In the 1960s, Edenville, North Carolina is full of rules. Sagging under the weight of racism and segregation the small community finds itself at a dangerous tipping point.
Eleven-year-old Betty Grafton believes the world is fair. She knows there are worse places to live than Edenville. Unaware of the wars waging around her, she spends her days patting horses in the field and running errands for her mother. The world she doesn’t see, full of turmoil and unrest, is hiding just below the surface. One day, she has no choice but to see what’s been right in front of her all along.
Alma knows where to walk. She knows who to talk to and which fountain she can drink out of. Her mother, Winnie, spares no opportunity to remind her how dangerous it is to be a little black girl in the South.
When a chance encounter puts Betty face to face with the peril that exists in her own hometown, everything she knows turns upside down. The world isn’t as fair or safe as she’d imagined. Her family is the Klan. Her friends are the enemy. And nothing makes sense anymore.
Although the world demands they stay apart, Alma and Betty forge a secret friendship. One that could cost them their lives.
Flowers in the snow
It was a good read & I enjoyed it.
A story of how an improbable friendship forever changed a young girl into the woman she is today.
Danielle Stewart’s newest book, Flowers in the Snow, reveals the ugliness of racism and the beauty of rising above it. It’s a story told in easy conversational style from the viewpoint of Betty as she recounts her story of how an improbable friendship forever changed her into the woman she is today.
We are taken back to the beginning and see the story develop from the eyes of a child into the voice of the woman who not only lived but also survived growing up in the South during the 1960’s with a heart that wasn’t built to hate based on color, sex, or social standing.
Flowers in the Snow is a story that deals with tough subjects that unfortunately are still an issue today and Danielle Stewart tells it with grace and heart.
You’ll find yourself pausing to wonder if things were really that bad and the answer is yes and for some it still is. I admire the courage it takes for anyone to take a stand for injustice and this book does it beautifully. It’s a great story and an amazing lesson in the power of love and acceptance.
P.S. Don’t let anyone tell you the ending. There is a twist that I didn’t see coming and I’m looking forward to reading more in book 2. Oh…and this book is a complete story the twist at the end is just a peak at what will be tackled in book 2.
My suggestion…. Read Flowers in the Snow with an open mind and an open heart. It’s a beautiful story.
So touching and beautiful
This story is told simply and beautifully. It’s a must read for everyone.