The Snow Globe, by Sheila Roberts – Book Review

Kiley is seriously down on her luck as Thanksgiving approaches.  Her boyfriend decides that he is in love and proceeds to dump her at Halloween  to start a relationship with her younger sister, and she is lately unemployed.  On an excursion with friends designed to provide some cheer, she spots a snow globe whose history includes making miracles – and feeling in need of one, Kiley splurges on the antique treat.  Excited by the magical possibilities, Kiley doesn’t keep the globe solely for herself, but also shares it with a few good friends in need.

At just 166 pages, The Snow Globe hints at fun, fast holiday romance and good cheer, but delivers with decidedly mixed results.  Had the novella sought to cover one Christmas miracle, this would have been just what the doctor ordered, and indeed Kiley’s story is the most developed and enjoyable of the trio.  We spend Thanksgiving and the days leading up to Christmas watching her come to terms with issues concerning her ex, and embarking on a new romantic relationship with help from the snow globe.  I was enjoying Kiley and would have loved had her story been explored in more detail, but it seemed rushed to its conclusion so that the globe could be passed on to Kiley’s less sympathetic and less interesting friends.

The snow globe hurriedly casts its spell on them, but these later stories especially suffer from brevity and lack of development. Unfortunately, the potential of the collection is never fully realized, though I did enjoy Roberts writing enough to suspect that I might enjoy one of her novel length books.  I loved the cover on this one – and never fear if you do too!  The Snow Globe was unanimously loved by almost everyone else, so it’s entirely possible that it’s just me who was the grinch! 🙂

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  1. No, it’s not just you. I felt the same. The first two stories were good, however the third one left me feeling as though I missed something. It just ended for me and I had many questions after I closed the book.

  2. I totally agree with you about the last story kind of tuckering out. When I only had a few pages left, I couldn’t believe she was just starting with the third character. I think I judge holiday stories differently than my “normal” reading.

    1. I look at them differently than my regular reading as well. I just wanted more of the story that really interested me. I think the main problem was that it just needed to be a much longer book or the whole thing should have been one story. But, I did enjoy Kiley.

  3. I enjoyed The Snow Globe and found it light and hopeful. Thanks for linking to my review:)
    I can understand your feelings about the flow of the book as it did slow down a bit in the last story although it didn’t effect my opinion of the book.

    1. i’m glad that you enjoyed it! I loved the history of the snow globe and the story that the guy told who sold it to her. The base was really good.

  4. I haven’t written my review of this one yet, but you’re not alone in thinking she should’ve just stayed with the first story and forgot about the other two…they both felt rushed with no real depth. Nonetheless, I still liked the book just for Kiley’s story alone!

    1. No! Read it. The story about how the snow globe came to be handed down is heartwarming and I liked the part with Kiley. It mainly just needed to be longer. A lot was covered in those 166 pages and there really needed to be more.

  5. I have read a few good reviews of this one. I have to really be in the mood for a “feel good” book like this one.