After the Snow Falls

After the Snow Falls

by Carey Jane Clark
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After the Snow Falls by Carey Jane Clark

In the middle of a soccer drill, in an awful, awkward moment, Celia Bennett's eight-year-old son Caleb lands on his face and chest in the grass. The diagnosis blindsides her, bringing her face-to-face with every parent's worst nightmare.

As Celia faces despair, hope walks in on the most unlikely set of legs, when her father returns after a 30-year absence. Can she release pain to embrace hope? Will it make a difference, or is it too late?

"After the Snow Falls will take you on a riveting journey of the heart-the heart of a family torn apart and in need of healing as they deal with a child's sudden illness. Carey Jane Clark's writing is fresh and masterful, and she tells a story that draws you in from the start and becomes impossible to put down."
-C. S. Lakin, author of Conundrum and Innocent Little Crimes

"Her picturesque prose and compelling characters make After the Snow Falls a riveting story, one that will remain with readers long after closing the final page." - Kathi Macias, author of Special Deivery

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991688609
Publisher: Hope Springs
Publication date: 11/22/2012
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carey has been writing as long as she can remember. The first two stories she recalls were about kidnapped insects and dancing pumpkins. It's been a few years since those stories were penned. (Thank goodness, no copies remain.)

After writing for her university newspaper, she ran a desktop publishing business and a language school before marrying her husband Brian. She took up the serious pursuit of fiction writing during stolen moments after her first child was born. (She wants to thank him for being a good baby who slept very well.)

After the Snow Falls is her first novel.

