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The Snow Globe [Versión Kindle]

Sheila Roberts

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Discover an unforgettable holiday treasure in Sheila Roberts’ heartwarming tale of love and laughter, magic and miracles, friendship and coming home…

On a blustery afternoon, Kylie Gray wanders into an antique shop and buys an enchanting snow globe.  “There’s a story behind that snow globe,” the antique dealer tells her.  The original owner, he explains, was a German toymaker who lost his wife and son right before Christmas.  When the grieving widower received the handcrafted snow globe as a Christmas gift, he saw the image of a beautiful woman beneath the glass—a woman who would come into his life, mend his broken heart and bring him back to the world of the living.  For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle. 

Kiley could use a miracle herself.  This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love.  A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kylie shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends—two women with problems of their own—they don’t believe it.  But they’re about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.



Detalles del producto

  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 236 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 178
  • Números de página - ISBN de origen: 0312594488
  • Editor: St. Martin's Press (26 de octubre de 2010)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ASIN: B003P9VZHA
  • Texto a voz: Activado
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Amazon.com: 4.1 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  38 opiniones
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Looking for miracles 17 de noviembre de 2010
Por KBagato - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa dura
Times are tough. The economy is not improving as quickly as we'd like. Relationships are undone. Holidays seem to highlight these two things. If your spirit needs a lift this year, pick up The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts. It's a hopeful and heartwarming read and it's compact size makes it a nice hostess gift.

An antique storeowner tells Kiley Gray of miracles happening to folks who previously owned this particular snow globe. Kiley is unemployed and unenthused about the upcoming holiday season so she purchases the glass encased snowy scene.

Kiley tells her two best friends, Allison and Suzanne about the changing scene in the clear globe. Both women are incredulous at how desperate Kiley has become, seeing things that aren't there. It's not long before her friends wonder if she's totally lost her mind or if she's so desperate for a change that she's searching for hope anyplace.

Doubtful that things would turn out the way Kiley predicts, her friends learn that sometimes miracles are possible. You just have to be open and embrace the reality that the impossible may come true.

This is a delightful tale about friends and families coming together in the midst of despair. The Snow Globe is a pleasant story to brighten your mood this Christmas.

Addiitonal note:
I had the privilege of interviewing the author for KRDU 1130AM. What an uplifting conversation and beautiful person! Thanks Sheila for your warmth, wit and this lovely little book. Don't tell anyone, but I'm giving some away this Christmas.
4 de 4 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Magic Snow Globe + 3 Women = 3 Christmas(ish) Miracles! 7 de enero de 2011
Por Crystal Starr Light - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa dura
Magic Snow Globe + 3 Women = 3 Christmas(ish) Miracles!

