Snow Melts in Spring (Seasons of the Tallgrass) Paperback – 1 Jul 2009
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From the Back Cover
She loves the land. Mattie Evans grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Although her family has lost their ranch, she still calls this land home. A skilled young veterinarian, she struggles to gain the confidence of the local ranchers. Fortunately, her best friend and staunchest supporter is John McCray, owner of the Lightning M Ranch. They both love the ranch, and can't imagine living anywhere but in the Flint Hills. He's haunted by it. Gil McCray, John's estranged son, is a pro football player living in California. The ranch is where his mother died and where every aspect of the tallgrass prairie stirs unwanted memories of his older brother's fatal accident. Gil decides leaving the ranch is the best solution for his ailing father and his own ailing heart. But he doesn't count on falling in love. Falling in love isn't an option. Or is it? When Mattie is called in to save a horse injured in a terrible accident, she finds herself unwillingly tossed into the middle of a family conflict. Secret pain, secret passions, and secret agendas play out against the beautiful landscapes as love leads to some unexpected conclusions about forgiveness and renewal.
About the Author
Deborah Vogts and her husband have three daughters and make their home in Southeast Kansas where they raise and train American Quarter Horses. As a student at Emporia State University studying English and journalism, Deborah developed a love for the Flint Hills that has never faded. In writing this series, she hopes to share her passion for one of the last tallgrass prairie regions in the world, showing that God s great beauty rests on the prairie and in the hearts of those who live there.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I loved this story and not because I'm a fellow Kansan. But because the story was filled will real people that could easily be living in the Flint Hills right now. Deborah's writing style makes you want to keep turning pages. The story is packed with lots of character interaction which I love. She also allows you to see inside each character's thoughts which is always intriguing to me. This is Deborah's debut novel but it reads like a seasoned author. This comes highly recommended. Can't wait for "Seeds of Summer". Great job Deborah!!!
The storyline was all right and I felt that the book moved at a pretty good pace, although I was bored at times. I thought that Gil's story was interesting and I was curious to see how he coped with his guilt. Religion was pretty scarce in the book until the very end. Then it felt like the author suddenly remembered that she was writing a Christian fiction book and tacked on a cheesy and unrealistic ending. I left the book feeling dissatisfied and like I wasted my time.
While it wasn't a bad book, it wasn't nearly as good as I had hoped. The characters weren't people I could really like or hate. They were neutral in personality. For all the trouble Mattie had as a vet, the author didn't do enough with her work, and what there was wasn't very realistic. All we read about were mainly strays she took in--that may be good, but who pays the bills--and the horse that got hit by the car. Again, not realistic. No one (except a wealthy ex-pro ball player) could afford to leave their horse with the vet for months on end. He was dealthly sick, not eating, doing poorly, and then, presto, an added diagnosis and he was better. From experience with these injuries and illnesses, I thought his medical care could have been explained better. There also wasn't enough about Mattie's other workload.
The conversations between characters were very stilited. In real life, people generally don't talk that way. I realize the author was trying to be correct in grammar, etc., but the formal wording took away from the character's developement.
Also I found their emotions were back and forth and could have been decribed better.
Over all, the story line is fine, but for my reading it needs more character development and realism.
Mattie Evans loves the Flint Hills of Kansas and attempts to build a practice there. A local rancher, John McCray, asks her to save a severely injured horse that is owned by his son and was hit by a car. Gil is estranged from his father and plays on a national football team. But he plans to retire and start a horse ranch in California. His goals change when he arrives home and meets Mattie.
They both have to overcome personal obstacles, both physical and emotional, before they can accept their strong feelings for each other.
I highly recommend this book and I look forward to picking up the next one - Seeds of Summer.