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After The Snow Falls 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
After the Snow Falls by Carey Jane Clark is a very thought provoking story. Celia Bennett faces the worst situation that any mother can when her eight year old son collapses on the soccer field. After several tests at the hospital, Celia and her husband Jeff are devastated to learn that their son Caleb has a brain tumor. Frustrated with prescribed treatments, Celia searches for an alternative medicine but that ends in even more frustration. Celia’s father, Alfie, deserted her and her mother, Adele, thirty years ago but he has now come back into their lives. Her mother believes him when he says that he is a changed man and she forgives him and lets him back into her life. Celia has too much hate in her heart to forgive her father and she is also suffering from a loss of faith in God. Since I am a mother I can imagine what Celia was going through but at times I became upset with her for her refusal to even consider forgiving her father. And she was so determined to do everything herself and not ask God for help. Celia and Caleb spent a great deal of time at Ronald McDonald house and there things began to change for both of them. The author did an excellent job in writing a very emotional story that could have been just a tearjerker but it was done so well that even though I did cry several times, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. . After reading the first page I was hooked on the story and could not stop reading until I had finished the book. All elements of the story were very well developed and I felt as if I knew all the characters and I even felt their pain and joy. The scenes were so well described that I was right there in the middle of whatever was going on and lending my support. The dialogue was right on target. Caleb’s illness and Alfie’s return provided just the right touch of suspense. I especially liked how the author included forgiveness, loss, hope, love, and the love and forgiveness of God as an integral part of the story. I have not mentioned anything about the ending for I do not want to spoil the story for future readers. Highly recommended as a very good book but be prepared for tears as it is a very emotional story. Thanks to the author, Carey Jane Clark, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Brencz More than 1 year ago
Great book..have tissues ready I started this book and it took and it didn’t take long to get into it. The fact my son played soccer for 12 years sparked my interest in the book to start with. I liked the way the author went back and forth between the two characters Alfie and Celia and in the beginning you are wondering what the connection is between the two. She does bring them together in a way I wasn’t expecting. The story is about loss, forgiveness, hope and love and the power of God. It was very moving in certain parts where I was glad I was reading at home and not in public. The author developed all the characters so you related to them personally and felt the emotions they were going through…the good and the bad.  I certainly recommend it as a read and I would love to see this as movie. I was given this book to read for a review but it do not have any bearing on my review.
MaryAnnF More than 1 year ago
Tragedy strikes a family in the form of cancer in young Caleb. difficult times aren't new for his mom Celia, her Dad (Alfie) left when she was young and she has never forgiven him. He has changed, Adele, her mom has been in contact for a while and is ready to accept him back in her life. A part of the change includes faith, another thing Celia has no time for. celia and caleb spend time at a Ronald McDonald house during his treatments.. They meet Leigh and her daughter there. They have a peace Celia doesn't understand, that comes from their faith. Adele and Caleb join Alfie in faith and a times comes when Celia must decide if she will hang on to the past or let go of it and - choose life. Read this excellent book to find out just how much this means for the family.
Angelian More than 1 year ago
It's hard to believe this is the author's first novel. This book was an emotional one to read as a mom who understands the desperation she would feel to do anything and everything to save her child. This book makes you feel each characters feelings- desperation, fear, peace, serenity- as each character in the book is brought before you and their own story developed as it relates to the other characters.   I don't want to give the story away- but this book will touch you on so many levels.  For those that have dealt with cancer in their lives, the understanding of the "new normal" and how tough it is on even the strongest of families is related very well, and you can see yourself easily.  For those that haven't, I would recommend reading it for an understanding of the friends you have that have dealt with it.  This is not just a story about cancer though, it's a story about families, mistakes and forgiveness.  Well- written and a must read!
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
As this soccer mom,Celia Bennett, rushes to get out the door and to the soccer field with her eight year old son, Caleb, she becomes overwhelmed with the responsibilities for so many of the activities she has volunteered for. One of the mom's is not answering her phone and Celia is depending on her to be there. When Celia gets to the field very stressed out,Caleb starts complaining of a headache. So her husband tries to help by getting something for his sons headache. Celia wanders around and finally she finds her friend. As Caleb takes off in a run on the soccer field, Celia is sitting in the stands trying to control the anger she feels toward her friend. Then the unexpected happens. As Caleb was running to make a shot he falls face down to the ground,unconscious. He is transported by ambulance to the hospital. What they find is not good and Celia's whole life changes in a flash. Her only child has a brain tumor and her life becomes hospital stays, tests, chemo and a room at the Ronald McDonald's House with several families in similar situations. She does not seem to be able to handle this as well as some of the other parents. Mainly because she does not have faith in God or the power of prayer. So she seeks out information about alternation treatments only available in Mexico. But Caleb does have faith in God and the ones he discusses this with are his grandparents. He wants to know if God can really heal him. This story is an eye opener. We know these things happen but many people want to stick their heads in the sand and don't want see it or hear about IT. IT meaning cancer. The author must have a very sensitive heart to write such a heartfelt novel. I find it hard to express my feelings about this book. It makes my heart ache! Prayer can ease the sorrow and pain of loved ones. Especially when we have faith in God. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
When the author first wrote to me asking for a review I knew I was backlogged in my reviews. I went to her site and read the first chapter and knew I had to read the book. So, I wrote her back and requested it. I am so glad I did. This is a story of hope and forgiveness. It is a story that you will need to start, with a box of tissues. The emotional ride is so intense. Like any mother, Celia Bennett would do anything for her child. When her child is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor she seeks help from many sources. Through all of this her father who has been absent for many years re-marries her mom and now she has to deal with those old feelings. There are so many emotional things to relate to in this story. My father and I had a few serious issues we had to deal with. When I decided as an adult I was going to take matters into my own hand to deal with the situation, he understood my feelings and waited and prayed, as did I. I am happy to say our relationship was restored and great up to the day he passed away. God is so good about helping us learn to forgive, and healing broken relationships. I loved Caleb’s faith. He believed Jesus would heal him. I lost my first love to a rare form of blood cancer just a few months before we were to be married. I can remember my father’s quartet laying hands on him and anointing him with oil. I remember him claiming he would be healed. I also remember his death and how angry I was until a great friend pointed out that my fiancé had been right. He had the ultimate healing. Sometimes all we have left is our faith. There are so many lessons to be learned in this book. It is one I will re-read because I know each time I do, there will be something else to see. This is a book that you will need to sit and dedicate time to. You won’t want to put it down. I look forward to reading more by this wonderful author. I thank her publicly for taking a chance on me and asking me to review this book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maureen T. for Readers Favorite Celia Bennet's day is so very full, being in charge of the event to raise money for her son's soccer team. Her 8 years old son Caleb is competing in the Shoot-Out. He is just about to make his shot, when he goes down, and a parent's worst nightmare is about to begin. She is riding in the ambulance and trying desperately to get in touch with her husband Jeff. When she arrives at the hospital Caleb is whisked away, and they wait for news. It is not good! They say it is a brain stem tumor, and are sending him to the Children's Hospital in Toronto. All the way to the hospital they want to believe the local hospital has made a mistake, it can't be true! Out in the Western USA, California coast, Adele has met her ex-husband Alfie, and is riding in his tractor trailer. They are going down Rt 66, and stopping frequently so that Adele can take pictures to paint later. They spend the night in the desert with Alfie sleeping outside, and Adele in the cab of the truck. Alfie is awakened suddenly when Adele tells him she feels "something is wrong" and tries to get in touch with their daughter. That is the day their Grandson has collapsed. You will find God working in all of their lives, with Celia being the lone holdout. I loved the innocence of Caleb, and the questions he asks his newly found Grandpa. Throughout the whole book you keep wondering if there will be a way to save this little boy. Will the chemo and radiation work, even though the Dr's say "No". Will the answers come from alternative medicine, such as offered in Mexico, or will, as we hope, the "Power of Prayer" be the answer? Carey Jane Clark offers readers a heartwarming read, with a strong Christian message. Clark clearly demonstrates the power of prayer, the need to forgive and the sovereignty of God. I really enjoyed this read, and highly recommend it, but have a box of tissues handy!
taysydsmom More than 1 year ago
After the Snow Falls is an impelling read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from the beginning, it grabbed by heart in the first chapter and found myself getting lost in it. I could see the story unfolding in my minds eye almost as if I was watching a movie. The characters became like friends and I rooted for Celia and for the storm that had taken over her life to come to an end ~ I laughed with her and cried with her. Carey Jane Clark is an expressive, picturesque, dynamic author; who¿s writing draws her reader in from the first sentence. You will love this story, the characters will stay with you long after the final chapter is read.