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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Book Review - The Snow Angel by Lauren St John

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Review by Suze

Makena has loving parents and she has one dream for the future, to become a mountain guide just like her father. Makena lives in a nice part of Nairobi, she's happy and she does well in school. However, her life shatters in a few devastating days. Suddenly Makena has nowhere to go and nobody to turn to. She ends up in the slums where she meets Snow. Together with Snow she makes plans for the future, for a completely different path from the one she always thought she'd take. Will Makena ever be safe again? And what role does a stunning white fox play in the determination of her fate?

The Snow Angel is a beautiful story about love, loss and hope. Makena is a sweet, smart girl with a bright future ahead of her. My heart ached for everything she lost. She's incredibly strong and resilient and that makes her a true survivor. She handles the worst imaginable things in a dignified way and I greatly admired her spirit. I loved her friendship with Snow, which is precious and pure. I also liked the symbolism of the white fox and couldn't wait to find out more about it. They both give Makena the feeling she isn't alone and I absolutely adored that about the story.

Lauren St John has a gorgeous descriptive writing style that captivated me from the start. I love the way she tells her story, with warmth, empathy and honesty. I was moved to tears by some of the things Makena is going through. The Snow Angel is very special in many different ways. I enjoyed reading about Kenya and was thrilled that the story is set in this fascinating country. Lauren St John has written a truly magical book. I absolutely loved The Snow Angel, it's a fantastic story that I highly recommend.


The Snow Angel is a story that will mesmerize both children and adults. If you love beautiful settings combined with strong emotional stories this book will be an excellent choice.


  1. Sounds intense and entrancing!


  2. Wow. You've sold me on this one. Thanks, as I never might never have come across it otherwise.

  3. Excelent! Thank you for introducing this book to us.

  4. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  5. This one sounds really emotional, I love those kinds of stories!

  6. Intriguing. Love the sounds of it and the white fox

  7. It sounds almost like a fairy story. Let's hope Makena gets the happy ending she deserves!