The Gift of Summer Snow: A Tale from the Garden of Mysteries to read and review.
As a child I always loved mysteries... Some of my favorite books were The Mandie Collection, The Adventures of the Northwoods, and the Nancy Drew Books. Even though they were great books, I am very happy to have some Catholic alternatives for my own children! (My boys received Lost in Peter's Tomb and Break-In at the Basilica for Easter and are already enjoying them.)
The Gift of Summer Snow: A Tale from the Garden of Mysteries by Donna Alice Patton is a book that I am very much looking forward to sharing with my children. Especially my girls! It is a story about an eleven-year old Catholic home-educated girl, Becky McGuffey, who loves to grow flowers, especially roses since they remind her of her favorite saint. Any guesses on which saint that would be?! ;) Yes, St. Therese, the Little Flower!
Becky has been working hard to get her roses ready for the upcoming junior garden show. She is hoping to win the grand prize so she can purchase a special gift for her grandmother. However, someone has been stealing her roses - specifically her prize-winning "Summer Snow" - and so she sets out to try and solve the mystery and catch the "rosenapper." The series of events that follow ultimately lead Becky to grow in virtue, discover a new friend, and teach her what it means to imitate a saint.
I was also very pleased to see that there is a free Unit Study Guide by Donna Alice Patton also available for this book! I hope to complete it over the summer with my oldest daughter.
The Gift of the Summer Snow can be purchased at Amazon or directly from the publisher at Philothea Press. I am now looking forward to reading the author's first book, Search for the Madonna, which I recently purchased.