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Summer Snow (Threads of Change #2)

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Julia DeSmit is finally learning to accept her new life. Optimistic and anxious to begin again after dropping out of college, she is taking fumbling steps down a challenging yet hope-filled road. But the careful existence Julia has begun to build falls hopelessly to pieces when her estranged mother, Janice, appears on the front porch one icy March night. Mother and daughte...more
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Published January 31st 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published April 2nd 2008)
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"Don't wall yourself behind some unquenchable hate. Don't you know that you're only building a stronghold around yourself? Janice and Simon may not be able to get in, but don't forget that when you build a fortress this impenetrable, you won't be able to get out." These were Nellie's (Julia's grandma) words to her, and at that point, even if she knew she was being too hard, Julia chose to not get out of her fortress. But time heals wounds, so it is said... In the end, Julia finally opened up and...more
This is the second in the trilogy, with the first being After the Leaves Fall. See that review. For this genre, I would give it a 4. My rating does not necessarily reflect all genres, but a 4 in this particular one, Christian fiction.
Julia's has dropped out of college and returned home due to pregnancy; she has found a job and is struggling to make sense of her life.

And then her prodigal mother returns.

The mother who walked out years ago, seemingly without a backwards glance.

I can only imagine my own anger and frustration in this situation, particularly as other details become known. The author handles this very well, without glib preaching about forgiveness... Julia's grandmother once again provides a spiritual anchor - lov...more
I am really enjoying the story of Julia DeSmit and her complicated life and the her spiritual journey through a lot of unresolved hurt and abandoments. It is SO very hard to put down. Very well written and very relatable character. A new favorite author for me.
Hands down the best Christian fiction I've read in a very long time. To be honest, I'm kind of done with the cheesy, everything turns out perfect, theme of most Christian fiction lately and this series was a refreshing change.

Julia is such a real and raw character. Instead of making all the right choices and thinking all the right things, we get a little peek into her mind and her life.... And it's messy and confusing and just like reality! She struggles with relationships, with God, and with d...more
Beth Peninger
Book 2 in Baart's series about Julia DeSmit is just as lovely as the other two books in the series. I really enjoyed it.
In this book Julia has to confront grace and forgiveness and her long-lost mother shows up on the front doorstep with a boy in tow. Julia's Grandma seems to have a better grasp on navigating these rough waters and Julia feels lost at sea, an island unto herself. Thrown into the mix is *spoiler alert* (if you haven't read book 1) Julia's blooming figure due to her unplanned pre...more
Jill Williamson
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I was so excited for this book, the sequel to Nicole Baart’s debut book, After the Leaves Fall. I couldn’t wait to find out what was in store for Julia, and this book did not disappoint.

Julia is anxious and excited to figure out her new life after dropping out of college and returning to live with her grandmother. Things aren’t easy, but Julia is putting the pieces back together and things are beginning to look up.

Then Julia’s mother, Janice, who abandoned her when she wa...more
Jun 25, 2008 Nicole added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
“Baart communicates deep spiritual themes with a light touch, and some scenes, such as Julia and a friend watching cottonwood fluff (“summer snow”) blow over a lake at sundown, are lovely. She also has a knack with characterization, and wise words come from both expected and unexpected places. This is a treat for faith fiction readers, and proves Baart is not just a one-hit wonder.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Baart's sequel is... beautifully written. The prose will resonate with readers... The author's...more
Nora St Laurent
"After the Leaves Fall" is the first book in this series. "Summer Snow" is the second book. In the beginning of this book the main character Julia realizes she has made some bad choices in her life and she is going to have to live with them. Not just survive, but finally accept who she is and what the future holds for her. She's a brave young woman and doing very well living this unexpected life until her mother shows up on her front porch. What did she want after all this time? It was such a sh...more
I did not feel as emotionally involved in Summer Snow as I did in After the Leaves Fall, but I still enjoyed reading it. This review will have some spoilers if you haven't read After the Leaves Fall, though, so if you haven't read that, you might want to before reading my thoughts on this one!

Julia DeSmit is now home, pregnant and working at a grocery store. She lives with her grandmother now after dropping out of college. I thought that Julia's struggles with her pregnancy were handled in a way...more

Baart, Nicole. 2008. Summer Snow.

"It's not that I ever had delusions of grandeur, or even that I think I am better than anyone else, but there is something about donning a tag that says, 'Please be patient; I'm a trainee' and asking, 'Would you like paper or plastic?' that is uniquely, even brutally, humbling."

