Publication Date: April 4, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Book Links: Amazon
Synopsis: Ben and Caroline barely recognize each other any more. Their once solid relationship now broken and beaten by unfathomable events, leaving only a shell of past promise. When pressure cracks the last vestiges of their bond, Ben hastily leaves their Southern California home, pointing the car east to what he hopes is the edge of the Earth. After driving until he can no further, he settles in the small, coastal town of Swintonport, Maine to lose himself in quiet and anonymity, renting the quaint guesthouse of Maggie and her ten-year-old daughter, Smoof. But when tragedy strikes his landlord’s family, Ben is confronted with a sobering truth reminiscent of the one he left behind.
Review: Ben is running away from his home and his wife in California and drives until he can no longer drive. He rents a guesthouse in Swintonport, Maine. The guesthouse belongs to Maggie and her daughter, 10-year-old Smoof. Smoof is the object of an odd obsession by her teacher, Rose. Each character is damaged in some major way and is determined to escape their situation. SHOVELING SNOW is a touching and poignant novel about learning to deal with life’s complications. I felt for each of these characters because, while I may not now nor ever share their exact situations, I do understand. Who hasn’t wanted to run from responsibility or painful situations? I absolutely loved Smoof and I could see a lot of my younger self in her personality. SHOVELING SNOW is a book which will tug at your heart and inspire you to be better. I could definitely see this as a movie.