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Snow Out of Season

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Two pregnant women separated by time . . . Are they more connected than they know?

Shannon Henry is just starting to put her life back together after the death of her infant daughter when she discovers she’s pregnant again. Afraid of losing another child, at first she hides the news from her husband Wade. When her doctor presents her with the choice of either raising a chil
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Mountainview Books, LLC
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Michael Litzau
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Michael by: wife
I recently finished reading "Snow out of Season". I'm a 59 year old man - I cried. My wife had read it before me - she cried too. She has literally read hundreds of novels over the years and I don't remember her EVER crying over a book. We had learned that the professional reviewer from Library Journal who had given the book a "Starred Review" and named it "Debut of the Month" in its category had the same "problem". We speculated as to the reason. Was it the intimate connection we were made to f ...more
Jennifer Culp
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Snow out of Season is a wonderful story that grabs your attention from the very beginning, makes you keep reading, and leaves you wanting to read more books by Christy Brunke. You can relate to the characters and want to encourage them in the decisions they are facing. An excellent story beautifully written. Order your copy today!
Rachel Brand
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I'll start off by saying that I have a lot of conflicting feelings about Snow Out of Season. The premise of the story initially appealed to me because I'm a big fan of dual-time narratives (Kate Morton, Rachel Hore, etc), but the direction that the author took with this story wasn't the one I was expecting. Instead of the contemporary character uncovering some object or letter that linked her to the historical storyline and caused her to investigate it, the two stories ran parallel to each other ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Debut author, Christy Brunke, has rocked the literary world with Snow Out of Season. The story begins with heart ache as Shannon Henry struggles to accept the sudden death of the four month old daughter. Just as she takes a breath of acceptance, she discovers she is pregnant. Fear quickly embraces her as she struggles with making a life changing decision. On the flip side, Brunke introduces Leslie Henry, a young, talented and spirited ballerina with a promising future ahead of her. Just as she i ...more
Don Canton
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the author's debut novel, six years in the making. Her characters are very relatable and her attention to detail is amazing. She manages to add so much detail that you feel like you are right there with the characters. The story, itself, is very well written. I literally laughed and cried as I read this book, as cliche as it sounds. In addition to an engaging story and relatable characters, the author presents a serious and thought-provoking dilemma for each of her main characters. I can ...more
C.J. Darlington
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Snow Out of Season is the type of novel that will stick with you long after you read it. It might even change your view on the issue of abortion. This is a powerful story that challenges without preaching in a gentle, loving way. What would your life be like if the person you most loved was suddenly gone? Brunke asks the tough questions without slowing the narrative. Give it a read if you value life, and consider giving it to a friend who might not yet realize how precious it is.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Christy Brunke is a wonderful new author. She creatively weaves the story of two women into a uniquely written, wonderful story. It is a relatable story of difficult, emotional decisions by both protagonists that results in an engrossing and beautiful story. This is a terrific book club book. I cannot wait for her next book!
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful story - one that will make you think about the consequences of your decisions and the impact those decisions may have on the present and future lives of yourself and of others.

Highly recommended.
Mary E.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, intriguing, poignant, could not put it down.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I began reading the book over the Thanksgiving Holiday, almost competing and sharing the book with my youngest son. While I was visiting with my grandkids, I hadn't seen them for months, I decided to enjoy my grandkids and put the book down until I got home.

When I returned home, I picked up the book again. "Snow out of Season" by Christy Brunke, it was very difficult to put it down. In between doing laundry and picking up my older son, I did finish the book but I literally had to lock my bedroo
Clarice James
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A compelling read with a twist! Author Christy Brunke's skillful telling of a unique story gets five stars from me! The tension kept me turning the pages way past my bedtime. She didn't minimalize her characters' problems or choices, but let the reader walk through the tough places and complex decisions with them. And she did all this without being preachy! This book needs to be shared; I will definitely recommend it to my book club and friends. Congratulations on an excellent first novel! Can't ...more
Linda Davis
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults and adults
Recommended to Linda by: Mountainview Books
SNOW OUT OF SEASON deserves every accolade it has received. Every woman--from 13-90--should read it. Church youth pastors should have it on their shelves. Mothers should read it with their daughters and fathers with their sons--or as family units--grandmothers and granddaughters, grandfathers and grandsons. The message portrayed transcends genders and age groups. Like every truth of God, it stands on its own merits. Bravo, Christy Brunke. Just Bravo. God intended the message to go out, and you h ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won't give any details away because that is half the fun of reading this book. I will say that I am a very heavy reader, there is hardly a time when I do not have a book in progress. This is the best book I have read in the last 10 years. It was well written, you liked the characters and wanted to know more about them, which made you keep reading.

