Kale Brennan is a single mom who is trying her best to raise her physically challenged daughter . One day someone leaves a mysterious package on her front porch and cleans off the snow in her driveway. So now it seems that Kale now has a secret admirer. She will spend the next few days wondering who her admirer is and whether or not to open her gift. Meanwhile Kale's daughter Sydney is gearing up for Christmas and is enjoying a new teacher at her school. Eric (Sydney's new teacher) is a young and talent teacher who also seems to get Kale's attention. Who is Kale's secret admirer ? Will she ever figure it out? Joe White is Sydney's physical therapist and Kale's friend . He has been there for them for 5 years now. He has also become a close family friend. Joe has become really close to Kale and Sydney and care for both of them but Sydney's new teacher has shown interest in Kale to. Joe has watched Kale's ups and downs and has been there for her when she has had doubts as a mom. What does the future hold for Joe, Kale and Sydney? Will there be room for Joe in Kale's life ? Will Kale trust her heart ? This is a sweet , quick Christmas read. I enjoyed learning about all of the characters. I like the fact that Kale was human and just like all moms she had doubts about her parenting skills. This is a good read for any mom who sometimes questions herself . I like how things turned out and I guess who the admirer was and I was really glad how it all turned out. This is a clean read .
"There is no such thing as an ordinary snowflake."
Kale Brennan is not a huge fan of winter, so when she awakens to a shoveled driveway and a mysterious package on the doorstep, her single mom instincts tells her to proceed with caution. Struggling to care for her handicapped daughter, she fights the incessant voices of guilt, loneliness and despair, convincing herself that Sydney's slow progress is somehow her fault . Suddenly and very unexpectedly caught between the attention of two very different men, Kale's perspective begins to shift; shoving the "what-ifs" and the "should haves" aside long enough to wonder if expecting God to do the extraordinary has caused her to miss his quiet whispers of ordinary grace.
This beautiful story not only captures the miracle of the manger, but exemplifies the magnificence of unconditional love. "Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works." Psalm 40:5
Ordinary Snowflakes will remind you to to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary. Kale's self-discovery, aided by Joe's gentle, faithful support and encouragement, is balm for every self-doubting mom's soul.
Kale is a well-developed, sympathetic character with which most off us ordinary folks, who have made ordinary mistakes, can identify. Smart and self-deprecating, getting inside her head as she realizes God's extraordinary love for her is the perfect preparation for welcoming the Christ child as He arrives in ordinary, humble fashion.
The only thing that pulled me out of this well-crafted book was the heroine's name. I thought of the leafy greens in my fridge ever time I read it. Every time. That said, I highly recommend this Christmas novella.
Such a sweet story! I loved little Sydney, she was so smart and had just the right amount of sass. Hiding in plain sight were the lessons of letting go, trusting God and love. Kale's heart had been broken, she was a little overprotective of her child, understandably so given her accident and long recovery. She had to learn to let go of some of the control and let her heart heal. Waking up to the snow having been removed from her driveway and a mystery gift left behind is just the beginning to this "better than a Disney movie" story.
What a wonderful novella! I loved this story about a hardworking single mom who gets her chance at a forever love. I admired her determination to do the best she could for her daughter and felt her pain and uncertainty about whether she was doing a good enough job. The author does a really good job, within the space of this short story, of bringing you into the lives of Kale, Sydney, and Joe. As Kale struggles with her feelings as a new guy in town is introduced, you will read with bated breath to see if she follows through on those feelings or if she realizes that her best friend Joe means more to her than she ever knew. A wonderful swoon worthy Christmas novella! :)
*Thanks to Singing Librarian Books Tours for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own!*
Including a child in a romance can be tricky. It's too easy for the little darlin' to steal the center stage and, in doing so, dilute the romantic aspect. Jennifer Rodewald did an excellent job of keeping this from happening in Ordinary Snowflakes. Sydney, Kale's daughter, is charming, but the other characters are strong enough to hold their own in the story and keep the romance on track.
In addition to the way Ms. Rodewald handled Sydney's character, I enjoyed the first person point of view and the steady pace of this novella.
Kale’s struggle to forgive herself, to find confidence as a mother, and to trust for their future is a familiar one, which makes this story hit home. I always expect great things from this author; her writing style captivates me and her characters come to life from their introductory scenes. Honestly, I’m stunned at Rodewald’s ability to such vivid characters. But more than that, it’s the truth woven into the story that left me wiping tears and feeling a pull toward gratitude, with a fresh reminder that God sees me, knows me fully, and loves me.
I spent the cold afternoon in bed with this book. I’m sad it’s over! Highly recommend.
Sydney is quite the character . She keeps her mom busy, worrying she is doing the right thing for her. She almost missed her true love by trying to get interested in someone else, but opened her heart to God's plan.