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The woman in the picture was so young she looked like a child. Her hair was loose, eyes wide, blue T-shirt stark against the pale lines of arching collarbones. I felt the air leave me in a quiet rush. Not because of the way the photo captured her fleeting youth, but because of the way it highlighted the bruise.

It was a photo of me.

Rachel Price has just one happy memory fro...more
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Published (first published October 25th 2011)
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Megan
Dec 19, 2011 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a nice person
Recommended to Megan by: Deseret Book
So I've decided I have to have a different rating system for Christmas books than for all other books, because quite frankly, I've hardly found a Christmas novel that I can stomach. They are all contrived, poorly written, predictable, schmultzy and manipulative. Other than the original Christmas story--the one about the birth of Jesus--now I never get tired of that one.
This one started off well enough. I even found myself impressed that Glenn Beck had such gentle writing guns. But as the story p...more
Lidija
„Anđeo u snijegu“ je prije svega knjiga koja me navela na razmišljanje i prema kojoj pročitavši ju, nećete ostati ravnodušni ni jedan jedini trenutak. Zašto? Prije svega pisac se u ovoj knjizi bavi problemima zlostavljanja u obitelji. Ovaj put radi se kako o fizičkom, tako i o psihičkom zlostavljanju žene u porodici. Nemojte odmah pomisliti da je zbog toga mučna. Naprotiv , pisac na jedan sasvim drugačiji, reklo bi se emotivan način dočarava život glavne junakinje Rachel Price koja živi jednim s...more
Nancy Brady
Abusive relationships can span generations, and this novel is representative of this as the abused tries to cover up for the abuser and those who see the abuse can only help if the abused can speak the secret aloud.
Yet, this novel has so much to redeem those caught in this vicious cycle.

Rachel grew up with an alcoholic mother and a father who seemed to ignore her with constant work. However, there were moments of joy, in particular the night of snow angels. Neighbors and surrogate parents Max an...more
Regina Spiker
Glenn Beck writes another sad and heart-wrenching Christmas story that ends on a note of hope at Christmas Eve. Rachel Price had a lonely childhood, verbally abused by her mother and distanced by a unsure, overworked father. Her kind neighbors, the Wevers, who could see Rachel's sadness, took her under their wing, and gave her new skills, security, and love. But many years later, when Rachel marries, she falls into the same life she led at home. Cyrus is overbearing, possessive, and abusive - ve...more
Christy
I borrowed this from my Mom's Kindle. I can see why it is a best-seller. Rachel doesn't have very many happy memories from her childhood, her mother was an alcoholic, who died in an accident as a result of her illness. Her father was there and very much alive, but worked long hours and Rachel that he was emotionally inaccessible. She does recall one happy memory from before her mothers death and that is the night her Daddy played with her in the snow. After her mothers death,
a neighbor and his...more
Natalie
Na prvi pogled Rachel ima savršen život: Prekrasnu kuću, uspješnog muža i šarmantnu kćer. No, ispod te površine, stvari nisu tako lijepe. Rachelin muž je manipulativan i često pribjegava zlostavljanju Rachel, verbalno i fizički. Nakon što se udala njen muž uspio ju je izolirati od svih i izgubila je svaki kontakt s ocem. Rachel osjeća jedinu iskru neovisnosti kad se ponovo počinje rasplamsavati prijateljstvo s Maxom, starim krojačem koji joj je bio poput oca u njenim burnim teen godinama, kad je...more
Mj
I select a number of books to read during the holiday season and The Snow Angel was one of my favourites this year. It is worthy of 4 stars for both its feel good aspects during a feel good season but more importantly for the realistic aspects of abuse that were addressed in the story. The Snow Angel is guaranteed to educate anyone unfamiliar with abusers and their methods but despite the harsh topic honestly discussed, the book was uplifting.

The story deals with real issues and family situation...more
Andrew
I picked this book up a few weeks ago at the Scholastic Warehouse sale. It has been on the New York Times' Adult Best-Sellers List for several weeks. Yes, this is a book by conservative political commentator Glenn Beck. The book has nothing to do with politics, and there is not one political statement in the whole book. To be real honest, I don't care what your politics are, this is a book anybody could get something from. It is a very touching story!

The book is told in the first-person by the...more
J
Really 4 1/2 stars ...

A bit awkward to get into the story, but ultimately rewarding. This book definitely falls into the "life is hard" category, but there is beauty and truth in it. And surprisingly, little (religious) preaching. (And no politics.) There are scattered biblical references and a pastor's wife, but the story speaks for itself without the typical heavy-handed protestant voiceovers.

I was moved by the obvious struggles of a parent to connect with their child, the experience of Alzhei...more
Lori Henrich
Rachel Price doesn't have many happy memories from her childhood. Her mother drank, and her father worked a lot to provide for his family. Her mother called her names made her feel small and unloved. Max and Elena, neighbors, offer young Rachel a job help them in the taylor shop they set up in their home. She spends many happy hours help them, escaping from the pain her mother inflicts with her words.

With her past history is it any wonder that Rachel meets and falls in love with a man that turns...more
Wendy
I probably should have given this book four stars but because I've heard "this story" so many times in real life as a counselor, frankly I was a little bored. I can state that the depiction of events rang true as far as they go. The syrupiness of the book is a little hard to swallow, when you know in real life the bad guy will probably kill the old man or something. Am I too jaded? Sorry for that.. The writing flows pretty well and I liked the character of the little girl. I related to Rachel's...more
Kim
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Gail
Dec 07, 2011 Gail rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linda Sullivan
This is a sad book. Rachel has had a rough life so far. It is too funny that when she was little she tried to make cookies and they were out of baking soda so she substituted baking powder. The cookies looked good but tasted bitter. When we were first married I was making blueberry muffins and I didn't know we were out of baking powder and I substituted baking soda. I figured they both make stuff rise so what was the difference. Well it does make a difference. They looked good but tasted nasty....more
Tonya
Perfect Christmas reading! This story was so amazing, I had to stop several times and tell my family members. I thought at first, oh another sappy Christmas story.

