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Book Review/Giveaway: The Taste of Snow. Ends March 10th

The Taste of Snow by Stephen V. Masse

About the Book: When winter arrives in the Austrian Alps, eleven-year-old Nicole Kinders is ready for the taste of snow. Everything is beginning to show signs of holiday festivities, from the decorated shops inInnsbruck to the scent of cinnamon in the air. At the market stall on her way to school, Nicole gets a candy cane from Boznik, the shopkeeper. He tells her, “This, my dear girl, is a magic candy cane.”

From that day extraordinary things begin to happen.

Some good.

Some bad. Extraordinarily bad.

Nicole finds herself losing the joy of holiday preparations, and realizes that the vexing secret she keeps is influencing every part of her life. Her hopes of having a magical Christmas take her on a journey beyond where any ordinary girl would choose to go.

My Review: On their way to school a local shopkeeper named Boznik offer Nicole a magic candy cane. To Nicole the candy cane did not look like magic but she paid for it and headed off to school.

She thought this would be a magical Christmas but strange things started to happen around her. Things were ont only going wrong, but they were getting worse. It was time she returned to the shopkeeper to give the candy cane back. With all the strange things happening, will Nicole and her family have a wonderful Christmas? Will the magic candy cane help make things right?

This is a great book for the family to enjoy at Christmas. It also comes with special recipes for Linzer Pig Cookies, Magic Hot Chocolate, Saint Nicholas Cookies and more with photos at the end of the book.  

If you like a story that is full of adventures, suspense and moral lessons, the taste of snow is one to read.

Pages: 207

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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Giveaway Ends March 10th.

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Winner is #1 – Melanie


February 21, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , ,


  1. Wow 207 pages, I was thinking it may be a picture book. Interesting that it is a full story. It would be a good one to read chapter by chapter at night during the Christmas season.

    Comment by Melanie | February 21, 2012 | Reply

  2. With Christmas just being over, at first I thought wy read this. I thought my niece would enjoy it,though at twelve yrs old she doesn’t seem like a child. Today someone on my fbook wall posted that he was missing winter as this year we’ve had only spring-like weather. I think I could enjoy this book in the future, when my grown up nieces and nephews and cousins’ children start their own families.

    Comment by Carla Vespe | February 21, 2012 | Reply

  3. Love that this could be a holiday read with the kids (or by themselves) Looks like a great storyline!

    Comment by lisa | February 21, 2012 | Reply

  4. I remember our family making snow ice cream when I was a child…
    The cover of this book is enchanting and lovely to look at!
    Now, after reading your synopsis, I really want our family
    to share this book together…
    Many thanks, Cindi

    Comment by Cindi | February 21, 2012 | Reply

  5. This sounds like it would make a fun, holiday read aloud.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | February 21, 2012 | Reply

  6. I agree with Cindi, love the cover. To me this would not only be a great holiday read but anytime we miss the feelings of hope and joy at Christmas. Thank you for this opportunity. I commented o your interview as well.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | February 21, 2012 | Reply

  7. Looks like a great holiday book to share. I love suspense and am excited that there are recipes included with the book.

    Comment by catherine c | February 22, 2012 | Reply

  8. My grandkids love all the magic of Christmas, such as the Elf on the Shelf. It would be fun to share this book with them as Christmas approaches, with a mug of Magic Hot Chocolate.

    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

    Comment by Teresa Young | February 22, 2012 | Reply

  9. I love winter! The place I live in has summer all year long.
    The cover is beautiful, so is the blog!
    I’ll stay tuned 🙂
    Would love it if you can drop by my blog and tell me what you think!

    Comment by Pandora's Box | February 22, 2012 | Reply

  10. This would be wonderful – especially the recipe tie in… a whole family or class activity!
    tristazmail yahoo com

    Comment by sahmandtw | February 22, 2012 | Reply

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