A chance moment. A snow storm. And the gift of a new beginning.
Tristan is ready to party and ring in the New Year by kissing his soon-to-be girlfriend, Julie. The only bad note in his rocking night is the growing snow storm. Outside his apartment, he's almost hit by Grace, the most beautiful woman with haunting green eyes. She's on her own mission to get home to her grandfather.
In a selfless act reminiscent of the age of knights and chivalry, Tristan vows to get her home...never realizing they are both on a date with destiny and their lives will be forever changed by the snow after Christmas....
Snow After Christmas is a very short, sweet story about how one night can change your destiny. The story starts off with Tristan, a college student who also works in Buffalo, NY, is headed to a party to meet a girl whom he has had a crush on for quite some time. As he rushes to get out the door and on his way, he has a run-in with a different girl, Grace, who quite obviously is having a rough night. The girl is very self-absorbed and quite interested in dealing with only her own problems. Tristan takes the compassionate and kind route by offering to help the girl although he has an internal struggle with his decision to give up his plans. The empathy and charitable nature of Tristan soon has an impact on Grace, and their adventure begins.
We all know we can quickly lose focus on what's important especially when we are young. Tristan gets many reminders in this short story about what is truly important because of his openness and willingness to show kindness to others. Reciprocally, Grace is reminded through Tristan's gestures that although her life isn't going as planned at that very moment, it will pass you by if you don't acknowledge others that are there to help you.
I think I would definitely listen to more of this story if it was offered. There were some especially intriguing characters introduced along the way, and the message was clear but could be valued very differently depending on what the listener wants to take from it.
The narration was solid and smooth. I didn't love the female interpretation from the male narrator, but it wasn't distracting enough to take away from the story. Intended audience is teens or young adult, which I believe is very suitable for this book, but as an adult I also very much enjoyed it as a quick listen.
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Snow After Christmas is a very short, sweet story about how one night can change your destiny.
I received a free review copy in exchange for a review.
I enjoyed this story partly because I knew the area that was mentioned and enjoyed the dynamics - would like to see it a bit longer! Good job David!
Where does Snow After Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What did you like best about this story?
This was a short and sweet story about what is important in life sometimes we get so caught up in our world we forget the important things in life
What does Andrew Russell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr. Russell does a wonderful job of narration which a delightful voice that you have no trouble getting lost in
Any additional comments?
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review
This may not have been that long of a story, but it was really sweet and adorable. It shows all the important stuff in life without coming across as pushy and overly dramatic. Andrew Russell had a wonderful voice for reading this story, but it came across as not having enough emotion in it at times for me, but it also made it a bit sweeter in the end.
The story was well written, touching on themes of family, longing to be together at the holidays, missing those you have lost and meeting others.
Winter weather always seems to play havoc with the best-made plans, and this is the backdrop to this short story.
The narrator did a wonderful job bringing this story to life, helping the reader to feel the blustery winter weather and also the grief and feelings that the characters felt along the way.
A delightful tale, with interesting characters from different lifestyles brought together by chance. This short story is definitely worth the 30 minutes it takes to listen to it.
What did you love best about Snow After Christmas?
Even though this story is set post-Christmas, it's a fairly standard feel-good holiday season story. David Neth has written some great characters, and given them some real emotional depth. There's a few sad character twists for such a short tale. Andrew Russell does a great job bringing that depth to the fore.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
It was a good ending, full of mixed emotions for the listener.
Which scene was your favorite?
The scene on the floor with the grandfather was quite touching.
Any additional comments?
There's a lot of characterisation packed into this short story. This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom however I'm happy to put my name to a recommendation. It was an enjoyable listen.
I enjoyed the book. didn't realize it was a short story. was disappointed when it ended
a great story of people who are strangers help each other out during a snow storm.