Published by Fleming H. Revell on 2002
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General
Artist Claire Andrews, looking for solace after losing her husband and young son in tragic accident, flees to a cabin in the Cascade Mountains. Even there, she finds she is too distracted by her sorrow to continue painting. Claire had always been certain God listened to her prayers. That is, up until the accident. As she passes each day alone in the snowy woods, she struggles with grief and her loss of faith. One day she discovers two mysterious sets of footprints in the snow, an adult's and a child's. Is it her imagination? Where are they coming from? A story of love, loss and healing
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Angels in the Snow is a cozy Christmas tale of love and faith. Claire is trying to come to terms with losing her husband and son—and failing. She’s lost her artistic vision, her faith and somewhat her will to live. Seeking solitude in the mountains—Claire began to question her sanity when she finds footprints in the snow that she feels belong to her husband and son.
Inspired by the footprints—Claire turns to her art for healing. Her new paintings explore the idea that the prints belong to angelic beings—rather than to her deceased loved ones.
As time—and faith in God—begins to heal her wounds, Claire begins to believe that she can heal enough to move on with her life.
While there is a romance in this book—it isn’t the reason for Claire’s healing. I appreciated that healing came from the Lord and Claire didn’t rely on another human being to heal her broken spirit. If you’re looking for happiness in others—you’ll always be disappointed. True healing comes from the Lord. It is only He that can bind our wounds and heal our spirit.
So many times I feel that a novella is lacking development and is overall rushed. Melody possesses the unique ability to develop complex characters in a novella. Her attention to emotional depth makes for a novella that feels complete and whole.
I would definitely recommend this author to others. Especially her Christmas novellas. They hit the spot and leave one feeling the joy and warmth of the holiday.