In 1864 Colorado Territory, Charlie is alone on the ranch that sits between the empty prairie and the Rocky Mountains. The orphaned boy is caring for his dying grandpa and trying to figure out how to survive the winter. Then, as the first snow storm hits, a mysterious mountain man appears at the isolated ranch and good things start happening. But, to get free of his one gnawing secret, Charlie must trust the giant stranger. On Christmas day, he learns that trusting means he'll never have to be alone again. This frontier novella is an entertaining and inspiring adventure for the entire family to read individually or out loud together.
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Donna Westover Gallup is a master storyteller. Her book "White as Snow: A Christmas Story" will keep you wanting to turn to the next page and keep reading. The chapters of the book are fairly short. It is an excellent book for both adults and children as young as 10 to read for themselves. You could read one chapter a night to your children or grandchildren. The book appeals to all ages. It is simply wonderful! The story is set in the Colorado territory in 1864. The author provides excellent characters. There is Charlie. For about the first half of the book I was curious as to his age. I knew he was a young boy and through the story I learned he was barely taller than the two-headed axe he was trying to use. Only later did I learn he was ten years old. We learned his age when he answered the question, "How old are you boy?" The next person in the story is Gramps. For most of the story Gramps is in bed, fighting for his life. Charlie, his grandson, cares for him by mimicking the care he received from his late grandma when he was sick. Only later in the story do we learn Gramps is battling pneumonia. With Gramps sick and winter coming on Charlie has to care for himself, the farm and Gramps. Through a series of well written remembrances or flashbacks we meet the 9th Kansas Cavalry of the US Army that has come down from Fort Collins to buy cattle from Gramps. We see Charlie drawing from his memory lessons that Gramps and his grandma had taught him that sustain him though this tough time. We have reflections on attending a camp meeting revival with the evangelist, not the circuit preacher. We have reflections of visiting the neighbors and their four children who live in a one room cabin. We see how the training up of a child in the ways of the Lord helps him in these tough times. The book has a scary scene in it. Charlie has taken "Old Blue" which is his grandfather gun. He has been told not to use it, though Gramps has been teaching him with the gun. He barely escapes death during an attack by a grizzly bear who he believes is defending her cubs from him. The scene was so well written it had my heart racing and the palms of my hands sweaty. Throughout the book we see Charlie dealing with the guilt he felt for disobeying Gramps and taking the big, heavy gun. And he loses the gun in his encounter with the mama Grizzly bear. Charlie is losing hope and faith. He cries out to God. At just that perfect time as his supplies are running low and he is ready to give up, a giant mountain man, named Jess, shows up riding a giant horse, named Goliath. Jess able to help him. He teaches Charlie that God has not abandoned him. He shows that things could actually have been worse if he wasn't praying. Jess helps restore Charlie's faith and helps him to get the ranch back in order. Jess and Charlie share the same birthday. Jess makes this a Christmas to remember as he gets them a Christmas tree, the first one they have had since Grandma died. He cooks a Christmas feast for them, and they even find and us Grandma's good china for the meal. Gramps recovers and Jess simply vanishes. The novel is inspirational fiction at its best. The book has a happy ending. I was left wondering if the big mountain man Jess was real or an angel sent from God to help Charlie and Gramps at their time of need. Donna Westover Gallup has a way with words. There is beauty in her descriptions. Her writing is has a poetic flow to it.
Ten year old Charlie Smith needs a miracle. It’s been weeks since his grandfather fell asleep and he still hasn’t woken. Food and supplies are running desperately low. There is only a few days of firewood remaining. Snow is on the way. Worse, Charlie is starting to wonder if God even cares. How could a God who cares leave a boy to fend for himself? And why do Charlie’s choices keeping digging him in more trouble? Hott Review: I loved white as snow. This book was not only a wonderful emotional book but also a very clear representation of our need for Christ and his to find and accept Him. In some ways this book was hard because it’s heart wrenching watching a ten year old boy struggle on his own in a life where failure is not an option. But by that sane token it was amazing to watch Jesus save him from himself. More… Author: Donna Westover Gallup Source: Kindle Free Read Dec 24, 2012 Grade: A+ Ages: 10+ Steam: Nada Setting: COLORADO TERRITORY 1864 Series: Mysterious Ways, #1