But this one hits home, in way or another for everyone I am sure.

We alternate between 2 different people, Mitch who is an elderly man, obviously has Alzheimers, living in an assisted living facility.

Then we have Rachel who is married to Cyrus and has one daughter. Cyrus is a jerk. As you will find out.

What Mitch and Rachel have to do t...more
Brisbride13
It's hard to rate this book because even though it was good, I know it doesn't compare to other works of fiction, which always leaves me in this predicament. I mean I know a lot of people who devour John Grisham, but he does write with a kind of template feel, as does Danielle Steele, but that doesn't mean they're not good books. I can't resist Christmas fiction and I don't wait until the Christmas season to read them. If I'm going through the stacks and see one, it automatically goes in my bask...more
Marie
I read this book in one sitting, it is an uplifting story about how to stop to cycle of abuse. Having been in an abusive relationship I can relate to hearing that your ugly, worthless and never good enough. It's wonderful to see Rachel realize that these things are not true and it's helpful to see those realizations in my own life. Definitely a book that everyone should read.
Jacquline
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Lisa
Not my type of book--it was like a soap opera minus the steamy romance. Cast of characters include an alcoholic mom and an abusive father. While I feel bad for people who are born into troubled circumstances, I don't have the patience to read about drawn out dysfunctional families.
Maybe it gets better, but I could not get into this book.
Lorell
I'm not the biggest fan of Glenn Beck...he can sometimes come across as an angry blowhard on his radio show, so I was skeptical about this book. I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how good this novel is. Glenn Beck is actually a great story teller and I loved reading about Rachel, Lily, Max and Sarah. It was also heartbreaking to read how abuse had marred Rachel's life and her most important relationships. There were parts of the story that were difficult to read because of how Rachel was...more
Brandy
I'm very pleased at how well Glenn beck goes from a man to a womans view point so beautifully. To me it shows that you can either keep a cycle going.... Or you can stop it in its tracks. About how love is given and how it is recieved by your actions. That its never to late. To make it right. Great holiday read!
Joanne
I have to start out by telling you that this audiobook was such an emotional journey for me. I listened to half of it in one sitting when I had to pick my daughter up for Christmas break. Ok, that was probably my mistake. As this book continually tugged at my heart, I also fell in love with the story and characters.

This book alternates between perspectives of both Rachel and Mitch. Rachel has been living her life in an abusive marriage and trying to protect her daughter from all that comes with...more
Kathryn
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Carla
I think that it should be maybe 3 1/2 stars.
I great story about finding yourself in a situation that you don't remember entering. This is told by two main characters - Mitch and Rachael, a father and his daughter. I once was told that regret and loneliness is the cruel life and what better than to see the blossom of love, forgiveness, and compassion to cure it.
Mitch has lived his life, although he can't recall most of it because of Alzheimers, but daily he knows his regret, he knows he is waiti...more
05JoyG
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Garrett
The Snow Angel is a love letter written to all of the girls and women who have suffered abuse in their family or in their relationships. Rachel Price is in a loveless marriage, and does all she can to hide her husband's violent and controlling side from her young daughter Lily. She hasn't spoken to her father in over a decade, and his last years are a hazy fog of indistinct regret brought about by Alzheimer's. The Snow Angel cuts back and forth between their two narratives, a beautiful and melan...more
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Kayleigh Yingling
English Book Review
Academic English 10
7th, January, 2013

Glenn Beck's novel, "The Snow Angel", tells a story about forgiveness and family. A mother who lives in a life of fear and is caged in by her emotions does not want to cross her husband. She envies her 11 year old daughter, Lily, for being innocent and not realizing the troubles of life. She tries to make her daughter escape the life she had as a child watching her mother go through an abusive relationship. The mother finds...more
Telans


"С виду мы воистину идеальная, типично американская семья. Прячем синяки под модными свитерами и делаем вид, что Гаррисон Кейлор, воспевший идиллическую жизнь заштатных городишек, абсолютно прав."



Незамысловатое повествование на два голоса (в основном) о двух несчастливых семействах в маленьком американском городке. Ничего нового или особенного, и все же трогательная история о мужчине, который пытался быть хорошим отцом

"— Я был плохим отцом, — надтреснутым голосом произносит Митч.
Купер качает...more
Mmtimes4
A heartwarming novel from Glenn Beck, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Sweater and phenomenally popular radio and television host.
Rachel Price’s one happy memory from her childhood is of playing outside with her father, Mitch, on a cold and snowy day. In that moment he took her hands in his and called her his angel. She felt safe, loved, and protected. Rachel’s mother dies in a car crash a few years later—a sudden and unresolved ending to a complicated relationship. Mitc...more
Karissa Harris
This is a book my mom
Brought me for Christmas last year. She looked at the cover and thought that it would be a fun story about children at christmastime.
She was mistaken.
The Snow Angel is an emotional journey about a woman who has suffered from a series of abusive relationships, from an alcoholic mother, neglectful father and a physically/emotionally abusive spouse. Rachel suffers tremendously from feeling, unable 2 accomplish much in her life. But an unforeseen business trip her husband needs...more
Alex
This was a sad, but ultimately uplifting, book. It tells the story of Rachel, who is living in an abusive marriage that mirrors the abuse she suffered from her mother as a child.

I liked the overall message of the book, and I was rooting for Rachel and Lily all the way through. That being said, something about this just didn't work for me and I don't know what it is. I feel like I should have loved this a lot more than I did, but at the end of the day it was just an okay read for me.
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