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October Snow [Kindle Edition]

Jenna Brooks
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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WINNER OF THE 2014 READERS FAVORITE AWARDS: DRAMA



Josie Kane is a "difficult" woman, a pure enigma - one who survives her abusive husband by honing her unnerving talent for playing mind games: she knows exactly how to manipulate a bully.

Finally divorced, she thinks the abuse is over, and she's free. She's wrong. And her cynicism is building.

Josie works with battered women, trying to rescue them from a fate similar to hers. But on the night that yet another battered woman is murdered by her husband, pining for a hero as she dies in Josie's arms, her cynicism becomes a quiet, simmering hatred.

Her one remaining refuge is in her bond with Maxine and Samantha, the two friends whom she loves like sisters. When Samantha becomes pregnant by Jack - an abuser who makes known his intentions to use the baby as a weapon of control - Josie's hatred ripens to a vengeful fury.

She sets out to take on one more batterer, manipulate one more bully... And she lures Jack into the crosshairs of the ultimate mind game.

Her friends are convinced that she intends to rid Samantha of Jack. They're right.

But with Josie Kane, as always, there's a twist.

With her friends helpless to stop her - and with Samantha hanging in the balance - Josie squares off with Jack in a life-and-death, winner-lose-all battle of wits to determine which side will win Sammy's future.

And this time, there will be a hero.


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"October Snow is a dark debut novel about the aftereffects of domestic violence. The protagonist is Josie, who survived as a battered wife for twenty years by playing mind games on her abusive husband. Her talent for manipulating a bully remained after her final, bitter divorce, and she works day to day with other battered women. But when she witnesses the death of a woman murdered by a husband, hatred starts to gnaw within her. Then, one of her best friends becomes pregnant by a manipulative man who reveals his plans to use the child as a pawn. Josie can take no more; she intends to unleash her own manipulative talents to ensure a brutal, final solution upon her friend's abuser. Tense and suspenseful, October Snow is a gripping read to the very end, highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review

From the Author

October Snow is dedicated to battered women who are still trapped, to those who made it out alive, and in loving memory of those who did not.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
"If you have survived an abuser, and you tried to make things right... If you forgave, and you struggled, and even if the expression of your grief and your anger tumbled out at times in too much rage and too many words... If you spent years hanging on to the concepts of faith, hope, and love, even after you knew in your heart that those intangibles, upon which life is formed and sustained, would fail in the end... And especially, if you stood between your children - or anyone - and him, and took the physical, emotional, and spiritual pummeling in their stead, then you are a hero." - Jenna Brooks

Product Details

  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479234826
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANW1J00
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars un-put-downable! December 30, 2012
By Kiw1
Format:Kindle Edition
OCTOBER SNOW is about friendship and loyalty and witty repartee. It's about sensitivities to subtle clues when friends have secrets, and it provides thought-provoking explanations of behaviour far removed from the original bad stuff that can happen in relationships. It's a tightly written narrative about the after-effects of marital abuse - and the current effects, too - and it illustrates how bad stuff affects people through succeeding generations. But mostly it's a story of the journey of three friends and the waves of influence every person makes when things happen, both good and bad. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and contributed to a bout of insomnia - I couldn't get those characters out of my mind in the middle of the night!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars October Snow is a must read January 4, 2013
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When Samantha becomes a victim of relationship abuse, she needs her friends Josie and Maxine more than ever. Josie has worked as a Domestic Violence counselor and knows the Family Court System. As the women plan Samantha's escape, they find that while they are friends, they don't really know each other. And once they learn to trust again, they share their pasts with each other. And the women discover that they have more in common than they knew.

I highly recommend October Snow, as it is paced well and polished. While the characters are fiction, abuse is real and happens every day. It has been a week since I finished the book, and I'm still thinking about it. The characters and the story resonate with truth and the twist at the end fits with real life.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Read! January 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I cried, I laughed, I simply couldn't put it down. I cancelled what was on the schedule for yesterday afternoon to finish it.
This is quite simply, a book I wish I'd written. Ms. Brooks takes a difficult contemporary subject matter and weaves a story so engrossing that one never has the feeling they're learning about a social issue. That is no small feat.
The characters are beautifully drawn and very believable. They're real people. The author's ear for speech and eye for setting are spot on. The story of the friendship of the three women, Jo, Maxine, and Samantha is at the core of the book, but what happens to these women is what keep you turning page after page. When it's over, you wish there were 100 more pages. It's that good.
Recommend it, you better believe it! You are in for one of the best reads you'll ever have. Kudos Ms. Brooks. Your fans are definitely going to want another book from you!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Real As Fiction Gets...A Must Read February 1, 2013
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October Snow is a well written, emotional and engrossing book about the bonds of friendship in the face of a difficult reality. Ms. Brooks has taken on a grueling subject, domestic violence, and turned it into a story of strength, friendship and bravery. Mix together authentic characters, a powerful story line, eloquent writing style, an enjoyable sharp wit and you have a page-turner of a book that will keep you wanting more. October Snow will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and make you feel like you want to meet Max, Samantha and Jo for lunch. I know I'm not the only one cheering for Ms. Brooks and anxiously awaiting her next great creation.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book December 30, 2012
By batgirl
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed October Snow very much it is a good friendship book the ending was unsuspected
I would recomend this book highly.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book with serious depth January 22, 2013
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I received a copy free through Goodreads First Reads.

