Thursday, October 3, 2013

[Kame's Review]: "Snow-Kissed"

Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 6, 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Florand takes us to a snow-kissed Christmas cabin for this heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, forgiveness—and hope. After the utter destruction of her marriage and her happiness, Kai knew it was better to shut herself away from the world than to hurt and be hurt. Holed up in her mountain cabin, she planned to spend her Christmas alone. Until her not-quite-ex-husband shows up as the first flakes start to fall. Now should she send him back out into the cold? Or can she be brave enough to let this winter snow bind them back together?

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Kame's Review:

She didn’t even want forgiveness. Forgiveness hurt.

Kai has always been happy in her life; she comes from a family of happy people. That was until she ruined all chances of the happiness she and Kurt planned. So Kai ran away. Now eighteen months later she is forced to see Kurt again, she has dealt with the pain, she isn’t at happy and she has accepted she will never be at happy, but she can not face Kurt knowing he must hate her. What she doesn’t know is that Kurt is not the man she left all those months ago.

This novella pulled at my heart strings. The event in their marriage that pulls Kai away from Kurt is one that while each reader may not have personal experience most will be able to empathize. Kai’s pain leapt off the page. Her grief was written with such poignancy that at times I cried even when her character did not. Kurt is a true hero in this book; so many men would have given up.  His patience and love for Kai is a constant, it was beautiful to read. He shows great emotion, sometimes it is love and concern, other times it is the deep pain and grief he feels for their lost relationship. It is through that pain and grief Kurt shows how he has been able to move to a place where he can understand Kai’s pain and hopefully help her.

Kurt focused on the hot water running over the plates, grateful for it. He had never understood it when he discovered that their friends’ couples fought over such stupid things as doing dishes or mowing the grass or making sure someone’s tank was filled with gas. They were all such easy things to get right.

I purposely have been vague about what has happened to Kurt and Kai’s relationship. This is because Snow-Kissed is so much more than what tore them apart; it is about honoring marriage vows, about a couple finding a way back to each other; each in their own way. Kai and Kurt each had to work on themselves independently and now at the perfect moment they are both at the point that they can try, try to get back to happy. Kurt has desire enough for both of them, he has conviction in their marriage vows, and his love for Kai has only grown. 

What the hell did you think our marriage was, a lottery ticket? To be ripped in half when it wasn’t the winning number?

A fantastic read that deals with real life.  This is not a hearts and flowers on the way to an HEA book. This is how life deals you that heart-breaking blow after you have found the HEA and the rings have been exchanged - and how a couple who truly love each other to the core can fight back book. The emotion that Laura Florand conveys in her writing truly impresses me. I am planning on ready every word she has ever published. She writes characters you never want to forget. I would love to read the story of when Kai and Kurt met and their budding romance.

    5 STARS!

Kame received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for her honest opinion.

*Note: The quotes used belong to Laura Florand; Kame and TBQ's Book Palace do not claim them.


Meet Kame:

Kame is part of a family of readers; one day she picked up the Nook she purchased for her husband and discovered her love of e-books. A few months later he purchased one for her so he could have his back! Kame’s Nook is never far, and she is hard pressed to pick a favorite book, genre or author. As long as there are characters that make her want to sit down and have a chat and a plot keeps the pages turning, she’ll read it.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) I'll definitely be putting this one on my list, the quotes were great, too! 

Have you read any of Laura Florand's books? Do you have a favorite? Do you like holiday novellas? 


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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Kame, wonderful review. Just reading your words reminded me how much this book moved me. I agree with you about Ms. Florand's work. Such great characters and stories. Thanks!

Wickedly Delicious said...

Beautiful Review Kame. Will have to check this out. Love a good emotional read.