The Color of Snow
When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.
Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa's claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.
What People Are Saying
"I have read all of the books by Brenda Stanley and this one is my favorite. After the first few pages, I was enthralled and had a difficult time meeting the responsibilities of my day. It was one of those books that I kept thinking about as I worked and couldn't wait to get back to it. I can't remember when a book has captured my interests so quickly and held it to the end. It's the kind of book I will enjoy reading the second time. I was lucky enough to get a pre-publication copy. "
"I, too, was privileged to read a pre-publication copy. I'm also a fan of Brenda Stanley's books, and this one didn't disappoint. I believe this is her best, so far.
The story deals with class and religious differences leading to parental abduction and also the horrors of inherited mental illness. There's a lesson in every line, and hopefully readers will come away with lessons learned. "