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Snowflake Secrets
Whiskey Creek Press Authors
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Can a simple crocheted snowflake contain magic? The Sullivan sisters think so. On Christmas Eve, 1958, Great Aunt Maude gives a unique snowflake ornament to each of them: Allegra—thirteen, Sonata—twelve, Melody—nine, and Carole—eight. Years later, they learn she might have crocheted a little something extra—a bit of magic and wisdom—into their gifts. In Snowflake Secrets, each sister, now grown, uncovers the magic of her unique ornament. As they confide their revelations to each other and their dying mother, they discover the secret they all share. Every narrative is unique and told in a different voice by four authors: Allegra by Lorna Collins; Sonata by Christie Shary; Melody by Luanna Rugh and Carole by Sherry Derr-Wille. Yet all their stories are woven together into the tapestry of Snowflake Secrets, an inspirational tale of family, love and finding that special joy that makes life worth living.

BOOK EXCERPTS
Christmas Eve 1958
Aspen Grove, Colorado

Tinsel shimmered on the fragrant pine tree; colored lights were reflected and mirrored in the metallic strands. Every time a door opened, the silver streamers sparkled and danced. In addition to the brightly-colored bulbs on the string, two special ones stood out: the first in the shape of Santa Claus and the second looked like the tree on which it was displayed. Multicolored glass balls, plastic icicles and more than a few precious ornaments handmade by the children had been carefully placed on the branches. All was in readiness.

Allegra, in her new green velvet dress, wearing nylon hose and small heels, felt very sophisticated as she waited for everyone to arrive. Mother and Dad had finally relented, for this special occasion only, and allowed her to put a dab of Tangee Natural on her lips. Even though she would not celebrate her birthday until March, they had made this one exception to the rule of “no makeup until the age of fourteen.”

With her usual attention to detail, she examined the tree from all angles for at least the twelfth time that day.

“Perfect,” she declared as she stepped back.

“What’s perfect?” asked her youngest sister, Carole. Mother had spent several hours ironing Carole’s dress and curling her hair, but within five minutes, the tomboy of the family had managed to wrinkle her plaid taffeta skirt, get dirt smudges on the white lace top, scuff her black Mary Janes and destroy her carefully-arranged hairstyle. The curls were loose, and one green satin bow was untied.

“The tree is perfect,” Allegra replied. “In fact, the whole house looks special.”

“What about my birthday presents?” demanded Carole. Because she was born on Christmas Eve, her parents’ preference for naming their children with musical references bowed to the songs of the season.

“Now, in all your eight years, have we ever failed to celebrate your birthday?” her big sister asked.

“Not yet, but it could happen.”

“Well, not this year,” Allegra replied. “You’d better get back upstairs and ask Sonata to fix your ribbons before Mama sees you.”

“Okay.” Carole scampered noisily to the second floor. She nearly ran into nine-year-old Melody.

“Watch where you’re going,” Melody scolded as she smoothed her sapphire blue velvet skirt over the crinkly crinoline.

“You watch out. It’s my birthday,” was the reply.

Melody shook her head. When aggravated, her redheaded temperament sometimes erupted. But this was Christmas Eve, and even her little sister’s bossiness wasn’t enough to set her off. She entered the living room and stopped abruptly. “Wow! This is so pretty,” she said as she took in the room, which looked like a Christmas card. “I can almost see fairies dancing on the branches and the star on top really glows, just like the Star of Bethlehem.”

“You and your imagination.” Allegra chuckled. Melody could see a good story in nearly every event, even the smallest.

“Dinner smells yummy,” Melody observed as she dashed off toward the kitchen.

The bell rang, and Allegra opened the door to reveal Uncle George and Aunt Sue. Behind them stood the twelve-year-old twins, Roger and Richard.

“It’s cold out here,” said Roger. (Or was it Richard?)

“Yeah, let us in,” added Richard. (Roger?)

They couldn’t push by their parents because Uncle George was laden with colorfully wrapped boxes while Aunt Sue held her famous scalloped potatoes in front of her with fancy Christmas potholders.

“I’ll just take this into the kitchen,” Aunt Sue offered.

As soon as Uncle George cleared the doorway, the boys rushed through the breach.

“Wow,” said one twin.

“This is cool,” added the other.

Their eyes lit on the electric train circling the base of the tree. In just a second, the locomotive was moving around the track much too fast. The train was Daddy’s toy and he was usually the only one allowed to operate it.

BOOK REVIEWS
“Snowflake Secrets is an anthology that will inspire you and lift your spirits as you watch four sisters come to terms with themselves, each other and the death of their mother. The stories are all written by well-known authors that tell engaging stories about life, love and family and how they all shape who we are. A good inspirational read that will have you laughing, crying and thankful for all the special someone’s in your life.” Reviewed by Whitney, Simply Romance Reviews


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"All in all, this is an excellent read. Fans of romance will enjoy Snowflake." - Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com


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“Snowflake Secrets is an awesome collection of stories. It shows the reader each of the sisters. They have each gone on to live separate lives but they are still connected to each other in a way that they cannot ignore. Old handmade snowflakes are the “threads” that tie them together but their memories and shared experiences keep them close too. I really enjoyed this. I’ll probably read it again next winter. It is the perfect holiday story.” 5 Angels! Reviewed by: Carly, Fallen Angel Reviews


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"A hand crocheted snowflake is the common thread in each story. The three sisters have unique personalities just as God made them. Each lead character matures and grows stronger as the story develops. I like these stories. My only criticism for this book is for two of the stories. Derr-Wille and Shary use church attendance to enhance their story. “If she had not gone to church, Nancy would not have offered her the job….etc.” Allegra renewed her acquaintance with Drew at church. If the authors wanted to bring church in to the foray, I wish they had stuck to Christian values--abstinence before marriage. I realize this is a minute point but it does distract from the plot. The intimate scenes are sensual and well-written. I just wish they had not mixed the two. All in all, this is an excellent read. Fans of romance will enjoy Snowflake." - Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com


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“Snowflake Secrets is an anthology that will inspire you and lift your spirits as you watch four sisters come to terms with themselves, each other and the death of their mother. The stories are all written by well-known authors that tell engaging stories about life, love and family and how they all shape who we are. A good inspirational read that will have you laughing, crying and thankful for all the special someone’s in your life.” Reviewed by Whitney, Simply Romance Reviews


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1603131971
ISBN(13-digit): 9781603131971
Copyright: 2009
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 344
Paper Weight (lb): 14.2



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