When tragedy strikes, it can be hard to strike back. Finding the courage to raise one's head again is often difficult but manageable...as an adult. When those tragedies visit during our childhood days, it makes it nearly impossible...but then again, faith is about having belief in those things that are seemingly impossible is it not? Cassandra Higgins is a wife, mother, and collector, but in her heart of hearts she is an animal lover. In her youth, she loved nothing more than rescuing and bringing to health those furry friends needing a helping hand. She longed to one day become a veterinarian so she could tend to the masses...but that dream came to an end when a death in the family rocked their carefully built foundation to its core, shaking loose doubts and fears long kept dormant and making hopes and dreams a luxury just out of her reach. Her family is broken...beyond repair? That remains to be seen, but if a recent acquisition from the Collectors' Convention has anything to do with it, these wounds of old might just heal in new and unexpected ways.
The cast of characters taking turns in both supporting and primary roles gave the reader other viewpoints to consider as the story unfolded. You have Burt Burt (no, that's not a typo) the town butcher full of whit, charm, and a giving heart. "Bad Betty" Kamrowski, Cassandra's mother who was graced with the "bad" nickname due to her own actions and yet is perhaps the most misunderstood of all (can't tell you why, it's be too spoilerish!), though by books end her heart is beginning to show. Cassandra's family and friends, each taking turns in the spotlight with their own stories of loss, strength and courage, all leading up to an ending both pleasing and unanticipated. It's wonderful when a book can surprise you. Though not a fast paced page turner, it certainly holds it own. The characters have a journey to travel within this book and though at times the end is not quite clear, the personal revelations made and obstacles conquered make for a read to remember.
For more information on this author and her work, check out her website, or follow along on Twitter! Review copy of this title was gained from a GoodReads giveaway earlier in the year. ONE MORE THING! Did you know....Snowglobe Series, Book 2: Divine Appointments was scheduled to hit shelves as of yesterday? Be on the lookout for it in a store near you....and you can count on a review of same said title to be right here in the coming days.
Until next time....happy reading!