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It is the 20th century in California and the main character, a woman, has lived her life to the fullest. Nestled in her favorite spot during a snow storm she recalls the events of her life from her earliest memories of resisting birth and losing that futile battle to finding her true love and their beautiful family. There are monkey wrenches thrown in at every turn as sheIt is the 20th century in California and the main character, a woman, has lived her life to the fullest. Nestled in her favorite spot during a snow storm she recalls the events of her life from her earliest memories of resisting birth and losing that futile battle to finding her true love and their beautiful family. There are monkey wrenches thrown in at every turn as she struggles to find her place; demonic teachers, cliquish students, her nightmare job, a love lost, and an earthquake that threatens her family. Life continues to dismay her until she can't take it anymore and sets off on a journey. She is a lost soul with no destination, a wandering heart until something happens, something so incredible she could have never imagined it! Through her harrowing and dark story she finds light, justice and true love. She is a humble and lovable character who is quite ordinarily extraordinary. Her story is anyone's story....

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ISBN : 9781482779707
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Number of Pages : 308 Pages
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As Snow Falls Reviews

  • Marcha Fox
    2018-09-28 14:16

    A Simply Beautiful Story with a Deeply Profound MessageFirst of all, this is an excellent model for anyone who would aspire to write a personal history. The story’s easy and sometimes random flow of reminiscing demonstrates the simple memories and events which make a person come alive. It’s the daily routine from which we evolve even though the unusual experiences often change the course of our lives. As far as I recall, the woman whose life is recounted never gives her name, yet oddly enough this anonymity served to personalize it even more.This story’s rendering is as unique as its enigmatic cover, which fits perfectly as you journey through the memoirs of a woman who has experienced the kind of life most of us would want; one with loving parents, kind siblings, faithful spouses and children who honor their parents. On the surface this could be considered too idealistic and even be a put-off to readers who have experienced divorce, abuse or perhaps harbor bitterness toward past events as well as anyone who sees it solely on the superficial level. On another more spiritual level it’s an effective allegory for what each of us may experience when the time comes as viewed through one woman’s life as it parades before her while she lingers at death’s door. Of course the season is winter, so often used as an analogy for the declining years and end of life, an archetype which operates at the subconscious level and makes the message more powerful.I suppose this book hit home for me not only because I am now a retiree looking back on my life but also as someone who was raised in a family which gave even the Bunkers and Bundys some level of appeal. My upbringing was far from ideal and I likewise raised a family with a less than illustrious history regarding interpersonal relationships. Nonetheless this sweet story helped me remember the good times even while grieving for that which never was. Its pages chronicle the life so many aspire to yet never achieve, one of inter-generational love and dedication accompanied by an easy flow of income that precludes the stress and trials of financial woes. Unrealistic? Of course. Idealistic? Ditto. A person lacking depth could see this story as schmaltzy and sentimental. Yet without an ideal before us how can perfection be visualized much less attained? The question we should ask is not do such families exist but rather why not?Another element this story captures at the soul level is that of meaning, that there are connections between us all. There are no coincidences. Everything happens for a reason and there’s a lesson in every experience. Beyond all else it begs the question, “Until we can each get along and perfect our families how can there possibly be hope for the world?” Its message will stay with me for a long time, a book I’ll never forget.

