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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
“Tracks in the Snow,” a novel written by Sandra H. Esch, is an inspirational novel that will have you laughing, crying and immersed in the characters’ lives immediately. Jo is living a storybook life with her husband and daughter even though they are living during wartime. All of this changes when Jo’s husband is killed, not because of the war he is planning to fight in, but because of a snowstorm. Jo tries her best to give her daughter a happy life, but it appears as if things cannot go right. Tryg, whom Jo blames for her husband’s death, is being successful with setting up his practice and Jo cannot even seem to protect her daughter from run-ins with Big Ole or give her daughter a Christmas gift. You will be transported to Minnesota for a Christmas that you will never forget as love, forgiveness and hope abound.
I really enjoyed this story and the characters as well as the setting which was brought to life for me while reading. Big Ole is my favorite character is this book; he grew and changed so much in this story and although he is grumpy, there is kindness and hurting underneath, which is eventually brought out. I also liked the pace of the story as it was not rushed. It takes time for people to work through their grief and feelings in order to find forgiveness and peace and Jo is the perfect example of this and it made the book realistic instead of just rushing through and giving a “happily ever after.” Upon finishing this novel, you will have a smile on your face, feel content about how the story ends and will be ready to read more by this author.