Snow Night

Many years ago my Grandmother told me about her life as a child.  Her mother died when she and her two siblings were very young.  She had to go live with her grandparents and spinster aunts because it was not feasible for her father to care for her and her siblings while working.  She did not want to leave her father, her heart was heavy because of this.  This story I have written is fictional but it is inspired by her story and by the old log house that she lived in with her grandparents and aunts.  A house I was very lucky to have known very well.  The house no longer exists other than next to my grandmother’s story, and now this story, in my memories.

I hope anyone who chooses to get the book truly enjoys it and feels the love the child in this story has.

SNOW NIGHT

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26 thoughts on “Snow Night

  1. Oh Colleen, how lovely. The cover art looks beautiful. An old log house?! Now I am even more curious. Did her grandparents build it themselves? Do these log houses still exist in America? I am puttering over to your website right now to grab me a copy. It’s sad the house only exists in yours and your family’s memories but it’s also a glad thing that you have preserved the precious memory in a book.

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    • I love your curiosity ! The house was built in the 1800’s by her ancestors. I have the ancestry so it would be her 2nd or 3rd greats I think. I may be off by a generation. BUt before that house there was another house on the same property. THIS house was very large by ‘log house’ standards. It had a cellar, 1st floor, 2nd floor and attic. When we were kids we started going to that property every weekend. By then it had been a rental, then sat empty. We ‘fixed it up’ so we could camp in it. It was large! 4 bedrooms upstairs. The old pot belly stove was still in it but we didn’t use it. Unfortunately it burned down in the 1970’s. It was a fabulous house and I miss it. Thank you for buying the book. Please let me know what you think. 🙂

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      • That is so cool, especially that you got to go and camp in the house when you were kids. did you go to the house that was large by log standards, or the newer model? It’s a shame it burned down. When your great great great ancestors built it, were they settlers in the land? Sorry for such questions, but the stories from that time fascinate me. Especially the ones where houses were built by the people who were to live in it, and how towns and cities grew around them. P.S. I certainly shall let you know what I think! 🙂

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        • My ancestors came from Ireland and settled on this property over 200 years ago ! (it fascinates me as well!). We used to ‘camp’ in the large log home built in the early/mid 1800’s. I was entranced by that house. I use to imagine my ‘greats’ walking through and living there. No apologies for being so interested! 🙂 (And thank you!)

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          • That’s amazing. I love that you have such a strong historical/familial tie to a place. My family is so mixed and we come from so many different parts of the globe that the only ‘old’ place I can call ‘ancestral’ is a 150 year old victorian house in south London which my grandmother bought in the 50s after a horrific divorce and against all odds. It’s a very special house and holds so many precious memories, and I can imagine how much more precious a place would be if you were to think about your greats walking through, living, laughing, weeping, having an entire lifetime on that spot. What that spot must have witnessed, and how it ties to you. That’s a pretty powerful feeling. I am so looking forward to seeing what you have to say in your book, knowing this bit of background info 🙂

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            • Oh my! Go to that old victorian house and imagine the people who built it! The excitement they must have had moving in. The world the way it was when they lived there. Oh I love love love doing that. And I am so excited for you to read the book!!!

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