When the storm of the century blankets Kentucky under several feet of snow and whiteout conditions on Christmas day, Gloria and Jeff batten down at her father’s house, counting their blessings and basking in the warmth of their love. Until they discover that eight-year-old Noah is missing. Will they find him before he succumbs to the elements, or will this day forever mark a tragedy in their lives?
I enjoyed reading Blizzard in the Bluegrass set in a small Kentucky town. Gloria’s son, Noah, is on the autism spectrum. Noah’s father walked out on them when they received the autism diagnosis. Gloria is a hard working vet and single mother who lives on a farm with her father. Jeff is a doctor who inherits the farm next door to Gloria and the medical practice in town.
A beautiful friends-to-more romance develops as Jeff gets to know Gloria and Noah. Jeff lost his wife and young daughter in an auto accident, and he continues his healing journey in the story. The faith element in the story is realistic, and the characters wrestle with various issues. Parenting a special needs child isn’t easy, and I loved the authenticity and honesty in Gloria’s close and complex relationship with Noah. I liked how Gloria and her dad had created a functional and stable family environment for Noah.
Noah is adorable and we gain a unique insight into his thoughts and how he interacts with the world. I recommend Blizzard in the Bluegrass for readers who are interested in reading a contemporary Christian romance that doesn’t sugarcoat the challenges of parenting special needs children. The author has kindly included bonus material with recipes from the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Blizzard in the Bluegrass is available in the When Snowflakes Never Cease box set.