Bayne Harris has lost everything she holds dear in her life. Her husband and children are dead. She was the one who caused the accident�the one behind the wheel. She cannot escape that night as it continuously haunts her thoughts. A year after they�re gone, nothing has changed. The memories are still unbearable. She can�t breathe. She can�t function. She needs to get away. View Top Mountain provides the perfect escape. No one will bother her there. No one will want to check on her or talk about what happened. She can live her life alone, away from do-gooders and any chance of happiness. This is her plan, but she soon finds out God has something else in store.
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One of the best books I've ever read. Inspiring, touching, and emotional. I couldn't put it down.
From Dishes to Snow is the best book I have read in a while! Bayne's husband and two children died as a result of an auto accident when she pulled out in front of a semi. For a year Bayne has mostly stayed inside her bedroom not understanding why God allowed her to be unconscious and unable to be with her daughter when she died. Now she decides she must get away in order to survive. Bayne rents a small house on a mountain top several hours away intending to keep to herself. The real estate agent is a single Christian man who prays for Bayne. The older couple who live near her house are caring, praying people who mostly give her space. When a four year old child appears on the steps during a storm, Bayne can no longer avoid people. Bayne comes to realize that God was with her daughter when she was dying and is always with us. This book is very well written. The characters are so real that you feel some of Bayne's sorrow and feel like you are there when she comes out of her grief enough to remember that God is always there. I highly recommend this book! I won From Dishes to Snow in a Christmas Book Pics giveaway.
"Show me, God, how to remember in peace, not pain." Ask Bayne Harris what happened to her husband and two children, and one answer might come out of her mouth while in her head, she's thinking, "I took them away from me." In From Dishes to Snow, Bayne is living in daily grief and guilt for having been behind the wheel in the car accident that killed her family, and author Kathy M. Howard, in a simple and contemplative style, takes the reader on Bayne's escape to a mountain to shut out as much contact with life as possible. However, on account of a handful of nearby residents, Bayne's plans for seclusion begin to fall gently apart. Though this book is appropriate for any time of the year and isn't labeled as a holiday novel, it could have been, the comfort of human compassion and holiday season warmth being mixed into Bayne's trying heart and mind journey full of tough questions and many prayers. Wren Jordan is a likable guy right off the bat, though he starts to seem too perfect after a while and therefore not quite real. Eventually seeing that he isn't above feeling disappointment or jealousy rounds out his character to me. Although this story is told in first person, there are moments when Bayne seems to know as much as a third person omniscient narrator by the way she states other characters' thoughts and feelings, or even their definite age ranges, to the reader: e.g., "a man in his thirties walked in" or "She looked at the man before her, still unsure how he was standing there, holding her hands." On a minor note, the registered trademark symbol ("®") accompanying brand names in the middle of characters' dialogue distracts from the story somewhat. Someone else would know better than I do if the trademark notices could have been taken care of on the book's copyright page instead. But, yes, I deem this novel of both pain and hope to be a good Christmastime read, but again, it's a good read for any season and a great debut for Howard. _____________________ Ambassador International provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.