  • Candi Silk
    2018-09-28 16:20

    Unforgettable, emotion-tugging journey! Deciding to purchase and read As Snow Falls by Elle Klass hinged on something intriguing that many authors have attempted to do: Pigeon-hole human behavior and/or the human experience. From the 1984 popular and somewhat controversial Passages by Gail Sheehy through current day, countless authors have taken on that challenge of defining the human journey. But often the approach is to lump our human experiences into big chunky categories, e.g., the teens, the 20s, 30s, 40s, etcetera. I think you get the picture.Elle Klass goes beyond that. Rather than trying to squeeze the entire universe into bulky packages or compartments, the author takes a single life, and, As Snow Falls, tells the reader a story, simple and plain, but one loaded with a lifetime of heart-tugging experiences.The book is simple enough, but deep as the falling snow with heart-touching passages of time from the vantage point of one individual and her radiating circles of relationships that begin to form and expand over time, as full-sized characters come to life.Klass breaks through another barrier. As a reader, I love dialogue; I thrive on it. This is a telling story, but is it ever real, so real it becomes an experience of intimacy for the reader. I loved the simple “telling.” Klass’s blend of words and sentences not only reveals the heart of her story, but exposes the reader’s feelings at every level. Thus that feeling of intimacy with the central character, Storm, as she shares the reflections of her life.The author chooses a perfect setting as she unravels her story. A mountain cabin, simply furnished, but rich with memories of the passage of time, as the rocking chair creaks quietly, and As Snow Falls outside. Klass leaves nothing out. Her story is rich with emotion, complete with phases, ages and stages, and pivotal points and places that form the dots along life’s path that we often fail to connect, until we reflect, quietly.This is a story about aspirations, dreams, falling down and getting up, and following dreams again. You’ll come face to face with the simple arithmetic of life, the adding and the subtracting, the gains, the losses, and rewards. But it all adds up as reflections of memories, As Snow Falls.It is a beautifully written excursion of the human experience. Imagine gathering with a few close friends up at the mountain cabin, favorite beverage at hand, and crackling fire in the hearth. The author, Elle Klass, is seated before us in a rocking chair, gives us a smile, nods toward the large picture window framing the snowy night, and quietly says, “As Snow Falls, let me tell you a story.”And Klass does just that, an evening filled with Five-Stars of enjoyment from her emotion-tugging story. As Snow Falls has earned a permanent place on my women’s fiction shelf. And I gladly give another Five-Stars for the selection of the book’s cover which was illustrated by Renae Van Brunt, the author’s daughter. In a world where everything screams for attention with vivid color, the simple, subtle drawing was a welcome relief.Congratulations! A high-Klass piece of work, Ms. Klass, in every sense of the word.

  • Amanda
    2018-09-24 13:37

    As The Snow Falls by Elle Klass WHAT I SAY I read this book as part of Roise book review team member i would like thank Rosie and Elle for sending me a copy of her book for me to read and review for you all What a harrowing and dark tale this book is . It packed with emotions it all about family, their life's , the dreams with all have .we should follow are dreams if you can It the memories of an old lady she not got a name but i think she needed one i would have help me to relate to her more what do you think ? We get to hear all about the births , deaths , the children and her grandkids sometimes it hard to read things seem to be very tough at times I did feel she was a bit selfish at times she just seem to do things could she not see the reaction of what she did have on people I felt she struggle to find her place in life She did not have a good job the children at the school she was a teacher at did not seem to warm to her ways i enjoy hearing about her life the earthquake would have been so scary the family had a few troubles to deal with it was had for them it told in a heartbreaker way This is one lady life story she telling you her tale it so simple it just a very through provoking tale you just get pulled into the tale as the storm falls out side your inside this log cabin miles from others she just telling you all her memories It very well written the details are very strong you can picture it all in your mind you just get pulled into her life it a good easy to follow read It would be a nice tale to read on a cold night with a nice hot chocolate and cream in your hand I did enjoy it just make you think about life About the AuthorElle grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. Since then she moved to Florida where she has spent a decade teaching junior high science. As much as she adores her students and the excitement of teaching she has decided to follow her dreams and publish her many stories that she has written over the years.

  • Lynelle Clark
    2018-09-18 11:37

    I received the book from the author for an honest review.A beautiful, short story, of a woman that reflects back on her life while watching the snow fall from her small house. The author takes you back from the day that the woman was born, which I found very noteworthy. The potty training, learning to walk, her relationship with her sister, all this was part of the shaping process for her. You learn about her experiences, her journey to adulthood, her love and the choices and how it had influenced her throughout her years: from a baby to a ripe old age. You learn how her love life was affected by two men who cared for her deeply, protecting her, even if she didn't know it at first. It is a story of reflection, remembering and enjoying the fruits of your labor in a thought-provoking way. Great story, wonderfully written with enough information that really helps you to connect with her and her life. A quote that fits this book perfectly:"Live a good and honorable life. Then when you are older you can look back and enjoy it a second time." Dalai Lama

