Ordinary Snowflakes by Jennifer Rodewald | My Review

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everybody! Today we kick off THE holiday season with my first holiday novella read (and there will be more):
Ordinary Snowflakes by Jennifer Rodewald.
About the Book:
Someone has noticed me. A secret admirer? A man with a good heart, who sees how much I actually need help, even though I never admit it? Maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful story—a romance full of hope and second chances and love.  Maybe… 
A secret Santa gift left on Kale Brennan’s front porch opens up a fresh view of her ordinary life, and perhaps of God. Maybe she does matter. Maybe God sees her—as does a new-to-town music teacher who has her seven-year-old daughter gushing and her own knees buckling with his killer smile. But as Kale embraces new possibilities, a staple in her life—a man who is kind and steady, not to mention necessary for her injured daughter’s recovery—also snatches her attention in an unexpected way. Will the one pursuing her with his secret gift and kind gestures be the one her heart longs for in the end?
My Review:
This story touched my heart more than I had prepared for. Many holiday novellas are filled with delightful, good, uber-sweet fluff. It's why we love the genre, right? It's why we love Hallmark movies. But it is rare to come across one with such heart and smack-you-in-the-face-with-God's-truth such as Ms. Rodewald's. Written in such a way that keeps us close to the heart of Kale--but also getting to see not one but two men pursue her in beautiful ways--Ordinary Snowflakes was a breath of fresh, winter air. I laughed, I cried--it moved me from beginning to end. Even though I am not a mother yet, a lot of what Kale went through and her thought processes hit very close to home for me, and it was so beautiful to see her fierce love for her absolutely adorable daughter. There needs to be more stories like these. That tackle hard topics and themes, but tempered with comedy, anecdotes, sweet romance--in this one it took on two distinctly different forms and I was quite torn about which guy to root for.
There are no ordinary snowflakes, just like there are no two holiday novellas alike--but this one sparkles so very brightly and will leave you thinking, praying, and warmed through with the truest love of a God who makes no mistake. And always, always provides--sometimes in the most unexpected way.

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