Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book)(The Edenville Series)

Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book)(The Edenville Series)

by Danielle Stewart

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Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book)(The Edenville Series) by Danielle Stewart

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. But the joy of friendship continues to sustain her.

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BN ID: 2940046598629
Publisher: Danielle Stewart
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,756
File size: 661 KB

About the Author

Writing is a way to make a lot of different people do exactly what you want them to do. When I can’t get my toddler to listen to me, I turn to my characters. They always cooperate! I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and three year old son. I have perfected the ability to write in a noisy house and create story lines while folding laundry. Chasing Justice is book one in my Piper Anderson Series. It follows the evolution of a woman who feels unworthy of love and introduces a colorful and endearing cast of characters who are hell-bent on proving her wrong. The second book of the Piper Anderson Series will be out in August 2013.

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Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 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
Different kind of book...full of valuable insight into people. The story continues in book #2.
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 7 months ago
I can hardly see to type right now the tears are still flowing. Some will say that this was a beautiful story and it was, but being an African American women in my late sixties so much of this story brought back memories. We accomplished so much during the civil rights era but I am wondering if we are headed backwards. I pray that all was not in vain but what we see happening all over this nation is reason for concern. Love can bring people together it's true and we must not loose sight of that. Love yea one another and we will see a change. I believe God, I believe Dr King.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A great story! A very interesting and exciting book to read. History covered in a way that is real and intense but not overwhelming. It holds your interest and makes you want to know what’s going to happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. First book to bring tears to my eyes. I couldn't put the book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It held me go from page to page. I cried n so sad to know these things did happen. I'm old enough to remember slavery and how terrible people were treated n killed back in those yrs. I was a very good 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.
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This story is a MUST read. It is heart breaking, and a beautiful story.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Wow - What a profound story! This is not an "enjoyable" read, but it's a novel that is well worth reading. The author did an amazing job of making the fears and prejudices surrounding the 50s and 60s come alive for me in a way no other book, movie, or documentary ever has. LANGUAGE: There is cursing, but no use of GD or the F bomb. SEXUAL CONTENT: None VIOLENCE: This is not a story for young, sensitive readers. While the violence is not described in gory detail, the fear is very real. After chapters 19 and 20 I cried myself to sleep.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Good read
Anonymous 10 months ago
Never thought I'd get so involved
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like I was there captivating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very powerful and extremely well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very emotional book about a very brutal time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A grandmother tells the story of her life in a small segregated town. The author does a good job of showing the strangeness and the changes in town, without becoming either maudlin or disgusting. The story is disturbing, and I had to put it down a couple of times because it was too hard to feel. I will read other books in this seties.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read very personal piece of important integration fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the grandmother of a bi racial grandson, it makes me so proud of the things some people were brave enough to do to change the world