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The Snow Angel Kindle Edition

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The woman in the picture was so young she looked like a child. Her hair was loose, eyes wide, blue T-shirt stark against the pale lines of arching collarbones. I felt the air leave me in a quiet rush. Not because of the way the photo captured her fleeting youth, but because of the way it highlighted the bruise.

It was a photo of me.

Rachel Price has just one happy memory from her childhood: the moment her father took her hands while playing outside on a cold, snowy day and called her his angel. It was a rare and sacred moment in her young life, one in which she finally felt safe, loved, and protected.

But it didn’t last long.

Years later, Rachel’s daughter is the only light in what has become a dark life. Rachel repeats the patterns she learned as a child and exposes her own daughter to those same destructive behaviors. Consumed by an abusive marriage, but secure in the safety of the familiar, she is too afraid to escape.

Rachel accepts what her life has become, even as she makes excuses for those who keep her in a constant state of despair and regret. But then, an unexpected phone call from an old friend changes everything. Her ordered world is turned upside down as she’s set on a journey that might be her last chance to salvage the life she’d given up on long ago.

While new friendships tentatively blossom, Rachel realizes that everything she once believed may be nothing but lies and misunderstandings. But knowing the truth is not as easy as it seems. Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. As the snow falls and the promise of Christmas redemption nears, Rachel begins to see her entire childhood in a brand-new light and must now decide what her future holds—and what her past really means. Will knowing the truth set her free, or will it condemn her to a life full of regret and “what ifs”?

The Snow Angel is a poignant tale about family, forgiveness, and the freedom to live a future free of the past.

About the Author

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of The Blaze television network, is a ten-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His #1 novels include The Overton Window, The Christmas Sweater, and The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book. His #1 nonfiction books include Cowards, The Original Argument, The 7 (with Dr. Keith Ablow), Broke, Glenn Beck’s Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, and An Inconvenient Book. His other books include the national bestsellers The Snow Angel, Being George Washington, and The Real America. Visit GlennBeck.com or TheBlaze.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4120 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (Oct. 25 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U7GHRE
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Rachel tries to be the best mother she can be to her daughter, Lily, sheltering her from the reality of an abusive marriage by hiding behind lies necessary to put up a perfect exterior to the world around them. Mitch struggles to remember his present and his past, to find clarity within the tangle of a brain with Alzheimer's. He knows he's waiting, but often forgets who he's waiting for. A renewed relationship with an important father-figure type from her past causes Rachel to start examining her life and questioning decisions she has made. As the hope of Christmas approaches, Rachel must decide if she has the the courage to leave behind her controlling and abusive husband and embrace freedom. The arrival of Christmas eve brings a gift that neither Rachel nor Mitch were expecting.

The Snow Angel is a poignant, beautifully written story of the power of love, courage, and forgiveness. Rachel's story is at times heart-breaking as the reader views the world through her eyes, from the pain of a childhood with an alcoholic mother and a distant father, to being trapped in a marriage controlled by fear. The authors have succeeded at creating memorable characters, and I found myself both aching for Rachel and cheering her on as she started making tentative steps forward. I especially enjoyed the character of Lily with her childlike innocence and faith and her strong sense of justice. The scenes where she stands up for her mother, especially the one at the Thanksgiving dinner table, are powerful indeed. The story captivated me from the first chapter all the way to the highly satisfying conclusion.

This is a story that I plan to read again in the future, a story both highly entertaining and inspiring, one that settles deeply into your soul. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review. Available wherever good books are sold.
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I love listening and reading Glenn Beck's opinion. He may well be the top predictor of what is happening in the world today - his research and observation are very impressive. I find it amusing that people mock him - and then what he says comes to pass again and again. Yet each new observation is again mocked. People who are critical are beginning to look like idiots.
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112 of 121 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a75fcf0) out of 5 stars You won't put this book down till you have finished it. Oct. 26 2011
By Cooler by the Lake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I will start by saying that this story is written with such emotion, compassion, and true-to-life feeling that you can't help but feel like you are walking in the shoes of the main characters.

