An excellent example of the Christian genre.
The author was clever in her use of the prologue to set the back story, the use of actual letters to indicate that Elizabeth's mother tried hard to find her child, and then...
The pacing was good; the author's language was lush and her descriptions and use of adjectives were stunning; Carie's style is introspective and she has a keen ear for good dialog.
Snow Angel is an excellent example of the Christian genre. Throughout the story, Noah keeps his love of God and because Noah has been ever faithful to God, He gives him that which he desires most.
Snow Angel is a pleasure to read. -- TheCelebrityCafe.com
"Carie is a welcome new voice in the inspirational fiction market." -- Romantic Times
An author to watch!, October 7th, 2007
Elizabeth Smith doesn't know where she has come from but her future goals are clear ~ she just didn't count on a storm interfering with those plans.
Noah Wesley loves the solitary wilderness that is his Alaskan home but when God calls him to open his front door during a fearsome blizzard, the unconscious woman lying at his feet unlocks a chamber in his heart previously undiscovered.
While drawn to each other during Elizabeth's recovery, Noah knows he can't compete with her yearning to stake a claim in the Yukon gold fields. Noah fears for Elizabeth's safety as she pursues a perilous course but it is a more evil threat from her past that may haunt them forever.
Snow Angel captured my imagination from beginning to end. It is an epic romance with fast paced intrigue and an emotional intensity rarely achieved. Jamie Carie's gifted characterisation is of a calibre expected from a multi-published author not one writing her debut novel. Noah and Elizabeth have enormous depth, with appealing attributes alongside tangible weaknesses that evoke an emotional and compassionate response. Jamie does not shy away from portraying genuine romantic tension and desire and the dilemma that poses for Noah, a man of faith and integrity experiencing passion and attraction.
Jamie's prose is elegant yet accessible, placing the reader amongst the icy shards of the blizzard and the muck and deprivation of the gold fields. Faith and belief is interwoven seamlessly, gently revealing the loving heart of God amidst the heartache of loss and loneliness. Prepare to be swept away by this powerful tale of love and sacrifice and become a devoted reader of anything Jamie Carie pens in the future. -- Rel Mollet "RelzReviewz" (Australia) - Amazon.com
Carie's 'Snow Angel' is riveting, August 26, 2007
Jamie Carie's debut novel, "Snow Angel," gripped me from the beginning and wouldn't let go. This romance/adventure story includes Christian themes as well as suspense and history. From the first page, the characters and their struggles drew me in. Elizabeth, Noah and Jane seem real. Their personalities are well-developed; they have strengths and weaknesses. They're not perfect, but regular people trying to make the right decisions. Sometimes they succeed. Sometimes they fail. Joining each of them on the journey made me want to speak aloud to them, to tell them what's coming next, or to tell them what they don't know that might prompt a different decision. Also watch for Will and Cara Collins, Charlie McKay, Joe Brandon and William Cleary, among others. Their story takes place, for the most part, in rugged Alaska during the 1897 gold rush. The historical details and facts about life in that time and place give this book an educational aspect, even for readers whose main purpose is simply to escape into another world. The historical details blend in with the story and don't overpower the plot or frustrate the reader who wants action instead of dominating description. Their struggles: a toddler taken from her mother, given away by her grandfather - location unknown; a woman seeking gold and freedom, half frozen at a man's door - someone seeks her for dishonorable reasons; a man warms to his new companion, just as she decides to pursue her dream. This book is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Others, like me, may find they don't want to put it down until the last page is read. -- Rhonda S. Johnson (Rochester, IN) - Amazon.com
The romantic tension is both powerful and convincing." -- TCM Reviews
From the Author
Independence is the safe route. If you fail, you have no one to blame but yourself, right? Elizabeth has found this to be true. Abandoned as a child she has learned the value influencing people and circumstances to fit her need. If she knows anything for sure, it is how to survive. And she's convinced all she needs is her share of Yukon gold. Back in 1898, women had few choices aside from marriage - Elizabeth's security, her pot of gold, means Alaska and the courage to get there.
But she didn't plan on meeting a man like Noah.
Noah Wesley startled her out of all her thinking. He didn't seem to need anything . . . and why that was puzzled and courted her. This man, so tall and strong in ways that weren't just physical, taught her something beyond mere survival. He taught her risk . . . and hope . . . and a faith in something bigger than the here and now.
Noah taught her love.
They say you can't let nothin' in without letting go. Now, Elizabeth is faced with the task of letting go of everything that has helped her survive over the past twenty years. Can a mere man be trusted with something so guarded as her heart? Will he prove as good as he appears? There is some healing to be done first. Jane is the mother who has been searching for her stolen daughter. A dark evil has kept them apart, but God is still God and His timing is perfect. Just look up, Elizabeth. Look up and believe.
Dear Reader, if you have ever doubted love, both His and man's, as I have, you will know Elizabeth's story. There might not be fairy-tale endings in this life . . . but there are eternal endings, and any effort of faith we put into the side of love will count for eternity.