Monday, April 2, 2012

After the Snow Falls - Carey Jane Clark


Publisher:  Trestle Press
Pages:  236
Source:  Review copy from author
Genre:  Adult, Contemporary Fiction


From Goodreads:
In the middle of a soccer drill, in an awful, awkward moment, Celia Bennett's eight-year-old son Caleb lands on his face and chest in the grass. The diagnosis blindsides her, bringing her face-to-face with every parent's worst nightmare.

Desperate to save her son’s life, Celia pursues a cure through alternative medicine, but her quest ends in frustration and disappointment. Facing despair, hope walks in on the most unlikely set of legs, when her father returns after a 30-year absence. Can she release pain to embrace hope? Will it make a difference, or is it too late?





My thoughts:
When the author first wrote to me asking for a review I knew I was backlogged in my reviews.  I went to her site and read the first chapter and knew I had to read the book. So, I wrote her back and requested it.   I am so glad I did.  This is a story of hope and forgiveness.  It is a story that you will need to start, with a box of tissues.  The emotional ride is so intense. 

Like any mother, Celia Bennett would do anything for her child.  When her child is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor she seeks help from many sources.  Through all of this her father who has been absent for many years re-marries her mom and now she has to deal with those old  feelings.  There are so many emotional things to relate to in this story.
My father and I had a few  serious issues we had to deal with.  When I decided as an adult I was going to take matters into my own hand to deal with the situation,  he understood my feelings and waited and prayed, as did I.  I am happy to say our relationship was restored and great up to the day he passed away.  God is so good about helping us learn to forgive, and healing broken  relationships. 

I loved Caleb’s faith.  He believed Jesus would heal him.  I lost my first love to a rare form of blood cancer just a few months before we were to be married.  I can remember my father’s quartet laying hands on him and anointing him with oil.  I remember him claiming he would be healed.  I also remember his death and how angry I was until a great friend pointed out that my fiancé had been right.  He had the ultimate healing.  Sometimes all we have left is our faith.  There are so many lessons to be learned in this book.  It is one I will re-read because I know each time I do, there will be something else to see.  This is a book that you will need to sit and dedicate time to.  You won’t want to put it down.  I look forward to reading more by this wonderful author. I thank her publicly for taking a chance on me and asking me to review this book.

About the author:
Carey Jane Clark writes to instill courage, hope and conviction in her readers.  She is a homeschool mother by day, writer by night.  The writing bug afflicted her early in life.  She has been writing in one form or another for more than twenty years.  After the Snow Falls is her first novel.  
Carey shares the adventure of her life with her husband Brian and three children, whom she homeschools.  

She blogs about their experiences homeschooling at www.carejaneclark.com/enCouragement  and in China as expats at www.holdthemsq.com
You can check out her book at www.afterthesnowfalls.com




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