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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review of Snow by Kathryn Hewitt






My Review: 
 
Wow, I truly believe this book should be read by all teenage girls. Ruth’s struggles will make them think twice about decisions they will have to make as teenagers. Kathryn Hewitt did a wonderful job with this book and I am very impressed. She really made you feel Ruth’s pains. I’ll admit sometimes I would have really liked to slap some sense into Ruth, but Kathryn hit the nail on the head with this story. When someone thinks they are in love they aren’t going to listen to anyone. Ruth gets into a bad relationship and does things she doesn’t believe in, that lead her to decide to do something else she doesn’t believe in. But alas, GOD has other plans and as we all know, GOD has a perfect plan for everyone and everything and He doesn’t make mistakes. This is a very emotional book. Great job Kathryn, I am so glad I got the opportunity to read and review this remarkable story.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
 






About The Author:

Kathryn Hewitt was born
and raised in the small town of Camden, South Carolina. Breaking away
from becoming a statistic, she was an Honors Graduate from Camden
High School and went on to study British Literature and Sociology at
Charleston Southern University, inspiring to teach High School
English.

Kathryn has a passion for
teaching teenagers and reaching out to those who seem as though the
world has closed the door. Because of her own experiences, including
becoming a teenage mother at fifteen, Kathryn knows the value of life
and the blessings it contains. Understanding the importance of making
wise decisions, Kathryn passionately seeks to instill that wisdom
into the minds of every young lady she encounters. The inspiration
for Kathryn's writings comes from her own experiences, and she is
never afraid to speak the truth that others refuse to acknowledge.

Kathryn married in 2005
and is a stay at home mom with her four sons. She and her family
currently live in the same town she grew up.

Author
Bio Summary

As
a teenage mother, Kathryn Hewitt understands the consequential trials
and sacrifices resulting from teen pregnancies. Leadership positions
throughout high school, college, and church provided a forum for her
activism in promoting premarital abstinence and accountability, and
pro-life support.

Kathryn
currently lives in Camden, South Carolina with her husband and four
boys.




Book
Genre

Religious Fiction/ YA (13+ or 7th grade)
Publisher
Westbow Press, Inc A Thomas Nelson Division
Release
Date May 2012

Amazon

Snow
is a fiction novel, based on true events, about the struggles of a
teenage girl and the consequences of a devastating mistake. Whether
readers are young adults, exploring their sexuality for the first
time, or an older adult, struggling to understand their teenage
daughter, everyone will have a character in which to relate.



Young
adults will be gripped by the reality and bluntness of it's
characters. Parents will appreciate the censorship of otherwise
“uncomfortable” topics. With sexuality among young adults
beginning at an early age, "family values" are now being
pushed back into the forefront of parental teaching.
Snow
influences people with Christian values, such as sexual abstinence,
pro-life advocacy, and prayer, without pushing God as the subject of
the book. Biblically based information is strategically scattered
throughout the novel with dialect and personal thoughts.



The
protagonist's quest to discover the path she needs to take unearths
findings of a secret life, lead by her boyfriend. With two lives at
stake, readers will eagerly anticipate the outcome only to find
themselves with lessons and warnings about the consequences of making
detrimental mistakes. Comfort will be found in understanding that God
is bigger than any situation and He catches ever tear. Miracles so
often go unnoticed, yet powerfully affect those they touch.
Snow
will set the stage for future novels reflective of countless miracles
and divine intervention.

Excerpt:

Mrs.
Davis grabbed Luke by the arm and pulled him along behind 
her
as she purposefully marched toward the bar. After ordering a 
Grey
Goose martini, she turned around to face Luke.

"You
know why I brought you over here," she glared at him, 
her
voice shaking with anger.

"Yeah,
I know." Luke sat on the bar stool and folded his arms 
on
the counter.

"What
are you going to do about this, Luke?"

"I
don't know, Mom. She wants to have it."

"You
can't allow that to happen. You know that."

"I
can't make her do it." Luke ran his hands through his un-gelled 
hair.
" And her mom! She just won't stop interfering. She 
had
this church lady come over yesterday and talk to Ruth about
having
the abortion. That lady managed to change her mind, 
because,
believe it or not, I did have her convinced."

Mrs.
Davis sipped her martini and lit a cigarette. 
"Well,
we have to get rid of this one. You can't have two of 
these
things hanging over your head for the next eighteen years."

"I
don't know how to convince her." He laughed as he said, 
"I
told her, when we first found out, that I'd hire someone to beat 
her
up and make her miscarry."

Mrs.
Davis chuckled, "Or you could just kill her."

"Mother,
please."

Mrs.
Davis tapped the ashes off her cigarette and motioned 
for
Luke to leave. "Don't worry; I'll take care of this. Tell her to 
come
here."

Luke
got off the bar stool and went into the arcade. He should 
have
gone straight to look for Ruth, but part of him didn't want 
his
mom to convince her to have the abortion. He loved how
sweet
and obedient Ruth was and didn't want to lose her. His 
eye
caught a military game, so he headed over, ready to release 
some
frustration.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Heart-tugging, heart-warming. beautiful story." ~InsightfulTruth

"The honest account girls need!" ~M. Morgan

"Finally! A book that isn't afraid of the truth." ~T. Gill

  • Characters & Important People (From Amazon)


    • Ruth McColl: 20 year old Ruth McColl walks a treacherous road to her past where she is faced with the demons that have haunted her for years. Broken and filled with unworthiness, Ruth sabotages every relationship. Will she do the same with the man she's about to marry?15 year old Ruth is a fun loving, outgoing young girl filled with innocence and determination. An honor student and active in her church, Ruth is caught up in a whirlwind romance with a man, too many years her senior. The decisions she must make will alter her life forever. The question is, will it be for the better?

    • Luke Davis: Luke, a charmer, shows up in the small town of Westbrook just in time to catch the eye of young Ruth. Captivated by her innocence it doesn't take long for Luke to set his sights on his newest prize. But what is his ultimate desire? And why was he sent to Westbrook?
  • Notes for Parents:


    • Reading Level: Young Adults

    Read this yourself. You'll gain a great understanding of what your kids are going through at school and socially. Then, give it to your daughter (or son). This novel was written to tell the truth. It's not sugar coated...it's just blunt. The main character, a virgin, looses her virginity to a guy she believes loves her. Over time he has made her feel obligated to prove her love to him. After a one time mistake she finds herself pregnant at 15. Her boyfriend has a checkered past filled with girls that either were pregnant or are pregnant. He and his family pressure her to abort the baby. The novel graphically describes the abortion process and reveals the emotions that overwhelm Ruth. There are many lessons in this book and although it may invoke discussions about premarital sex, abortion, and abuse you will be grateful that your daughter (or son) is receiving a valuable, positive message.Because of the content, I do not recommend this book to anyone under 13 or 7th grade.







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