  • Susanne Leist
    2018-09-27 12:39

    What an amazing book! The book begins with an old woman sitting in a cabin in the woods with snow falling around her. You get the feeling she is alone as she reminisces about her long life. Why is she sitting by herself? The scene feels melancholy and sets the tone for the book.The main character is a restless spirit who refuses to follow the foolishness of others. She was able to see through people even at a young age. She has loved and lost, and then found true love again.She lived life to the fullest by her own rules and managed very well. She traveled the world and raised a family. But there was always a question that needed to be answered. She had to know what really happened to her boyfriend who went to war. She finds this answer and finds out a lot about herself and the others around her.Read this book and you won't be disappointed.

  • Max Stone
    2018-10-01 16:27

    “As Snow Falls” by Elle Klass is truly an amazing body of work that you will have to not only read but something you will experience for yourself as you read word by word. To start, before you get into an amazing story, you’ll enjoy some wonderful artwork. Then once you get to the story, you will feel…that’s right, feel…the author. You won’t be simply reading words on a page anymore. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will tell you this: This story will take your emotions all across the board and the main character especially is someone that everyone can identify with and understand. With that being said, I will be watching for more from this author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading “As Snow Falls” and am looking forward to so much more.

  • Terri Harper
    2018-09-30 14:14

    As one woman looks back over the events and people of her life, the reader is made aware of the importance of love, relationships, and family. It's interesting to see how the characters and events connect, and it is this connectivity that shows a greater plan. The story is enjoyable, relatable, and romantic- a good sort of sentimental.

  • Susan
    2018-09-24 14:29

    Simple, beautiful, heart touching, and captivating book. I can't recommend it enough!

  • Jennifer Reynolds
    2018-10-19 16:21

    As Snow Falls is a brief look at one woman’s life. The way the author portrays the woman, she could be any one of us. She suffers, loves, and struggles even up to her last day on Earth to figure out who she is. The novella moves through the woman’s life from birth to death. It quickly gives its readers an interesting look at the world through an infant and toddlers’ eyes, explores the angst ridden emotions of a young child and teenager, shares the confusing thoughts and actions of a young adult trying to finding their place in world after suffering an unexpected and traumatic loss, and relates the trials, tribulations, and happiness that makes up an adult life. Every person who reads the story can find something to relate to in it. I lost my father at seventeen, and even though I didn’t escape my world and distance myself from my family through traveling as the narrator does, I did it through alcohol and partying. Just as the narrator are her husband do, my husband and I went through a lot before finally coming together and marrying, and even though our relationship will never be perfect because we are both human and separate people, we’ve learned how love each other, work with each other, live with each other, and be happy with our life. My favorite parts of the story are when the woman is honest about herself. She’s angry, depressed, at times crazy and irrational. She knows her personality flaws and learns to accept them and work through them, which is something so few people on this planet learn to do. Despite the idealistic life she appears to have, not everything is perfect in her world, but she learns to make the best of what she has, another life lesson we should all learn. This novella reminded me of James Joyce’s Ulysses (which oddly enough, I didn’t enjoy) as it feels a little like a stream of consciousness novella. Whereas Joyce’s novel focuses on the day in the life of a man (if I remember the story correctly), which I found tedious, boring, and drawn out, As Snow Falls tells the story of woman’s entire life in one day. We get the sense from the beginning of the story that the woman is dying, and this is her life flashing before her eyes. Something that I hope happens to me, despite all the horrors I’ve suffered through in my life.My least favorite part was how quickly we moved through the story. As with any good story, I found myself wanting to spend more time in the lives of the characters, in the world the author has built. As a novella, it moves through her world quicker than a full-length novel would; therefore, there are a number of places I wish the story had slowed down just a little bit so that I could have spent more time in that particular part of the narrator’s life. That being said, I think if it had been a full-length novel, it would have started to drag as Joyce’s novel did. I think the point of the story is that it is of a woman recapping her life before she dies, and the novella just that.I should also note that I listened to this story on audio, so the pace might not have seemed so fast if I had read it. The narrator doesn’t pause in a few places where I think she should have to indicate that we are moving from one story to the next. For example, early on in the novella, the story of the narrator learning to use the toilet moves right into the story of the family going to church. There were also times, like when the narrator is telling the story of her son, his friend, and the girl that he would eventually marry when I got the time line confused because of how the narrator told this part of the story.Overall, I enjoyed the story very much. I laughed, cried, grew embarrassed for her and angry and confused with her. Being able to relate to a character in such a way always means the author has a compelling story. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a quick, relatable read that shows that no matter what happens to you in your life, you can find yourself, your purpose in this world and that things won’t always be dark and bleak all of the time. I’m finding, just as the narrator does, that my life is perfect the way it is and all I need to do is spend every day figuring out ways to make it better, even if that means I have to change the way I see, feel, and react to others and situations.—Wow, writing that told me that I came away from this story with a lot more than I thought I did. :)Side note: I received an audio copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  • E.L. Lindley
    2018-10-01 10:14

