A Lil Me Time

 Whew!  It is so hot here.  We moved JD into her new (aka 1st) apartment Sunday.  Today was spent helping get some of her stuff unpacked.  It is going to be a new adventure for her.  One that she is so excited to begin.  Today was the job of setting up for internet and phone service to start.  You know what a headache it is to have to do the phone thing.  We finally quit pushing numbers and went to do it online.  Only to be told we could not get it.  Finally I managed to get it all pulled together this evening.

I am also finishing up the house/pet sitting job at the lake.  Tomorrow I move over to the ranch for my next week.  Beside dogs and cats we are adding in longhorn cattle and horses.  What fun this is going to be.  Really I am excited and am thrilled that I can help someone else.  It is all pretty exciting.  Last night I had the whole evening to myself.  Dear Hubby had returned home to care for our brood of pets.  He will stay there this week with JD moving out.  So I time to relax and read a book on my e-reader.  I have not had much of that here lately and it was greatly needed.  You know I put it in my big zip lock baggie and took it to the hot tub to read.


The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley was the book I had pulled up.  I did not know what to expect so to say I was blow away is putting it lightly.  The name intrigued me since it is so hot around here.  Now that is where it all took off.  A haunting tale, Sophie's story took me to a dark place.  One that pulls fear up into my chest.  I have always been so afraid of being held against my will.  To read about how she was caged for so many years tore at me.  More so was the story line of how she had to learn to trust a new life.  Taking steps that she was so unsure of bit by bit.  This story heightened my own anxieties and fears.  But it also was so encouraging to see the strength Sophie showed.

I want to thank Tribute Books for sharing this story with me.  They always seem to have the just right story for the just right time.  Amazing people that support amazing authors. 

The Color of Snow Summary

Can a troubled young girl reenter society after living in isolation?

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

Brenda Stanley's Bio:

Brenda Stanley is the former news anchor at her NBC affiliate KPVI in Eastern Iadho. Her writing has been recognized by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, the Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is a graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah, and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Brenda lived for two years in Ballard, Utah, within the Fort Duchesne reservation where the novel is set. She and her husband live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses and dogs.

ISBN: 9780983741893
ISBN: 9781476172309
Pages: 413
Release: June 1, 2012

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  1. Thank you so much for the post and review!

  2. Lenore, congratulations on College Girl's first apartment - that's wonderful!

    I'm glad Brenda's book helped take you away from all the stress of setting up and dealing with customer service. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

  3. Nice book cover. I'd also love to read a book while I soak in the hot tub.


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