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Snow Melts in Spring (Seasons of the Tallgrass #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  434 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
She loves the land. Mattie Evans grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Although her family has lost their ranch, she still calls this land home. A skilled young veterinarian, she struggles to gain the confidence of the local ranchers. Fortunately, her best friend and staunchest supporter is John McCray, owner of the Lightning M Ranch. They both love the ranch, and can’t im ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published June 22nd 2009 by Zondervan
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Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Deborah Vogts debut novel Snow Melts in Spring , the first in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series, is full of romance, and untamed emotions that only God can teach us to conquer.

I love Deborah’s characters. She made them believable and easy to get along with. I was right away drawn to the heroine of the story Mattie and her love for the land and her heart for service. I liked her drive and personality, but I loved that she had issues as well and that she needed to work them out.

Gil – the leading
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian fiction fans, contemporary fiction fans
When I first saw this book in the CBD catalog, I thought it was going to be a romance. It does have some romance, but it's also a very emotional story about forgiveness ~ whether it's forgiving others, yourself, or trusting that God has truly forgiven you when you accepted him into your heart.

Mattie Evans has always loved the Flint Hills of Kansas, and she can't understand why anyone would ever want to leave. Even though her family has decided to move away, Mattie has chosen to stay and is now t
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. The story itself was okay, predictable, but not in a bad way. The ending seemed a bit too sudden and tidy. I think my main problem was the characters just didn't seem to have the depth and complexity I was hoping for. (view spoiler) ...more
Debbie Waltz
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
this book is about a prodigal son who comes home after his football career is over. In the midst of tragedy, love finds a way. But can gel forgive himself for past mistakes and make things right with his father?will love conquer all?
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I ordered this book for a student who loves horses. When I saw it was from the Seasons of Tallgrass series and set in the Flint Hills, I wanted to read it. Christian genre. Romance novel. AND... if it gets the girl reading, it is totally worth the money I spent.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, was kinda slow at times but loved the ending.
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I was given the chance to review Snow Melts in Spring, I jumped at the chance. The book description- Mattie Evans is a female vet living on a ranch in Kansas - reminded me of my mom, so I figured I would enjoy the book. And I did. Mattie Evans is a vet with a stroke of bad luck. First, her parents get bought out of their land and have to move to the city, then a number of her animals die, her clinic burns down, and to make matters worse, she meets a former professional football player name ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Seasons of the Tallgrass
Snow Melts in Spring Book One
Deborah Vogts
Christian Fiction

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Dr. Mattie Evans is in love, with the Flint Hills of Kansas, she loves the land, she loves the people and she loves the animals. Veterinarian Mattie Evans is building a practice, slowly but surely in the area she loves, when troubles beset her, animals she is treating dies, a horrible accident leaves the horse of a famous home town hero injured so badly she suggests putting it d
Keli Gwyn
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mattie Evans, a dedicated veterinarian, loves animals, her independence and her beloved Flint Hills of Kansas. Gil McCray, rodeo hero turned football star, headed to California after the death of his brother and has no desire to return to a place filled with painful memories.

When Gil’s favorite horse is injured, he grudgingly makes a visit to his father’s ranch. Sparks fly between Gil and his dad, who’ve been sparring for years, but another kind of spark flares when he meets the spunky vet carin
Valerie Comer
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Young veterinarian Mattie Evans calls the Flint Hills of Kansas home, even though her parents lost their ranch here in an unscrupulous business deal years before. The locals aren’t sure she can manage a vet practice, and Mattie struggles to prove her competence. When an aging horse escapes his pasture and is hit by a drunk driver, Mattie’s instincts tell her not even to fight. No use. The horse is a goner. But the old man who owns the horse is one of the few that have stood by her so, for his sa ...more
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Snow Melts in Spring is a good romance packed with tender moments between the main characters and yummy kisses that'd make any romance lover sigh. While a bit repetitious in some areas -like the reasons for the characters not being a good match, I still enjoyed the story and read it fairly quickly. I liked the heroine's vet job and some of the conflict she had resulting from a sense of failure even though she'd done the best she could. I also loved the guilt issue from a past action that plagued ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jun 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Snow Melts in Spring by Deborah Vogts is the first book in the Seasons of Tallgrass series. Mattie Evans has happily devoted her life to the Flint Hills of Kansas, working as a veterinarian and trying to find a way to buy her own ranch so she can ride its beloved hills. Gil McCray left those hills at the first chance he got and because successful as pro football player, but after his retirement from the game, he returns home to help his ailing father repair the family ranch and to check on his i ...more
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Mattie Evans, a Vet, is called to a drunk driving accident to tend to a horse. I know - that first part caught my attention and I wondered what that had to do with story. I like how Deborah brought circumstances and rough events to life like actually happen to people in their lives. Faith, forgiveness, and healing of wounds both physical and emotional are brought to life.
I liked how the relationship between Matti and Gil had it's rough areas to work through as all relationships do. A Dad and a s
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

The punches just kept coming for Mattie in this book. Between animal deaths and fires, she was tempted to give up, but she loved the land, people, and animals of the area so much. She was easy to relate to in that way, because sometimes it does feel like nothing can go right.