    As Snow Falls is a simple, unusual story, in which Elle Klass affords us a glimpse of a woman’s life in its entirety. The novella begins with an old woman, who has reached the end of her life, reminiscing about the unusual twists and turns it has taken. The novella starts off in an almost cinematic style, which is very effective and allows the reader to get a vivid image of where the old woman is. The isolation is emphasised, not only by the fact that she is in a cabin far from the beaten track, but also due to the heavy snowfall that will further cut the cabin off from the world. The style of the novella is unusual in that there are no characters, dialogue or interactions. All events are related to us by the old woman, who remains nameless, which creates a sense of distance, seeming to further isolate us from her. Each chapter is essentially a memory which ends with a description of the old woman resting in her chair, waiting to die. This repetition and rhythm mirrors the rhythm of the woman’s life.The woman’s memories begin in the womb with her reluctance to leave her “sanctuary” and thus start a journey that is not always easy. The woman is a prickly character, especially during her childhood and young adulthood, where she finds it difficult to get on with people. She sees society as an “evil” for forcing her to attend school and then go into the work place where she is unhappy.The novella adopts a supernatural/spiritual tone, when the woman meets a seeming stranger in a park, and decides to change her life by embarking upon several years of travel. Dreams and premonitions also feature heavily in the story. The woman’s life improves when she finds true love and from then on her memories are the more conventional ones of marriage, children and the loss of loved ones. I think As Snow Falls has a lot to recommend it. Klass is clearly an assured writer and she sets a scene of isolation beautifully. My only misgiving is that the nature of the story makes it difficult to connect with what is essentially the only character in the book. Klass clearly demonstrates how we are all isolated within ourselves, no matter how much we may love other people but has ultimately isolated us from the heart of the story by not allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in it. That being said, I really admire the fact that Klass has tried to do something different with her writing and if you are looking for an original, quirky read then you should give this one a try.

  • Lynelle Clark
    2018-10-01 13:27

    I received the book from the author for an honest review.A beautiful, short story, of a woman that reflects back on her life while watching the snow fall from her small house. The author takes you back from the day that the woman was born, which I found very noteworthy. The potty training, learning to walk, her relationship with her sister, all this was part of the shaping process for her. You learn about her experiences, her journey to adulthood, her love and the choices and how it had influenced her throughout her years: from a baby to a ripe old age. You learn how her love life was affected by two men who cared for her deeply, protecting her, even if she didn't know it at first. It is a story of reflection, remembering and enjoying the fruits of your labor in a thought-provoking way. Great story, wonderfully written with enough information that really helps you to connect with her and her life. A quote that fits this book perfectly:"Live a good and honorable life. Then when you are older you can look back and enjoy it a second time." Dalai Lama

  • Madi Preda
    2018-10-07 17:22

    As Snow Falls A riveting story - Memories of a life lived to the fullest. Elle Klass has written a story where everyone can identify with the main character and understand some clouds of their own life. The author captures in a very emotional way hurtful events that life could bring along the journey.Her character embarks on an introspective and turbulent journey loaded with memories and loves departed. As Snow Falls can be anyone's life story,with its ups and downs.The main character traces her life from birth to the point where she is sitting alone in her cabin and has nothing else to do than think about her life.As simple as snow falls,her memories fall into places.Like in a puzzle, some questions go unresolved or they lead nowhere and for some other she find answers that she was looking for long time ago. A good introspection that will make readers think how different things may be in different stages of life.I definitely give it five stars.

