The Snow Angel (Deckle Edge)
Format: HardcoverChange
Price:$12.98+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

110 of 118 people found the following review helpful
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!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
75 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2011
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.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
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.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2011
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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2011
what a wonderful book. I would recommend it to anyone who has a family member with alzheimer, comes from a dysfunctional family, and/or is in an abusive relationship. The book really hit some spots in my heart that I thought were long gone and buried. The book helped me understand the abuse I received as a child and the way I treated my oldest daughter. Even though we are the best of friends now I know that I too have left hurts in her heart. The book is wonderful and I highly recommend it. I will be buying this book for gifts to give to family and friends.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
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.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2011
Once I started reading The Snow Angel I could not put it down! Stayed up till 2am reading. I highly recommend reading The Snow Angel!!! Keep the tissue close...you will need them.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2011
Read this in one sitting, loved it. Having come from verbally abusive home (verbal abuse from my mom)and later caring for my Dad with alzheimer, Glenn and Nicole really nailed it. The coming and going of the memories of the Mitch brought back so many memories of my Dad and his fight. Alzheimer sufferers live in the bits and pieces of the past the present is nothing but a murky day dream. Not having suffered any physical abuse it, made me angry that Rachel couldn't be DONE. However, the love of others that come into her life helps her realizes she is of worth and move forward. The guardian angel that Mitch has is also moving. This is definitely written in woman voice. Highly recommend.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
This book is one that everyone should read. The story reveals different people that have regretted life situations. By the end of the story, the main characters come to grips with these situations and forgive them. When reading this story, I was reminded of similar situations in my life. This book is uplifting and can start a new path between you and whoever wronged you in the past. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It brought tears to my eyes several times while reading the story. It is a true Glenn Beck story. What good is it without tears? This book is a great Christmas gift for the whole family!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2011
I really didn't know what to expect when my book club picked a book by Glenn Beck (my first by this author - who I associated with news and politics)... but it wasn't this book! The book is written from a women's prespective for the most part... it is heart-warming, compassionate, and uplifting. The story is mainly told through Rachel, a women who grew up with an abusive mother and an overworked father. Soon after graduating from high school, she marries a man (whom her father doesn't approve of) who turns out to be a controlling abuser and has a child, Lily, whom she actively shelters from the abuse. The writing regarding the abusive relationships between young Rachel and her mother and between Rachel and her husband are very good... you feel Rachel's pain, her fear, and her saddness. Due to an old friend re-entering her life, she begins to open up to her daughter and explain more about her life and her parents. She also discovers how important friends are and through their love and support she gains the courage to consider leaving her husband. It is also told through Mitch, who lives in a nursing home and has Alzhiemer's disease, as he tries to remember and make sense of fragmented memories of his life - he knows he is waiting for someone only he doesn't remember who. It is a story of imperfect families, prespectives of situations that change with time, and how forgiveness can help someone heal and move forward. The first 3/4 of this book is really good... I was interested in the story, the characters... it made me cry at times. It only took me two days to finish the book.

While I am glad that Mitch finally received a visit from the person he waited so long to see again and I loved the twist of who Mitch's "friend" was I really didn't like the ending of the book. It felt contrived and too unreal - when up to this time the emotion and actions of the characters was real. The ending just felt too fast - I wanted to know more about what would happen to the characters. Overall, I would give it 4.5 stars and I would recommend it to others - it's a good Christmas story.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed


The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book
The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book by Glenn Beck (Hardcover - October 27, 2009)
$10.48
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.