Summer Snow is the sequel to Nicole Baart's first novel, After the Leaves Fall. Our heroine, Julia DeSmit is a college dropout who is single, pregnant, living with her grandmother, and pre...more
Sequel to After the Leaves Fall--and if would definitely be a good idea to read that one first, if you haven't already. Summer Snow picks up Julia's story--pregnant after the events of the first book, she has now dropped out of school and is living with her grandmother and working at the local grocery store. There she struggles with feeling of shame and wonders if anyone will accept her. Those worries--and her precarious financial situation--become the least of her concerns when her mother reapp...more
Jessie Weaver
I picked this up off my grandmother’s bookshelf for a lighter read during the Thanksgiving break. Baart is a super-talented writer, and now I want to read everything else she’s written! This is Christian fiction, but her characters are so real I can see them, and her writing is just exquisite. Now I’m anxious to read the prequel to this one, After the Leaves Fall.
The sequal to After the Leaves Fall, Summer Snow is just as good. We follow Julia in her journey through her challenging life of abandonment and forgiveness. After dropping out of college upon finding out she is pregnant, Julia gets a job at her local grocery store and moves back in with her Grandmother who raised her. Just as she is settling in to her new responsibilities her Mother who abandonded her at the age of 9 shows up...and not alone. She brings with her a 5 year old boy, Julia's half-b...more
The first book, After the Leaves Fall, I read because it was free for the Nook during that time. After that I had to find out what happened with Julia and her little family that I bought the next two. It is a Christian book, but most of it is in the third book since she doesn't embrace it much until then. I was more interested in her story. I am usually the one to read mystery, suspenseful books. But these books really took me in and I really liked them. Somehow you relate to her even though I w...more
This book was a sweet suprise. I thought it would be really cheesy and dumb and I ended up loving it! It goes through many issues in a thoughtful, nontrashy way - teenage pregnancy & choices, can you love a parent that has deserted you in your childhood, what it takes to find inner peace when all is going badly. My only problem with it was that sometimes it moved incredibly slowly. Was it really necessary to decribe EVERY detail of the conversation from their facial expressions to their toen...more
I liked the follow up book to After the leaves fall as much or better as the author's first book. The journey that Julia goes through in this book was well written and I walked away from the book feeling like I knew her much better. The writing style of this author is a bit different from most and I struggled with that a bit on the first book but by this book I was more used to it. I'm not sure if the author plans a third book involving Julia but I would read it for sure. I recommend this book!
Subtle longing fills this beautiful book. I love Julia's evolution from bitterness to acceptance and the very real obstacles she faces as an unmarried teen. She's smart, deep, and thoughtful, all mixed together with insecurity. Baart made me want to live with Julia's grandmother, made me want to paint a flaking front porch, made me want to live in the country. Her turns of phrases inspired me. A beautiful book.
I didn't like this book quite as much as I have liked Nicole Baart's other books. I am not sure why. It strikes me that there was too much introspection, and the introspection was too drawn out. But it's been a long time since I read the first book, to which this is a sequel. I am going to go back and read it and see if that changes my opinion. Nevertheless, I still really liked this book.
A wonderful prose with deep analysis of complex issues. I read this book pretty much in one sitting as I was so caught up in Julia's world that I couldn't put it down (while my baby was napping and the older one was away with my husband). I know there is a sequel to this second novel, which I am looking forward to reading soon. But I already hope that Nicole writes the fourth one!
After being so emotionally involved in the first book I was disappointed in this one. There were moments in the book but overall I found it kind of obnoxious to read. It was too wordy, not enough action or development in it. There's not really any new revelation into Julia's life that's not in the first book. I will still end up reading the 3rd book and hoping for a better ending.
Amy DeMordaunt
There is so much of sadness and disappointment in the turn of events in this lovely story, that I couldn't quite love it. I was liking it very much when I hoped Julia's choice would change her family forever. She is sweet and trying to grow up and dealing with her mom and discovering her little brother. The writing really is beautiful and I will read more from this author.
"After the leaves Fall." is the first in this series; This is the second.

Oh, this one is so much better than the first in this series!

Beautiful, Simply Beautiful! Feel the love.

Grace freely offered. Forgiveness freely given.

Love, regret, anger.

"Summer Snow" really touched me. Moved me to near tears. Now, that's something.
I cannot even explain the effect Nicole Baart's writing has on me. Her writing is beautiful and captivating to the point where I couldn't put the book down for hours and I was practically crying through the whole book. Easily my favorite series so far, and I can barely wait to read the next one.
Susan Crowe
This was a wonderful book. There is one thing though that did irk me. I noticed that every decision that was made, had to pass Julia's approval. That was a little annoying. Made her seem a little demanding. But it was still a 5 star book. A very beautiful story. Can't wait to get to book 3.
Elizabeth Ray
This book was awesome. I stumbled upon the first book in a used bookstore and decided to give it a shot. It is a Christian book that actually focuses on the story more than being cheesy by overspiritualizing everything, as many Christian books have a tendency to do. Read it!
Oct 27, 2008 Tammy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who suffers from abandonment.
We often think forgiveness is about releasing someone else...and find that who it actually releases is ourself. Summer Snow is a continuation of "After the Leaves Fall". It's a story of redemption, restoration, love, and forgiveness.

Highly recommended!
Another fabulous book by Nicole Baart! This book was so full of inspiration that I wished it was mine and not the libraries...because if it was mine, I would have it all marked up with highlighter!
even better than the first book. more plot than character driven. what will julia decide and can she forgive? i really liked some if the new characters here, namely simon and michael.
Great book.
I am reading these in reverse order as I read book 3 not knowing it was part of a series. This answered some questions for me. Now, it is on to book number 1.
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Nicole Baart lives in a small town in Iowa and is the mother of three young sons. After the adoption of her second son from Ethiopia, Nicole discovered a deep passion for global issues and co-founded a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, that works alongside a church and orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia. An accomplished novelist, she was a 2009 Christy Award finalist for fiction. Visit her w...more
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“I wanted so much when I was young. I was an endless abyss of want, of need of desperate dreams for myself that defied logic. The promise of what was to come hung like rings around the moon on clear autumn nights; the future was unmistakeable. It was always there, glistening in the dark and suggesting that life was little more than climbing a ladder into the sky, where I could reach up with one hand and secure everything that I had ever hoped for in my grasping fingers.
Oh, I dreamed.
And they are not easy to give up, these dreams.”
“So much of my life had been spent taking and taking and taking. Thinking it was all about me, believing that everything came down to me and how I felt, what I wanted. Even in my grasping attempts to know God, I did exactly that: I grasped. I sought. Sometimes I waited. But I never opened myself, spread my soul wide as an offering so He could come and capture me. I never let Him run strong fingers through my soil, watering it with His grace so my fruit could grow and grow above the weeds that threatened to choke it out.” 2 likes
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