  • Jane Peskara / Audrey Valentine
    2018-10-10 10:34

    The reason why it takes me so long to read an ebook is because I have no ebookreader so I have to read it on my laptop and I guess we all know that is not that comfortable plus I prefer real books anyway.So I finally finished the book and yes I enjoyed it, I do seem to have a thing for Elle Klass, the author, and not only becos she is a Facebookfriend :)Actually the story was about a woman and her journey through life, from her birth till her death.She experienced true love, true sadness and happiness.She never really had any severe troubles so I think she was a very lucky one.The only thing I didn't like in this book were the heaps of names and persons that appeared, it was kinda diffciult to remember them all when they appeared again, too much info as well.And because it is a short story there was much happening in one chapter so I think it would have been better to make a longer novel so it doesn't feel so rushed. That's only my opinion so don't get upset guyz.

  • Jay Arcy
    2018-09-23 12:35

    "As the snow falls gently upon the earth, leaving a patchwork quilt where bushes and dirt can still be seen, time stands still."The first line alone immediately pulls one to melancholy.When I reach the twilight of my years, I would like to think about what my life had been, like the main character in the story. This book is full of raw emotions that tug at the heart.An excellent reading choice for those who want to look back at the days past, and for those who simply want to read about life.

  • Emily
    2018-10-02 10:29

    I could not tear myself away from this heart-rending story about the pains and joys of life. Elle Klass drew me deeply into the raw emotions of everyday events like no one else has. As the woman recalls realizing the evils of life and then the beauties of life, the puzzle pieces come together into a magnificent picture that won't soon be forgotten.Join the woman as she looks back on a life lived fully, with no regrets. You won't be disappointed.

  • Kathy
    2018-10-14 13:37

    This is a "story of my life" that was easy to read, and worth the read. The main character was mostly easy to relate to and like. As well as learning her story, we are given the secrets, as she discovers them, that molded her life. I loved her devotion to her family and friends. I received this book from the author as a Goodreads First reads winner.

  • Dawn
    2018-10-04 10:40

    The author kindly provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review."As Snow Falls" is a simple story, simply told, but there is something quite remarkable in the way the story and the way it is written that combines beautifully.Elle Klass writes with a gentleness that washes over you with such warmth that it's hard to put the book down.Brilliant!

  • Chris Birdy
    2018-10-04 13:33

    What a beautiful story! It starts with an old woman isolated in the woods with only her memories. The story follows the woman's life from childhood, to a free-spirit and then on to adulthood, marriage and family. It is the story of awakening, love and loss, in other words, human life. Elle Klass poignantly reminds us that we are born alone and die alone.

  • Kim Page
    2018-09-25 10:16

    A unique and well written book about an elderly woman stranded in a lonely secluded cabin waiting out a blizzard. Talks about her life starting as a young child through her youth into adulthood. An emotional journey you won't want to miss.

  • Allison
    2018-09-27 12:17

    I just finished reading this amazing book. Thank you very much to the author contacted me to read this beautiful book , now I'm on the subway , but just get home I 'm going back to do a more extensive review

  • Marianne
    2018-10-05 16:34

    The memoirs of a life well lived. Well written and thoughtful. A life that went well without tragedy. Idyllic. What all of us hope for. A good read.

