Thursday, October 11, 2012

After The Snow Falls by Carey Clark

About Book

In the middle of a soccer drill, in an awful, awkward moment, Celia Bennett's eight-year-old son Caleb lands on his face and chest in the grass. The diagnosis blindsides her, bringing her face-to-face with every parent's worst nightmare.

Desperate to save her son’s life, Celia pursues a cure through alternative medicine, but her quest ends in frustration and disappointment. Facing despair, hope walks in on the most unlikely set of legs, when her father returns after a 30-year absence. Can she release pain to embrace hope? Will it make a difference, or is it too late?


Published December 9th 2011 by Trestle Press
ISBN13  9781452468570

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About Carey

Carey Jane Clark writes to inspire courage, hope and conviction. She is a homeschool mother by day, writer by night. The writing bug afflicted her early in life. The first two stories she recalls writing were about kidnapped insects and dancing pumpkins. (It has been a few years since those stories were penned.) After the Snow Falls is her first novel.

She shares the adventure of her life with her husband and three children. She and her family are expatriates living in China. 

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My Thoughts

As this soccer mom,Celia Bennett, rushes to get out the door and to the soccer field with her eight year old son, Caleb, she becomes overwhelmed with the responsibilities for so many of the activities she has volunteered for. One of the mom's is not answering her phone and Celia is depending on her to be there. When Celia gets to the field very stressed out,Caleb starts complaining of a headache. So her husband tries to help by getting something for his sons headache. Celia wanders around and finally she finds her friend. As Caleb takes off in a run on the soccer field, Celia is sitting in the stands trying to control the anger she feels toward her friend. Then the unexpected happens. As Caleb was running to make a shot he falls face down to the ground,unconscious. He is transported by ambulance to the hospital. What they find is not good and Celia's whole life changes in a flash. Her only child has a brain tumor and her life becomes hospital stays, tests, chemo and a room at the Ronald McDonald's House with several families in similar situations. She does not seem to be able to handle this as well as some of the other parents. Mainly because she does not have faith in God or the power of prayer. So she seeks out information about alternation treatments only available in Mexico. But Caleb does have faith in God and the ones he discusses this with are his grandparents. He wants to know if God can really heal him. 

This story is an eye opener. We know these things happen but many people want to stick their heads in the sand and don't want see it or hear about IT. IT meaning cancer.  

The author must have a very sensitive heart to write such a heartfelt novel.  I find it hard to express my feelings about this book.  It makes my heart ache!

Prayer can ease the sorrow and pain of loved ones. Especially when we have faith in God.

I highly recommend this book.

I rate this book a 5 out of 5.

I was given a free copy of this book by the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.

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I wish share from a personal tragedy.

Tyler kissing his new baby brother!
AFTER THE SNOW FALLS was a little difficult for me to read. Let me tell you why.

 Several years ago my 15 month old grandson, Tyler stopped breathing while in his car seat in my car.  He stopped breathing due to a faulty shunt that came unplug in his head and filled his brain with fluid. He was on life support for three days. His parents agreed to donate organs and let our precious baby go home where he will never be in pain again. 

He had lived his first nine months of his short life in neonatal at the hospital. I hate he had to suffer. 

He was one of the happiest babies with the biggest smile God ever gave a child. At times he seemed to be looking up at something and would laugh with great excitement.   We liked to say he was being entertained by his guardian angels.  

Two weeks before he died his little brother was born.   I had to stay with my daughter and care for her and the new baby so her hubby could go back to work.  My daughter was like a zombie for weeks.  When it came time for her to take back her life it killed me to leave her because I knew she was still grieving.  

The new baby was a true blessing and the best cure for her broken heart. Tyler's little brother is  nine years old now and has a little sister that is six yrs old.   Recently Tyler's mommy  gave birth to another boy.  

That makes a total of 15 grandchildren given to us by God and our five daughters and their husbands.

I thank God for all my Blessings. 
                        ~ Patricia

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