Snowflake Secrets


Fiction - Anthology
344 Pages
Reviewed on 09/03/2009
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Author Biography

Lorna Collins was raised in Alhambra, CA where she earned honors in English. She and husband Larry have published a memoir, 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park, and write mysteries. Today she resides in Dana Point, CA and is currently working on more anthologies.
Sherry Derr-Wille entered her Sophomore English Class and her life changed when she fell in love with writing. Now she has completed over sixty published works. Today she is a wife, mother of three grown children and seven grandchildren, and lives in Wisconsin.
Luanna Rugh is a native Californian who wrote Promises Kept: How One Couple’s Love Survived Vietnam, winner of the 2010 EPIC eBook Award for nonfiction wiht her husband, Len. She lives in Laguna Woods, CA and enjoys traveling, and visiting with friends and family.
Christie Shary is married, lives in Dana Point, CA. She has had several books, short stories and poetry published and has been employed as a professional writer. She is now working on a romance novel and a sequel to Lucky Dog. Christie is a world traveler whose memories give life to her characters.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

The scene was Christmas 1958, Aspen Grove, Colorado. A family has gathered for Christmas. Each family member arrived, bearing gifts and food. Allegra has special permission to wear a little lip color. Great-Aunt Maude gave the girls each a snowflake crocheted ornament with a poem attached. The snowflake would remind them that God uniquely created them.

Carole

Sherry Derr-Wille

Christmas Eve 2005, Mountain Glen, Colorado

Loneliness was over whelming for the recently widowed woman. Bittersweet memories flood her mind. As Carole looks at the decorated tree, she focuses on Aunt Maude's snowflake. She could hear her aunt's voice urging her to enjoy the holiday and to be prepared for something or someone waiting around the corner. The next morning, she received an unexpected call offering her the position of administrative assistant at Janish Industries. She would be working for Paul Janish, the owner's son. Mark Janish, owner of Janish Industries, was attracted to Carole the moment he saw her. It was a whirlwind courtship.

Carole is a beautiful love story. The plot is well-written and heartwarming. The characters are delightful. Sherry Derr-Wille is an extremely talented author. Fans of romance will enjoy Carole.

Allegra

Lorna Collins

February 12, 2007 Palo Alto, California

Allegra had married Tom while he was still in law school. She put her degree and her life on hold, so that he could finish school. Tom could be cruel. He mentally and physically abused her. His extramarital affairs were multiple. Tom's latest girlfriend was pregnant and insisting he marry her. When Allegra learned that her mother had a brain tumor, she decided it was time to move back home. Her mother needed her, and she needed to escape her life. As she begins to go through her old things at home, she finds the snowflake, hand crocheted by her aunt and the poem her aunt had included in the Christmas gift. At church that evening, she was reunited with Drew McDonald. She had not seen him since high school.

Allegra is a charming love story. Lorna Collins has a talent for bringing her characters to life. I felt Allegra's pain when she thought of her unhappy marriage. The plot is beautifully developed and could be expanded on to create a standalone book.

Sonata

Christie Shary

February 12, 2007 Morocco

As Sonata traveled in her work with UNICEF she always took her hand crocheted snowflake with her. She still fondly remembered when her aunt gave it to her as a Christmas present in 1958. She had just delivered a baby when her sister Mel called about their mother. She had a malignant brain tumor. Sonata was needed at home.

Sonata by Christie Shary is beautifully written. I questioned why it was included in this anthology. While all of the stories were delightful, this one has more depth. As Sonata remembered her life, fought illness, and struggled with the heartache of leaving Jamali, I wanted to reach out and hold her hand. Again, I believe this story could be expanded to stand on its own.

Melody

Luanna Rugh

After all this time, Melody had her hand crocheted snowflake. It had set in an undelivered package for years. When Melody discovered that her mother had an inoperable brain tumor she turned her grief inward. After speaking with her pastor, she opened up to her husband. She discovered they both had a secret. She was writing a romance novel, and he had hung on to his mustang.

Melody is an entertaining story. As Melody writes her romance story, she incorporates bits and pieces of her life or what she wishes was her life. I like her husband. He read her book and tried to fulfill her idea of romance.

A hand crocheted snowflake is the common thread in each story. The three sisters have unique personalities just as God made them. Each lead character matures and grows stronger as the story develops. I like these stories. My only criticism for this book is for two of the stories. Derr-Wille and Shary use church attendance to enhance their story. "If she had not gone to church, Nancy would not have offered her the job....etc." Allegra renewed her acquaintance with Drew at church. If the authors wanted to bring church in to the foray, I wish they had stuck to Christian values--abstinence before marriage. I realize this is a minute point but it does distract from the plot. The intimate scenes are sensual and well-written. I just wish they had not mixed the two. All in all, this is an excellent read. Fans of romance will enjoy Snowflake.

RebeccasReads

The dedication: "To all those who still believe..." had me hooked. I try to enjoy every day as the gift that it truly is and when I read this dedication I just smiled. What awesome and inspiring words from talented authors. This simple statement gives you a glimpse into their soul.

Like weaving an intricate quilt, "Snowflake Secrets" blends a unique story. The story begins with lovely crocheted snowflakes just like the ones my mother-in-law gave me that her mother made her for her very first Christmas tree. These snowflakes, as the ones written about, are cherished. In 1958 Aunt Maude gives each of the Sullivan sisters crocheted snowflakes. When the girls have grown into women they see the magic that Great Aunt Maude has woven into each of the snowflakes. Written by different talented authors each sister's story is told.

I have never read a fiction book that was as this collaboration is. Intriguing and imaginative, these authors have given us a complex story that is wonderful. I plan to snuggle up by the fire during the holiday season and re-visit the Sullivan sisters again and again.