Flint Hills when God squeezes an unexpected love named Gil into her heart offering a new future far from Kansas. I thoroughly enjoyed Snow Melts in the Spring and am looking forward to the next book in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series.
This was a beautiful love story. The pain and care that was given the injured horse seemed so real. One could almost see the scenery as it was discribed. I enjoyed the way the story ended and am waiting for the author's next book.
Deborah Vogts debut novel Snow Melts in Spring , the first in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series, is full of romance, and untamed emotions that only God can teach us to conquer.I love Deborahs characters. She made them believable and easy to get along with. I was right away drawn to the heroine of the story Mattie and her love for the land and her heart for service. I liked her drive and personality, but I loved that she had issues as well and that she needed to work them out.Gil the leading man was interesting. You love him, you get mad at him; and yet you see that hes just fighting his own nightmares. I like the pull that Deborah gives in him; strong-willed and yet caught like a deer in headlights at some points it made him seem real.I loved John, Gils dad! He was hilarious with his crotchety nature. It reminded me a lot of my grandfather and put a big smile on my face because the love he had given Mattie was something special that every girl needs.It was a quick read. I read it in about 4 hours (straight.. couldnt put it down!!)If youre looking for some good romance and heart bouncing, this is a great book for your summer reads. There is wisdom in these pages, and ironically hit me right where I was this week with my struggles, so it really has hit a soft spot with me as I can relate to it a lot! Ill even admit it had me teary-eyed in a few spots! The horses, the open fields, the family land issues yeah I like! It took me away for a few hours!You can bet your booties Ill be looking for the next book in Deborahs Seasons of the Tallgrass series.
This is a heartwarming tale about letting go of guilt, and following your true dreams. I loved how Deborah matched Dustys stages of healing with that of his owners, and how she used Mattie to get Gil to face up to his past. This book really shows that the dreams we sometimes want, arent really the ones that will make us happy, and that we should give everything to God. Because when we give it to Him, He can give us something so much better in return. I was on the edge of my seat there at the end, but everything turns out wonderfully.
As a former resident of "Charris County," I must say that Ms. Vogts has described the setting - scenery, climate, buildings - to perfection. The characters, primary and secondary, are completely true-to-the-area. And, the story line keeps the pages turning. Conflict, sexual tension, romance, suspense, with overall Christian values - all there in Snow Melts in Spring.This is a wonderful debut novel.