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Pete's sense of humor as he realizes Lisa has figured out what he neglected to tell her, and his sensitivity to accept Lisa's crazy actions with understanding for her motivation, makes him the perfect, if messy, knight.
In addition to a story that makes you feel good and want to do good, several timely topics (homelessness, PTSD, etc) are brought to light in life-situations. I feel rewarded to walk away with a nugget or two that opened my eyes or expanded my understanding on a topic, in addition to a warm heart at the hopeful outcome of a good read.
Lisa is a widow still locked inside a prison of grief and self-recrimination. Pete is not who he initially appears to be. She thinks he’s homeless but has potential. Pete thinks Lisa is bossy and treats him with disrespect. Never mind that he was kind of mean to her when they first met at Thanksgiving at the Community Center, or that his beard was raggedy and his clothes and smell were more like a hobo than the director he really was.
Misconceptions abound as Lisa works through her grief and finds new purpose that snowballs far beyond her original plans to help one man. She gives him a job that employs many more and he allows it because in spite of her bossiness, she’s doing great work.
Going outside her comfort zone puts her face to face with someone else who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and who chooses to stay stuck. The mirror reflects Lisa’s own reality and as she struggles to come to grips with her past, she’s also forced to acknowledge a growing attraction to the shabbily-dressed man she’s tried to help.
As truths come to light, both Pete and Lisa have to come clean. Without using the Scripture, Cathe Swanson illustrates the concept that God washes us white as snow. It’s not always an easy process but the relationships we build on the way make the journey worthwhile.
This book is a novella -but a long one and well worth the read for a glimpse into our own misconceptions about the homeless and downtrodden as well as moving past our mistakes into a “new normal.” I applaud Ms. Swanson’s debut effort! It’s a Christmas story that goes deep to the heart of what really matters.
A magical and spiritual story that will bring light to your heart and faith to humanity.
A story of a woman who decides to help a man she believes to be homeless. She decides that she can get him involved in the community and he be paid a small sum in order to get him working in some capacity. From her initial "community service idea" for him, her project snowballs into many different services they are able to provide for the elderly in one community. Thus, the number of people who are "working" increases. Suddenly she has created the "Snow Angels" project.
I loved Lisa and Pete, the main characters. They both learn a great deal from one another and from all the other characters along the way. And they teach the reader many, as well. All of the characters are authentic and relatable. They have their strengths and flaws. Their faith is tested on and off, but they are able to come around again.
I really loved the storyline and the whole premise of the "Snow Angels" concept. The author never lost site of the many services the project bloomed into and was able to truly carry the reader through them without dropping any of them or losing her initial premise (job for one man). It all flowed well and the really kept the reader engaged.
For her debut novella, and in general, Cathe Swanson has written a marvelous story that any reader, make or female, will enjoy and suggest to their friends and family.