Review: The Color of Snow – Brenda Stanley
Sophie Theotokis has led a very sheltered life. Her father has kept her out of the public eye from a very young age and has done everything in his power to make sure no one knows where they live or who they truly are. She’s made do with what little she has and has never questioned her father whenever he’s issued her an order. Yet she cannot deny that she yearns for something more.
Her solitary existence has taught her that she’s not supposed to co-mingle with others. Yet when she’s introduced to her neighbor’s sons, she realizes she’s missed out on quite a bit. She begins to yearn for company and does everything she can to spend as much time with her new friends, never knowing that there will be consequences for her doing so. Her father has always told her that she’s cursed. That she can never truly let anyone else to come in contact with her. Part of her considers that fact as some sort of lie, one he told her to keep her near him at all times. Yet when one of her friends disappears unexpectedly, she can no longer deny that her father might have been right. She’s cursed and anyone she kisses or comes in contact with eventually dies.
When it’s discovered that she’s the baby girl that was kidnapped seventeen years ago, Sophie’s not sure as to what to make of the revelations that have come to light. In her mind, everything her father has done has been for her own protection and she can’t quite fathom that she’s who people now say she is. The appearance of a family she never knew makes her feel as if she’s on the outside looking in. They’re strangers to her and she doesn’t know a thing about this new family. Never-the-less, she’s willing to give things a shot in order to get to know these people she must now live with.
Sophie does her best to adjust to her new life, although that’s easier said than done. Despite the fact that the secrets about her past have surfaced, there’s quite a bit she doesn’t understand. Her new family is willing to give her the time to come to terms with everything and have even gone as far as helping her make friends and go to school. While all of it has been quite daunting, she’s come to the realization that sometimes having someone around when everything seems so hopeless is actually quite reassuring. Yet even that has its disadvantages.
She does her best to overcome her doubts and insecurities despite the fact that she yearns to return to the way things were before. Throughout her entire ordeal, there’s one constant she’s never truly gotten rid. Her love for Damien follows her every wake. She’ll do anything to know whether the two of them can ever have a chance at happiness. Part of her wants to explore that option, while another keeps her tied to the shadows she’s always lived in. Her entire world has been turned upside-down and she’s no longer sure of what is right and what is wrong. She also knows she’ll need to place trust her in someone else’s hands if she’s to succeed in moving forward. Unfortunately, the ghosts of her past are intent on keeping her from doing just that.
Chock-full of topics that aren’t normally covered all at once in books these days, The Color of Snow is a thought-provoking book that touches upon subjects like that of religion, incest, and mental illness. The author has done an incredible job in creating a world that is sure to pull the reader in from the moment they begin reading. The amount of research that went into this book is greatly apparent as we dive into the life of Sophie Theotokis, her father, her new family, and the history surrounding their existence.
This is a book that’s definitely worth reading. Granted, it’s not romance, exactly, but there are elements of it throughout the entire book. The Color of Snow gives us a glimpse into the circumstances surrounding several lives that weren’t of the characters’ choosing. These lives have been tightly intertwined throughout the passing of time, culminating in an end that none of them ever saw coming. Engrossing and truly intriguing, I truly recommend this book for reading.
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.
About The Author:
Brenda Stanley is former television news anchor and investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Eastern Idaho. She has been recognized for her writing 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.
She is the mother of 5 children, including two sets of twins. Brenda and her husband Dave, a veterinarian, live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses and dogs.
Connect With Her Online:
The Color of Snow Website: http://the-color-of-snow.blogspot.com
The Color of Snow GoodReads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13456512-the-color-of-snow
Brenda Stanley’s Website: http://www.brendastanleybooks.net
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