If you step across the threshold of Betty Grafton’s house, you can be sure of two things: she’ll feed you until you’re ready to bust and she’ll love you before you even realize you’re worthy of it. She’s spent her life building a family that finally feels complete.
But as sad news forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life, she decides to share the story with those she loves. Revealing the hard truth about growing up in the South during the 1960’s is difficult but necessary. She tells the tale of how an unlikely friendship shaped her into the woman she is today. Exposing her mistakes, her fears, and her impossibly difficult heart break, Betty strives to teach them all what it means to truly love.
“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 and feel 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 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.
I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and four year old son. I work hard to perfect the ability to write in a noisy house and create story lines while folding laundry.
Other Books by the Author
Book 1: Chasing Justice (FREE)
Book 2: Cutting Ties
Book 3: Changing Fate
Book 4: Finding Freedom
Book 5: Settling Scores
Book 6: Battling Destiny
Piper Anderson Extras:
Choosing Christmas – Holiday Novella – Chris & Sydney’s Story
Saving Love – Follow up of Chris & Sydney
Betty’s Journal – Bonus Material (suggested to be read after Book 4 to avoid spoilers)
The Edenville Series:
Book 1: Flowers in the Snow (Betty’s Book)
The Clover Series:
(Book 1 & 2) Half My Heart & Change My Heart (FREE)
(Book 3) All My Heart
(Book 4) Facing Home