The Snow Angel by Lauren St John reviewed

Snow Angel Book Cover Snow Angel
Lauren St John
Zephyr Press

Lauren St John's stunning Christmas classic is about forgotten children, the power of nature to heal us and a girl who will climb mountains in search for a place to call home.

Growing up in vibrant, crowded Nairobi, Makena has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father. But when her beautiful world is shattered, she finds that in the city's dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse. In a world of strangers, does she dare trust Snow, whose ballet dreams are haunted by a past she's still running from? And is the sparkling fox friend or foe?

After a fresh start in the Scottish Highlands turns bad, Makena flees to the mountains. But will they betray her or be the making of her?

The Snow Angel by Lauren St John is a story about Makena and her life, first in Africa and then in Scotland. Her father is a climbing guide and she loves the mountains and hopes one day to be a climber like her father. However events conspire against her and her life starts to unravel. This is Makena’s story as she journeys through hard times.

I really liked Makena as a character and there is a real charm to her. I felt engaged with her as a character. Much of the description left me with a clear image of places and people too. I guess parts of the book are a little dark or even depressing however there is also joy and it is life affirming.

The last part of the book should bring a tear to the eye of any human being for my money. It is wonderfully warm and rich. I have a slight reservation about the timing in the book; the first two thirds goes at quite a slow pace (though certainly not too slowly) however the last third does feel rushed to me. Personally I’d have liked the book to be called “Silver Fox” or something similar but that doesn’t affect this as a read at all.

It is a story for young adults however I certainly enjoyed it. I’d happily recommend it to my grandchildren when they are a little older. I’m not sure the message has great depth but it does have charm, affection and resilience. I enjoyed it.

Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review