Kiley's year is looking down. She lost her job and her fiancee. But a trip with her girlfriends, Allison and Suzanne, into a shop leads to the purchase of a mystical snow globe--one that promises miracles for ALL the ladies.
I don't read much chick lit (I am guessing that's what this would be categorized as, it's so hard to tell with some books these days), but I just wanted a cozy little book to read to put me in the holiday spirit. That's why I picked up this cute little book.
What I didn't realize from reading the front cover was that there are actually three stories in this novella. When I heard that, I was a little wary. The book is a slim 166 pages--and it's supposed to be shared by the three ladies? Could Roberts manage this? Not an easy question to answer, as you will see...
Sheila Roberts is a good writer. I enjoyed her prose immensely, and she was more than capable of making me sympathetic to her characters, particularly Suzanne, even given the short amount of time she had. I think it's easy for an author to win a reader over with thousands of pages, but to do so when you only have 166? That is talent. I also liked how well she painted her surroundings (it's obvious she knows what she is describing) and there was quite a charm to the book.
The three stories of the women are woven together and bound at the end. However, they are very short and, because of time issues, many events smart of hokey coincidences (Craig needs a website designer, which happens to be Kiley's speciality) or magical moments of inspiration (Suzanne's change happens literally overnight, Allison's "miracle" happens within the last 5 pages of the book). I know this is a short story, that this snow globe is magic, that this is a cute, cozy novel not a long treatise against the commercialization of Christmas or whatever but I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow at how quickly everything gets wrapped up. Also, I wasn't fond of how the narrative started with Kylie's point of view and randomly passed to Suzanne, who randomly passed it off to Allison. Perhaps separate sections would have been better, or weaving the three ladies together.
Kiley's story was okay. I liked her character--she was a fun young woman, unemployed and heart broken. Not only that, but she can't even take comfort in her family because her fiancee broke up with her to be with her sister! Kiley handled the situation pretty good and realistically (being nasty to her sister, having her cousins gang up on her ex, etc.), though I still found her almost too venomous at times and it just felt that people sided too quickly with her (Mary Sue much?). Her romance with Craig was cute but completely unrealistic. Sure, I loved how they met (at a toy store? Awesome), but it was pretty much a fact that after the first date they would get married. Craig was too perfect--Kiley mentions how much they have in common, how caring and understanding he is, how excellent with his mother he is--basically, everything every woman believes her Mr. Perfect to be, absolutely no flaws whatsoever (okay, yeah, so Kiley could be ignoring it because she's in love). Honestly, I don't look forward to what happens a year from now, after they are married, when Kiley learns he has bad habits, not much different than her ex, Jeremy.
Suzanne's story struck me the most. I totally sympathized with her character, so much that I got very, very angry at the other characters she interacted with who didn't understand her. Suzanne is trying to have a nice house...why is that so hard to understand! Why does her husband undermine her not wanting a dog? Doesn't he realize that she would get stuck taking care of it? Why doesn't her mother respect her desire to keep her things clean? My mom certainly doesn't come over to my place and start changing things! While I do understand Suzanne's expectations were unrealistic (couldn't they have a messy family room or loft or something?), could no one else sacrifice their wants for her? To keep the house nice like she wanted? To understand her turmoil between work and home? At the very end, she makes all the changes, getting the dog for her daughter (which I feel was a bad move, showing that the daughter can walk all over her parents and get anything), getting pregnant (this really felt awkward--babies don't make things all happy and magical; if she thought she had a busy life before the dog and the baby, watch out!), and no one else has to sacrifice. Even the way she changes (through a dream like Scrooge's) is hokey. But I will admit, one of the most poignant parts is when her daughter, Bryn, goes off laughing with Suzanne's Mom, and Suzanne can't think of Bryn ever acting that way with her. And yes, I've lambasted the death out of her story, but I think it is partially a tribute to Roberts, who wrote Suzanne so well that I became her cheerleader, wanting her family to get what I understood.
As for Allison's story, it's a blink and you'll miss it. Allison seems to be a cool character, but she barely has any page time. While Kiley gets the first 80 pages, and Suzanne the next 60, Allison is left with a slim 30 pages of her story. We meet her crazy family, her lack of a Christmas miracle, and then BOOM! She gets a tacked-on happy ending, and the book ends a page later.
I think this could have been a brilliant story had Roberts focused on one of the three side stories and fleshed it out. You could then get rid of the hokey coincidences, the break-neck romance, the overnight revelations, the tacked-on happy endings, and the general sense of rush you get from reading the book.
Other things I wasn't fond of were the magical snow globe (I got the impression from the book cover that it was not literally magic, but more like an inspiration) and the immense amount of time talking about food (you are making me hungry!!) and clothing.
Overall, the book was pretty much what I wanted. I say "pretty much" because while it was cute and fluffy, I still didn't feel much of the holiday charm or pure joy I was expecting to get. I don't know if I'll ever read this again, but I think I'm going to pass along the book to my mom.

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Wonderful, Delightful, Christmas Story 1 de noviembre de 2010
Por Jan Comsky - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa dura
My new favorite author is Sheila Roberts, and this charming Christmas story is wonderful. Kiley Gray purchases a snow globe in an antique store, and the magic globe brings Kiley a new romance. The globe is passed on to her friends Suzanne and Allison, who don't believe in the magic of the snow globe, and the globe makes believers out of Allison and Suzanne.
I loved this book. The book is a small hardcover, but a delight from start to finish. I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to Sheila Roberts next book.
2 de 2 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas ****PERFECT HOLIDAY TALE!!****** 18 de diciembre de 2011
Por Dana Y. Bowles - Publicado en Amazon.com
Kylie Gray has hit an all-time personal low. She's lost her job, and her fiancee has broken off their engagement...while declaring his love for Kylie's sister. Things just couldn't get much worse. One afternoon she wanders into an antique store and finds herself purchasing a beautiful snow globe...known, according to the shop's owner, for bringing miracles to those who need them most. It is the scene within the snow globe that seems to magically transform....showing the one who needs to see most very special, personal scenes....that aren't visible to anyone else. It doesn't take long for the globe to change for Kylie....leading her directly to that perfect man she needs in her life. When Kylie realizes she is over her ex-fiancee and has finally found her one true love, she passes the globe on to her two close friends....hoping that it will bring each on of them what they need most in their lives, during the season of miracles. A quick and heart-warming read.

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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Snow Globe 4 de agosto de 2011
Por Jennifer Rummel - YABookNerd - Publicado en Amazon.com
ne snow globe changes the lives of three women. Kylie finds the antique snow globe in a shop during a girls' weekend. She's been having the worst luck lately. Her boyfriend dumped her for her sister. She doesn't have a job. Kylie will do anything to change her life around. When she hears the story behind the snow globe, she knows she has to purchase it. Maybe it can change her luck.

When she brings it home, she can see something different inside. There's a different toy store. With a little bit of research, she hunts down the very same toy store and goes there the next weekend.

Kylie meets a the new owner. He makes her smile. Could her luck finally be turning?

My Thoughts: This is billed as a novel - when in actuality it's three short stories intertwined together. While I enjoyed reading their stories, I felt cheated. I wanted more. I wanted to know more about the relationship, more about the change of heart, more about the new friendship formed.
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