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Remembering the past can be like buying a return ticket for a train you aren't sure you want to board.

Rocking away on her peaceful front porch, Betty Grafton receives sad news which forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life. Surrounded by her family, a captive audience hanging onto her every word, she weaves the tale of how an unlikely and controversial friendship shaped her into the woman she is today. Exposing her own mistakes, fears, and soul deep heartbreak, Betty shares the hard truth about growing up in the South in the 1960's.

Though the years have blown by with hurricane force, the ache in her heart feels fresh. The threat of harm still chills her to the core. Yet the joy of friendship continues to sustain her.

©2015 Danielle Stewart (P)2015 Danielle Stewart

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 10-20-15

Carolina in the 60s

One of the best stories about life in the south during the perilous times of 60s, the riots, demonstrations and segregation. Well written, with great compassion and understanding . . . and thought about the ignorance which led to the violent acts and hatred by the KKK . . . one of the most shameful and sad times in American history. Told from a most personal view point, Flowers in the Snow, is a beautiful testimony of what only a few people of great conviction and great love can do . . . with many unexpected twists and turns, it will fill you with sadness, joy and hope . . . I can't wait for the next in the series . . .

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

Tears and tears.....I loved this book. It was from a time in my life that was dark and painful. With what we are seeing today it saddens me that things have not changed as much as some of thought and hoped for. Thank you for a wonderful book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disturbing, Intense, and Heartwarming

What made the experience of listening to Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book) the most enjoyable?

This is Betty's story, which was mainly told in a long flashback to the 1960s, showed the problems with integration that occurred during one year. This was a telling of a very bad time in a small Southern town where ignorance and bigotry was actively maintained by a majority of the white people with the black folks segregated in a rickety shack town on the outskirts of town. <br/><br/>Betty, a grandmother, remembers an incident that changed her life and others in her town. I was immersed in Betty's innocence, the cruelty of the white people, the fear felt by the black people, and the changes that were sweeping the nation. This is how one town dealt with the inevitable changes, and how one girl helped to make some important changes to the people around her. She seemed helpless, outnumbered, and so naive, but she made some good and unexpected friends, and in her own way fought for what she believed was right. <br/><br/>It was an intense story that gains new depth because the narrator chose to make the character voices different and distinct.The narrator was wonderful. She did an amazing job of changing character voices and reading the prose with what felt like the intent of the author. I felt drawn in and absorbed by her voice. The characters came alive, and the action seemed so real. I listened to it absently at first, while I was otherwise occupied. And I found myself stopping and paying attention to the story, which is very good. I replayed some parts and bookmarked others. Without the narrator's engaging storytelling, I would have missed the nuances of this story.

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  • mamaC
  • Algonquin, IL USA
  • 11-09-17

Serious readers SKIP THIS ONE

Serious readers, deep thinkers and anyone that wants an emotional connection with a book -
skip this one
If you are under 12 years old this might be a good book for learning about the civil rights movement. For anyone else it is trite, childish, amateurish, and preachy preachy preachy
For a topic that has the potential to evoke so much emotion, this is flat! Unless the emotion you are trying to evoke is laughter I caught myself laughing a few times because it was so childish

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Listen to it over and over

This is probably my favorite book that has been released in recent years. I have read and listened to this over and over. The history grabs you and pulls you in. The characters become family in your mind. The writing is done so well you feel like you are sitting on the porch with the family listening to the story. You feel like you are in the race to get away from the mean boys. The vocals for the reading are done so well that you lose yourself in the story.

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Great book!

A very well written, well narrated book that keeps you interested until the last period!

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Wonderful but real story

Where does Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks right up there at the top.

What did you like best about this story?

How it gave history another face and explained more of the struggle of the times

Which character – as performed by Robin Rowan – was your favorite?

Betty was my favorite loved watching her grow

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was and I hated that I couldn't listen to it all at one time

Any additional comments?

This is so worth a credit. Even if you haven't listened or read any of the books in the author's other series this is based off. You can listen to this one without worry of being lost. <br/>Please do yourself a favor and use a credit on this amazing read.

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Sweet and heartwarming

Sweet but kinda slow at the start.
Give it a few minutes and it gets better.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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couldn't finish

didn't get past 10 mins. slow. uninteresting story. sad I paid for this book. disappointed

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Inspiration

This story reminded me of all the hurdles we have overcome, yet we still have many ahead. The story was full of happiness, friendship, and heartbreak.

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  • Price family
  • 10-17-17

amazing!

Truly speechless! Trust me in saying that doesnt often happen! I won't say anymore except you must read this book...

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  • June Coad
  • 06-01-16

FLowers in the snow 5Rate

Very good read, could not put it Down, the story was long. and loved it