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The Snow Angel

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,201 Ratings  ·  409 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Threshold Editions
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Sandra Bašić
„Život je putovanje, Rachel. Dok hodaš, možeš se ili osvrtati ili gledati ispred sebe. Uvijek misli na sljedeći korak.“

Na Rachel je izbor što od ovoga učiniti na svom putovanju. Nakon psihičkog zlostavljanja majke alkoholičarke, pasivnog oca koji ništa ne poduzima i bježi od istine, slijedi udaja za čovjeka, koji psihičkom zlostavljanju pridoda i ono fizičko. Gdje su granice gdje to prestaje? Izbor je na samim osobama, žrtvama u cijeloj toj priči.
Ne osuđujem, čak se nisam ni ljutila previše, ni
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
„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
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
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
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I've seen Glenn Beck on TV. I wouldn't have expected a book like this to come from him. This is a Christmas book and with that being said, Christmas books are supposed to be happy. This one wasn't that, but it did have a message. However, it was mostly sad. There was definitely resolution at the end, but it wasn't equal to the sadness of the story. Maybe the author didn't want this to be considered cliche, but it is a Christmas story. So that would have been okay, because it is expected to some ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Regina Spiker
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels, real-life
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.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrensbooks
I read this book today while looking around at big lots. It was a cute story about a brother and sister who missed seeing their parents, tired of eating mac and cheese every night and wanted to spend family time with them. I loved the artwork in this children's book as well. A very good read. Definitely check it out.
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Breaking the cycle of abuse has to be one of the most courageous things that a parent can do for their child. In THE SNOW ANGEL by Glenn Beck, Rachel Price was a child who grew up in an abusive household. Rachel’s mother was an alcoholic who broke Rachel’s heart and her spirit. Rachel’s father, a hard working man who couldn’t find a way to break that cycle, did his best for his daughter. His best though, just wasn’t good enough.

Rachel married Cyrus Price when she was just out of High School. Cy
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Lori Henrich
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, fiction
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.
Andrea Šikić
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Topla, lagana i dirljiva priča, no kao da joj nedostaje nešto posebno za malo bolji dojam i veći ocjenu. Svakako godi, osobito ako je čitate oko Božićnih blagdana, zasigurno ćete pogledati sebe, svoje bližnje i zapitati se....
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this story to be very well written. It was a compelling story of true love between parents and children. I found the parallel story telling of Mitch's and Rachel's stories to be very interesting. It was a great story about how true love can conquer no matter who that true love comes from.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lijepa prica o nadi, ljubavi, prijateljstvu, obitelji, prastanju.. Bas nekako za ovo predblagdansko vrijeme. 3.5 bi bila tocnija ocjena.
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club-books
3.5 stars
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The three strong elements in this book are tone, character interactions, setting, dialogue, and conflict. The book is written in first person but you're also in the minds of these characters. You feel what they feel and think what they think. Beck takes you into their deep rooted conflicts and thoroughly explains them. The tone is mostly scarred and anxious due to the amount of conflict that never seems to get resolved. The book is set in a small town where everyone has a big heart and everybod ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 from her childhood: the moment her father took her hands while playing outside on a cold, snowy day and called her his angel. I ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this was a beautiful story and very well written, very well put together. A story of true circumstances in the world today, of abuse, broken relationships with family, and regrets. I loved the ending, first of all, because she was able to escape the abuse of her husband, second, that she was concerned that her daughter knew it was wrong, and therefore grow up knowing that it was not okay to be in an abusive relationship, and lastly, because she went to see her father, made the peace between them ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This is normally a book I wouldn't read simply because I'm not a reader of...well, let's just say, books that read like a Lifetime Movie Channel film. I'm also not a fan of listening to Glann Back, no matter what his politics may be. So, why did I read this book? Simply to find out how Glenn Beck was as a fiction writer. My vote....not too bad.
As expected, the book read like a Lifetime Movie Channel film. Some drama, some emotions and a feel good ending. 'nuf said. If you like that kind of a bo
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story, had me in tears at end, happy tears
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Glenn Edward Lee Beck is one of America's leading radio and television personalities. His quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and Glenn Beck, one of the most successful new shows on the Fox News Channel. His unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to ...more
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“Never forget who you are; a daughter of a Heavenly Father. You have royal heritage, and anyone who makes you feel like less that is not a man,husband,father, or friend,simply someone who is afraid of you because he knows who you are, but doesn't know who he is.” 8 likes
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