Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book)

Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book)

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by Danielle Stewart
     
 

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If you step across the threshold of Betty Grafton's house, you can be sure of two things: she'll feed you until you're ready to bust and she'll love you before you even realize you're worthy of it. She's spent her life building a family that finally feels complete.

But as sad news forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life, she decides to share the

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If you step across the threshold of Betty Grafton's house, you can be sure of two things: she'll feed you until you're ready to bust and she'll love you before you even realize you're worthy of it. She's spent her life building a family that finally feels complete.

But as sad news forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life, she decides to share the story with those she loves. Revealing the hard truth about growing up in the South during the 1960's is difficult but necessary. She tells the tale of how an unlikely friendship shaped her into the woman she is today. Exposing her mistakes, her fears, and her impossibly difficult heart break, Betty strives to teach them all what it means to truly love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781507700877
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2015
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
422,636
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
valeriaVS More than 1 year ago
There's just no word to describe this book. It's beautiful beyond words. Go read it! "I know it's hard to believe, but I spent more years being Willow like. I just woke up one day and decided it was exhausting being mad all the time. It's easier to send love out into the world, because most of the time that's what comes back to you." The words above were words spoken by Betty to Willow (Settling Score). It was then, that I said to myself, I know there's more to Betty's life that's needed to be unearthed. Before I read Betty's story, apologized in advance for the tears that I might shed. The thing is, I am not someone who cries easily. But then, it'll probably take someone with a heart of stone not to shed a single tear once you dive in her life story. The truth is, as a person living in another country, another continent, I only have known about the black and white racial issues through history class, movies and books. But as a person living in a third world country, I have come across racial discrimination a few times. Not as much and as hard as Betty did, but this book have made me see how hard life must have been back in the sixties. Reading Flowers in the Snow have made me appreciate Betty's character all the more. Understanding what she went through and what made her turn to be the woman she is today takes a lot of loving, patience and hard work. But knowing what happened back in her day made me understand that her character was not someone impossible. You just need to be someone who chose to be in control of your actions, reactions, emotions and view of life and people around you. She actually remind me of my grandmother. They don't share the same past but they share this overwhelming trust to the good of mankind and open her heart to everybody and accept them for what they are. I could almost imagine myself being among the people sitting at her porch listening as she told her story. Her bravery and courage have inspired me to stand up for what I believe in and work on achieving them. The way she moved through her life and get to where she is made me took a pause and look at life in another perspective. Where I felt anger, she gave forgiveness. When I thought she should just give up, that was where she stood stronger. It was such an emotional journey that it was like riding a roller coaster. Just when you thought you got the hang of it, it would go to another loop and descend with such a speed you just have to close your eyes and hold your breath until the moment it felt safe to open them again and breath properly. There's really no way to describe the story, and no way to tell how great it was. What you need is to read it yourself and share the journey. Once again, Danielle Stewart topped herself with this novel. Where other authors felt that sewing together a bunch of sex scenes makes a novel and call it a story, she made a difference by writing something of her own. Something inspiring, something beautiful that a reader like me is lost for words and just takes a moment after reading it to bask in the beauty of real literature. I think that's exactly the reason I kept coming back for more and couldn't wait until I read the next one. Flowers in the Snow is a sure winner. It not only tells a story of love, but also of forgiveness, of moving on, of standing up for what you believe in and fighting for the people you care about. Every piece of Danielle Stewart is not only about reading a great book, but also about learning something or realizing some things we usually just take for granted.
Cheri2424 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was such a moving story about life for a young girl growing up in the 60's with the social unrest. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young woman's perspective on the racially charged times of the early '60's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up in the 60 & 70's. I will never fprget in kindergarden I had a friend who was Afriican American. One day I had missed my bus so my Mom took me to school. My friend and I ran up to each other and hugged. When I got home I was beaten and told never to let them see me touch another "black person" again. Of course they used muxh stronger language. Since then I have had many friends of diferant colors, and nations. I jist never let my family know untilI didn't love at home. This book is a treasure to me. Thank you for writing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a beautiful read. Don't miss it please read and enjoy don't listen to other reviews and it for yourself and you decide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So fitting coming out with Martin Luther King anniversary.
GinsBookNotes More than 1 year ago
Danielle Stewart’s newest book, Flowers in the Snow, reveals the ugliness of racism and the beauty of rising above it. It’s a story told in easy conversational style from the viewpoint of Betty as she recounts her story of how an improbable friendship forever changed her into the woman she is today. We are taken back to the beginning and see the story develop from the eyes of a child into the voice of the woman who not only lived but also survived growing up in the South during the 1960’s with a heart that wasn’t built to hate based on color, sex, or social standing. Flowers in the Snow is a story that deals with tough subjects that unfortunately are still an issue today and Danielle Stewart tells it with grace and heart. You’ll find yourself pausing to wonder if things were really that bad and the answer is yes and for some it still is. I admire the courage it takes for anyone to take a stand for injustice and this book does it beautifully. It’s a great story and an amazing lesson in the power of love and acceptance. P.S. Don’t let anyone tell you the ending. There is a twist that I didn’t see coming and I’m looking forward to reading more in book 2. Oh…and this book is a complete story the twist at the end is just a peak at what will be tackled in book 2. My suggestion…. Read Flowers in the Snow with an open mind and an open heart. It’s a beautiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what a story. Really enjoyed this story. Wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living in the dark days of this book brings back, hurt,pain and memories that need to be forgiven. But looking at Baltimore, Ferguson, New York has anything changed? It is time for all of us to come together and love and appreciate what each has to offer. If we dont our country will fall!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok, the ending lacked a lot. It could have been fleshed out a lot more and been better.
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Beautiful couldnt put it down
Anonymous 9 months ago
Truly a wonderful read!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Growing up in the north we didn't see any of this although we heard about it . This seems so much more real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually wish this book had been longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story cannot wait to read the next book to learn more about Betty and Simpson.
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I loved this book. The more I read the more I wanted to read. It was a very well written story. I urge all to read this story of these brave people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt want this story to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is heart-rending but for those of us who lived during the era, sadly accurate. The prejudice and hate were overwhelming and this story shows a glimmer of hope when love wins out. Well-done.
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