This was a wonderful book about friendship and overcoming abuse. It was a very deep read and I had to put it down at times to take a break when emotions ran high. Beautifully written and engaging throughout. The twist at the end was fantastic. The characters were wonderful and very real. I look forward to more from this author.

Cover Art - Kinda dull. The book was so much more interesting than the cover conveys.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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"Really great books are hard to find, harder to put down, and impossible to forget," - source unknown.

This quote made me think of October Snow, instantly. It is a book that will stick with me forever. The emotions, thoughts, and personal reflection that this book stirred in me are practically impossible to articulate, but I'm going to give it a try.

October Snow is an in-your-face look at the reality that so many women face each and every day. Centered around the topic of domestic violence, the book is an amazing way for victims to find a character they can fully identify with. It is this common thread of domestic violence that ties the three friends in this book together, but interestingly enough, they don't even realize it until somewhere towards a quarter of the way into the book. But there is so much more to this book than that.

Most notable is the fact that there is useful information for victims and their families - information that could make the difference between successfully making it out and ending up being back in the clutches of an abuser. But what really snagged me and kept pulling me in was the emotional investment I had in each of the characters. I was able to identify with all of them in one way or another. I also found myself wonderfully bonded to them and their little circle, if for no other reason than they remind me so very much of the bonds that I have formed with other women in my own life. Their mannerisms, their reactions, their emotional scars, their attachment, all of what you see from these three women describe the reality of how domestic violence and trauma affect a person forever. That, above all else, makes October Snow nothing short of an addictive read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Educational
This was an interesting read, and a realistic look at domestic violence. I thought the main character was sympathetic and heroic, The problem at the end was intriguing, and the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lynne Spreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It deals with the issues that confront spouses who have been abused and then must comply with court orders regarding custody of their children. Read more
Published 13 days ago by GMac
5.0 out of 5 stars October Snow
I had no idea when buying this book I'd need a box of tissues as well. This story ran me from anger to tears. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall this was a good book. It took me a while to really ...
Overall this was a good book. It took me a while to really get into it, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
Published 20 days ago by KLO7593
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad
Good story, but a little too hard on father's rights attorneys. Glad Jack got what was coming to him. Everyone should have at least one friend like Jo or Max.
Published 23 days ago by Shawn Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Man Haters
I did finish this book but was unable to feel sympathy for the main character due to the manner in which the story is related by the author. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Annie Athens
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
I'm glad I read this book. At first I thought it was just one of those "beach read love stories", but it's much more than that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie J. Frerichs
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down! Highly recommended!
When I started reading October Snow, I was aware it dealt with the tough issue of domestic violence, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kate Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
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"October Snow," is a beautiful and well-written novel that will no doubt evoke feelings of amusement, sadness, disgust, anger, shock, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pamela
4.0 out of 5 stars October Snow
This book was really an eye opener for domestic violence. It was upsetting to read but something that you need to know. Sad but true.
Published 4 months ago by Dawn R
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More About the Author

"In general, I write about women's issues. But I have one true passion in life: I want to change the way we regard - and therefore, deal with - battered women, and help them to reclaim their lives after escaping an abuser." - Jenna Brooks


A staunch Mother's Rights advocate, Jenna Brooks is a novelist, a seminar author and instructor, a columnist, and a professionally trained and certified Coach, specializing in Divorce/Post-Divorce and Domestic Violence. She has a particular interest in the post-abuse issues confronting the Christian woman, and is certified by The American Association of Christian Counselors/Light University.

The critically-acclaimed author of the OCTOBER SNOW duology, Jenna is also the creator of the post-DV seminar, "Reclaim." She is trained in Batterer Intervention, Trauma and Trauma Informed Care, and is a state-certified Crisis Advocate and Domestic Violence Hotline veteran.

Jenna says, "I concentrate on advocacy for battered mothers because in my experience, the Family Court often takes up where an abuser leaves off. Too often, these women are every bit as injured by a paternalistic - even oppressive - Family Court system as they are by an abuser. Their experiences in the court are simply another betrayal. As a society, we pay little attention to the outcome of battered mothers, both legally and culturally."

Jenna is an Ezine Expert Author (Domestic Violence, Divorce, and Coaching), a former columnist for The Derry News and The Bangor Daily News, and is the former host of "The Cafe" on WSMN 1590, Nashua, NH. Find her online at jennabrooks.weebly.com.

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