Gil is a retired football player that's moved back to the area, and though sparks are flying, he has some skeletons he'd like to keep hidden in his closet and away from Mattie. He kept put
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Mattie Evans, a veterinarian who grew up in the famous Flint Hills of Kansas, is having a tough time gaining the confidence of the local ranchers. Her biggest supporter is an old rancher named John McCray, who also loves the Flint Hills and ranching. When an injured horse brings Mattie into contact with John's son, Gil, who has been out of touch with his dad while playing pro football, conflict strikes.

This is a gorgeous book and Vogt's love of horses and the famous last tall native prairie gra
William Smith
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding debut novel... I am really looking forward to Seeds of Summer next spring. All of the elements of a Romance Novel are covered with the skill of an experienced writer. The Kansas Flint Hills characters are very real; expertly portrayed. I did oral histories with a number of folks just like John McCray a few years ago.... This portrayal is "right on." The emotions are correct, the physical attributes are described accurately. Using the character Jake to talk to Gil to get at the final ...more
Dee Schwinn
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was sorting books at our public library for a book sale and came across this one. It caught my eye becaise of the mention of the Flint Hills. There were familiar places in the novel...even when they went to Russell. I enjoyed meeting the characters of Mattie, Gil and John...John reminded me a lot of my dad--who is also named John. There was a study of the Flint Hills, of forgiveness, both of others and of yourself, and the building of relationships. I also liked how the author addressed teenag ...more
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a heartwarming tale about letting go of guilt, and following your true dreams. I loved how Deborah matched Dusty’s stages of healing with that of his owner’s, and how she used Mattie to get Gil to face up to his past. This book really shows that the dreams we sometimes want, aren’t really the ones that will make us happy, and that we should give everything to God. Because when we give it to Him, He can give us something so much better in return. I was on the edge of my seat there at the ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a new author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed reading her book. I was disappointed to find that
she only has 2 books in this series so far. The story was constantly moving at all times and had some
surprises throughout. It was NOT predictable and kept you interested. This author uses some different
techniques that were new to me. I am already reading the 2nd book in this Series. It is a good Christian
fiction that I would recommend.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
enjoyable yet predictable. A lonely veterinarian who loves the countryside meets a pro football player who can't wait to get away from the country side and back to the big city, at odds from the beginning. It's a story of sticking to your dreams but knowing when to compromise. Well written and I did enjoy this novel, I just wish more Christian fiction had unexpected twists and turns.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I thought this was just another "romance novel" but it turned out
to be spiritual. After I saw it was published by Zonderman I wasn't so surprised. It was enjoyable reading especially if you know anything about the Flint Hills of Kansas.
May 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club-books
Oh my, this was not my kind of book, but that's what book club is all about; stretching yourself to try new kinds of books. I think this may be my third Christian romance book and it still isn't my thing.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It wasn't a "stay up all night to finish" type book but it was still enjoyable. It had a strong message of faith and forgiveness without being to preachy. Honestly....I think I liked it the most because I fell in love with Dusty ( yes, the horse). ;)
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Christian Fiction. Love it. Tells a story about how families learn to give each other space and permission to live their lives. Show the dangers of not communicating with your loved ones.;
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Characters were overly cantankerous or difficult for too much of the book but still an enjoyable story.
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Nothing too cool about this book. But a nice simple read.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book made me bake. Enjoyed the story. Lesson learned: driving drunk may hurt or kill self and others, don't chance it!
Kaylynn Johnsen
May 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book is just okay. The writing is rather juvenile and the characters drove me crazy. The ending wrapped to too quickly, too neatly.
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great debut novel. Enjoyed reading about Mattie Evans a young veternarian in Kansas and her adventures on the ranch she loves especially when a retired NFL football player comes back to town.
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
A relaxing read, not real memorable as I've read it before but didn't remember a lot about it--a nice rainy day book.
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Deborah Vogts is an author for Zondervan and writes contemporary inspirational fiction. Seeds of Summer, her second book in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series is set to release May 2010. The first book, Snow Melts in Spring is available in stores now.

In writing the Seasons of the Tallgrass series, she hopes to share her passion for one of the last tallgrass prairie regions in the world, showing
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