October Snow

Fiction - Drama
364 Pages
Reviewed on 08/06/2013
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Author Biography

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 issues confronting the Christian woman, and is certified by The American Association of Christian Counselors.

The critically-acclaimed author of the OCTOBER SNOW series, Jenna is also the creator of several seminars and coaching programs. She is trained in Batterer Intervention, Trauma and Trauma Informed Care, and is a former state-certified Crisis Advocate and a 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 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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

In Jenna Brooks's October Snow, a woman who was a battered wife witnesses the death of one too many battered wives, murdered by her husband. May, Josie’s friend, dies in her arms and the moment changes Josie forever. She steels herself to putting an end to the abuse that continues to plague the women she is trying to rescue. She must do this before the same fate that took May's life catches up with them. Josie knows exactly how to make a bully wish he had never crossed her path. When Jack, her friend Samantha's abusive husband, reveals that Samantha’s baby by him is a tool for manipulating her, Josie has had just about enough. She steps in to take care of the problem. Will she rid Sammy of her problem permanently or does she have some other tricks up her sleeve to defeat the abuser?

October Snow is a brilliantly written piece that digs deep into the soul and psyche of an abused woman who has been able to set herself free from the controlling and manipulative bondage of an abuser. It digs deep into the characters involved in the struggle in such a way that the reader will feel as if they are living the nightmare themselves. The plot is expertly designed to keep the reader on the edge of their seat and turning pages in order to discover what new twist the story will take. It is a deep look into abuse, control, battering, and the struggle that women endure in order to survive. The character development is superb. This is not a story for a light-weight reader, but rather a harsh look into the reality of this horrible injustice. You will feel the terror, the anger, and the vengeance.

Natasha Jackson

There are very few topics that society deems too taboo to talk about and in October Snow Jenna Brooks tackles one of the toughest: domestic violence. We are introduced to Josie Kane on the one day that will define the rest of her life. As a domestic violence advocate and former abuse victim, Josie was unable to save one woman from her batterer and she has never gotten over her death. With the help of her best friends Max and Sam, Josie endeavors to carve out a peaceful existence after decades of abuse and torture. When Sam is fed up with her pseudo-husband’s escalating violence, it will take everything within Josie to help her friend escape with her life.

It would be easy to chalk Jenna Brooks’ novel up to just another domestic violence tale, but that would be a gross understatement of what October Snow is truly about. While it does give readers an insight into the Family Court system of injustice, it is about the support and love these women provide one another in hard times. Each woman has suffered abuse in one form or another, some unknowingly, and their journey to healing is told with vivid imagery that’ll have readers reaching for a handkerchief. October Snow is a powerful story of a bold woman with more heart than she ever realized. The talented Jenna Brooks did a masterful job of creating lovable characters that come across as real people rather than characters in a book. Whether it’s the girls conjugating ‘bimbo’ or the adorable spitfire Tyler, histrionic Liz, and even the sadism that is Jack, they all make an impact on the soul.

It has been a long time since a story brought me to tears and October Snow brought on plenty of happy and sad ones. An understated masterpiece filled with heart.

Patti Zapf

5stars+++. This story is exceptional. The characters mesh well and there are all the characteristics of a once in a million hit. There is the perfect blend of suspense mystery with a beautifully put together story of friendship and bonding and raising children & then what a love story with Dave&Sammy. There was funny parts and tragic parts where I broke down. The bright touch at the end instilling HOPE was a great end to a fantastic book.- Amazon.com Review

Christoph Fischer

“October Snow” by Jenna Brooks is a fantastic book. It left me emotional in a good and a bad way. The subject of domestic violence is difficult to handle and Brooks pulled it off by choosing three women with different levels of experiences of the problem. Knowing cases of domestic abuse myself I felt the story was incredibly authentic and realistic.
It is heart wrenching to see some of the struggles – legally and emotionally, but the friendship between the women is truly beautiful. The book offers great insights, relatable characters and a gripping story. A must read. - Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer Christoph Fischer

Amazon Review Excerpts

"This is an incredible story... It should come with a warning label: This book is extremely difficult to put down and may contribute to insomnia." - RW

"Riveting, heart warming, eye opening novel... I will read more novels by Jenna Brooks." - Sandra Weiss

"Best book I have read for a long time." - SnowBird

"One of the best books I have read." - Darrell

"This has to have been one of the best books ive ever read, captivating, emotional... I didn't want it to end!" - Trudy Gabbard

"This was 1 of the best books I have read in a very long time. To put my reaction here would give away the ending for other readers. So I will say, the end pages were hard for me to see through the tears. MORE Jenna Brooks please. I have just purchased the other book in this series" - Amazon Customer

"I don't normally write reviews, mostly because I read too many books and just don't have the time. I had to write one for this book... the author has painted a gut-wrenching, heartfelt story of the realities of the US family court system, and the true bond between women who know this life... It hurt to read, but kudos to Jenna Brooks for not glossing over what is one of the most overlooked, tragic issues in our society. I laughed, I cried, and I cried some more. Well done." - A. Barkley

"I rarely write book reviews. I read recreationally and am one of those readers who are rarely disappointed for I expect nothing but the passage of time whilst I read. This book was one of those rare gems that broke through my complacency and truly touched my heart." - Mary Allan

"i got this e-book. i couldn't read it any faster. it was so riveting i read all the time and never cried like i did with this one." - K.M. Warner

"Couldn't put the book down. I actually cried at the end. Have already recommended the book to several friends. Jenna Brooks is an awesome writer." - Mary P. Kern

"I just finished reading October Snow and I am sitting here in stunned silence. It has been a very long time since I have read a grown-up novel of this quality... I recommend having tissues at hand and enough time to finish the book in one sitting because you will not want to put it down... To say that it is riveting is actually an understatement. October Snow is all-consuming. It will stay with me, always." - Amazon Customer

"Thank you for writing this amazing book." - Patricia Collins

Midwest Book Review

(Note: Reviewer does not utilize a star rating system, but awards the novel a "highly recommended" status.)

"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

Rohima khatun

This is a beautiful book to me...the story is mostly related to our real life...