A story that will settle deeply into your soul: My review of Snow Angel by Glenn Beck and Nicole Baart

Publisher: Threshold Editions (October 25, 2011); a division of Simon and Schuster.

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.