The best thing about this book is that it is the author's first, so that means there will be more! The other thing I will say is get it and read it r
Mary Ann
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend it. There are flashbacks between characters and you have to pay attention to that. Very good for a first time author.
Marguerite Gray
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! So many things I wasn't expecting. Brunke gave me lots to consider. She handles a couple of issues in a thought provoking, unique way. I'll read more by this author.
Lisa Johnson
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Snow Out Of Season
Author: Christy Brunke
Pages: 288
Year: 2015
Publisher: Mountainview Books
My rating is 5 stars.
What an original, confusing, suspenseful and heart-rending novel! Wondering what it’s about or why I describe the novel as I do? Well, it’s a story about two pregnant women in different stages of life. One is a teenager in 1979 while the other lives in 2014 and their stories seem as different as night and day. However, they both have at least one other thing in common other than b
Mar 17, 2016 added it
This was a good read and the author took on a difficult project - trying to project changes in the future based on changes in the present - ala Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol) or Back to the Future. I think she did a good job of managing this, but I had a little trouble keeping the secondary characters straight. It almost seemed like there were too many of them.

This story imagines the effect of a decision not to abort a baby, and how that baby's birth changes the world of the future/present
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story! The characters were relatable and the ending was sweet. Makes you appreciate life and those you love more. It touches on a lot of heart issues: fear, selfish ambition, insecurities, doubt, to name a few, and the things we consider doing because of them. But, it challenges us to be courageous in the midst of difficult and complicated choices believing that in the end things can and will work out for good. I loved it and would recommended it to anyone!
Peggy Hess Greenawalt
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet story and a good one to read when considering abortion or faced with having a child with disabilities. It was a bit hokey at times, but it held my interest, and I enjoyed the characters. There were a few grammatical mistakes that in a revised edition should be fixed like you scratch a bed bug bite....not itch it. All in all, I would share this book with others in my church library.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me just say.. I cried... And cried some more. I'm expecting my baby next month and between preparing for baby and life, I've managed to read and finish this book. (Which is a huge accomplishment in my book.) I related so much to the thoughts, fears and joy of the characters. I'd definitely recommend this book.
Lynda Hampton
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great story. Quick read.
Kristina Cowan
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Christy's debut book skillfully employs literary devices like tightening tension, description, dialogue, and character arc to help the reader forget she's reading. This is every author's goal. I had the privilege of reading several chapters ahead of publication, because Christy and I were in a writing-critique group together. Though I knew the basic plot and premise of the story, I was surprised at the end. She kept me reading despite my relative bit of inside knowledge. That's good story tellin ...more
Christine Dillon
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
An author to watch.
A confident debut that keeps you glued to the page and caught up in the double storyline.
Also an audacious debut in that it is hard to write two storylines that are equally engaging. Both are but I wonder if the premise for the book was slightly over ambitious for a first book. I found myself confused about what was happening with one of the storylines and had to re-read the book once more I understood what Christy had done.
And yet, I am still thinking about the book a mont
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
my heart stopped at the twist....literally...this theme has been explored many time before in books and movies, but the author did a wonderful job here and made it her own
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I expected at all. It sheds light on the incredible loss of aborted babies; healthy or otherwise.
Mary Kay
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
SNOW OUT OF SEASON has just about all the things I like to see in a novel and very few of the things I don’t. I like believable characters, evocative settings, intriguing storylines, lovely writing, spot-on symbolism, crackling dialog, and a dash of charm and humor.

The riveting story that unfurls for Shannon Henry kept me up reading well beyond a wise bedtime. I just had to know … She and her quirky, busy, adorable family drew me in … or perhaps, moved into my living room and just did not leave
Jarm Boccio
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A book to savor! I took my time, taking in all the nuances of Shannon and Leslie's lives. The creative blending of two women living decades apart brought surprises and joy as their experiences reflect the truth: we are made by God, each unique, and all having purpose. Christy artfully brings in themes of snowflakes, Dickens and George Bailey in her first award-winning novel. Looking forward to more!
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! It is very beautifully written and contains wonderful detail and imagery. From the moment I picked this up and started reading, I couldn't stop until I finished it! The plot line is wonderfully crafted and definitely not predictable. I would recommend this book to anyone, it definitely will not disappoint!! :)
sherry andes
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book that really gets to the heart of why abortion isn't the answer when you get pregnant unexpectantly - it shows how the end of a life ends all the possibilities of what that child could have succeeded - how the life you are living could have been affected if someone had decided to have an abortion!! Excellent read - it will change your thoughts about abortion!!!
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tale of two women

This storyline takes place during two different time periods. One young woman almost out of highschool and with all her dreams ahead of her. The other a young mother and wife , having just experienced a tragic loss. Both become pregnant and have life changing decisions to make.
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Ever since Christy Brunke won a Butterball turkey in a short story contest in sixth grade, she's dreamed of penning novels, memoirs, and children's books. But first the Lord led her on other adventures. She earned a degree in English and writing, moved to China to study Mandarin and teach at a university, and then returned to the States where she attended seminary, taught drama and music, and fell ...more

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