Diane Dettmann's memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow's Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, invites the reader into her personal experience of grief, as she faces life alone, after the death of her husband. With honesty and a clear perspective, Diane reveals her daily struggles as she faces the difficult realities of grief. The reader feels her pain and at the same time rejoices in her commitment to tackle the daily challenges of life on her own and succeed. Her heartfelt story inspires hope as readers discover they can build a meaningful life-alone or with someone new-after a devastating loss.
This inspirational story vividly portrays the painful depths of grief that many people experience with a loss in their life. Diane's descriptive writing captivates the reader and engages them in the journey through her painful loss. Alone for the first time in her life, she realizes the healing powers passing strangers provide as they float in and out of her life. Along the way, she discovers personal strengths and skills she never knew she possessed. With sparks of humor scattered throughout her story, she provides the readers with a glow in the darkness that inspires them to keep going. Twenty-Eight Snow Angels is a book that will leave the reader thinking, "Someone finally gets it!" Even counselors, family members and friends who read this book can gain a deeper understanding of how ravishing grief can be to people who have experienced a traumatic loss in their life.
"A keenly observed story of the sudden death of a husband. The reader feels the grief and the hope that follows." %u2013Adair Lara, author of Hold Me Close, Let Me Go
"Writer Diane Dettmann's grief makes small events, like the sale of a beloved piano, become as momentous as the sale of a national treasure. In the process, she rediscovers faith, community and love." -Susan Parker, author of Walking in the Deep End
"In Twenty-Eight Snow Angels, writer Diane Dettmann gives us a poignant account of a life badly rent and ultimately revitalized in a way we can take to heart." -Peggy Lang, award-winning ghostwriter
"The reader is drawn in and captivated by Diane's vivid account of her grief after the death of her loving husband . . . a powerful story of love, grief, hope and faith all can learn from." -Mary Jacks, M.S. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
"Diane's piano move was one of our most memorable. It really touched us all" -Paula Soukup, Manny's Piano Company, Inc.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
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About the Author
Diane lives in Afton, Minnesota, where she enjoys writing and spending time with her husband, Allan. Diane's currently working on a World War II historical novel.
Diane's donating percentage of book sales to the "American Widows Project" a non-profit that supports military widows/widowers and their families.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very informational for a woman who has lost her husband. Diane enables the reader to follow her journey through grief and realize that you can move on to another relationship. I lost my husband 4 years ago and this was the perfect story for me. It is not for the recently widowed.
Twenty-Eight Snow Angels is a beautifully written account of Diane's journey as she experiences love, loss, growth, healing and renewal. It is well worth reading. I went to Diane's book signing and bought the book. I wondered about the title? I was going to ask her about it but we were talking about other things and I forgot to ask. I typically think of snow angels paired with children, laughing, and lots of movement. After reading Diane's account I now have a new vision of snow angels. I also realized how important they were in her journey of loss and the healing she was seeking. I think it is a perfect title for this book. As I read I thought about my mother who was widowed at age 62. Diane was younger but I could recognize many many similarities in their journeys. Learning to care for the home, car, bills, still being efficient in your career, all while working to experience the acceptance of the loss, loneliness and all the memories, are just a few of the similarities. Diane shared how even the simplest things; attending a gathering of friends, experiencing the scent of a favored cologne, going to church and selling a piano are so difficult. As I read, I thought of the courage it took to put all of these experiences into something that can be helpful and meaningful to so many. Thanks Diane, for having the courage to share! I loved the very last paragraph. It is so powerful and a true testimonial to the healing in Diane's life.
A beautifully written memoir, I read it in a day. I wiped away tears through the pages filled with Diane's grief and sorrow, and alternately, felt a sense of hope as she began to find her way through life as a widow. This book will inspire women of all ages, widowed or not, to find the beauty in each sunrise and sunset... and hold on to it.
I learned about this book through an online widow’s support group. The title drew me in, and then I saw it. A picture of her and her husband, I could see their deep love for each other and it reminded me of me and my husband. I had to read it. Of all the books I have read by widows since my husband died, Ms. Dettmann’s is the most honest. I appreciate her sharing her experiences with no sugar coating. Other books I read shared the emotional trauma in generality, but not the details as this author did. Most didn’t share the physical aspects of deep grief and loss, but Diane did. There was a point in my grief journey I thought there must be something terribly wrong with me. My emotional state was much rawer and intense than what others shared. None talked in detail about the physical and mental toll the loss takes. I honestly thought was had some horrible disease or was mentally losing it. I couldn’t find anything in writing that matched my symptoms and mental condition. This frightened me even more. I had never had an anxiety attack before my husband’s death, and not to the point I thought I was dying. Page after page I found myself nodding my head and even saying, “Yes, yes,” as I related to her personal account. Not that I want anyone to suffer through the loss of a spouse, but reading about her experiences as a widow, was comforting and I knew I was not alone. I wish this was the first book I had read. The book is skillfully written not only in its presentation but also in clearly expressing such a raw, vulnerable, intensely personal time. A standing ovation for Diane Dettmann and her courage, for not only being so transparent, but have the courage to revisit such a painful time by writing this book. It was a comfort and encouragement. Thank you! I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All the opinions I expressed were my own.
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Diane Dettmann writes of her long-lasting grief at the death of her first husband, John Hohl, after twenty-eight years of marriage. John and Diane never parented children, but their marriage was a testimonial to two people bonding together completely and the devastation that the surviving member must endure after the other one's death. Diane's words convey a widow's long struggles with sorrow despite the support of loving family members, joining grief support groups and her own attempts to throw herself into work as a master teacher attending nationwide conferences. She shares convincingly how she finally got her life together, bought a sports car, learned to kayak, and finally met the man who would be her second husband, Allan. Diane Dettmann is totally honest about her use of alcohol and anti-depressants in fighting against the grief that overwhelmed her, and this is a message that readers will need to hear. Twenty-Eight Snow Angels is an honest record of a widow's difficult struggle that is inspirational. Diane Dettmann is brutally honest about her long battle with losing her beloved husband, and readers going through that dark valley will appreciate this story. It is well written and well edited, although the identification of people in one or two of the accompanying black and white pictures would be beneficial. The author's portrayal of herself, John Hohl, family members and her second husband, Allan, are believable and add to this memoir. This is a book that will touch many lives in a positive, helpful way.
Ms. Dettmann provides a deeply moving account of her journey through grief. It will provide comfort and hope to those in the midst of their own grief and is a reminder to all of us to cherish each day we share with those we love. I would definitely recommend it to my counseling clients as they work through their own losses