  • Elaine White
    2018-09-20 15:25

    Book – As Snow FallsAuthor – Elle KlassStar rating - ★★★☆☆Plot – simple to followCharacters – a lot, but you barely see most of them.Movie Potential - ★★★★☆ (there would be dialogue, at least)Ease of reading – very easy to readCover - ✔Suitable Title - ✔Would I read it again – Probably NotI think my big problem with this book is that there's no dialogue (except for one or two pieces at the very end) The story is told totally through the eyes of one person, in descriptive first person. Unfortunately, I didn't like this character (I don't think she was ever given a name, either.)To start with, there were 5 pages of description about the weather (snowing), the mountaintop and a cabin. It felt unnecessary in the beginning, and even in the end, once I knew what the story was about. I don't think it added anything, but maybe someone else will see it differently, I don't know. It wasn't an attention grabber for me, and the memories of an old woman, as she watches the snow fall, told through description, just didn't keep my interest. I kept reading because it was short.I found it really difficult to connect to the characters, because the only opinion or POV we had was this MC, whose name remains unknown. (If we did get told it, then I can't remember) I connect to my characters through their actions and their way of interacting with other people; since there was none of this, I didn't feel for any of the characters at all.This was basically a family saga, told in a short story format. It followed the life of the MC from birth to death, and told of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Unfortunately for me, I really didn't like her, form early on in the story. She was very self-involved, selfish and barely stopped to think of what consequences her actions would have for other people. Yet, annoyingly, she got her happily ever after, with the person she wanted. In fact, she got everything she wanted, and everyone seemed to forgive her far too easily. If she'd just been held accountable for mistreating people, then she would have become a better person.

  • Simona Nielsen
    2018-10-05 12:35

    As Snow Falls is about a old woman telling her life story through the eyes of an toddler, a child, a teenager, a young, adult and so forth until her death. It's a memoir telling us about one life's journey and we can probably all relate to some points of this story.A memoir can be tricky to write and this one is not epic. A good memoir takes it's beginning in the presence and then goes back in time. This doesn't. As snow falls starts from the beginning to the end and I didn't really care for it.The life story in it doesn't really stand out from other life stories and I kept thinking, what's the point? I found it difficult to relate to a toddler telling her story. The story lacks from a lot of reflection, both for the past and the short future that was left. It also lacks from dialougue. There is a lot of telling instead of showing and I felt it rambled on about issues that wasn't really important.Narrator Lee Ann Freshour is narrating very monotone, but I don't know if I can blame her, as the story is monotone in itself. There was nothing in the narration that made the story turn out better than it was and it was hard for me to really pay attention to it.*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Read all my reviews at My Book Hype

  • Carrie
    2018-10-10 14:37

    I found that I enjoyed the story, but the structure made it a little bit of a challenge. I appreciate what the author was trying to do in using the old woman in the cabin as a focal point for reminiscing, but it I think it took away the flow of the story for something wasn't necessary. I would find myself interested in what was happening and then it would go back to the woman for a sentence or two. Then I had to get interested all over again.The narration did not seem to fit the story. It was narrated in a style of reading to a child, but that really wasn't the tone that so was picking up on. I do applaud the narrator for her enthusiasm though.This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.

  • April
    2018-10-18 10:31

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”A captivating listen, of an elderly woman as she's reminiscing about her entire life, during her final hours. There are funny, happy, sad and strange memories. I enjoyed this short listen as I thought about my own life to this point. People who pass through our lives for a purpose we may not know why, and maybe never will. A very nice way to spend a rainy Sunday morning.The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.

  • Elle Klass
    2018-09-18 14:28

    If your looking for action and sweaty sex this is not the book. As Snow Falls is a sweet book about love, life, and everything sacred. Storm's journey is one of the average person who muddles through, learning from their mistakes. She is human in everyway. Her story is and always will be special to me.If you want intrigue, nail-biting suspense, and the occasional sexually explicit ghost the Ruthless Storm Trilogy is for you.If you want mystery and intrigue safe for your teenager try the Baby Girl series. Cleo's life is a non-stop mystery/adventure.

  • Kate
    2018-09-25 14:29

    I chose this book to read for a challenge because its average rating was quite high at 4.5. However, I was surprised when I read it as it was not at all what I expected. The language style was inconsistent and naive and it was less of a story and more of a blow by blow account of a story. It never pulled me in and I couldn't connect to it on any level. It just wasn't for me.

  • Srivardhan
    2018-10-11 14:38

    I received this book from author as a giveaway. It was in my inbox for a long time and now I got time and read it. I would describe this book as "Just another book". Nothing much! This is the life of a normal woman narrated by that old lady. I didn't like it very much neither did I dislike it! One good thing about this book is that it is small! Just around 70 pages.