The book tells one story through the eyes of two main characters. It begins with the setting of a nursing home on Christmas Eve. The story from the viewpoint of Alzheimer patient Mitch is like watching the surroundings through his eyes, feeling what he feels. He has broken memories of his past, of his wife whom he "loved and loathed." He waits for someone or something, but he doesn't know for whom or what. At one heart-wrenching moment, he holds a glittery paper snowflake and knows that for a while at least, the little girl in his memory loved him. He struggles with bits of memory of ways that he failed his little girl, realizing that "there are sins of omission as surely as there are sins of commission" and ponders whether if he had held her more and worked less, maybe everything would have been different.

This old man's thoughts are things we can take to heart, lessons we can learn while there is still time. This is so genuinely written that it's hard to believe that the person writing it hasn't experienced what it is like to have Alzheimers, though of course that would be impossible. I came away from reading this part with much more compassion for what an impaired memory patient might be going through.

The second viewpoint is told through the story of an abused woman, Rachel, who appears to have the idyllic life. The story is set in a small town and consists of a time period of about two months leading up to Christmas Eve.

Rachel recounts the emotional and verbal abuse doled out by her alcoholic mother. As she puts it "my childhood was the battleground where my mother chose to fight her personal demons." Her father was a loving man who did not intervene, or as her young daughter Lily said "no one stood between you and the monster under your bed." I felt that this was such a profound statement that would touch home with readers who felt helpless and unprotected as children.

Now Rachel is married to an abusive husband. The story is tense and yet hopeful. You are angry for her and then cheer for her strength and bravery. Rachel's life is turned around with the help, love, and strength of several dear friends who do love her and convince her that she is not weak, ugly, unlovable, and worthless as she has been made to believe she is.

Rachel's daughter is mature beyond her 11 years. I felt that perhaps she was made out to be almost a little too mature in her ability to accept the changes taking place in her life and the burden of taking on such a supportive role. Still she is a loving and likeable character, and I loved the advice she gives her mother when she says "God is my shield...you don't have to be."

Because the story is so honest and real, it will be an emotional read for someone who has experienced this type of childhood or has been an emotionally or physically abused spouse. However, I would not let that keep you from reading this book. It is truly inspirational and encouraging to see the transformation that can take place when a person realizes that they are loved and that they are worthwhile. Rachel asked herself if, now that the door to her prison is open, does she have the courage to fly away. She does!
77 of 87 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99f3f114) out of 5 stars Deep feelings for little girls Oct. 25 2011
By tchriscoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I just finished reading Snow Angel. It touched so many feelings. Being at one time a little girl and having a somewhat disturbed home life I could relate with this one.
This shows love is deep and when you think others do not care sometimes we just don't know how deeply they do care. This book touched me in so many ways. It is a wonderful story of finding of one's self and how you affect others. Even when all seems lost it is not always. There can be pain and also redemption. As long as one is alive it is never too late.
I loved the book and would give it a 5 star rating. Do have tissues close.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a75ff00) out of 5 stars Touched me deeply Oct. 28 2011
By M. Sisson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I grew up in a not so loving home and have been trying to make a happy home ever since. I can't even describe how I feel now after reading this story. I totally relate to Rachel the main character. She grew up with no defending her from her mother who abused her and ended up in an abusive marriage. I too never had any one to defend me. No one who ever stood up for me. No one knows how that feels unless you have gone through it. This is a story from the heart. It touched mine deeply. I am not sure what I will do with the emotions it has opened in me but I will figure it out one day at a time just like Rachel did. One of the best books I have read in my life and I am sure I will be reading it many, many more times.
46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99f3f150) out of 5 stars Not an easy read, but an important one Oct. 25 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book made me cry. Have plenty of tissue ready. Glenn Beck gives one of the most honest and open stories on the subject matter that I have ever read. This would be a great book to read with others.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99f3f540) out of 5 stars Emotionally invoking Oct. 28 2011
By Bryan A. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first time I have read a book that invokes some real sympathizing emotion. I have never read a book of this genre but I must say that it was well written and kept me reading. The story development and situations truly made me feel for the protagonist, Rachel. The descriptions of the circumstances and situations are so well illustrated that I am able to put myself in Rachel's shoes that I wish I could reach out to help her. She is placed into a position where she has become slowly imprisoned in her own life that it has become the norm. The other perspective character of the story is Mitch. The way Mitch's world is described is fascinating as it emits a fractured reality based on shards of memories. The sequences of the story invoke a range of different emotions from beginning to end. I read this book in two days because I was eager to see what would happen. Read this book, you won't be disappointed.