Remembering the past can be like buying a return ticket for a train you aren't sure you want to board.
Rocking away on her peaceful front porch, Betty Grafton receives sad news which forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life. Surrounded by her family, a captive audience hanging onto her every word, she weaves the tale of how an unlikely and controversial friendship shaped her into the woman she is today. Exposing her own mistakes, fears, and soul deep heartbreak, Betty shares the hard truth about growing up in the South in the 1960's.
Though the years have blown by with hurricane force, the ache in her heart feels fresh. The threat of harm still chills her to the core. Yet the joy of friendship continues to sustain her.
©2015 Danielle Stewart (P)2015 Danielle Stewart
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Tears and tears.....I loved this book. It was from a time in my life that was dark and painful. With what we are seeing today it saddens me that things have not changed as much as some of thought and hoped for. Thank you for a wonderful book.
"Carolina in the 60s"
One of the best stories about life in the south during the perilous times of 60s, the riots, demonstrations and segregation. Well written, with great compassion and understanding . . . and thought about the ignorance which led to the violent acts and hatred by the KKK . . . one of the most shameful and sad times in American history. Told from a most personal view point, Flowers in the Snow, is a beautiful testimony of what only a few people of great conviction and great love can do . . . with many unexpected twists and turns, it will fill you with sadness, joy and hope . . . I can't wait for the next in the series . . .
"Disturbing, Intense, and Heartwarming"
This is Betty's story, which was mainly told in a long flashback to the 1960s, showed the problems with integration that occurred during one year. This was a telling of a very bad time in a small Southern town where ignorance and bigotry was actively maintained by a majority of the white people with the black folks segregated in a rickety shack town on the outskirts of town.
Betty, a grandmother, remembers an incident that changed her life and others in her town. I was immersed in Betty's innocence, the cruelty of the white people, the fear felt by the black people, and the changes that were sweeping the nation. This is how one town dealt with the inevitable changes, and how one girl helped to make some important changes to the people around her. She seemed helpless, outnumbered, and so naive, but she made some good and unexpected friends, and in her own way fought for what she believed was right.
It was an intense story that gains new depth because the narrator chose to make the character voices different and distinct.The narrator was wonderful. She did an amazing job of changing character voices and reading the prose with what felt like the intent of the author. I felt drawn in and absorbed by her voice. The characters came alive, and the action seemed so real. I listened to it absently at first, while I was otherwise occupied. And I found myself stopping and paying attention to the story, which is very good. I replayed some parts and bookmarked others. Without the narrator's engaging storytelling, I would have missed the nuances of this story.
"I cried and laughed through the whole book."
even though I was the same age as Betty in the book I was so far removed from the violence of those times I feel so lucky to have missed the terrible hate they went through. my family was extensive and loving, there was racial pregidice but not the intense hate. I can't wait to read the next book.
"Touching and Emotional in the best way possible."
The story is so amazingly touching. Danielle Stewart writes at an emotional level that few other author I know can achieve. Betty has been a favorite in the past and her story is simply amazing.
This book deals with several Civil Rights issues but at a personal level in the characters POV, I'm from the north and although you glaze over the history of the movement it was an eye opener for me in a way and to have it put from a personal perspective makes it more real than the facts we so often hear. I know this is a fictional story, but it is told very well.
Robin Rowan is new to me, but I will be on the lookout for more of her work. She did an Amazing job with this book
A strong woman, a compelling story.
"FLowers in the snow 5Rate"
Very good read, could not put it Down, the story was long. and loved it
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