Title: Snow Angels
Author: Cathe Swanson
Series: Hope Again series, book 2
Major Themes: Chicago, Homeless Shelters
Synopsis: Lisa Marsh assumes she knows all about a man based on his appearance, and sets out to better his life, whether he wants her help or not.
When Cathe Swanson asked for advance readers for the novella she wrote for the Christmas Lights collection, it sounded interesting. I was not disappointed! I found Snow Angels very funny at times, heart-breaking at others, and Lisa Marsh all-too-familiar at still other times.
Lisa was roped, unwillingly, into helping serve Thanksgiving dinner at the local community center in Chicago. Dealing with crowds of people was difficult for her at the best of times, but when Pete, a scruffy man with a horrible-looking beard accosted her, asking for potatoes, when she was serving turkey, she couldn’t handle it. Then, a few days later, she was asked to look at his foot when he arrived in the emergency room in the hospital where she worked as a podiatric nurse—and he looked even worse!
Lisa’s sister-in-law challenged her to do some sort of project in memory of her late husband, something out of her comfort zone, which would help other people. They came up with a perfect project: Help Pete find a job and turn him into a respectable citizen! So, Lisa set to work, not realizing who he really was. You’ll have to read the story to learn the rest, and watch Lisa gain a new compassion for others and humility as she tries to help people.
Cathe has done a very good job with this, her first published book. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in her Hope Again series, and not only because they are set near my home area.
I received a free advance copy of this book and chose to write a review.
WARNING: Chapter 23 describes an incident from a war. The last chapter mentions a couple of kisses.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults