Weather Report, January 23

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OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “CANDYLAND,” BY VICKI SALLOUM, “METALLIC DREAMS,” BY MARK RICE AND “RHYTHM & GREENS,” BY EVAN SACHS, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE.

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To be sure, Suzy Henderson took a chance with the title of her new historical novel, calling it “The Beauty Shop.”

For at first glance, that is reminiscent of the 2005 movie starring Alicia Silverstone, Andie McDowell and Queen Latifah — a “chick lit” book, for sure.

Except that it’s not. Looked at another way, that title is a stroke of genius, because it could attract a lot of readers who might not be drawn to it otherwise.

As Suzy explains it: “The title is a red herring. The airmen who were treated by Archibald McIndoe at the hospital in East Grinstead, referred to their ward as ‘the beauty shop’ because it was where they were sent to be ‘made up’ after being badly injured and burned.”

The term “wounded warriors” has become trendy, but they have been among us since the Trojan Wars and before.  Suzy’s book does have offer some romance, but also the grittiness of human conflict.

This will, indeed, be a sort of international Snowflakes week. Amy McLean, author of the mystical “Hallow Be Thy Name” is British, and Charlotte Harris Rees’ “Courage, Endurance, Sacrifice”is about a family of missionaries that spanned the globe.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, JAN. 23-29.

“COURAGE, ENDURANCE, SACRIFICE,” BY CHARLOTTE HARRIS REES.

This is a biography of three generations of American missionaries to foreign countries. Starting in 1875 and covering a span of almost 100 years, three missionary families exhibited bravery, endurance, and sacrifice when their very lives were at risk. William David Powell and his wife, Mary Florence Mayberry Powell, were missionaries to “Wild West” Texas then Mexico – going into Mexico right after another missionary was murdered.

In the period 1910 -1947 their daughter Florence and her husband Hendon M. Harris, were missionaries to Kaifeng, China. They went to China as newlyweds not long after many missionaries in China were killed during the Boxer Rebellion. They remained in Kaifeng during a Chinese civil war and numerous trying times including Japanese occupation of their city when under Dr. Harris’ leadership foreign missionaries in their city sheltered 14,000 Chinese women and children in their compounds.

The third generation was their son Hendon, Jr. and his wife Marjorie Weaver Harris. Hendon, Jr. first went to Taiwan in 1950 during a period when the US vowed not to protect the Nationalists faction of the Chinese civil war, who had fled there. The Communist were expected to attack Taiwan at any time and their troops were amassing only a few miles away across the narrow Taiwan Strait. At the invitation of General Claire Chennault, Dr. Hendon Harris, Jr. went there to Taiwan to see what he could do to protect his Chinese “brothers.”

As a foreigner born in Kaifeng, Hendon, Jr. was viewed by the Chinese as a family member, a “son of the soil.” Later at the end of the Korean War he was invited by the UN to go to Pan Mun Jom, Korea to speak to the Chinese prisoners of war, inviting them to go to Taiwan to live rather than back to China. Most of the POWs went to Taiwan for which Harris was commended by Vice President Nixon.

“THE BEAUTY SHOP,” BY SUZY HENDERSON.

England, 1942. After three years of WWII, Britain is showing the scars. Circumstance brings three people together, changing their destinies and those of many more.

John ‘Mac’ Mackenzie of the US Air Force is aware of the odds. He has one chance in five of surviving the war. Flying bombing missions through hell and back, he’s fighting more than the Luftwaffe. Fear and conscience stalk him on the ground and in the air.

Shy, decent and sensible, Stella Charlton’s future seems clear until war breaks out. As a new recruit to the WAAF, she meets an American pilot on New Year’s Eve. After just one dance, she inconveniently falls in love. But when her handsome airman survives a crash, her battles have just begun.

Dr Archibald McIndoe, New Zealand plastic surgeon, is on a mission to rebuild burned and injured fighters – their faces and their minds. Under his care, members of The Guinea Pig Club overcome disfigurement, pain and prejudice to learn to live again. His methods are unusual but so is this scale of warfare. Based on a true story, The Beauty Shop is a moving tale of love, compassion and determination against a backdrop of wartime tragedy.

“HALLOW BY THY NAME,” BY AMY McLEAN

It has been two years since Lucy Hallow first saw the spirit of her deceased nephew, and, having come to terms with her role as Spiritual Messenger, it is time for her to step up to the next level. Assisted by her spirit guide Naiche, the son of a Chiricahua Apache Chief, and clairvoyant Audrey Maurice, she must open up her gift to help others.

During the spiritual evenings held at Hallow House, Lucy’s coffee shop in Hampstead, she meets Jennifer Healy, a young woman who has recently lost her fiancé in a road accident. When Lucy is introduced to a Victorian spirit named Serafina DuPont, she realises that there is a strong connection between the two lives. To discover this link, however, she must closely observe the stories that unfold around her, as not everybody is as innocent as they seem.

Tales from 1890 and the present day become one in this journey of mysticism, betrayal, and the dead. HALLOW BE THY NAME contains knowledge and insight from various historical figures. All spiritual input is provided by an authentic Spiritual Messenger.

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SNOWFLAKES DEALS

 Cheryl Alsippi is offering a special deal for February on her paranormal thriller “Whispers in the Attic”:

“I can offer the deal below for the month of February – (Special price of $11.99 which includes free shipping),” she says. “ONLY through PayPal payment though, and to be obtained ONLY by emailing me at cherylalsippi@cherylalsippi.com with a request for the special).  Retail prices is normally $14.95.”

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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